Chipotle reaps rewards with NBA text drive

Chipotle has long been cited as one of the leaders in customer loyalty, and the brand allowed its loyalty program members to reap rewards with a campaign in June that connected diners by text message during the NBA Finals. During the first four games of the championship series between the Golden State Warriors and the […]

Canada to require nutrition warnings on some packaged food

Starting in 2026, Canada will require that nutrition warnings are posted on the front of pre-packaged food with high levels of saturated fat, sugar, or sodium. According to the Canadian Press, the key reasoning behind the move is to help grocery shoppers make healthier choices with just a glance. The policy has been in the […]

More Canadian SMBs struggling to pay rent

A new report has found that 43 per cent of all small business owners in Canada reported they could not afford to pay their rent in June. Alignable’s June Rent Report notes that figure was up four per cent from May amid record rising inflation. More than half (55 per cent) of Canadian small business owners […]

Health, environmental consciousness driving plant-based demand

Consumers’ physical health goals and concerns about the environment continue to be the leading factors in driving demand for plant-based food. That’s according to the new “2022 Plant-Forward Opportunity” report from Datassential in collaboration with The Culinary Institute of America, Food for Climate League, and the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative. The research found that more than one in […]

Revealing Canada’s top trending international cuisines

Canada is a notoriously multi-cultural country, and that is certainly reflected in the international cuisines that are on offer from coast to coast. Online restaurant reservations provider OpenTable has revealed its 2022 list of Canada’s top trending international cuisines. With Canada’s population growth and cultural diversity, it comes as no surprise that 136 types of international […]

No tip, no trip: ensuring delivery drivers are treated equally can preserve revenue

A new report has warned of the importance of making sure that a restaurant’s delivery drivers are treated equally and making even tips. Paytronix’s “No trip, no trip” report notes that drivers not getting their fair share of tips could become a blow to a restaurant’s bottom line through unclaimed orders. While delivery drivers have […]

Wingstop opening first Canadian restaurant in Toronto

Toronto’s chicken wars have another fighter, as Wingstop is opening its first Canadian restaurant in Toronto on June 29. The rapidly-growing fast-casual wing brand will host a grand opening celebration at its 2218 Bloor West location on June 29. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by a performance by acclaimed beatboxer and winner of “Canada’s […]

Spike in career changes leads to greater enrolment at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa campus

The Ottawa campus of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute, the institute’s first LCB campus outside of Europe and the only one in North America, has reported a huge increase in interest from professionals from other fields who have crossed over to be a part of the culinary industry. The staffing struggles experienced by restaurants and foodservice establishments have […]

Canadian inflation rate hits highest point since 1983

There is still no let-up when it comes to higher prices in restaurants, retail, and every corner of life, as the Canadian inflation rate has hit 7.7 per cent — its highest point since 1983. Canada’s inflation rate rose at its fastest pace in almost four decades years in the year up to May, found […]