TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Restaurants Canada has partnered with MeazureUp to digitize routine quality audits, assessments and checklists. This will allow foodservice operators to track their operations and ensure brand consistency straight from their mobile devices and from anywhere.

Through this partnership, Restaurants Canada members will receive up to 35 per cent off on the complete MeazureUp solution, which includes AuditApp and DailyChex. This lets operators standardize and optimize brand consistency while enhancing the level of service at their locations through the MeazureUp digital application.

“Whether it’s The Keg, Spur South Africa or Taco Bell, MeazureUp’s goal has been to help operators ensure that their systems and processes are being followed on a regular basis,” said Ray Abramson, MeazureUp’s COO. “Replacing those paper checklists hung on clipboards in the backs of bathrooms and kitchens ensures that restaurants have access to quantifiable data to make educated decisions. Also, if a health inspector visits their store, they don’t have to worry about digging through old checklists or binders, they can just log into the MeazureUp dashboard and easily download daily logs.”

With the ability to automate routine quality assessments for brands of any size, MeazureUp gives operators the ability to streamline and speed up the inspection and audit process. This helps ensure locations are complying with brand procedures while providing data and analytics on performance. Aside from the time saved on reporting, operators are able to quickly identify issues and take corrective action.

“Operators must ensure that their restaurant is consistently delivering an enjoyable and safe experience for all customers,” said Christopher Barry, Director of Membership at Restaurants Canada. “With MeazureUp, there’s no more worrying about operational logistics going bad, allowing operators and managers to free up time to focus on employees and on the quality of food and service.”

To learn more about the MeazureUp program offer for members of Restaurants Canada, visit or call 1-800-387-5649 and speak to a Member Services representative.


MISSISSAUGA, Ont., February 19, 2020 – ARYZTACanada, a global leader in frozen baked goods, announces the launch of, a new website designed for Canadian foodservice customers. Available in English and French, the highly visual site spotlights the trusted, delicious foods and established brands that ARYZTA offers its Canadian foodservice customers, and provides detailed information on its extensive baked goods portfolio, from artisan breads to gourmet desserts.

“ is an excellent introduction to our company and clearly reflects our commitment to customers,” says Lisa Papaloni, marketing director at ARYZTA Canada. “Since entering the Canadian market in 1979, we have focused on offering foodservice providers and retailers frozen and ready-to-bake solutions with the highest standards for food safety and quality. Through the website, visitors can learn more about who we are, how we can help them expand their business, and some of the multiple ways in which our foods can be prepared to attract consumers and drive sales.”

The site includes an ‘inspiration’ section that showcases the delicious culinary creations that are possible with ARYZTA’s food assortment. Tapping into consumers and customer insights, the section utilizes beautiful photography to inspire foodservice operators with multiple uses for baguettes, brownies, English muffins, muffins, cookies and waffles. 

“The main message we aim to convey with the site is that we are committed to meeting the bakery needs of our customers,” says Tanya Cheddi, customer marketing manager at ARYZTA Canada. “Our value to customers lies in our irresistible foods, but also the know-how to help drive sales and profitability. That is our promise to customers and a key ingredient in our success around the world.”


Over one-hundred Winnipeg Restaurants Competing for best Potahto Dish

February 18, 2020 – Winnipeg MB

Peak of the Market’s third annual “Potahto Week” starts Friday, with local restaurants competing for bragging rights over the best Potahto dish in the city. From February 21 to March 1, Winnipeggers can visit any of the record one-hundred plus participating restaurants to taste their creations and vote online for their favourites.

“Potahto Week is back for 2020 and it’s better than ever,” said Larry McIntosh, President and CEO of Peak of the Market. “We are excited that Winnipeggers will once again be able to enjoy this unique culinary event that celebrates our hard-working Manitoba potato growers.”

Restaurants have come out in full force to take part in this year’s competition, with establishments from all areas of the city participating. Local Manitoba potatoes, provided by Peak of the Market, will be used by restaurants in their signature dishes.

The public will cast ballots online for their favourite dish in order to crown the 2020 champion. To help fans plan their week, a complete list of restaurants and their unique Potahto creations can be found online at

“Potahto Week challenges us all to find new ways to showcase this versatile Manitoban staple. Winnipeg restaurants have overwhelmingly risen to the challenge and we encourage Winnipeggers to get out in full force to support these local businesses,” added McIntosh.

