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GAIN Report - CA3074 Page of



USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

GAIN Report

Template Version 2.07


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Global Agriculture Information Network

Required Report - public distribution

Date: 12/3/2003

GAIN Report Number: CA3074

CA3074

Canada



Retail Food Sector

Report



2003

Approved by:

Gary Groves

U.S. Embassy



Prepared by:

Faye Clack Marketing & Communications Inc.



Report Highlights:

In 2002 Canada's 31 million consumers generated overall retail sales totaling CDN$306.4 billion, representing a 6% increase over 2001. The food channel experienced its largest annual sales gain since 1987, increasing 5% over 2001 to reach CDN$66.8 billion or 22% of total retail sales. Between 1998 and 2002 the increase seen in the overall retail channel increased a significant 24%, while the food channel grew 16%.

Includes PSD Changes: No

Includes Trade Matrix: No

Annual Report

Ottawa [CA1]

[CA]

Table of Contents


MARKET SUMMARY 3

OVERVIEW 3

CANADA’S GROCERY SUB-SECTORS: CHANNEL BLURRING 5

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FACING U.S. EXPORTERS: 10



ROAD MAP FOR MARKET ENTRY 11

MARKET STRUCTURE 16

DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL 16



RETAIL SUB-SECTORS 18

SUPERMARKETS/SUPERSTORES, MASS MERCHANDISERS AND CLUB WAREHOUSE 18

CONVENIENCE STORES, GAS MARTS, KIOSKS 22

INDEPENDENT GROCERS: 24



COMPETITION 25

BEST PRODUCT PROSPECTS: 28

PRODUCTS PRESENT IN THE MARKET WITH GOOD SALES POTENTIAL: 28

PRODUCTS NOT PRESENT IN SIGNIFICANT QUANTITIES BUT WITH GOOD POTENTIAL 32

PRODUCTS FACING SIGNIFICANT BARRIERS: 34



CONTACTS 36

Canada’s Grocery Retail Marketplace






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