Sainte-Thérèse, March 12, 2020 – Cora Breakfast and Lunch is proud to announce the launch of a new website,, dedicated solely to franchisee recruitment across Canada.

Cora Breakfast and Lunch, which originated in the Greater Montreal area in 1987, today has more than 125 restaurants across Canada and plans on adding over 40 more in the coming years. The website serves as a tool for potential franchisees to learn more about the advantages of acquiring a Cora franchise, the support offered and the steps to becoming an owner. The website also allows interested parties to apply for a Cora restaurant franchise directly on the platform.

“British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario are provinces in which the growth of Cora franchises still has a long way to go, with more than 40 areas on our radar,” stated Marvin Shahin, Executive Director of Development. “Further, there exist a number of opportunities for our chain throughout Canada and we are exploring strategic international development. Our work-life balance concept is one of the many benefits of choosing a Cora franchise. It allows franchisees to build their careers and yet have evenings off to enjoy quality time with family and friends.”


March 9, 2020

Yellow Tail and Casillero del Diablo top the Wine Intelligence Global Wine Brand Power Index for third year in a row amid declining brand power as a whole in the wine category

Building on feedback from over 20,000 wine consumers in 21 markets – representing 380 million wine drinkers globally – the third annual Wine Intelligence Global Wine Brand Power Index is tracking decreasing consumer awareness levels, albeit at a less steep rate than the previous edition of the report. This year, recalled purchase levels are also lower, most likely a factor of reducing awareness levels.

The Wine Intelligence Global Wine Brand Power Index 2020 incorporates consumer feedback from six key brand health measures and an index is calculated at a global level as well as at a country level across 21 key wine markets. As well as expanding the scope of the Index by one market, the mix of markets has changed slightly: Chile, Denmark and Switzerland have been removed, while Colombia, Finland, Hong Kong and Mexico have been added.

Yellow Tail and Casillero del Diablo once again top the Global Wine Brand Power Index, claiming the top two spots, respectively. As such, Australian and Chilean brands perform very well in the index relative to the size of wine production in these countries. In addition, a third of the top 15 is comprised of US brands – notably Gallo and Barefoot – which in part is due to the influence of the large US wine drinking population in the study, and the affinity American consumers show towards domestic wines.

Notable movers on the Global Wine Brand Power Index include Barefoot, which has jumped 8 places to make it into the top 5, and Frontera, which has climbed seven places to make 8th in the index. Santa Carolina has also climbed seven places to tie for 12th with Beringer. On the other hand, Mouton Cadet has fallen 5 places to 10th and Robert Mondavi has fallen 7 places to sit at 14. Torres has also climbed two places to make it into the top 15 this year.  

Commenting on the report, CEO Lulie Halstead said: “The advantages of a powerful brand are clearly demonstrated in the global wine market today. However the path to becoming a power brand is becoming harder, as consumer knowledge levels in the wine category decline and ‘noise’ from other drinks categories increases.”


Kelowna, B.C., March 5, 2020 – Valens GroWorks Corp. (TSXV: VLNS) (OTCQX: VLNCF) (the “Company”, “Valens” or “The Valens Company”), a global leader in the end-to-end development and manufacturing of innovative, cannabinoid-based products, today announced the launch of a line of cannabis-infused beverages, produced under a white label agreement with A1 Cannabis Company (a subsidiary of Iconic Brewing). The launch demonstrates Valens’ leadership and excellence in the development and manufacturing of Cannabis 2.0 products, as the Company continues to successfully commercialize cannabis-infused beverages within the Canadian market.

The new line of beverages includes BASECAMP, a CBD-forward iced tea, and SUMMIT, a THC-forward citrus water. BASECAMP will be available at select retailers throughout Ontario in the coming days, with additional markets expected to follow. SUMMIT is expected to be available at select stores in the coming weeks.

SUMMIT and BASECAMP were developed using the SōRSE by Valens emulsion technology which transforms cannabis oil into water-soluble forms for use in beverages, edibles, topicals and other consumer products while eliminating cannabis taste, colour or smell. The technology provides a number of advantages including faster-observed onset times compared to other infused beverages and edibles; a significant reduction of offset time; an ability to use lower doses of cannabinoids due to enhanced bioavailability; and increased consistency and stability with the potential to achieve more than one-year shelf life.

