High maturity and growing competition from a variety of channels, such as variety stores and convenience stores, exerted pressure on traditional grocery retailers prior to the onset of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. However, the exigencies of COVID-19 fostered robust retail value sales growth for food/drink specialists, as consumers could not visit restaurants during the lockdown period.
Considered an essential service in many provinces, cannabis retail sales soared before the COVID-19 lockdown and remained stable in the ensuing months. Retail sales of legal adult-use cannabis in Canada continued to break records during 2021.
Most traditional grocery outlets are focusing on improving their services to remain competitive with alternative channels. For example, M&M Food Market has launched a same-day grocery delivery service in southern Ontario as part of its expansion plans in Canada.
Traditional grocery retailers is set to see slight, but consistent growth in retail value (constant 2021 prices) sales, number of outlets and selling space through the forecast period. The channel is predicted to benefit from some intrinsic values in their business model.
One major threat to the development and growth of traditional grocery retailers remains competition from channels like supermarkets and convenience stores, which are expanding their offerings in terms of products on the shelves and services like delivery and click and collect or pick-up services in parking areas. One good example of this trend is the growing involvement of these modern grocery retailers in the liquor business, which can be expected to challenge the dominance of liquor stores.
Considered an essential service in many provinces, cannabis retail sales are growing. There was an expansion of retail locations from the end of December 2019, when it became possible for consumers to purchase and try out cannabis edibles and other cannabis-related goods from licensed stores.
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Traditional grocery retailing is the aggregation of those channels that are invariably non-chained and are, therefore, owned by families and/or run on an individual basis. For Euromonitor traditional grocery retailing is the aggregation of three channels: Independent Small Grocers, Food/Drink/Tobacco Specialists and Other Grocery Retailers. While there can be modern (i.e. chained) food/drink/tobacco specialists or other grocery retailers, due to the store's presence in the channel, these stores are still considered as traditional for Euromonitor International.See All of Our Definitions
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