Canadian foodservice’s midterm trend report

By Katie Belflower At the start of the year, amid what was still significant COVID-19-related turmoil and evolving restrictions and operations, Technomic mapped out a predicted trend report for the Canadian foodservice industry. Now, five months into 2022 and after so much has changed (again) in the industry and beyond, Technomic has compared its new […]

North America’s first virtual IHOP opens in Toronto

Toronto is now home to North America’s first-ever virtual IHOP location. Dine Brands International has announced the location as part of its partnership with Ghost Kitchens Brands, which owns and operates a network of virtual kitchens across the continent, featuring items from more than 20 well-known restaurants and consumer brands. At 60 Sudbury St. in Toronto’s […]

TGI Fridays launching 300 ghost kitchens with Reef

TGI Fridays is partnering with Reef Technology to launch 300 delivery kitchens across North America and other international markets throughout the next five years. This marks Reef’s first partnership with a global casual dining concept, and TGI Fridays CEO Ray Blanchette called Reef a “launching pad” to deliver Fridays’ menu while “prioritizing convenience and quality.” The first […]

Reef to open 500 ghost kitchens with 800 Degrees Pizza

Reef Technology, the largest ghost kitchen operator in the U.S., has announced a partnership with 800 Degrees Pizza to open 500 delivery-only locations in the U.S., Canada, and international markets over the next five years. The first of these locations began operating on Sept. 17 in Miami. The deal will mark 800 Degrees’ first expansion into Canada, […]

DoorDash Jollibee partner for innovative mobile kitchen concept

International fast-food brand Jollibee and delivery platform DoorDash are debuting a new mobile kitchen in Hamilton, Ont. on Thursday, September 2. A press release says the concept will go beyond the typical ghost kitchen archetype and will serve as a travelling kitchen. The aim is to allow Jollibee to expand its presence in both existing […]

Wendy’s to open 700 ghost kitchens in Canada and beyond

Wendy’s is opening 700 delivery kitchens over the next five years in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, according to a press release. The expansion of the chain’s partnership with Reef Technology, which was originally a pilot of eight units in Canada, will see about 50 kitchens go live this year. The rest will […]

Canadian food truck manufacturer tries its hand at ghost kitchens

By Richard Dal Monte A busy Canadian manufacturer of food trucks and mobile kitchens is partnering with an American company that has extensive urban land holdings for an innovative project aimed at supporting bricks-and-mortar restaurants and serving their customers. Apollo Custom Manufacturing Ltd. of Surrey, B.C. has signed a deal with Florida-based Reef Technology Inc. […]

Square software now available in Canada as a standalone

Square KDS has launched as a standalone subscription in Canada and beyond, making the kitchen display software available to all restaurant sellers — including those that don’t require taking orders on a POS or advanced functionality and simply need a KDS to manage and fulfil orders from online ordering and delivery partners.  Square first announced […]

Quiznos parent REGO signs 100-unit deal with Ghost Kitchen Brands

REGO Restaurant Group, the parent of Quiznos and Taco Del Mar, has extended its partnership with Ghost Kitchen Brands to better serve its delivery and take-out customers. The agreement will see 70 non-traditional locations launched in the U.S. and 30 in Canada by the end of 2021. Many of these locations are set to be […]

Wendy’s looks to expand Canadian and digital presence

Wendy’s plans to expand its global footprint to 8,000 restaurants by 2025 include focusing on Canadian and digital expansion. Chief Development Officer Abigail Pringle said the restaurant chain is focusing on driving growth through nontraditional locations. Some 30 per cent of the roughly 1,200 new locations will be nontraditional units, including ghost kitchens, delivery-only locations, fuel, […]