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Grocery landscape in Alberta and Canada

As the primary food source for many consumers, and the primary sales outlet for many producers and processors, the grocery sector plays a critical role in Canada. Jeewani Fernando, provincial consumer market analyst with the Alberta government, points out some key factors about the structure of the grocery market in Canada and Alberta.

  • Canada’s grocery industry is concentrated. Most Canadians buy groceries from one of 5 companies: Loblaws, Sobeys, Metro, Costco and Walmart. These companies hold about 76% of the grocery market share.

  • The rest of the market consists of a few large regional chains and thousands of independent retailers and convenience stores.

  • There are a number of banners operating under Loblaws, Sobeys and Metro. They compete with regional chains and independent stores.

  • The online grocery segment is still developing in Canada.

  • The grocery landscape in Alberta is more or less like the Canadian landscape. Four of the 5 largest grocers operate in Alberta under various banners (Loblaws, Sobeys, Costco and Walmart).

  • Compared to the national industry, Alberta ranks fourth in total annual sales and store locations.

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