McDonald’s cutting single-use plastics in Canadian restaurants

McDonald’s Canada has announced it will introduce wooden cutlery, wooden stir sticks, and paper straws to its 1,400+ restaurants across the country by December 2021. A press release notes the removal of these single-use plastics in its restaurants supports McDonald’s global commitment to source 100 per cent of McDonald’s primary guest packaging from renewable, recycled, or […]

New Loblaw docuseries aims to help solve the food waste problem

Loblaw has launched a new four-part online docuseries on the challenges posed by food waste and what companies and operators can do to improve. Called “Half Full“, the series consists of four episodes which each present stories about ways people can work to solve the food waste problem including the role of retailers, how home […]

Restaurant Brands International aims to go greener

Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of global quick-service restaurant chains Burger King, Tim Hortons, and Popeyes, has announced new commitments to help address climate change. RBI says it will collaborate with franchisees and suppliers to pursue science-based targets (SBTs) for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50 per cent by 2030. It also aims […]

Montreal plastic ban praised as key step on the road

Environmental experts are praising the Montreal plastic ban that will see the city prohibit the use of some kinds of single-use plastics, but they say Canada is still a long way from its apparent targets of being plastic-free. Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante announced on Wednesday that the city would ban retailers and restaurants from distributing plastic bags in the […]

Recipe Unlimited announces $20M sustainability commitment

Recipe Unlimited recently published its inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report for 2020, in which it details a $20 million commitment to sustainability. Canada’s largest full-service restaurant company, which franchises or operates brands including Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, St-Hubert, The Keg, Montana’s, Kelsey’s, and East Side Mario’s, outlined its commitments for the future across three key […]

Food retailers & restaurants launch recycling organization

A group of Canada’s leading consumer brands, retailers and restaurants have launched a new organization that will help companies comply with new blue box recycling rules in Ontario. Circular Materials, a not-for-profit producer responsibility organization, was created by 15 companies in response to Ontario’s decision to shift 100 per cent of recycling costs to product and […]

Top anti-food waste app Too Good To Go comes to Canada

Too Good To Go, the world’s largest B2C marketplace for surplus food, is officially launching in Canada. The initiative empowers the public and local businesses to fight food waste by offering ‘Surprise Bags’ of surplus food at the end of the day to stop it from going to waste. Toronto is the first city in […]

Consumers and food companies want to fight climate change

From field to table, the sustainability of the modern food industry is a topic of growing concern across the world. Though things were already moving in that direction, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that Canadian consumers are increasingly demanding that food companies take action to reduce the impact of the sector on climate change and […]

Pushing for a national agri-food sustainability index

A private–public coalition of 34 diverse partners is pushing for the creation of Canada’s first agri-food sustainability index. To that end, it has released the Business Case for Establishing the National Index on Agri-Food Performance. Sustainability has been a growing concern within foodservice, food manufacturing, and related industries for some years, but the conversation keeps on […]

Popeyes launching first sustainably built restaurant in Canada

Fast-food chain Popeyes has partnered with Canadian green construction technology company Nexii Building Solutions Inc. to deliver its first sustainably constructed Canadian restaurant. The building Abbotsford, B.C. was constructed in less than two weeks. It is Popeyes’ 12th restaurant in the province and supports the Popeyes brand’s rapid growth and expansion in Canada. The new […]