UXBRIDGE, ON, March 21, 2018:
Today’s plastic bags will probably outlive us all.
This isn’t so much a testament to product quality, but to an emerging environmental problem that threatens our soils and oceans – as well as our food chain.
Vince’s Market is doing its part to reverse this disturbing trend by providing customers with bio-based shopping bags. These are made from a bio hybrid resin, based on up to 70% sustainable and renewable plant starch that is 100% biodegradable.
Microorganisms that consume and decompose most items – like these bags – and return them to basic compounds found in nature, won’t digest petroleum-based products. Like plastic.
Conventional plastic bags will eventually break down into smaller and smaller pieces, especially when exposed to sunlight. But these tiny crumbs or granules may linger for decades, possibly even centuries, and are already showing up in our fish and shellfish.
Vince’s bio-based bags not only break down completely in about 15 months, but won’t leech harmful chemicals when frozen or heated. They even have a slightly sweet scent.
The company has also made the switch in its produce departments. Bio-based “convenience bags” are not only a greener way to transport fruits and vegetables, but can extend their flavour and freshness by as much as six days*.
Like traditional paper bags, plant starch breathes, releasing excess moisture to help keep produce from spoiling. This is not only a significant advantage over traditional polyethylene, found in most grocery stores, but gives Vince’s convenience bags a use after shoppers arrive home.
And when it comes time to dispose of food waste, they can be placed directly in the green bin – completing the cycle.
“We have always felt that minimizing food packaging waste is an important role we play as an independent grocer,” said Giancarlo Trimarchi, partner, CFO and Controller at Vince’s Market. “We need to be the leaders that can affect change.”
Reducing plastics by way of Vince’s bio bags removes roughly 1.2 million plastic shopping bags and 400,000 convenience bags from landfills, and into compost bins.
“We also feel that providing customers with complimentary bags is a part of what we offer,” he added, “and these bags are no exception.”
* according to independent testing by product research firm NSF International (2017)
Brand Manager, Vince’s Market
email@example.com • vincesmarket.ca
UXBRIDGE, ON, March 15, 2018:
For the second year in a row, Vince’s Market has been named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies – a program now in its 25th year, and continues to recognize excellence in private Canadian-owned companies.
Presented by Deloitte and CIBC, Canada’s Best Managed Companies puts hundreds of entrepreneurial companies through a rigorous application process, with only the best receiving this prestigious designation.
“I’m thrilled that our company has been honoured again with this award,” said Giancarlo Trimarchi, partner, CFO and Controller at Vince’s Market. “It is validation that the efforts of our Team – and our growth plans – measure up to some of the top businesses across the country.”
Under his direction, along with Carmen Trimarchi, President and CEO, and Brian Johns, Chief Operating Officer, Vince’s Market has grown from a small roadside fruit and vegetable stand to a small chain of independent and community-oriented grocery stores, focused on providing a fresh and personal shopping experience.
“Our entire team works hard each day to live up to our mission statement,” added Brian Johns. “A commitment to superior service – Quality, Fresh, and Convenience, delivered by each team member, every day, and to every customer.”
Vince’s Market opened its fourth location in Tottenham last fall, and will be launching a “market style” store in Newmarket’s Upper Canada Mall in fall 2018. Vince’s will also be redeveloping and expanding their original Sharon location.
Brand Manager, Vince’s Market
Canada’s Best Managed Companies continues to be the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million. Every year since the launch of the program in 1993, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies have competed for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates their management skills and practices. Program sponsors are Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums. For further information, visit www.bestmanagedcompanies.ca.
Vince’s Market is a nationally recognized and award winning, small footprint fresh food retail chain. This privately held company employs more than 300 people in York, Durham, and Simcoe Regions, serving the communities of Sharon, Newmarket, Uxbridge and Tottenham. In 2014, their Newmarket location was awarded 2nd place in Canada for their category from the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers. In 2017 and 2018, the chain was recognized as one of “Canada’s Best Managed Companies.”
Four local charities announced as recipients of 2018 “Community Product Initiative”
NEWMARKET, ON, January 8, 2018:
Long recognized for their commitment to local charities, Vince’s Market is adding yet another layer of community support. This award-winning independent grocery chain is launching the Community Product Initiative.