“Our agreement with A1 demonstrates the strategic value of partnering with leading companies that share our vision and reinforces our commitment to launching the Cannabis 2.0 products that consumers are looking for,” said Tyler Robson, CEO of Valens. “This is the next step in the execution of our strategy to introduce innovative, high-quality products that deliver safe and customized user experiences.”

The Canadian market for cannabis beverages is growing rapidly, and according to a report by Deloitte, it is expected to reach C$529 million on an annual basis. Additionally, the firm projects that in Canada alone, consumers are expected to spend C$1.6 billion annually on cannabis extract-based products (including beverages).

Cole Miller, CEO and Founder of A1 Cannabis Company, said, “We are incredibly proud to introduce the SUMMIT and BASECAMP beverages in partnership with Valens, and are fully confident that they will meet the taste and quality expectations of Canadian consumers who have been waiting eagerly for cannabis-infused beverages.”

Under the terms of the white label agreement between Valens and A1 Cannabis Company, a minimum of 2.5 million cannabis-infused beverages will be produced over five years, with the opportunity to expand on the partnership with new product offerings in the near future.


Vancouver - Wednesday, March 4 - SilverChef, Canada’s leading hospitality financier, has announced the winners of The SilverChef Hospitality Awards, which recognize the highest standards in Canadian hospitality for innovation, sustainability, and social responsibility and impact. This year’s winners include: Radical Gardens, Somun Superstar and Ozzy’s Burgers.

Each category winner has secured $5,000 in commercial equipment from SilverChef to help grow their business. Radical Gardens - the winner of both the Communitarian Award and the Hospitality Business of the Year - was awarded a total of $10,000 in commercial equipment. The winners were announced on March 3 at an awards ceremony at the RC Show 2020 in Toronto.

The winners and runners-up under each category include:

Hospitality Business of the Year: From the six finalists, the hospitality operator with the highest overall score was crowned the Hospitality Business of the Year, receiving an additional $5,000 reward in commercial equipment. 


WINNER: Radical Gardens - Timmins, Ontario.


Momentum Award: This award recognized establishments that have made the largest leap forward in terms of sustainability or environmental conservation.


WINNER: Somun Superstar - Toronto, Ontario

Runner-up: Knifey Spooney - Kingston, Ontario

Entrepreneur of the Year:This award recognized a new business that had introduced an innovative technology or service offering.


WINNER: Ozzy’s Burgers - Toronto, Ontario

Runner-up: Just Bite Me Meals - St Albert, Alberta

Communitarian Award: This award recognized hospitality operators with the highest standards of social responsibility, either through charitable giving or hiring practices that impact their local communities.


WINNER: Radical Gardens - Timmins, Ontario

Runner-up: Punk Rock Pastries - Vancouver, British Columbia

Robert Phelps, President of SilverChef, said: “We’re delighted to celebrate the winners of the SilverChef Hospitality Awards. The calibre of finalists was inspiring, and we were impressed by the level of creativity and originality from hospitality operators across Canada. However, what particularly stood out was the hospitality owners’ ongoing commitment to tangibly impact their communities - whether from an environmental or social perspective. It’s this unwavering commitment to innovation that makes our hospitality sector such an exciting and dynamic community to be a part of.”

Brianna Humphrey at Radical Gardens commented: “Radical Gardens has always put purpose and impact at the heart of its business ethos, so we’re thrilled to have won both the Communitarian Award and the Hospitality Business of the Year. These awards not only recognize our hard-working team, but also our local community who continue to support Radical Gardens day in, day out.”


Alen Zukanovic at Somun Superstar said: “Food waste is a major issue in the hospitality industry and it’s essential that the sector creates more sustainable solutions to minimize this environmental impact. We’re therefore delighted to have won the Momentum Award: it’s an ongoing process to manage our food waste and move towards a more sustainable business model, but it’s great to be recognized for the work we are doing already. This award will inspire us to continue innovating.”


Turgay Kirbiyik at Ozzy’s Burgers commented: “We’re excited to have won SilverChef’s Entrepreneur of the Year award. As a new hospitality operator it can be challenging to navigate the unexpected hurdles that come with opening a new store, so it’s fantastic to be recognized for all the hard-work, determination and effort that has gone into the past few months. We’re now looking forward to seeing our business grow and flourish.”   

Entry to the awards was open to all hospitality operators across Canada, via The SilverChef Hospitality Awards website.

Keep updated of further SilverChef Hospitality Awards news by following along on Twitter @SilverChefCa, Instagram @SilverChefCa and Facebook @SilverChefCanada, using the hashtag #ImpactfulHospitality.


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