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Thrifty Foods Tsawwassen welcomes local food producers and enthusiasts

July 18, 2015
B.C.'s local experts and producers bring passion, knowledge, and fresh berry pie!

VICTORIA, B.C. - Thrifty Foods customers tasted the best of what B.C. has to offer when local producers came together on Saturday at Thrifty Foods Tsawwassen to share fresh food and fresh ideas. The Thrifty Foods team and Retail Specialist Mykal Cushing were joined by food enthusiasts and local producers including Russ Rimmer, GM Olympic Dairy, and James Bergen from family-run Bergen Farms.

"For Thrifty Foods, local is about supporting our community," said Cushing. "For example, our Fresh Sockeye Salmon is caught in B.C. then processed in B.C. The salmon is caught by our fishermen, and it stays in our province to be processed by our people. We value high quality products, but we also value the relationships we share with our suppliers."

Thrifty Foods has partnered with local producers since it first opened its doors in 1977. These partnerships continue to grow, bringing sweet and juicy local cherries, freshly baked, crunchy tortilla chips and fine artisan cheeses to local communities - truly the best of B.C.

 "Local for us is a geographic relationship - we are a BC company - but, more importantly, it represents the local partnership we have with Thrifty Foods, its employees and our mutual customers," said Rimmer. "We live here, we work here, and we support each other."

The market-style event Saturday featured over 25 local producers sharing their unique, local products with Thrifty Foods Tsawwassen customers.

"Local means grown, processed or packed in British Columbia," said Bergen. "Local is also about a sense of community. We prefer to support local, local people support us. It's a great relationship that way."

All 26 Thrifty Foods stores provide products from B.C. producers in all departments: Meat, Seafood, Bakery, Grocery, Bulk and the Deli. We Pick BC First is a promise founded on valuing local communities, and supporting them whether it's about fresh ingredients or how they choose to support local projects and causes.

Thrifty Foods ( was founded in 1977 in Victoria, BC. Today, Thrifty Foods, a banner of Sobeys Inc., has a total of 26 retail grocery stores across the Lower Mainland, throughout Vancouver Island and Saltspring Island.

About Sobeys Inc.
Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 108 years. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises more than 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton's Drug Stores as well as more than 350 retail fuel locations. Sobeys and its franchise affiliates employ more than 125,000 people. The company's purpose is to help Canadians Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at


For more information, please contact:

Amy Hill
Thrifty Foods
Tel: (250) 483-1620 Ext. 1514