Started in 2018, Potahto Week aims to promote the numerous health attributes of Manitoba potatoes by encouraging Winnipeggers to try new dishes and see for themselves how versatile and delicious the vegetable can be. This ten-day event seeks to help change Manitobans’ perspectives on potatoes and show that potatoes can be an elevated and exciting vegetable enjoyed at their families’ kitchen tables.


February 17, 2020

Canadians becoming more knowledgeable about wine and more careful about alcohol consumption, according to latest Wine Intelligence market report

According to Wine Intelligence’s Canada Wine Landscapes 2020 report, published this week, the recalled wine knowledge index of all Canadian regular wine drinkers has significantly increased in the past 5 years, from 28.4 in 2014 to 35.0 in 2019.

The wine knowledge index (0-100) is calculated based on consumer-reported awareness of wine-producing countries, wine-growing regions and wine brands for all regular wine drinkers in Canada as well as segmented into English-speaking Canadian regular wine drinkers and Québécois regular wine drinkers – all gathered in Wine Intelligence’s Vinitrac® Canada consumer surveys.

This increase in recalled wine knowledge has been driven by both English-speaking and Québécois regular wine drinkers. Most notably driving the increase in scores is that brand awareness has also significantly increased for a variety of domestic and imported wine brands across all of Canada. Some commentators have also attributed the growth in wine knowledge to the increasing availability and prominence of Canadian wine tourism experiences, chiefly in Ontario and British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

This trend in Canada is similar to only a few other countries – namely Japan – that are experiencing an increase in wine knowledge. Recently, Wine Intelligence’s Global Trends in Wine 2020 report disclosed data showing a macro trend of decreasing wine knowledge among a number of major consumption markets.

The latest tracking data reported in Canada Wine Landscapes also shows that Canadian regular wine drinkers are also becoming more conscious about alcohol content, especially in Québéc. Data shows that the proportion of Québécois regular wine drinkers who consider alcohol content as important or very important when purchasing wine has risen by 20 percentage points in the past five years, with a smaller but still significant 8 percentage point rise among English-speaking regular wine drinkers for the same measure during the period 2014-19.

Meanwhile, over a third of all Canadian regular wine drinkers say they are actively reducing the amount of alcohol they drink, primarily driven by those aged 19-34. This shift has also been noticed by trade experts, who report seeing an increasing demand for reduced alcohol and alcohol-free wines.

Commenting on the report, COO Richard Halstead said:

“Canada has undergone something of a renaissance in wine over the past decade. While Canadians appear to be moderating their alcohol consumption, they are appreciating wine more, knowing more about the subject and connecting with wine through local tourism opportunities in a way that wasn’t the case 10 years ago.

 “This change presents a great opportunity for producers and retailers to shape a more aspirational, interesting and value-add wine experience, particularly to the younger generation of adults now entering the category.”


Denver, CO – February 11, 2020 – Back by popular demand for the tenth consecutive year, Quiznos’ Lobster & Seafood sub sandwich will return to the menu again this spring. The fan favorite, an annual limited-time only offering, is joined by a new sandwich, the Cajun Lobster sub, a flavorful twist on the classic sandwich.

The Lobster Classic is loaded with a delectable lobster & seafood salad and topped with shredded lettuce served on warm butter-toasted bread and garnished with a lemon.

For those who enjoy their lobster with an added kick, the new Cajun Lobster sub comes with Cajun seasoned lobster & seafood salad, topped with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and house made Cajun aioli made with Cholula hot sauce. This all comes served on butter-toasted bread and is accompanied by a lemon wedge. Consumers can further enjoy either of these offerings by making their sandwich choice a combo and add a Coca-Cola beverage and a bag of chips.

“We are excited to bring back a sandwich that our customers look forward to with eager anticipation each year – for a decade now,” said Sheila Zimmerman, Vice President of Marketing, REGO Restaurant Group, owner of Quiznos. “The new Cajun Lobster sub brings a perfect blend of new flavors to a Quiznos staple that consumers have come to know and love over the last ten years.”

These delicious sandwiches are available at participating locations nationwide beginning February 11 through May 4, 2020.

For more opportunities to enjoy these delectable lobster offerings, between February 17 and February 23, 2020 new and existing Toasty Points Members can purchase an 9-inch Lobster sub for only $6. For more information, please visit Additionally, all Quiznos fans are encouraged to take advantage of the Surf and Turf promotion where, between March 16 and March 22, 2020, they can purchase a 6-inch Lobster sub and Steak sub all for $12. These offers are available at participating locations only.


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