Food Basics Kemptville has been recognized by Foodland Ontario for its commitment to showcasing local produce. The produce display won the Foodland Ontario Retailer Silver Award, which was presented to Food Basics Manager, Warren Monk, and Produce Manager, Cidalia Fox, by MPP Steve Clark on behalf of Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Hon. Ernie Hardeman at Food Basics on Thursday.
“I’m proud to recognized Warren, Cidalia, and all the staff at Food Basics for their tremendous work to support the hard-working farmers in our region and across Ontario,” said MPP Clark. “The best food in the world grows in Ontario. It’s important to celebrate grocery stores like Food Basics in Kemptville that do an outstanding job to promote these products to their customers with creative displays.”
In order to win the award, Food Basics had to enter the display contest, which runs from mid-April to November. The judging took place in 2018, and over 4,250 entries were submitted, with almost 6,000 photos of displays featuring fresh Ontario produce. MPP Clark also presented Kudrinko’s grocery in Westport with a gold award last week. “I was very proud when the Minister called me and said we are going to send you a couple packages,” he says.
Cidalia of Food Basics says it feels great to be recognized for their hard work. “It’s exciting,” she says. “It’s nice for our hard work to be appreciated.”