Thursday, March 3, 2016

Loblaws expanding “ugly” produce offerings

Loblaws, Canada’s largest supermarket chain, is expanding is offerings of fruits and vegetables that are less than top grade.

They have been priced about 30 per cent below traditional supermarket produce in a trial in Toronto-area stores that will now be offered coast to coast.

"It really went well above and beyond what our expectation was," said Dan Branson, the company's senior director of produce.

"I think it really spoke to the fact that Canadians are out there really looking for some options around driving value into their weekly shop and having greater accessibility to that healthy eating product of value."

Based on the program's success, Naturally Imperfect will now include unsightly peppers, onions and mushrooms for consumers in Quebec and Ontario.

Meanwhile, Loblaw's Real Canadian Superstore, Your Independent Grocer and most No Frills stores in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba started stocking less-than-perfect apples and peppers Wednesday, and Atlantic Superstore and Your Independent Grocer locations in the Atlantic provinces started stocking Naturally Imperfect apples.