Co-op to launch new in-store labels and scoring system across its 210 food stores throughout Western Canada

Saskatchewan, Canada, 2014-9-26— /EPR Retail News/ — Buying local food items and supporting local businesses has never been easier thanks to new in-store labels and an innovative scoring system powered by Localize.

Co-op is introducing the scoring system in 210 food stores throughout Western Canada, which is now available in stores across Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This scoring system was launched across Alberta and British Columbia in late August. Co-op is the first business to launch Localize across its network of food stores.

Edmonton-based Localize factors ownership, production location, ingredients and sustainability into its scoring, which is customized to each food store location. Shoppers can find more detailed information about products by scanning QR codes on shelf labels. Only products rated 7.0 or higher will be labeled as local products.

Producers and Food Processors

Producers and food processors can also take advantage of Localize and supplying Co-op with their products. Co-op is  launching its Sell to Us guide, which is a resource for local producers and businesses on how to supply products to their local co-op store or distribute products through FCL’s warehouses. The guide is available through this link or through www.coopfood.ca.

Producers looking to become involved with Localize can register online at http://www.localizeyourfood.com/food-producers.

For more information on this initiative, visit www.coopfood.ca. A listing of participating producers and processors can be found at www.localizeyourfood.com.