Canadian Foodservice News

By Jeff Doucette | All the news you need to know if you are in the Canadian Foodservice business curated by Field Agent Canada

Cara Operations set to swallow upscale competitor the Keg

Cara Operations Ltd. is set to swallow Keg Restaurants Ltd. in the latest example of consolidation in Canada's fragmented restaurant industry.<p>Vaughan, Ont.-based Cara, the country's largest full-service restaurant company, is set to acquire its upscale competitor in a deal valued at about …

Restaurants

Starbucks Earnings: 3 Things to Watch

What to look for in the coffee titan's earnings report next week.<p>Few consumer businesses can claim anything like the operating success that <b>Starbucks</b> …

Stocks

Mercatino Expands into New Downtown Toronto Food Hall

Toronto

Anger over minimum-wage response could pose threat to Tim Hortons brand

Yearning for her daily ritual – the heady brew that is an extra-large double-double from Tim Hortons – Wendy Cotie sounds a bit desperate.<p>"I need my Tims," she says. "I'm addicted to it, I really am. I don't know what they put in that stuff. More caffeine? Is there nicotine in there?"<p>But Ms. Cotie …

Tim Hortons

Wynne criticizes Tim Hortons franchisee, says workers shouldn’t be pawns

Ontario's premier is accusing the owners of a Tim Hortons franchise of using their employees as pawns to push back against her government's hike to the minimum wage.<p>Kathleen Wynne has posted a statement on social media that links to a story about apparent benefits cuts at several of the coffee …

Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons franchise owners tell workers to blame Wynne for benefit cuts and to 'not vote Liberal'

A staff memo written by a couple of Tim Hortons franchise owners in Whitby, Ont., blames cuts to employee benefits on the Ontario government and its …

Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons protests planned across Canada as anger spreads beyond Ontario

Protesters angered by some Ontario Tim Hortons franchisees who slashed workers' benefits and breaks after the province raised its minimum wage plan to spread their outrage to other areas of the country tomorrow.<p>About 50 demonstrations are reportedly planned in cities across the country Friday, …

Society

Starbucks begins testing cashless stores

If you’re planning on a quick caffeine-fix at Starbucks, better leave your cash at home.<p>The ubiquitous coffee chain has started testing the cashless system at a location in its hometown of Seattle, WA. The store will now only accept card and phone payments.<p>The testing site – located inside the …

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Taco Bell’s over-the-top approach to chicken

To promote its Naked Chicken Chips, the QSR launched an "extra" online menu offering twelve extravagent experiences.Read More

Inspectors found foreign workers sleeping in a Burger King basement: Alberta Health Services

LETHBRIDGE, ALTA.—Alberta Health Services has issued a health order to a Burger King franchise because inspectors found foreign workers were sleeping …

Burger King

Edmonton's Table Top Cafe aims for 75 franchise stores across Canada

The owner of Edmonton’s first board game cafe and his partners envision as many as 75 franchise stores operating under his brand across Canada.<p>Brian …

Edmonton

No joke: KFC Canada starts accepting Bitcoin for a bucket of chicken, immediately sells out

TORONTO — A professed failure to understand Bitcoin has not deterred KFC Canada from accepting the cryptocurrency as payment for a bucket of fried …

Cryptocurrency

McDonald’s Canada pulls radio ad encouraging people to buy fast food instead of visiting museums

McDonald’s has apologized and pulled a national radio ad that encouraged people to buy its fast food offerings rather than visit a museum after …

McDonald's

Tim Hortons breakfast-menu price hikes not enough for franchisees: source

Tim Hortons franchisees knew price increases on some menu items were coming, but the slight bump on breakfast menus the company confirmed Friday falls short of the 10 per cent across-the-menu hike those grappling with Ontario's minimum wage hike feel they need, according to a franchisee association …

Tim Hortons

New menus might not be enough to help family restaurants jump-start sales amid ever-growing competition

TORONTO — Swiss Chalet’s newest restaurant model has a decidedly adult contemporary style, eschewing the chain’s decades-old family-style utility …

Restaurants

Kathleen Wynne just stuck Ontario restaurateurs with a $1.8 billion tab. So who’s paying?

While most Ontarians rang in 2018 with hope and optimism, small businesses are scrambling to keep the lights on. Ontario restaurants have to pay the …

Kathleen Wynne

Tim Hortons executive David Clanachan named commissioner of Canadian Premier League

Longtime Tim Hortons executive David Clanachan has been appointed the first chairman and commissioner of the Canadian Premier League.<p>The men's pro soccer league, which has been on the drawing board for some four years and under construction for one, is set to debut in the spring of 2019. Clanachan …

Soccer

As franchise fight escalates, Tim Hortons brand getting “dragged through the mud”

TORONTO — While the ugly fight between Tim Hortons and its franchisees appears to be far from over, a clear loser has emerged from the battle — …

Kathleen Wynne

The inconvenient truths of a minimum wage increase

Whatever your moral arguments, here are some of the cold, hard economic findings that may squash some of the more sunny promises of a 'living wage'<p>As …

Equality

'Greed is not OK': Protests today at Tim Hortons stores as backlash grows against worker benefit cuts

Critics claim Tim Hortons needs to take a stand on the issue or risk losing customers<p>The backlash against both Tim Hortons and individual franchise …

Tim Hortons

What’s $5 worth to you?

McDonald's latest ad shows that what you can get (and what you probably don't want) for just a fiver.Read More

McDonald's

Canadians Are Still Mad as Hell at Tim Hortons

Boycotts and pickets are some of the responses to Tim Hortons franchisees stripping paid breaks and benefits to their workers.<p>While the pundit class is bloviating over how a minimum wage hike affects billionaires it seems that some Canadians aren’t ready to get over their anger at Tim Hortons.<p>Last …

Tim Hortons

Starbucks Adds Its First New Espresso Option Since 1971

With so many coffee, tea, and espresso items on the menu (not to mention a bevy of seasonal and secret beverages) Starbucks is known for offering …

Coffee

Starbucks is Now Offering a Blonde Espresso

If you thought New Year’s celebrations were over, think again. Starbucks is rolling out a new type of espresso that will make you even more excited …

Coffee

Tim Hortons regulars launch boycott over minimum wage response

Niki Lundquist loves the Earl Grey tea at Tim Hortons so much it's become a running joke in her Toronto office.<p>"No one has ever seen me without a Tim Hortons cup in my hand," said the in-house trade union counsel.<p>But now she's one of many people boycotting the coffee-and-doughnut chain until some …

Consulting

East Vancouver's JJ Bean café takes on Toronto

In a new, competitive market, the West Coast chain remains true to its beliefs and values<p>On Vancouver's east side, across the street from the city's port and in the shade of two century-old elm trees, JJ Bean Inc. took root.<p>It was here, in 1996, that John Neate started his boutique coffee chain. …

Coffee

Fast-casual food chains hungry for core locations

Restaurants increasingly are opening smaller, central outlets to attract busy urban dwellers, especially the millennials<p>More than 60 years after it first opened its doors to Canada, A&W has celebrated another milestone with the unveiling of its 900th restaurant.<p>More importantly for the country's …

Restaurants

Taco Bell opens in former live music venue on Queen West

Taco Bell opens in former live music venue on Queen West<p>A Taco Bell franchise has moved into the spot on Queen Street West where beloved live music …

Minimum Wage Increase and Bill 148 Rules and Regulations are in Effect

(Jan. 7/18): Now that Ontario’s Bill 148 has come in to effect in conjunction with the minimum wage increase to $14/hour, many foodservice operators …

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