Sobeys Inc. announces the appointment of Yves Laverdière as President of it’s Quebec business unit

STELLARTON, NS, 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Sobeys Inc. today announced the appointment of Yves Laverdière as President of the company’s Quebec business unit.

Mr. Laverdière served for a 19 years as a senior leader within the Quebec business unit, most recently as the Senior Vice President, Merchandising, for the IGA banner.

“Yves is a well respected, experienced food executive who understands all aspects of our business in Quebec,” said Marc Poulin, President & CEO, Sobeys Inc. “He is well positioned to continue advancing our Joy of Eating Better strategy and executing our plan to serve the needs of our customers throughout the province. His expertise and insight will also prove of great value for our company as a whole.”

Mr. Laverdière will report to Mr. Poulin and serve as a member of the Sobeys Inc. Leadership Committee. His appointment is effective immediately.

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 approximately 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, its franchisees and 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 www.sobeyscorporate.com.

For more information, please contact:
Andrew Walker
Senior Vice President, Communications & Corporate Affairs
Sobeys Inc.
(905) 238-7124 ext. 6711

Marie-Noëlle Cano
Director, Communications & Public Relations
Sobeys Quebec
(514) 324-1010 ext.5200

Sobeys Inc. announces the departure of its Quebec business unit president Claude Tessier

STELLARTON, NS, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sobeys Inc. today announced that Claude Tessier, President of the company’s Quebec business unit has left the organization to pursue another opportunity.

Simon Gagné, Chief Human Resources Officer, Sobeys Inc., will, in addition to his current responsibilities, oversee the Quebec business unit on an interim basis as the company undertakes a thorough search for Mr. Tessier’s replacement.

Mr. Gagné has a deep understanding of the Quebec business having served for 15 years as a member of the Quebec leadership team before being appointed as Chief Human Resources Officer for Sobeys Inc. in 2012.

“Our leadership team in Quebec, which manages the IGA retail chain as well as other banners throughout the province, will remain focused on advancing the Joy of Eating Better movement and in serving the needs of our customers each and every day,” said Marc Poulin, President & CEO, Sobeys Inc.

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 approximately 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, its franchisees and 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 www.sobeyscorporate.com.

For more information, please contact:
Andrew Walker
Senior Vice President, Communications & Corporate Affairs
Sobeys Inc.
(905) 238-7124 ext. 6711

Marie-Noëlle Cano
Director, Communications & Public Relations
Sobeys Quebec
(514) 324-1010 ext.5200

The Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund in new national partnership with Special Olympics Canada

Partnership to centre on nutrition education and cooking skills for Canadians with intellectual disabilities

Stellarton, NS, 2015-11-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund is proud to announce a new national partnership with Special Olympics Canada. The partnership will centre on providing increased access to nutrition education for Canadians with intellectual disabilities.

Launched in 2014, the Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund supports access to and the advancement of better food through donations and partnerships with national and regional charities. The Fund has three distinct areas of focus:

  • Eat Better – food access through the support of food banks and meal programs
  • Feel Better – health management, prevention and research on foodrelated health issues
  • Do Better – food literacy through nutrition education and cooking skills

A common thread in all Special Olympics Canada programs, whether daily sport programs or Team Canada on the world stage, is the need for increased focus on the importance of good nutrition. Research shows that Canadians with intellectual disabilities face significant adverse health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. Nutrition education is critical to reducing the risk of chronic disease.

Data on the health status of individuals with intellectual disabilities indicates that 60% of adult Special Olympics athletes are obese and overweight. Of those athletes screened in the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program, 27% had low bone density and the overall mortality rate of people with intellectual disabilities is more than five times higher than people the same age, sex and residence.

The partnership between Special Olympics Canada and the Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund will result in early introduction of better food, knowledge and skills in order to help combat the increased risk of chronic disease, additional stresses of families with members that have an intellectual disability and the need for increased food knowledge. Thousands of Canadians living with intellectual disabilities – from 2 years of age to senior citizens – as well as their families, caregivers and coaches will access nutrition guides, cooking classes and fresh accessible food, through the hundreds of local Special Olympics programs across the country.

