Jim Pattison Group food businesses join forces under The Pattison Food Group

Source: westerngrocer.com

(February 18, 2021 – Vancouver, BC) Jim Pattison Group businesses Save-On-Foods, Buy-Low Foods and Quality Foods announced today as part of the evolution of their services to independent retailers and home consumers in Western Canada, that they will report to the newly formed Pattison Food Group, along with specialty operations and wholesale divisions including PriceSmart Foods, Urban Fare, Bulkley Valley Wholesale, Everything Wine, Pure Integrative Pharmacy, Nature’s Fare Markets, Meinhardt Fine Foods, Nesters Market, Choices Markets, Associated Grocers, Van-Whole Produce and Imperial Distributors Canada Inc.

This new structure provides a strategic format for capturing synergies without affecting the value that each unique retail and wholesale operation delivers to its customers today. This new structure will allow The Pattison Food Group businesses to increase efficiencies with lower operating and product costs to better serve the needs of their diverse customer base across Western Canada.

This structure will allow the businesses to build momentum, leverage each other’s strengths, and enhance efficiencies across their respective organizations and will ultimately provide opportunities for growth and job security for more than 30,000 team members.

Noel Hayward, President of Quality Foods said, “Our relationship with the Jim Pattison Group started in 2012 and it has given us the confidence and the ability to grow our business on Vancouver Island, and created opportunities for our employees to learn and develop their skills. Through 2020, we especially saw the importance of good communication and access to best available information, technology and people. Our team is proud of our unique culture, the freedom to make decisions locally and the accountability that goes along with it, but we are also looking forward to realizing growth opportunities and achieving economies of scale as part of The Pattison Food Group.”

Dan Bregg, President of Buy-Low Foods/Associated Grocers said, “As the Home of the Independent for almost 95 years, Associated Grocers, Buy-Low Foods and our associated group of conventional and specialty retail stores have been driven by one purpose: to provide a sustainable foundation for healthy communities. Our goal is to add value to the lives of our loyal customers, our team members, and the 2,000 independent grocers, restaurants, food relief agencies, and local specialty shops we service everyday – from B.C. to Quebec. We are proud of the unique support and services we provide to those businesses today and we are very excited about the additional benefits we can offer with the combined power of our collective group.”

The Pattison Food Group will be led by Darrell Jones, President of Save-On-Foods, and each of The Pattison Food Group businesses will continue to operate with their own president and management teams.

“Our goal is to help further strengthen what customers have come to know and love from each of these organizations, by providing the tools and support that will allow each of our unique offerings to continue to evolve and increase the value that we deliver to our customers,” said Darrell Jones, President of Save-On-Foods. “Over the last five years, Save-On-Foods has been the fastest growing grocery retailer in Western Canada and this structure only strengthens and supports our ability to compete against the national players. We are so excited about this opportunity to increase synergies; we just couldn’t ask for better people to do business with.”