November 26, 2020 (Vancouver, BC) – At the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF), we believe that “it’s better to give than to receive” – and we hope you feel the same way. From December 1st to 25th, 2020, we’ll be giving away daily a $25 restaurant gift certificate. 

But it comes with a catch: to win, you have to:

  • be prepared to give the certificate away to a deserving person of your choice
  • follow the BC Hospitality Foundation on Instagram

We are giving away 25 gift cards to 25 deserving people!

All you need to do is any ONE of the following:

  • Create a post on Instagram noting what you are thankful for. Tag @BCHospitality and #BCHFpayitforward

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Then enter the contest by going to #BCHFpayitforward and completing a nomination form. If your name is drawn, we’ll contact you to arrange delivery of the gift certificate. This is a great way to show your appreciation for a coworker or medical practitioner, or to pleasantly surprise a friend or family member who could use a boost during the holiday season. Good luck and thanks for your support!

The BCHF is grateful for the tremendous support we’ve received over the course of 2020, and we’re thrilled to be able to spread some festive cheer with this year-end giveaway. Thanks to Gray Monk Estate Winery, Red Rooster Winery, and Sandhill Wines for their amazing generosity!


TORONTO, ON (November 2020) — The holidays evoke a spirit of giving in all of us, and with 2020 being an unprecedented year for many, it’s especially important to face the season with generosity and give back to those who need it most.

This is why Paramount Fine Foods has launched its Holiday Campaign across Canada, providing guests with endless menu options for holiday celebrations, paired with a meal donation to a family in need. Paramount’s partners, Coke Canada Bottling and Sysco Canada, are also generously sponsoring the campaign.

“We knew we wanted to give back to our communities this holiday season,” says Mohamad Fakih, founder and CEO of the Paramount Fine Foods chain of restaurants. “We’ve created our Holiday Campaign to provide our guests with a variety of menu options for the whole family to enjoy, while also giving back to families in need.”

The Paramount Fine Foods Holiday Campaign will be launching in all of their restaurant brands across Canada, with several festive meal options available featuring items from Krispo Chicken, MAS.E.MO Pizza and the Paramount menu. The cuisine choices include Italian, Middle Eastern and southern-style options – incorporating Paramount brands in each bundle suggestion.  

One of Paramount’s meal suggestions includes: Arancini, Truffle Mushroom Mashrooha, Mac and Cheese, Caesar Salad and Laila’s Cheesecake. Another southern-style recommendation consists of a Bucket of Krispo Chicken, Fattoush Salad, Waffle Fries, Coleslaw and Deep-Fried Mars Bars.

The Holiday Campaign will take place at Paramount Fine Food locations from November 28 to December 26. Paramount will automatically donate a meal with every $50 order, and guests will also be given the opportunity to add a $5 donation when they place an order online.

“Together, we can spread joy and generosity this holiday season,” says Mr. Fakih. “Our wish is that all Canadians in need have a warm meal this Christmas.”

For more information about Paramount Fine Foods please visit


Vancouver, British Columbia, November 24, 2020 – The Very Good Food Company Inc. (CSE: VERY) (OTCQB: VRYYF) (FSE: 0SI) (“VGF” or the “Company”), announced today that veteran plant-based food production executive, Ana Silva, will join VGF as president commencing in January 2021. 


New President Appointment
Management is pleased to enlist a president with such an impressive background in plant-based food production, as the Company scales operations. Silva has spent the past five years with Daiya Foods Inc. (“Daiya”), where she served as chief financial officer. Daiya is a Canadian-based company that manufactures plant-based dairy alternatives available at more than 25,000 stores across North America. During Silva’s time with Daiya, the company underwent a CAD$405 million/USD$326 million acquisition by Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, a Japanese pharmaceutical and nutraceutical company. Along with this significant acquisition, Silva oversaw a period where Daiya was ranked as the fastest-growing plant-based food company in America by SPINS.

“I’m thrilled about the possibilities in the plant-based food industry, and I believe it will secure our long-term global food supply,” said Silva. “Very Good Food offers three unique assets: The founders are innovative risk-takers with a great vision. The core values and purpose are truly inspiring. And finally, this company is at the early stages of growth, which for me, is an important opportunity to contribute.”

Silva's appointment comes at a transformative time as VGF steps into a period of expansion and brings online additional production capacity with its proposed Rupert and Patterson facilities, and expands R&D capabilities with its Mount Pleasant facility, in order to meet strong demand for the Company’s products. Ana’s experience will also guide the Company as it pursues its efforts to expand into the U.S. and other international markets.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Ana’s caliber and experience joining our team at a critical inflection point for our company, as we are on the verge of scaling our operations by a very substantial margin,” said CEO Mitchell Scott. “With significant capacity expansion and a large waitlist of wholesale accounts, Ana’s previous executive-level experience at Daiya Foods will be an invaluable asset to our team.”