“Together with Special Olympics Canada, the Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund will make better food possible for families, athletes and coaches in the Special Olympics Canada community,” said Marc Poulin, President and CEO, Sobeys Inc. “This is just the beginning of an exciting partnership that will result in more of our neighbours living with intellectual disabilities eating better, feeling better and doing better.”

“We are proud to partner with the Sobeys Inc, Better Food Fund,” said Sharon Bollenbach, CEO of Special Olympics Canada. “Special Olympics Canada and Sobeys believe in the need for new and improved health and nutrition resources that will have a positive impact on the lives of Canadians with intellectual disabilities. Together, we can change the game and set our athletes, and their families, caregivers and coaches, on a course for a long, healthy, active life.”

More information about the Sobeys Inc. Better Food Fund is available at https://www.sobeys.com/betterfoodfund.

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For further information or to schedule an interview, please contact: Renée Hopfner Director, Community Investment Renee.Hopfner@sobeys.com 403-730-3631

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 approximately 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 www.sobeyscorporate.com.

About Special Olympics Canada
Established in 1969, the Canadian chapter of this international movement is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport. Operating yearround in all Canadian provinces and territories except Nunavut, this grassroots movement reaches beyond the sphere of sport to empower individuals, change attitudes, and build communities. From two-year olds to mature adults, there are more than 40,000 children and adults with an intellectual disability registered in Special Olympics programs across Canada. They are supported by more than 19,000 volunteers, including close to 14,000 trained coaches. For further information: Visit www.specialolympics.ca or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@SpecialOCanada).

David F. Sobey and Donald C.R. Sobey will retire and not re-offer for election to the Empire Company Limited board of directors

STELLARTON, NS, 2015-7-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Empire Company Limited today announced David F. Sobey, 84, Chair Emeritus, Sobeys Inc. and Donald C.R. Sobey, 80, Chair Emeritus, Empire Company Limited, will retire and not re-offer for election to the Empire board of directors at its annual general meeting to be held September 10.

“No two individuals have played more significant roles in the growth and development of Empire and Sobeys than David and Donald Sobey,” said Rob Dexter, Chair, Empire Company Limited. “For more than half a century, their contributions – both within the leadership of Empire and Sobeys as well as at the board level – have transformed these companies, facilitating their emergence and subsequent growth on the national stage.”

“The Sobey family continues to be well represented by other generations on the board of directors, including some of David and Donald’s children,” Dexter continued. “As major shareholders, I know that both David and Donald will continue to remain engaged and very well informed on the strategic direction and decisions of the company.”

About David F. Sobey
David Sobey has served on the Empire board of directors since 1963. He was introduced to the grocery business at an early age, honing his skills and knowledge working virtually every job there was in the family’s ever-expanding business, including store manager. His career took him into increasingly senior leadership roles, including serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sobeys from 1986 to 1995 and Chairman from 1995-2001. When he retired in 2001, he was appointed Chair Emeritus by Sobeys Inc.’s board of directors.

David Sobey was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1995.

About Donald C.R. Sobey
Donald Sobey has served on the Empire board of directors since 1963. After graduating from Queen’s University in 1957, Donald joined his father and brothers in the family business; first in real estate financing for the rapidly expanding Sobeys grocery business and then with the fledgling Empire Company Limited which had been set up to diversify the family’s business interests. He was appointed President of Empire in 1969 and Chairman in 1985. When he retired in 2004, he was appointed Chair Emeritus by Empire’s board of directors.

Donald Sobey was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2014.

ABOUT EMPIRE
Empire Company Limited (TSX: EMP.A) is a Canadian company headquartered in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. Empire’s key businesses are food retailing and related real estate. With $23.9 billion in sales and $11.5 billion in assets, Empire and its subsidiaries, franchisees and affiliates employ approximately 125,000 people.

Additional financial information relating to Empire, including the company’s Annual Information Form, can be found on the company’s website at www.empireco.ca or at www.sedar.com.

Media Contact
Andrew Walker
Senior Vice President
Communications & Corporate Affairs
Sobeys Inc.
(905) 238-7124 ext. 6711