Milwaukee-based supermarket Roundy’s is partnering with Québec to bring branded and private brand groceries from Canada’s largest province to its Chicago Mariano’s Fresh Market stores in 2016.
Québec Premier Philippe Couillard joined with Roundy’s chairman, president and CEO Bob Mariano this past Friday at the
grocers NewCity Mariano’ store in Chicago to announce the partnership.
From November 18, as part of the Private Label Manufacturer’s Association Show, the Quebec Delegation in Chicago and Roundy’s will hold the event “Buying Quebec Roundy’s Day @”. On this occasion, some forty Québec food companies will hold exclusive meetings mesh with buyers of Roundy’s.
In April 2016, at the International Food Exhibition (SIAL) to be held in Montreal, the Quebec Delegation in Chicago, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec will welcome buyers from Roundy’s in Quebec. These meetings allow representatives of American business to make factory visits, to identify new suppliers and see the quality of Québec offers in this area.
In May 2016, buyers of Roundy’s will conduct an exploratory tour on the theme of seafood in Gaspésie, Îles-de-la-Madeleine and on the North Shore. The visit will take place during the snow crab season.
“The bio-food industry is nearly 500 000 jobs, or 12% of total employment in Quebec. This is an industry which represents 7% of GDP with $ 22 billion, and the United States is our main export market for this sector. Our companies have a leading quality products, and this partnership allows us to expose its true value, “concluded the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Pierre Paradis.
The agreement will expand Mariano’s international product offerings to include Québec specialties: game meats and fowl such as caribou, quail and bison; more than 300 kinds of artisanal cheeses; maple products; and apple ice wine.