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Kudrinko’s featured in top US grocery trade publication

We’re pleased to share the feature article from December’s Progressive Grocer Independent issue highlighting the efforts that we have made as a company to deliver a top quality grocery operation. Martha and I are proud of the store that we offer to Westport and the Rideau Lakes and we continue to invest in our business for the benefit of our community. Click on the cover to view the article, it will download as a PDF file.

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Shopping for food is a community building act: Sam Mogannam at TEDxPresidio

If the grocery industry in the United States has a figure that is worthy of term “rock star”, in my estimation that person is Sam Mogannam. Sam shares a passion for food which is hard to find and he’s used that passion to not only build an exceptional grocery business, he’s also used that passion to rebuild a community in the process.  Check out this great video presentation of Sam’s talk at TedxPresidio.

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The Greening of Grocers

Check out my recent blog post on Canadian Grocer magazine’s website.

The Greening of Grocers

Neil Kudrinko  |  September 25, 2012

Last Thursday, September 20, grocery industry professionals gathered in Toronto forCanadian Grocer’s Commitment to Sustainability conference, proclaiming sustainability has moved beyond the carbon footprint of store operations and now must also consider broader implications of procurement decisions.

For those who skipped this conference fearing that it would be a tree-hugging, granola-crunching, Birkenstock-wearing love in, throw your stereotypes aside.

Sustainability is increasingly becoming the language of business.

Resource scarcity is leading to resource efficiency and with those changes businesses increasingly have to adjust their practices in order to ensure profitability in a changing business environment.

David Smith, VP of sustainability at Sobeys; Bob Chant senior VP, corporate affairs and communication at Loblaw; and John Coyne, VP legal and external affairs with Unilever all presented a vision of our industry that incorporates a different set of standards than we have employed in the past.

Smith began his segment with a picture of four earths.

His message being that demographic changes and an increasingly middle-class global population would continue to place pressures on the food industry.

With 80 per cent of the world population projected to be middle-class by 2030, four earths would be needed to support current consumption patterns, based on present practices.

The challenge: increase food production by 50 per cent, while addressing a waste factor of 40 per cent, and do so without further impacting the environment.

Bob Chant made it clear that sustainability is also on the minds of decision makers at Loblaw.

Canada’s largest grocer is zeroing in on areas with the most impact and focusing on consumers.

Chant shed some light on the mindset of consumers point out that most consumers expect price parity with traditional products and that sustainability is mostly viewed as a value add, not a chargeable commodity. With this in mind, Chant added, “Voluntarism cannot crack where we need to be.”

Perhaps the most poignant question of the day came from panelist John Coyne. In addressing Chant point on voluntarism, Coyne asked, “How do we remove the dirty discount?”

The economy must change in order to deal with shifting landscapes.

Finite resources are going to become more expensive and governments will continue to feel pressure to deal with the effects of environmental degradation caused by the effects of an increasingly affluent world population.

At some point governments will have to address resource consumption with some type of regulation or tax scheme to address problems such as carbon emissions and water use.

In the meantime, these three companies seem intent on addressing the issues before governments mandate change.

Following the panel discussion I asked John Coyne what message he had for companies that are either apathetic or dismissive to his call for change. His response: “I’ve got four words for them; listen; learn; ask us.”

Sobeys, Loblaw, and Unilever for their part aren’t viewing sustainability as a matter of competitive advantage as much as they are committed to changing the systemic problems of an inefficient, outdated industry model based on plentiful, inexpensive resources.

If you’re not considering how your business will function in this new economy, you’re likely to be left behind.

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North Leeds Minor Hockey

Kudrinko’s is proud to announce that we have partnered with North Leeds Minor hockey to bring quality goaltending instruction to local youth through Gold in the Net of Brockville. Our company has contributed $1000 towards this program that will see instructors work with the association’s goalies once a month throughout the hockey season.

North Leeds Minor Hockey and the Westport Figure Skating Club are important fixtures of our community. Their programs are essential to the operation of our village’s community centre, as well as bringing families from around the region to Westport where they not only participate in sporting activities but also contribute to our local economy with their shopping dollars.

Neil, Patrick and Kyle Kudrinko present NLMH fundraising chair Rachel Knapp with a cheque for $1000 towards the Associations goaltending clinics.

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Great post by Kudrinko’s supplier Kim Sytsma on the Canadian Beef Blog. Kim should have more beef ready in the weeks ahead!

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Floral Health Spring Flyer

Spring is the season of growth and rejuvenation! Check out our Spring flyer from Flora Health with load of information on quality products to help you lead a healthier lifestyle. We have great pricing on flyer items with savings of up to 20% or more. Just one more reason to say Kudos to Good Health! Click Here to Download our Spring Flyer in PDF format.

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Check out our new flyer on our Specials Page. Sale prices are in effect from March 9th to the 22nd!

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