Foodservice News Archive

  • Tyler Schwarz appointed managing director of RATIONAL Canada

    June 3, 2024
    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 growth ...
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  • How the new CFIA labelling regulations can affect your operations

    May 16, 2024
    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 to ...
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  • Inflation and the foodservice industry

    May 13, 2024
    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 ...
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  • Smart Serve Ontario provides free mental health services to hospitality workers

    May 9, 2024
    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 ...
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  • How does value influence restaurant guest satisfaction?

    May 8, 2024
    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 ...
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  • American Express expands small restaurant grant program in Toronto and Montreal

    May 3, 2024
    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 is ...
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  • QSRs are diversifying their menus to draw in a broader customer base

    April 30, 2024
    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. ...
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  • Spring’s swicy trend hits beverage menus

    April 24, 2024
    This season’s “swicy” trend, a mashup of sweet and spicy flavours is making its way onto beverage menus. According to research, the pairing of sweet and spicy flavours is up 38 per cent from last year on menus, with hot and honey flavours added to everything from chicken wings to burgers to beverages. Recently, Starbucks released ...
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  • McCain Canada joins Toronto Blue Jays roster as official team French fries

    April 12, 2024
    McCain Canada, the world’s largest manufacturer of prepared potato products, has signed a three-year partnership agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays, becoming the official French Fries of the team and the official host of Fry Day with McCain at the ballpark. “We are thrilled to partner with McCain, a brand that shares our passion for excellence ...
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  • Sweet summer flavours are already arriving on menus

    April 11, 2024
    Even though spring has just arrived, many restaurants are already looking ahead to summer with seasonal items and LTOs on the menu. From desserts to beverages, many QSRs are adding to their rosters to keep guests excited to try new items and keep cool as temperatures continue to heat up. McDonald’s is caffeinating customers more creatively, ...
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  • How much will the carbon tax and climate change affect food prices?

    March 26, 2024
    Inflation has dominated the news and the industry for the last few years, as consumers have seen food prices consistently rise. While we did experience some temporary relief from inflation in February, how much impact will climate change and Canada’s carbon tax impact the industry? Will these factors force restaurateurs to raise their menu prices ...
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  • Restaurants Canada unveils bar and beverage lineup for RC Show 2024

    March 25, 2024
    Canada’s Leading hospitality and foodservice expo announces amazing beverage offerings featuring renowned industry leaders, thrilling competitions, a unique Pop Up Experience, immersive workshops, events and much more. Bringing together creative solutions and techniques from global bar experts as part of this year’s LEVEL UP theme, RC Show 2024, Canada’s leading hospitality and foodservice expo is ...
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  • Is breakfast making a comeback?

    March 18, 2024
    Restaurants have typically relied on commuters for breakfast sales, however, with fewer people going into the office, this daypart has seen a significant drop in recent years. But with remote job listings down over 20 per cent over the last six months, will sales start to come back as more people head to the office? ...
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  • Government regulation delivers another hit to BC restaurants

    March 14, 2024
    By Joseph Brown In Canada last year, more restaurants closed than opened. It is a business where margins are tight, costs are rising, and customers are feeling the pinch of inflation. Many in the food service and hospitality sector are still recovering from the pandemic that forced many of our businesses to the brink. We have had ...
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  • 2023’s trends help operators craft 2024 menus

    March 12, 2024
    Taking a look at menu trends can help restaurateurs plan for this year, address diner demand, and craft menus that maximize profitability. Technomic’s recent report takes a look at the last quarter of 2023 to give some insight into what’s trending on menus year-over-year. Menu item counts have continued to increase in every mealpart, even as ...
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