Cost Control

  • In 2022, high-tech solutions can help deal with disruptions

    January 14, 2022
    By Laurent May In the business and tech worlds, the word “disruption” gets tossed around a lot — usually with positive connotations, as when a new innovation changes an industry for the better. The world in general has seen major disruptions over the past couple of years, and not always the good kind. As has been ...
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  • Reporting functions: Restaurants’ unsung hero

    January 13, 2022
    By Mo Chaar The restaurant industry has faced several setbacks over the past year and is still fighting for survival. Pursuing expansion across regions can seem like an impossible task in the current climate. However, there is a facet of restaurant operations that is typically underutilized and can aid growth – reporting functions for data analysis. Having ...
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  • Offsetting rising restaurant costs in 2021

    November 18, 2021
    Restaurant costs were already a burden for operators even before the pandemic raised the stakes. But particularly in the current climate, operators constantly need to adapt to stay afloat, you’ve got to adapt. Restaurant labour costs are rising amid a staffing challenge, food prices have soared in many industry sectors, and logistics costs keep climbing, among ...
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  • How chains are tackling the ongoing labour shortage

    November 15, 2021
    The fact that foodservice is facing a continued labour shortage has been well-documented by this point. While staffing levels have rebounded to some degree in some areas, restaurants are still struggling to attract the quality and quantity of workers that they need to handle the resurgent growth in indoor dining in Canada, the U.S., and ...
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  • Is tech the key to solving the restaurant labour crisis?

    November 9, 2021
    By Laurent May Overall, the state of Canada’s labour market is looking good, which points to an economy on the rebound from the worst impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In September, according to recent figures from Statistics Canada, employment reached pre-pandemic levels for the first time. This is great news in general, but a closer look reveals ...
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  • Restaurant rent marginally more attainable in October

    November 2, 2021
    Operators’ battle to pay restaurant rent continues, but the situation appears to have eased slightly. Alignable’s October Rent Report found that 43 per cent of small businesses and 41 per cent of restaurants were not able to pay their October rent in full. For general small businesses, that’s an increase of five per cent over September, meaning a ...
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  • Canadian milk prices set to soar by more than ever before

    November 1, 2021
    The Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) announced on Friday, October 29 an unprecedented 8.4 per cent increase in milk prices. The increase, which equates to six cents per litre, affects the cost of milk used to make dairy products for the retail and restaurant sectors effective February 1, 2022. However, the impact will actually be far greater ...
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  • Canada introducing new hospitality and restaurant subsidies

    October 21, 2021
    Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced on October 21 that the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) will expire on October 23, and will be replaced the next day by targeted benefits including restaurant subsidies and programs to help individuals whose work is impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns. The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit will provide $300 ...
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  • ORHMA strikes partnership with Foodbuy Canada

    September 2, 2021
    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 Communications Foodbuy is ...
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  • Canadian restaurant menu prices rose 3.1% in July

    August 30, 2021
    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 2019, menu ...
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  • Preparing yourself for summer reopening & recovery

    July 12, 2021
    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 summer reopening ...
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  • Restaurant technology: What to invest in & what to skip

    July 5, 2021
    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 ...
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  • Restaurant owners want caps on food delivery apps fees beyond pandemic

    June 14, 2021
    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 to recover ...
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  • Love Food Hate Waste Canada launches food waste prevention campaign

    May 3, 2021
    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 of ...
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  • 2021 Federal Budget details foodservice & hospitality measures

    April 20, 2021
    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 ...
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