Will the LCBO strike affect restaurant revenues?

Summer is a very busy time for restaurants as they fill their patios and indoor spaces. Wine and spirits account for a significant of restaurant revenues, and as LCBO is the primary provider for restaurant wine and spirits, operators are hoping for a swift end to the labour dispute. According to Restaurants Canada, Ontario’s bars […]

DoorDash commits another $1 million to the Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund

DoorDash has announced the launch of the 2024-25 Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund, together with partners, Hello Alice, and the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN). The Fund will provide an additional $1,000,000 in relief grants to eligible local restaurants impacted by disasters. The grants, each $10,000, can help cover essential operation expenses such as rent, repairs for damages, […]

QSR combos are driving traffic with value

As more consumers make cuts to their discretionary spending, many operators are looking for ways to increase traffic and boost the bottom line. While more value doesn’t always mean cheaper pricing, some operators are creating combos and LTOs to stand out and offer more to their customers. Most recently, McDonald’s announced a new lineup of […]

Tyler Schwarz appointed managing director of RATIONAL Canada

RATIONAL AG proudly announces the appointment of Tyler Schwarz as managing director of RATIONAL Canada. Schwarz, who served as Regional Sales Manager and later Senior Sales Director for RATIONAL Canada over the past nine years, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new role. “Tyler Schwarz has been instrumental in driving our company’s […]

How the new CFIA labelling regulations can affect your operations

By Hannah van Teylingen The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada are stepping up their game with new food labelling regulations that are planned to kick in by 2024 and 2025. In today’s health-conscious world, these new regulations aim to enhance transparency, encourage smarter food choices, and make sure everyone – from foodies […]

Inflation and the foodservice industry

The last few years have seen a steady and dramatic rise in the cost of food. In January, inflation reached a dramatic 11 per cent, however, global inflation is on the decline, with Germany recording a drop from 22 per cent fourteen months ago to .15 per cent today. Similarly, the United States has seen […]

Smart Serve Ontario provides free mental health services to hospitality workers

Smart Serve Ontario, a registered charity dedicated to responsible liquor sales and service practices, is taking a crucial step towards improving mental health in the hospitality industry with the launch of its new campaign “Smart Serve Cares.” Delivered in partnership with Not 9 to 5, a non-profit that advocates for the mental health of hospitality […]

How does value influence restaurant guest satisfaction?

In today’s inflationary times, consumers are spending their dollars wisely, paying attention to pricing, and weighing where to invest. Restaurants are seeing a drop in visits as guests weigh their purchases, tightening their belts to decrease discretionary spending. However, there is good news for operators: Technomic’s recent webinar reveals some encouraging data to help restaurants […]

American Express expands small restaurant grant program in Toronto and Montreal

American Express announces the expansion of its Backing International Small Restaurants Program in Canada with independent restaurants in Montreal now eligible to apply, in addition to Toronto. In total across both cities, 20 grants of $19,500 CAD each will be offered to selected recipients. In partnership with the International Downtown Association (IDA) Foundation, grant support […]

QSRs are diversifying their menus to draw in a broader customer base

Many restaurateurs are getting creative with their menus, adding new items, focusing on fresh flavours, and targeting new markets as they continue to compete for attention. Over half of restaurants plan to add LTOs to the menu this year, to up perceived value, and offer guests something new to try and a reason to visit. […]