Silva has more than 15 years of experience in business finance, with a track record that includes the energy and infrastructure sectors in addition to food. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has an MBA and Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University.


VAUGHAN, ON, Nov. 23, 2020 /CNW/ - KFC Canada announced today that select restaurants will begin testing a new fibre-based 'spork' in December. Once the piece of cutlery is introduced permanently across Canada, KFC will eliminate 40 million pieces of plastic waste from its operations.

The new 'spork' combines fork and spoon into one and is made from bamboo, corn and sugarcane.  This mixture is compostable at room temperature – breaking down into biomass, carbon dioxide and water. This natural process requires no additional treatment and leaves no toxic by-products, taking only 18-months to decompose.

"Operating sustainably has always been part of our DNA. We will continue to invest and innovate to protect the communities we operate in as well as the world around us," said Nivera Wallani, President and General Manager, KFC Canada. "Moving to a compostable, fibre-based cutlery is one of many highlights in our journey to eliminate harmful plastics and waste from our business. We hope this sets an example for the food industry and keeps us collectively moving forward."

Sustainability is not new to KFC Canada. Earlier this year, KFC announced that by the end of 2021 it will remove 12 million plastic poutine containers from its operations by switching to a bamboo packaging solution. Additionally, within the last year, KFC eliminated 50 million plastic straws, 10 million plastic bags and 22 million Styrofoam containers from its system – replacing them all with fibre-based alternatives.

"We are always striving to reduce our environmental footprint. After achieving several major sustainability milestones recently we've started pushing further and looking at all aspects of the customer experience – right down to the cutlery in our restaurants," said Armando Carrillo, Food Innovation Manager, KFC Canada. "Our new cutlery takes very little from the earth to make and doesn't harm it when we're done with it."

For more information on KFC Canada's sustainability commitments, visit


November 18, Toronto, ON---Fully supporting the trend to holiday shop more mindfully and locally, especially as many small businesses struggle with Covid-19, Canadian Women In Food (CWIF), a national association to help amplify the voices of female food entrepreneurs, has created a perfect way to thoughtfully support female food creators with the Gifts of Goodness Holiday Basket Bundles.

The gourmet gift baskets, now available to ship in the GTA and across Canada at, feature a wide array of gourmet products including wine, olive oil, artisan chocolates, sauces, cookies, tapenade, maple roasted nuts, vegan cheeses, olives, wholesome baking mixes, jellies, dips, baked goods, teas, grains, fresh fruits, veggies and more — all by female food entrepreneurs.

“We wanted to highlight the incredible spirit of female food entrepreneurs and show how food can bring people together in a meaningful way,” said Andrea Watson, CEO of Nature Knows ( makers of Ready-To-Eat Fresh Fruits & Veggies and CWIF brand ambassador, who is graciously providing online ordering and distribution. "Whether you’re thanking your customers for their amazing support this past year or just wanting to treat someone with something special, giving a Gift of Goodness will WOW every taste bud.”

Convenient contactless delivery options are available and 10% of proceeds will help support emergency food provisioning programs of Building Roots (

There are two basket options, both which feature a wide array of Canadian made gourmet goodies (items will vary in each box):

A. The Gourmet Gifts of Goodness, Only $99 (Retail Value of $200+)
B. Mini Gourmet Gifts of Goodness, Only $49 (Retail Value of $100+)

Single orders placed online will be shipped locally in the Greater Toronto Area for a $10 flat fee. To arrange delivery to multiple addresses, pick up or to ship anywhere in Canada, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information and rates.

Single orders placed online will be shipped locally in the Greater Toronto Area for a $10 flat fee. To arrange delivery to multiple addresses, pick up or to ship anywhere in Canada, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information and rates.
"In the face of an unprecedented lockdown, and without access to sell through proper channels, small business owners are vulnerable to the financial impact of a stocked inventory and no feasible platforms to sell on. We're really proud to see our members push through this and find ways to innovate and collaborate,” said Cheryl Appleton, Founder of Canadian Women in Food ( which has been supporting female food entrepreneurs since 2014.

“Engaging in acts of service to help our local neighbours is the essence of community, so taking part in the Gifts of Goodness initiative is important — not only to contribute towards Building Roots’ mission to improve food access and food security, but also as a way to connect with local individuals and families, through food, during what may be an isolating or challenging time as we approach the holidays amid the pandemic,” said Janelle Jordan, Founder of Fusion Fit Foods (fusionfitfoods.c om ). Janelle’s Caribbean Spiced organic dark chocolate protein bites are one of the many gourmet goodies participating in the basket program.

Gifts of Goodness Holiday Basket Bundles are available for a limited time only, so shop early and pre-order before December 1st , 12 noon EST.


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