Tastes for Calgarians: Calgary Co-op unveils Founders & Farmers, Cal & Gary’s as newest exclusive labels on store shelves

Calgary Co-op makes supporting local easy, with close to 2,000 local products under one roof

CALGARY – September 17, 2020 – Visitors to Calgary Co-op will be seeing some new additions to their store shelves. In addition to the nearly 2,000 local Calgary products now available in-store, Calgary Co-op today officially launched two new exclusive labels: Cal & Gary’s and Founders & Farmers.

To date, there are close to 650 exclusive label products available at Calgary Co-op, with new products being added weekly.

“We’ve been serving the Calgary community for more than 60 years, so we know the value of supporting local producers while providing the best quality products to Calgarians,” says Ken Keelor, CEO of Calgary Co-op. “We also know that when it comes to taste, Calgarians enjoy variety. Our two new labels have been curated for the tastes and preferences of our city.”

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Cal & Gary’s and Cal & Gary’s Organic showcase the best of what Calgarians love to eat. From locally-grown vegetables, to trail mixes celebrating major Calgary routes, to free-run eggs, bakery items, AAA beef and more, Cal & Gary’s provides a smile with its signature “Calgaryisms” on every product.

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Cal & Gary’s products include Calgaryisms on its products to bring a smile to those in the know.

Founders & Farmers takes shoppers back to the foundation Calgary Co-op was built on: a few folks who simply saw a better way to serve their friends and family. The Founders & Farmers brand stands for value, quality and variety, providing shoppers the confidence they are putting great products in their pantry, fridge or freezer.

Further, by building a strong relationship with Calgary businesses, many of whom have been challenged by the current pandemic, Calgarians have more options to shop local at Calgary Co-op. Says Louis Bontorin, Owner of Calgary Italian Bakery, “Calgary Italian Bakery Ltd was founded in 1962, only 6 years after Calgary Coop was founded. My parents Luigi and Myrl Bontorin were fiercely Calgarian. We purchase local whenever possible and believe in local first. Supporting the local economy is more important now more than ever, and we are grateful that it is part of Calgary Co-op’s DNA.”

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Calgary Co-op is home to nearly 2,000 local products.


Calgary Co-op is dedicated to Calgary by:

• Proudly employing close to 3,800 Calgarians and serving more than 440,000 co-operative members.
• Carrying close to 2,000 local products on its shelves, proudly supporting Calgary businesses, both big and small
• Supporting farmers: Calgary Co-op carries only Alberta fresh beef, pork and chicken
• Being Together for Good. The Calgary Co-op Foundation supports thousands of Calgarians. Last year the foundation donated $1.9 million to local groups to support the most vulnerable.
• With every visit, shoppers support Alberta agriculture, Western Canadian products and the hardworking people behind them.

“A commitment to local offerings that are unique to our city not only supports Calgary businesses, but also creates a sense of pride, says Paul Ahsmann of dpb Baking Company, which has worked with Calgary Co-op since the early 1990s. “Calgary Co-op is a true community shopping experience.” 

Continues Keelor, “This year has posed challenges for everyone. We are so proud of our team members and our loyal co-operative members who have shown patience and commitment each step of the way. We are glad to celebrate our new brands as we all move forward to provide incredible food options to our shoppers in a safe and sustainable manner.”

Calgary Co-op currently operates 23 store locations in the city and surrounding area, with a strong focus on the co-operative spirit and supporting the local economy.




About Calgary Co-op

Owned by members, Calgary Co-op is one of the largest retail co-operatives in North America. Our locations in Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane, High River, Okotoks and Strathmore include: food centres, pharmacies, gas stations, car washes, commercial cardlocks, home health care centres, wine, spirits and beer locations, and cannabis. We also own and operate Community Natural Foods. With over 440,000 members, 3,850 employees, assets of $627 million and annual sales of $1.2 billion, Calgary Co-op was recognized as one of Alberta's Top 75 Employers of 2019, and is committed to delivering an exceptional customer experience through inspired team members. 

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