Shaping a virtual food market

With foot traffic off the table, finding ways to tap into local community from afar has become vital. By Tom Nightingale Heading down to a local food market is a pastime of choice for many people. The wide variety of produce on offer, coupled with that in-person interaction and the knowledge that you’re contributing to […]

Spirits show strong growth in Canada in 2018

Press Release Spirits sales volumes in Canada increased by 3.2 per cent in 2018, the largest year-over-year increase since 2006, according to Spirits Canada. “Canadian adult consumers demonstrated their great enthusiasm last year for Spirits, Spirits Cocktails and Spirits-based beverages”, stated Jan Westcott, president and CEO of Spirits Canada. Nationally, Vodka (including flavoured “Vodka”) was the most popular spirits […]

Hopscotch announces sale of multi-unit franchise deal in Edmonton

The popular health-conscious concept gears up for expansion in major U.S. and Canadian markets Press release Hopscotch, the popular Ontario-based, health-conscious fast-casual concept, built on a commitment to better food, better communities, and a better planet, has announced the sale of a four-unit franchise for the Edmonton, Alberta market. Founded by brothers Wyatt and Aiden […]

RBI announces master franchise joint venture to launch the Tim Hortons brand in Mexico

Press release The agreement marks the first entry into the Latin American market for Tim Hortons Restaurant Brands International Inc. (RBI) has announced the establishment of a master franchise joint venture with a group of investors in Mexico. The joint venture company will be the master franchisee of the Tim Hortons brand in Mexico, responsible for […]

The global foodservice market improved in the third quarter despite economic and social turmoil

Press release The global foodservice industry held steady in the third quarter and performed better than the previous quarter in spite of strong headwinds — an earthquake in Italy, a terror attack in France, a potential recession in Canada, concerns over the impact of Brexit, and two years of a deep recession in Brazil, reports The […]

Five reasons to prioritize food allergy risk reduction

By Andrea Lobel Shainblum When Katrina Guy took the first bite of her meal at a popular Toronto restaurant, she immediately knew that something was very wrong. She’d told her server about her fish and shellfish allergies, and was reassured that her meal hadn’t been fried with her allergens, but despite that, her lips and […]

Pacini opens in Ontario

Press release Having successfully conquered the Quebec market, the Pacini restaurant chain is ready to proudly introduce itself to the province of Ontario. On June 10, President Nathalie Lehoux enthusiastically signed a first franchise agreement for a Pacini restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario. This 180-seat restaurant, which involves an investment of approximately $1.2 million, will be […]

Old is gold: Eight ways to draw in the 55+ crowd

By Diane Chiasson Guess which group of spenders has the most disposable income? Although most marketing companies believe the 18 to 40 year olds are the hottest group, the truth is baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) have the most cash to spend. Many in the 55+ group have retirement and pension plans that […]