Foodservice News Archive

  • Pushing for a national agri-food sustainability index

    June 11, 2021
    A private–public coalition of 34 diverse partners is pushing for the creation of Canada’s first agri-food sustainability index. To that end, it has released the Business Case for Establishing the National Index on Agri-Food Performance. Sustainability has been a growing concern within foodservice, food manufacturing, and related industries for some years, but the conversation keeps on growing. Around ...
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  • Canadian F&B manufacturing estimated to grow 15% in five years

    June 9, 2021
    As Canadian foodservice continues to begin to rebound from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturing is expected to see more positive days ahead. BDC’s latest Food and Beverage Manufacturing Outlook estimates that food and beverage manufacturing, Canada’s second-largest manufacturing industry, will grow by 15.6 per cent in the next five years. The sector is anticipated to grow by 2.4 ...
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  • Alberta indoor dining back on the table from June 10

    June 8, 2021
    Alberta indoor dining can reopen from June 10 as the province moves into Stage 2 of its summer restart plan. Restaurants may resume offering indoor dining with up to six people at a table from Thursday. Alberta dining rooms have been shut down for two months, since the province re-tightened its COVID-19 restrictions on April 9. That ...
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  • Ontario restaurant patios can reopen from Friday, June 11

    June 7, 2021
    Restaurant patios in Ontario can reopen from Friday, June 11 as part of the province’s newly outlined reopening plan. Step One of the plan begins on Friday. The most pertinent news for restaurants and bars is that all outdoor patios in the province will be able to serve up to four people per table for dining. An ...
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  • How food retail and grocery are changing

    June 7, 2021
    Ryerson University’s Brookfield Institute has released a report detailing key ways in which the food retail and grocery industries are changing amid the backdrop of COVID-19. The new report, “Shake-up in Aisle 21: Disruption, Change and Opportunity in Ontario’s Grocery Sector,” concludes that the food retail and grocery industries are transforming at greater speed and with ...
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  • Retail Council of Canada announces 2020 Grand Prix winners

    June 4, 2021
    The Retail Council of Canada has announced the winners of its annual Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards for 2020. The winning products were evaluated by a jury comprised of food and grocery experts who judged the entries based on innovation, taste, experience and packaging. The winners selected from this year’s finalists are as follows: FOOD BIMBO CANADA | Oroweat Organic 22 ...
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  • KFC Canada to make all packaging 100% home compostable

    June 4, 2021
    KFC Canada is the first quick-service restaurant in Canada to commit to making all of its packaging 100 per cent home compostable. In celebration of World Environment Day on June 5, KFC Canada has announced that all consumer-facing packaging will be fully home compostable by 2025. KFC will begin piloting its first home compostable bucket this ...
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  • Predicting post-pandemic food consumption trends

    May 31, 2021
    A new report from Deloitte assesses what the future could look like beyond the pandemic when it comes to Canadian food consumption trends. “The conflicted consumer: 2021 food consumer survey” report concludes that beyond the COVID-19 pandemic “food retailers will need to continue demonstrating authenticity, empathy, transparency, and genuine commitment to their communities, the wider world, and ...
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  • Remembering and recognizing the late Chef Divakar Raju

    May 31, 2021
    It is with great and profound sadness that everyone at Canadian Restaurant & Foodservice News, RestoBiz, and MediaEdge Communications remembers our friend and leading Canadian culinary professional Chef Divakar Raju, who passed away in February at age 57. Chef Divakar was an esteemed member of Canada’s culinary community and had worked for Delmanor since 2011. He ...
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  • Popeyes launching first sustainably built restaurant in Canada

    May 28, 2021
    Fast-food chain Popeyes has partnered with Canadian green construction technology company Nexii Building Solutions Inc. to deliver its first sustainably constructed Canadian restaurant. The building Abbotsford, B.C. was constructed in less than two weeks. It is Popeyes’ 12th restaurant in the province and supports the Popeyes brand’s rapid growth and expansion in Canada. The new location ...
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  • Quebec patios reopen as curfew lifts after nearly 5 months

    May 28, 2021
    Dining on Quebec patios can begin again from Friday, May 28 as the province-wide curfew is lifted after nearly five months. Quebec has been under a curfew since Jan. 9 but the province is finally starting to relax measures as the COVID-19 picture continues to improve. From Friday evening, outdoor dining can recommence, albeit with some restrictions ...
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  • Food industry groups unite to develop code of practice

    May 28, 2021
    The Canadian Press A group of associations representing food producers and retailers has agreed to work together to develop a food industry code of practice, a collaboration one industry insider is calling a “breakthrough” for ensuring a reliable and affordable food supply in Canada. The associations have come together to form the Canadian Food Industry Collaborative Alliance ...
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  • Study warns government policy could increase food waste

    May 26, 2021
    A new research paper from VCMI and Packaging Technology & Research has dived into the impact that government policy could have on plastic and food waste. The paper, titled “Unwrapping the Arguments …Solving packaging and food waste through government/industry collaboration”, highlights the need for governments and the foodservice industry to commit to and be accountable for implementing collaborative solutions. The ...
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  • Digital takeout orders predictably soar during pandemic

    May 26, 2021
    It will come as little surprise to most that the number of digital takeout orders has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic. But new research from the NDP Group has lifted the lid on just how big the spike has been. Digital ordering was a life-saving avenue for many restaurants and foodservice operators across North America in ...
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  • Auditor General critical of Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation

    May 25, 2021
    A report by Nova Scotia’s Auditor General has criticized the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC), finding that it “doesn’t have clear policies and procedures in place regarding what products it sells and promotes, how to price its merchandise, and where to display it in stores.” The report was the first performance audit report of the NSLC ...
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