Starting with the January 5-11 flyer, and each one moving forward, Vince’s will identify one ‘community product.’ Each store will then donate 15 percent of total sales of that item – during the flyer period – to the Community Project selected by that location. Funds for each project will grow throughout 2018, and by year end, the company looks forward to making a significant contribution to four important causes.
Leading up to the launch, team members and customers of Vince’s Market had the opportunity to select a charitable organization within the municipalities served by each of their four stores: Newmarket, Sharon, Uxbridge – and the recently-opened Tottenham location.
These are the Community Product Initiative recipients for 2018:
Doane House Hospice is a dynamic non-profit organization, dedicated to enhancing quality of life through non-medical support for those affected by, or caring for, an individual with a life-threatening illness. They also provide bereavement support. The vision of DHH is to make volunteer hospice care accessible to all in the community.
Blue Door Shelters provides safe, supportive shelter and services for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Initiated as a shelter for single men in 1982, Blue Door Shelters has expanded its services to include emergency shelter programs for families and youth.
Tottenham Food Bank provides this essential service with no judgement or restrictions. They have two locations – in Tottenham and Beeton – which are open every Tuesday afternoon and evening to all residents who find themselves in need.
The Uxbridge/Scugog Animal Control Centre has been pairing local families with dogs and cats for generations. Located on Reach St., the shelter is responsible for animal control across Uxbridge and Scugog Townships. Their dedicated team of full-time, part-time and volunteer staff provides care for dozens of injured stray cats and dogs until they can be reunited with their owners, or placed for adoption.
Vince’s Market looks forward to supporting all of these vital organizations with their Community Product Initiative fundraising.
Brand Manager, Vince’s Market
Small-footprint store to join 25 vendors as part of 40,000 square-foot mall redevelopment project
NEWMARKET ON, November 8, 2017:
Vince’s Market has announced the opening of a small footprint store in the fall of 2018 at Upper Canada Mall. It is part of a larger redevelopment project that involves the creation of a best-in-class food market with 25 vendors offering an assortment of fresh foods and prepared take-away options.
Vince’s 1,100 square foot “market-style” store will be located in the groundbreaking 40,000 sq. ft. Oxford Food Market, strategically positioned near the entrance, and adjacent to a new 2,000 sq. ft. Starbucks. Retail space will include fresh produce, soups, salad bar, olive bar, individual fresh snacking options, bulk food, and dairy.
“We are looking forward to the opportunity to serve new customers in this new format market, with many other operators of excellence,” said Brian Johns, partner and director of operations. “Our commitment to quality, fresh and convenience will be a great match for Oxford Market.”
He added: “This project will create a unique vibe, a different experience for shoppers.”
In addition to Vince’s fresh and prepared options, the new store will also be a pick-up location for their “Entertaining Made Easy” program, where customers can order fresh platters, custom baskets and cakes, either online from their own computers, or from in-store “Connect Centre” kiosks.
For more information, contact:
Brand Manager, Vince’s Market
Focus is on ‘fresh,’ with expanded deli, bakery and cut-on-site meats
TOTTENHAM, ON, September 22, 2017:
Early morning crowds gathered for the long-awaited Vince’s Market store opening at 55 Queen Street South. This 14,500 square foot “fresh food experience” is the fourth Vince’s location, joining Sharon, Newmarket and Uxbridge.
An enthusiastic local audience was on hand for the 8:00 a.m. ribbon cutting, that included Town of New Tecumseth Mayor Rick Milne, Councillor Ward 7 Shira Harrison McIntyre, representatives from the Tottenham Beeton & District Chamber of Commerce, and from the Beeton-Tottenham Business Improvement Association. And, of course, new Vince’s customers.
The new store footprint may be smaller than conventional supermarkets, but like other Vince’s locations, it caters to shoppers who realize that bigger isn’t necessarily better. “We’re all about our ‘fresh’ departments,” said Brian Johns, partner and director of operations. “The majority of floor space is dedicated to produce, along with ready-to-go prepared meals and salads, cut-on-site meat department, expanded deli with artisan cheese, and our bakery.”
