Digital transformation helps restaurants manage consumer demands and economic challenges

By Luke Rose Can restaurants use digital transformation as a tool to balance their bottom lines, consumer demands, and economic challenges? The current economic climate, paired with aftershocks from the pandemic, has fuelled a decline in consumer discretionary spending. As a result, many restaurants increased prices as they race to get their heads above the […]

Canada’s first grocery store ghost kitchen now open in Toronto

Since the pandemic, the ghost kitchen concept has been popping up steadily, offering consumers the ability to access several different menus all in one place. In a recent partnership between Kitchen Hub Food Hall and Longo’s Liberty Village, customers can now visit Canada’s first grocery store ghost kitchen. The ‘store-within-a-store’ concept features four new kitchens, […]

How restaurants can create community by partnering with nonprofits

By Adrian Johansen It’s not uncommon for restaurants and nonprofits to work together, mostly to raise money for that particular organization or because the restaurant supports it and wants to find a way to give back. One of the most common practices is for a patron to mention an organization by name at the restaurant […]

A&W joins Toronto Blue Jays roster as official burger

The Toronto Blue Jays and A&W have announced a three-year partnership that makes the quick-service chain the official burger supplier of Canada’s MLB franchise. A&W, Canada’s original burger restaurant, has been a sponsor of the Blue Jays’ High-A Minor League affiliate, the Vancouver Canadians, since 2006. After the imminent All-Star Break, A&W will be increasing its behind-home-plate presence at Rogers Centre. […]

Meal Ticket Brands looking for ghost kitchen partners

BC-based hospitality company The Joseph Richard Group (JRG) is looking for Canadian restaurants and commercial kitchens to partner with them and expand their ghost kitchen venture, Meal Ticket Brands. Meal Ticket Brands is described as part of the next generation of virtual restaurants originally founded and launched by JRG, a Canadian-based hospitality group. It already […]

GoodLeaf Farms and Guelph University partner to advance vertical farming

GoodLeaf Farms and the University of Guelph have announced they are forging a partnership to further advancements in vertical farming.  A Memorandum of Understanding between Canada’s largest commercial vertical farm and one of Canada’s leading agricultural universities seeks to build stronger links between theoretical research and development in processes and technology, and practical application in […]

Koomi POS partners with Helios for installation and support for its restaurant customers across North America

Press Release Koomi announces its strategic partnership with Helios Retail Consulting Ltd. as their go-to-market partner for all on-site installation, support, setup and customer success for North America. “As Koomi expands its reach across North America in its offering to quick-service restaurants, Helios brings great value to offer on-site support to ensure that customers have […]

Big Rock Brewery announces brand licensing agreement with Iconic Brewing

Press Release Big Rock Brewery Inc. today announced that it has entered into a license agreement, pursuant to which it has licensed the right to Iconic Brewing Company’s brands in the ready-to-drink (RTD) category in Alberta and British Columbia. The initial term of the agreement is five years, with the provision for a five year extension. “This is an exciting […]

49th Parallel Coffee Roasters and Claridge announce strategic partnership

Press Release 49th Parallel Roasters Inc., a leading specialty grade coffee company, announces its strategic partnership with Claridge Inc., the family office of Stephen Bronfman. Thanks to the Claridge investment, 49th will be broadening its product portfolio, expanding its footprint, and extending its reach to new distribution channels and markets. Founded in 2004 in Vancouver, 49th engages in direct trade sourcing, […]