Ontario restaurants can reopen indoor dining from January 31

After a brief period of lockdown, Ontario restaurants can reopen for indoor dining once again starting on January 31. Eateries in the province were ordered to shut their dining rooms from January 5 for a minimum period of 26 days. That left outdoor dining, takeout, drive-thru, and delivery as the only operations still on the […]

Ontario city lets customers trade parking tickets for restaurant receipts

The Ontario city of Barrie is offering an incentive to support local businesses by allowing customers to trade parking tickets for restaurant meal receipts amid COVID-19 restrictions. Effective January 18, residents who get a City-issued parking ticket in paid parking areas can have that ticket scrapped if they provide a receipt from a Barrie restaurant. Residents can […]

Kraft Heinz creates new North America strategy role, other CPGs make key hires

Kraft Heinz has created a new role, chief strategy and transformation officer, and has hired Dafne Hefner in the position. Hefner will lead strategic planning, processes, and digital capabilities for Kraft Heinz in Canada and the U.S., reporting directly to Carlos Abrams-Rivera, EVP and president, North America. Hefner’s appointment follows the company’s recent decision to combine […]

Foodservice requests emergency access to foreign workers

Canadian food industry associations are calling on the federal government to create an “emergency” temporary foreign workers program to address the chronic labour shortages still being seen in the sector. The Canadian Press reports that the group representing the food and beverage processing sector includes Food and Beverage Canada, the Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council, and […]

Toronto opens registration for 2022 CaféTO program

The City of Toronto has announced that it has opened registration for its extended 2022 CaféTO program and is now welcoming applications from restaurants and bars. Operators in the city who are interested in expanding their outdoor dining space into the curb lane and onto sidewalks can register and apply through a new streamlined online […]

New Brunswick becomes latest province to lock down dining rooms

Following earlier moves by Quebec and Ontario since late December, New Brunswick has become the latest province to ban indoor dining amid the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Starting January 14, dining rooms across New Brunswick will be closed as just one of numerous new restrictions introduced. The provincial government announced on January 13 that all […]

Alto-Shaam appoints Gerard Strong as new Corporate Chef

Alto-Shaam, a leading innovator in the global foodservice equipment industry, has announced that it has appointed experienced chef Gerard Strong as a Corporate Chef. In his new role, Strong will serve as an application specialist for Alto-Shaam foodservice equipment, with responsibilities including enhancing the customer experience through voice-of-the-customer initiatives, as well as executing menu consultations […]

Square launches on-demand delivery in Canada via DoorDash

Financial services company Square has launched on-demand delivery for orders made with Square Online in Canada via DoorDash Drive, DoorDash’s white-label fulfillment platform that powers direct delivery for any business. Canada is the first international market to offer on-demand delivery since Square Online’s U.S. launch in 2020. A Square release notes that given the challenges […]