“A lot of Vince’s customers talk about our fresh fruits and vegetables,” added partner Giancarlo Trimarchi. “That’s what we’re known for, and produce is still a core part of our business. But it is these other departments that really raise the bar, and speak to our slogan: ‘because food is one of life’s greatest pleasures’.”
Since their first store was purchased in 1986 by president and partner Carmen Trimarchi – who still makes the 5 a.m. trip to the Ontario Food Terminal – this independent grocery chain has won numerous accolades. This includes “Reader’s Choice” awards from local media, a category award in 2014 from the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, and recognition in 2017 as one of “Canada’s Best Managed Companies.”
Brand Manager, Vince’s Market
Thursday March 9th, 2017
Uxbridge, Ontario: Vince’s Market has been named as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, one of 45 companies in Canada to receive this award in 2017.
Canada’s Best Managed Companies is Canada’s leading business awards program, presented by Deloitte and CIBC, recognizing excellence in private Canadian-owned companies. Each year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies undergo a rigorous application process, but only the best are awarded this prestigious designation.
“It was quite an intense application, but with the amount of planning and effort our Team has put into our stores over the last few years, we felt it was time to benchmark our organizational goals with the rest of the country,” stated Giancarlo Trimarchi.
Giancarlo is a Partner in Vince’s Market and, in his role as CFO and Controller of the organization, felt it was the proper time in their company’s development to make the application. Along with Carmen Trimarchi, President and CEO, and Brian Johns, Chief Operating Officer, Vince’s Market has grown from a small roadside fruit and vegetable stand to a small chain of community oriented grocery stores focused on offering a personal and fresh shopping experience.
“We are so incredibly proud of our Management and Supervisory Team as well as every Team Member at Vince’s. Our commitment to Quality, Fresh, and Convenience is delivered at every level by our Team,” Trimarchi continued.
“We are honoured to receive this award. It validates and underscores our growth plans, as well as having new Team members recognize we are a great company to be a part of. Success breeds success, and we are excited for what the rest of this year will bring,” states Partner, Brian Johns.
Vince’s Market is scheduled to open their fourth location in Tottenham, ON this fall, and will be growing their talented pool of staff by an additional 130 team members this calendar year.
About Vince’s Market: Vince’s Market is a nationally recognized and award winning, small footprint fresh food retail chain. This privately held company employs 300 people in York, Durham, and soon to be Simcoe Regions, serving the communities of Sharon, Newmarket, and Uxbridge. This year, they are opening a fourth location in Tottenham. Their Newmarket location was recently awarded 2nd place in the country for their category, from the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers. For further information, visit www.vincesmarket.com
About Canada’s Best Managed Companies: Canada’s Best Managed Companies continues to be the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million. Every year since the launch of the program in 1993, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies have competed for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates their management skills and practices. The awards are granted on four levels: 1) Canada’s Best Managed Companies new winner (the new winners are selected each year); 2) Canada’s Best Managed Companies winner (award recipients that have re-applied and successfully retained their Best Managed designation); 3) Gold Standard winner (After three consecutive years of maintaining their Best Managed status, these winners have demonstrated their commitment to the program and successfully retained their award for four to six consecutive years); 4) Platinum Club member (Winners that have maintained their Best Managed status for seven years or more). Program sponsors are Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums. For further information, visit www.bestmanagedcompanies.ca.
Brian Johns, Partner
Thursday, March 24th, 2016
This Easter weekend, when you are making shopping decisions to serve your family and friends, there is another great reason to shop at Vince’s Market.
Vince’s Market is now the first major grocer in Canada to serve customers with fully biodegradable bags – free of charge.
“We are a grocer that is built upon serving our customers fresh, quality food in a convenient way. Further, we are committed to making a positive impact in the communities we serve. Giving harmful plastic bags away to our customers to carry their groceries was not meeting that expectation,” noted Giancarlo Trimarchi.
As you can guess, biodegradable bags are more costly then the traditional plastic bags, but, Vince’s Market is remaining committed to not charging customers for their bags.
The bags are produced out of a bio hybrid resin comprised of 70% sustainable and renewable plant starch that creates a new molecular structure that is 100% biodegradable in approximately 15 months.
Mr. Trimarchi concluded, “Our stores are open each day this weekend, and we are looking forward to introducing these bags to our customers. Seeing the long term positive impact this decision is going to make in the smaller communities we serve is going to be worth the investment.”
