Voilà grocery pick-up service expands into Western Canada

Empire has expanded its Voilà grocery home shopping offering to Alberta. The launch of “Voilà by Safeway Curbside Pickup” sets the stage for its online grocery home delivery service ultimately coming to the province in 2023. In support of the expansion, a Customer Fulfilment Centre is being built in Rocky View County, just outside of Calgary. […]

Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards finalists announced

The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has revealed the finalists for the 28th Annual Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards.  The finalists represent the 124 most impressive new food and consumer packaged goods products launched into the Canadian market in 2020. Submissions include established companies as well as new suppliers, smaller boutiques, and family-owned retailers across […]

Strength, resilience & creativity: How foodservice operators have thrived in the pandemic

RestoBiz spoke to numerous foodservice operators about the bold steps they have taken to keep moving forward throughout COVID-19. By Tom Nightingale Faced with mounting pressure, closures, razor-thin margins, and a range of health and business concerns, foodservice operators have had to tread where they have never stepped before during the COVID-19 pandemic. Battening down […]

Creating a new at-home culinary experience

In a time when ghost kitchens and meal kits are in vogue, Toronto’s Lavish focuses on unique quality. By Tom Nightingale For much of the last 12 months, eating at home has been the new dining out. The stark reality is that the physical dining experience as we knew it pre-COVID-19 may not be back […]

Canadian vegan chain Planta expanding in Eastern U.S.

Planta, the Canadian plant-based, full-service restaurant that creates all its own vegan menu items from scratch, is expanding in the United States. Planta is opening its seventh location in Florida this month, with plans to open more units in the New York and Maryland later this year. The brand operates four different versions of its […]

Burger King’s Impossible Whopper available across Canada

Burger King Canada has announced that it has begun serving the plant-based Impossible Whopper in stores across Canada as of April 12. The meal is now available in other Canadian provinces, after launching in Ontario locations in March. After a successful launch in the U.S., the Impossible Whopper, a collaboration between Burger King and Impossible […]

More Canadians looking to buy Canadian food

More Canadians are now looking to seek out Canadian-produced food, according to a recent survey from Farm Credit Canada. The survey, which was conducted between January 8-12, 2021, found that six out of 10 Canadians are more likely to purchase Canadian-made or -grown food. “We had surveyed 2000 Canadians across the country, reflective of how […]

Drink trends to watch in Canada in 2021

New trends emerged across almost every industry in 2020 as consumers and businesses adjusted to the realities of a global pandemic. Drink trends within the beverage alcohol industry were no exception. Just like in fashion, drink trends regularly come and go as the seasons change and the calendar flips to a new year. This year, […]