CANADIAN INDEPENDENT GROCER OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER    

THE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT GROCERS CONGRATULATES  SUMMERHILL MARKET OF TORONTO, ON

TORONTO/October 2, 2013… The 51st Annual Canadian Independent Grocer of the Year Awards Ceremony was presented on Tuesday, October 1st in Toronto, in front of a gala audience of over 500 leading grocers, suppliers, and distributors at Grocery Innovations Canada 2013, Canada's premier grocery conference and tradeshow.

Each year, the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) Awards Program recognizes the success of outstanding independent retailers and offers insights into innovations that are changing and enhancing the way retailers compete.

This year, CFIG is proud to announce that Robert, Brad and Christy McMullen of Summerhill Market in Toronto, On were induced in the CFIG Hall of Fame. To be eligible for Hall of Fame induction, a store must win at least three Gold Awards or receive one Platinum Achievement Award and one Gold Award.

Summerhill Market has been serving shoppers in the upscale neighbourhood of Rosedale, just north of Toronto since 1954, where they cater to a wealthy clientele who can afford its premium prepared foods and other gourmet products.

The Canadian Independent Grocer of the Year is the most prestigious award CFIG can bestow. Each year, Independent grocery stores from coast to coast in Canada compete for the coveted title in each of the specialty, large, medium and small surface categories. Each of the competing stores is visited personally by a highly respected retail management expert, who evaluates competing stores based on retailing excellence and innovation, store team performance, customer service, space utilization, freshness and cleanliness.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) is a non-profit trade association founded in 1962, which continues to be a collaborative community, equipping and enabling independent, franchised and specialty grocers for sustainable success. Representing over 4000 grocery retailers from every part of Canada, CFIG is a strong and united voice for independent grocers, providing programs for operational excellence, facilitating educational and training programs and fostering enabling-relationships among retailers and suppliers. CFIG is a respected organization that speaks confidently for its retail members to industry, government, and the consumer.