About Vince’s Market: Vince’s Market is a nationally recognized and award winning, small surface grocery store that focuses on fresh departments within their marketplace. This privately held company employs 300 people in York, Durham, and soon to be Simcoe Regions, in serving the communities of Sharon, Newmarket and Uxbridge. This year, they are opening a fourth location in Tottenham. Their Newmarket location was recently awarded 2nd place in the country for their category from the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers.
Monday, January 25th, 2016
Vince’s Market is overwhelmed with being awarded as the #1 Grocery Store by voters in the 2015 Reader’s Choice Awards!
Vince’s Market was also recognized as 1st Place winner of the Best Fresh Fruit & Vegetables category and 1st Place winner of the Best Deli category.
Vince’s also picked up 2nd Place recognition as Best Butcher Shop and 2nd Place for Best Natural and Organic Food Store.
This is the record 20th consecutive year that Vince’s has been awarded 1st Place in the Best Fresh Fruit and Vegetables category. An accomplishment that’s unparalleled!
The owners, Carmen Trimarchi, Giancarlo Trimarchi and Brian Johns, are humbled by the annual recognition of The Era Banner readers and would like to thank all of their customers for their loyalty and patronage. Vince’s prides itself on their ability to stay true to their roots as a family business, and are proud to be a part of the communities in which they serve.
Carmen continues to visit the Ontario Food Terminal 5 days a week to source out the freshest fruits and vegetables – from field to feast for you and your family “because food is one of life’s greatest pleasures!”
The mission of Vince’s Market is to serve our customers quality and fresh food through an experience of convenience, cleanliness and accessibility provided by a team dedicated to superior service. We are committed to building long-term relationships with our team members and partner vendors in an effort to encourage high performance and personal growth. It is our commitment to make a difference in every community we serve.
Vince’s has a very active presence on social media, where they continue to provide customers with relevant information on food and what is happening in the stores. Check out the Vince’s Facebook Page to follow Vince’s!
Visit your local Vince’s Market to discover or rediscover why they continue to be #1 among The Era Banner readers!
Vince’s Market has three locations:
Newmarket – 869 Mulock Drive in Newmarket (905-853-3356)
Sharon – 19101 Leslie Street in Sharon (905-478-8241)
Uxbridge – Uxbridge at 234 Toronto Street South (905-852-2442)
Visit us at www.vincesmarket.com to stay up to date with our flyers, blog, and weekly product features.
Thursday January 21st, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Town of East Gwillimbury Approves Vince’s Market Sharon Re-Development
Sharon, Ontario: On Tuesday evening in East Gwillimbury at Town Council, the recommendation that was made earlier in the day to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-Law to allow for the redevelopment of the Vince’s Market Plaza in Sharon was unanimously passed by the Committee of the Whole.
This two-year process saw strong public consultation/engagement through an open consultation process with residents and neighbours.
It was staff’s recommendation to approve the application, built upon meeting the Town’s Official Plan to ensure balanced growth, in supporting residents’ everyday needs by providing retail and commercial uses within local centres.
“I am very pleased with the positive outcome”, noted Carmen Trimarchi. “When I began here in 1986 taking over from the Vince family, it was with future growth in mind. Hopefully now residents will also have an opportunity to satisfy their banking needs, and other such retail expectations, without having to leave town.”
The re-development of the site includes a completely brand new Vince’s location built from the ground up, that will continue to focus on fresh departments, as well as having the new zoning to allow for banks, retail, service and personal service shops. Vince’s Sharon location will remain open and serving the public during renovations.
While this stage is now finalized, Site Plan Approval along with issuing building permits will complete the process. “We are looking forward to having the new community plaza completed in order to serve the residents, toward the end of 2017”, cited Trimarchi.
About Vince’s Market: Vince’s Market is a nationally recognized and award winning, small surface grocery store that focuses on fresh departments within their marketplace. This privately held company employs 300 people in York, Durham, and soon to be Simcoe Regions, in serving the communities of Sharon, Newmarket and Uxbridge. This year, they are opening a fourth location in Tottenham. Their Newmarket location was recently awarded 2nd place in the country for their category, from the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers.
Brian Johns, Partner