ORHMA strikes partnership with Foodbuy Canada

The Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association (ORHMA) has partnered with Foodbuy Canada, North America’s largest procurement services company. The collaboration will see Foodbuy use over $2 billion in Canadian purchasing power to leverage over 400 contracted suppliers to give ORHMA members access to over 35,000 rebatable SKUs.  RELATED: Complimentary ORHMA membership offer from MediaEdge […]

Canadian restaurant menu prices rose 3.1% in July

Menu prices at restaurants in Canada were 3.1 per cent higher in July 2021 than they were a year ago, reports Restaurants Canada. This represents the largest increase since January 2019, and is over three times the magnitude of the rise in food prices at grocery stores, which climbed by 1.0 per cent. Since January […]

Preparing yourself for summer reopening & recovery

Canadian consumers are ready to keep supporting restaurants, but managing your margins and elevating guest experience are musts. By Tom Nightingale Canadian foodservice and hospitality is finally getting on the road to healing the deep wounds of COVID-19. On July 16, indoor dining reopens in Ontario for the first time since Easter weekend, a landmark […]

Restaurant technology: What to invest in & what to skip

By Mo Chaar The restaurant industry is an ever-changing technological landscape. The pandemic has shifted guest expectations and restaurants are now required to be tech-savvy and offer online ordering, pay-at-the-table functions, third-party delivery, and more. However, with restaurants already struggling in the current climate, most businesses don’t have the financial resources to invest in expensive […]

Restaurant owners want caps on food delivery apps fees beyond pandemic

By Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press Restaurant owners say food delivery apps have taken too big a bite out of their revenues for too long. Food delivery apps were forced to implement lower fees when dine-in service was closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and restaurants say the change should be made permanent if they are […]

Love Food Hate Waste Canada launches food waste prevention campaign

Love Food Hate Waste Canada has launched a new campaign that aims to help Canadians rethink how they dispose of avoidable food waste. A major cause of food waste is simply people not knowing how to use up leftovers or imperfect food. A release from Love Food Hate Waste Canada suggests that 63 per cent […]

2021 Federal Budget details foodservice & hospitality measures

The Government of Canada has unveiled its 2021 Federal Budget and announced it plans to extend the existing wage and rent subsidies and lockdown top-up support until Sept. 25, 2021. The Budget proposes to gradually decrease the rates for the wage subsidy and rent subsidy, beginning July 4, 2021, with the intention to phase out […]

Restaurants, delivery apps still at odds as demand grows

By Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Diners got used to delivery during the pandemic, and the habit may stick long after dining rooms reopen. But restaurants and delivery companies remain uneasy partners, haggling over fees and struggling to make the service profitable for themselves and each other. Companies like DoorDash and UberEats helped many restaurants […]

Double down on reducing food waste

Here are 5 tips for reducing food waste and saving your food & money. By Lucia Weiler, BSc, RD, PHEc Reducing food waste at home is a priority issue for the National Zero Waste Council. Did you know that Canadian households waste more food than they realize? Think for a moment – what foods do […]

IKEA Canada releases food waste cookbook

Finding useful and delicious ways to minimize waste is an age-old challenge in foodservice. Now, IKEA Canada’s food waste cookbook is here to help. The IKEA ScrapsBook cookbook is a collaborative project with 10 North American chefs featuring recipes using kitchen waste. The food waste cookbook features renowned chefs such as Adrian Forte, Craig Wong […]