Foodservice News Archive

  • US restaurant hiring rebounding, wages flattening

    August 8, 2022
    New statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest that amid the ongoing economic turmoil, the landscape is changing. Restaurants are finding room to hire more workers while wages are levelling out. The new data showed that restaurants and bars increased their pace of hiring in July, adding more staff than they did in any ...
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  • RBI: More customers redeeming coupons, loyalty rewards

    August 8, 2022
    As severe price pressures continue for customers and restaurants alike, more consumers are turning to money-saving options such as coupons and loyalty rewards to stretch their dollars further. That’s a conclusion reached by Restaurant Brands International (RBI), whose brands include Burger King, Tim Hortons, and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. RBI, like many restaurant chains and operators, has raised ...
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  • National Wine Awards celebrate best of Canada’s wineries

    August 5, 2022
    The 21st edition of the WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada wrapped up on June 23 in Niagara, celebrating the best of what the country has to offer. Defined by co-founder Anthony Gismondi as “a yearly snapshot of the state of Canadian wine,” the National Wine Awards are comfortably Canada’s largest wine awards, with nearly 1,900 entries ...
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  • Restaurants can be guilty of overselling diversity, finds report

    August 5, 2022
    A new survey released on August 3 by the U.S. National Restaurant Association found that the restaurant industry has a far greater percentage of female entry-level workers than female executives — but restaurants don’t necessarily report that accurately. The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), the Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance (MFHA), and the Cornell University ...
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  • Uber launching “industry-first” pilot to deliver equipment to restaurants

    August 4, 2022
    Uber has announced it is partnering with foodservice equipment distributor Parts Town to provide equipment delivery to operators and service technicians in the Chicago market. A press release calls the partnerships “the restaurant industry’s first” between a parts distributor and ride-sharing provider to offer replacement parts for delivery. If the program goes well, Uber says expansion beyond ...
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  • CFIB calls on Canada to keep fertilizer emissions goal voluntary

    August 4, 2022
    The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), Canada’s largest association of small and medium-sized businesses, has called on the federal government to ensure that the drive to cut nitrogen fertilizer emissions by 30 per cent remains voluntary for Canadian agri-businesses. The government is currently conducting consultations on its plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from nitrogen ...
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  • Despite labour crisis, 4 in 10 restaurants can’t afford to hire

    August 4, 2022
    As the labour crisis continues to plague restaurants, we are reminded yet again that there is no simple solution. Many restaurants are still struggling desperately to maintain a viable level of staffing, and there is no easy answer. The labour pool has shrunk dramatically with many former gig workers leaving the industry, leaving operators to scramble ...
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  • Most consumers don’t know what carbon-neutral actually means

    August 3, 2022
    Sustainability in food has been an increased focus for consumers and companies in recent years, and the effects of emissions on climate change have been in the spotlight again recently due to extreme weather in several parts of the world. But a new survey has suggested that most consumers don’t actually know what “carbon-neutral” actually ...
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  • Which dishes, mealparts have seen the biggest price increases on Canadian menus?

    August 3, 2022
    Price increases, price increases, price increases. Those have been the words that have defined not just foodservice but life in general for Canadians over the last few months as the effects of decades-high inflation continue to be felt in every corner. On restaurant menus, everything from appetizers to entrees to sides to drinks has been affected. But ...
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  • KFC Canada launches mini MBA program for under-served entrepreneurs

    August 3, 2022
    KFC Canada has announced a new partnership with Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) that will give 65+ entrepreneurs who identify as minority, immigrant, or Indigenous an opportunity to accelerate their success. The tuition-free, 40-hour “mini-MBA” program is designed to help entrepreneurs in under-served communities build the capacity they need to grow and create ...
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  • People spend 40% of food budget on restaurant dining, suggests survey

    August 2, 2022
    While general inflation and the prices of gas and food are presenting challenging situations for consumers, a new survey suggests that restaurant dining remains a large part of people’s life. A recent Popmenu survey of over 1,000 U.S. consumers found that those consumers spend about 40 per cent of their individual or family food budgets on restaurants. The survey ...
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  • Restaurant values are soaring in 2022

    July 29, 2022
    While restaurant owners and operators — like their suppliers, their staff, and their customers — are facing severe price pressures in all areas of life, a new report suggests restaurant values themselves are also soaring. The latest BizBuySell Insight Report found that the value of U.S. restaurants being sold increased 51 per cent year-over-year in the first ...
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  • 2022 Raise the Bar report reveals uneven liquor policy landscape

    July 27, 2022
    Restaurants Canada’s fourth Raise the Bar report has graded each province on how industry-friendly their liquor policy landscape is for bars and restaurants. It found that Alberta scored the highest, while Manitoba and Saskatchewan were among the worst. This year’s special COVID-19 edition of the report highlights how liquor laws and regulations are helping or hurting ...
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  • Home meal replacements increasingly a rival for restaurants

    July 25, 2022
    Restaurants will continue to face several challenges in the evolving post-pandemic landscape, and one of those is consumers exploring more ways to feed themselves at home. Market research firm Mintel’s report on Home Meal Replacement & Grocerants in Canada found that the prominence and importance of home meal replacements and grocerant concepts have grown in recent years, reports ...
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  • Restaurant portion size complaints rising amid inflation

    July 21, 2022
    Restaurants across Canada, the U.S., and beyond are feeling the pinch of decades-high rates of inflation. That is manifesting itself in many ways, one of which — for many restaurants, at least — is smaller servings. But, if figures around portion size complaints are anything to go by, diners are noticing. A growing number of customers ...
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