Planet Organic Wins Top Rating Among Canadian Food Retailers
Friday May 2, 9:00 am ET
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EDMONTON, May 2 /CNW/ - A national magazine picked Planet Organic Markets as the top organic food retailer across Canada.
The survey of 14 major grocery retailers by Corporate Knights magazine gave Planet Organic an overall "Excellent" rating or an 'A', while Planet's most direct competitor, Whole Foods, garnered second spot with a 'B+'.
Other major retailers such as Loblaws, Safeway and Sobeys came in with distant 'C' ratings, meaning they were either "showing potential" with their organic food retail sections or were "average."
"I'm grateful to have received this kind of recognition," said Mark Craft, president of Planet Organic Markets. "I believe it's a result of our firm decision to support organic agriculture, and also to the dedicated team of people who work at Planet and keep our commitment strong."
Corporate Knights magazine is distributed in a variety of ways across the country and specifically through the May 1st edition of the Globe and Mail.
The magazine rated all of the 14 food retailers in five categories, ranging from the amount of local organic foods they carried, to consumer education and in-store conservation initiatives.
Darren Krissie, CFO of the parent corporation, Planet Organic Health Corp, said, "attention to detail and commitment to high-quality organic and natural foods and products are also the reasons POHC has seen such explosive growth."
Since the parent company came to life seven years ago, sales moved from $1.6 million to projections this fiscal year (June 30th) of over $100 million and employees now stand at 650.
'Good Food, Good for You, Good for the Earth.' That's been Planet Organic's motto for the past 15 years. Planet Organic Markets sell only 100% certified organic produce, all-natural groceries, a healthy deli selection, organic meats, fair trade coffee and chocolates as well as all-natural supplements and personal-care products.
To find out more, please visit: www.planetorganic.ca
ABOUT PLANET ORGANIC
Planet Organic Health Corp. (TSX-V: POH - News) is a natural products industry company, comprising manufacturing, distribution and retail. Planet is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange as a Tier One company. Planet operates nine natural food supermarkets throughout Canada under the Planet Organic Market banner and eleven natural food supermarkets in the U.S. under the Mrs. Green's Natural Markets banner. The Company also operates 48 natural health outlets under the Sangster's Health Centre banner and eight natural health outlets under the Healthy's banner. Another Planet Organic company, Trophic Canada is the country's leading manufacturer of natural supplements. The Company has a total of 65 stores throughout Canada and 11 in the U.S.
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