MONTREAL, June 26, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Thai Express has been recognized by the Airports Council International- North America (ACI-NA) as the Best New Food and Beverage Quick-Service Concept for 2018. This prestigious distinction was awarded to Thai Express at the Calgary International Airport (YYC) during the recent 2018 ACI-NA Excellence in Airport Concessions Awards held in Portland OR on June 14, 2018.

"Thai Express is both extremely thankful and honored in receiving such an esteemed recognition by such an influential organization as the ACI-NA for being the Best New Food and Beverage Quick-Service Concept in North America", said Thai Express Vice President Dennis Ng. "We would like to share a special thank you to our Franchisee John Law for his great passion and being a true brand ambassador, the entire MTY/Thai Express team as well as the Calgary Airport Authority for providing a state of the art airport environment in which to share our love of Thai food with the world".

Thai Express, the largest franchisor of Thai Quick Casual restaurants in the world, was part of the recent YYC expansion of its International Terminal and Trans Border Terminal and operates a restaurant counter at each. This honor recognizes not only the brand's quality food offering and speed of service but its ability to adapt to the specific needs unique to the airport terminal commercial environment. Thai Express is a prime example of how today's consumer whether it be a traveller, airport staff or individuals in various traditional and non-traditional foodservice settings appreciating the diversity of food when it comes to exotic flavour and fun environments.

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OAKVILLE, ON, June 20, 2018 /CNW/ - TIM HORTONS® today announced a multi-year plan to expand and modernize its Canadian distribution network as part of a long-term commitment to support restaurant owners and improve the guest experience in restaurants. The plan includes the construction of two new warehouse facilities – one in Alberta and one in British Columbia – and the significant expansion of an existing warehouse in Debert, Nova Scotia.

The investment will improve the distribution network and help streamline overall restaurant operations. The project is expected to create 150 new jobs once completed and is anticipated to cost a total of approximately CAD $100 million.

"We have an exciting agenda of new menu items, renovated restaurants and new advertising programs at Tim Hortons. Today's announcement is an important infrastructure investment that will support these initiatives, support our restaurant owners and reflects our long-term commitment to building our business and brand in Canada," said Alex Macedo, President of TIM HORTONS®.

The new warehouse in British Columbia will service the entire province, while the new warehouse in Alberta will handle deliveries in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Debert warehouse will continue to act as the hub for restaurants in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Restaurants in Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and parts of Quebec will continue to be served by third-party distribution partners.


WINNIPEG, June 12, 2018 /CNW/ - DELTA 9 CANNABIS INC. (TSXV: NINE) ("Delta 9" or the "Company") and the Fort Garry Brewing Company celebrated the Monday night launch of their first jointly developed beer.

Delta 9 Legal Lager is now on sale at MLLC liquor outlets across the province, and is the first beer produced as a collaboration between a brewery and a legal cannabis company. Delta 9 provided the raw hemp material for the beer while Fort Garry Brewing is responsible for production and marketing. Both companies shared the cost of research and development.

Legal Lager is an alcoholized beer infused with material from hemp seeds, and therefore contains no cannabis or any other psychoactive agent produced from the cannabis plant. However, the hemp beer released this week is a first step in an ongoing research and development project to jointly produce a cannabis beer that contains THC.

The two companies are currently developing a co-branded, cannabinoid-infused beer that contains no alcohol. Release of that Phase 2 product would be developed internally as a concept beverage, and would not be sold or made available to the public until it is approved by Health Canada and relevant provincial regulatory bodies.

Under the agreement, Delta 9 will incur the costs and responsibility for marketing and distribution of the Phase 2 cannabis beer, which could not legally be sold in liquor stores.

"Since Delta 9 is one of the companies awarded a retail license from the Province of Manitoba, we are ideally placed for distribution and sale of this type of product," explained Delta 9 CEO John Arbuthnot.

"Legal lager is a hemp based beer, so it's something new we've created," said Fort Garry's head brewer Daniel Geddes. "It's quite unique in the industry and there's not a lot of hemp beers available. We wanted to add a little more complexity to this beer, as well as showcase the hemp itself.

"Frankly as it competes with alcohol or soda pop or other beverages, we've got something that's lighter on alcohol and doesn't give you a hangover; that's a pretty competitive value proposition," Arbuthnot said.

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"We see this as a great partnership between two of Manitoba's best-known brands," Arbuthnot added. "Fort Garry Brewing is one of the best craft brewers in Canada and they make my favourite beer, while Delta 9 is truly Manitoba's Own Cannabis Producer.

"This is a Made-in-Manitoba product that's ready for people in our province to enjoy this summer."


VANCOUVER, BC (June 11, 2018) — Culinary and cultural aficionados alike can sample a unique experience for the senses when Origo Club opens the doors on a brand-new 5,200-sq.-ft. multifaceted concept that will encompass a restaurant, café and art gallery in Richmond’s Oval Village later this summer.

At the crossroads of cuisine and design, Origo Club is the first North American offshoot of a high-profile private club that debuted in Beijing in 2014. The club’s name derives from the Latin term ‘Origo’, meaning ‘origin’, which both underscores a single-source philosophy regarding its selection of food and wine, coffee and tea, and art exhibits and speaks to the brand making its first indelible footprint on the local hospitality scene.

By day, Origo Club will provide guests a refined-yet-relaxed place to sip espresso-based beverages courtesy of a state-of-the-art Modbar brewing system or linger over a pot of aromatic tea while enjoying house-baked viennoiseries and lighter fare. In the evening, Origo Club will transform into a stylishly chic restaurant where diners can sample a menu of classic French food and wine and a wide-ranging list of cocktails, imported saké and whiskies from around the world.

Origo Club also adds a distinctive aesthetic attribute to its one-of-a-kind concept by inviting guests to browse a private collection of contemporary Asian art in an expansive gallery and retail store that encourages exploration and transcends cultural boundaries.

Co-owner/General Manager Woody Wu, formerly opening sommelier at Hawksworth, leads a talented group of industry veterans at Origo Club, with Head Chef David Pan (Bishop’s) and Sous Chefs Dilan Draper (Wildebeest) and Tony Hua (Toronto’s Cava) overseeing the kitchen’s focus on fine French cuisine. Melanie Gravel, also formerly of Bishop’s, will bring her service skills and wine knowledge to her role as Restaurant Director, while Remi Ho (Au Comptoir) will manage the Origo Club café and Tiger Zhou (Ermenegildo Zegna at Harry Rosen) will administer and curate the Origo art gallery.

“At Origo Club, we are excited to orchestrate and deliver an experience where the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts,” says Wu. “We have taken great care and pride in creating a space that brings together the very best aspects of modern Asian art and French-inspired food, wine and café culture.”


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