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The 6th edition of the international gastronomic operation “Good France” will be held around the world from October 14 to 22. From fine dining restaurants to quality bistros, all restaurants in Canada, as well as its food and wine sector, are invited to participate in this global celebration of gastronomy by offering a French-style meal or an event promoting the excellence of French products during that period.

All participating restaurants and businesses will be listed on the French Embassy and Consulates general in Canada’s websites, thus benefiting from a local and national-scale communication campaign.

To participate in the event, restaurants and businesses may send an //stagiaire.presse@ambafrance-ca.org">email to the French Embassy in Ottawa.

For the past 6 years, some 30 Canadian restaurants have contributed to Good France through the delivery of a unique gastronomic experience. This year, the event has been extended to all those working in the wine industry and food establishments: patisseries, bakeries, cheese dairies, and the rest.

The resumption of Good France after more than a year and a half of pandemic life is a way for France to support the hard-hit restaurant and food industry. This 6th edition is renewed with the ambition to facilitate this field’s sustainable transition and to accompany chefs in their new role as ambassadors of a more responsible gastronomy, on a human level as much as that of health, environment and taste education.

Good France 2021 will highlight France throughout the world, particularly the cultural and culinary heritage of its Centre-Val de Loire region. Once the cradle of the French Renaissance, it is now a historical symbol of excellence and the art of living à la française.

 
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Vancouver throws away 13,000 tonnes of food a year – that is the equivalent to the weight of 361 humpback whales! Now there is a way to help reduce food waste and contribute to the fight against climate change – all through The Too Good To Go app. 

To Good To Go is a social impact company fighting food waste. Its mission is to help everyday people fight food waste in their local communities by connecting them to restaurants and grocery stores with surplus meals and ingredients through an easy to use, easy to download app. 

With its launch this week in Vancouver, Too Good To Go is encouraging Vancouverites to download the app and join the anti-food waste movement. For the Vancouver launch, country manager Sam Kashani will be on location at Too Good To Go partner, Nada, for media interviews and a demonstration on how the app and Surprise Bag pick up works. 

The Too Good To Go app is now available for iOS download in the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android.

 
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Restaurants Canada is calling for sector-specific commitments from all parties seeking to form the next federal government to return foodservice employment to pre-pandemic levels and prevent a long-term labour crisis.

According to the latest Restaurants Canada survey:

  • 80% of respondents said they were finding it difficult to hire back-of-house staff and 67% were having trouble filling front-of-house positions.
  • 42% of respondents said they expect the number of unfilled positions in their establishments to increase over the next year, while 38% said they are unsure if the number of unfilled positions will improve or get worse.

“Restaurants are key to bringing Canadians back to work, but precarious conditions over the past 18+ months have created unprecedented hiring challenges,” said Restaurants Canada President and CEO Todd Barclay. “As Canada’s fourth-largest private sector employer, typically employing 1.2 million people, the hard-hit foodservice industry deserves a plan to recover remaining pandemic job losses and avoid a long-term labour crisis.”

Restaurants are key to closing Canada’s pandemic job loss gap

According to the latest Labour Force Survey data from Statistics Canada, foodservice and accommodation accounted for close to half of all jobs added to the Canadian economy in June and July (136,100 of 325,000), but there are still nearly 230,000 fewer workers in the foodservice sector than before the pandemic.

Bringing Canadians back to work in restaurants would fill nearly all of the 246,000 jobs still missing from the Canadian economy since February 2020; this would fulfill federal election promises to create over a million jobs in recovery and restore the national employment rate to pre-pandemic levels.

Foodservice businesses are key to closing Canada’s pandemic job loss gap, but first they need to survive; at least 10,000 restaurants have closed since March 2020.

In a new video available at SupportRestaurants.ca, restaurateurs from across the country told us what they need to preserve their livelihoods, restore pandemic job losses and keep contributing to vibrant communities across the country.

Restaurants need a sector-specific strategy to prevent a long-term labour crisis

There were already 68,000 unfilled positions in the foodservice and accommodation sector before the COVID-19 crisis exacerbated the situation — of which nearly 60,000 were foodservice job vacancies; according to the latest data from Statistics Canada, the foodservice and accommodation sector now has nearly 130,000 vacancies, the majority being restaurant jobs.

To help the restaurant sector overcome pre-existing labour shortages exacerbated by the pandemic, Restaurants Canada is calling for a National Foodservice Labour Development Strategy, including measures such as:

  • Support for the expansion of impactful labour pilot programs, such as the Atlantic Immigration Program and Alberta Foodservice Labour Connections.
  • An increase in federal funding to ensure efficient and effective processing of immigration applications by reducing wait times, administrative burdens, and increasing information-sharing between sponsors.
  • An extension of work visas for a full year and suspension of fees until 2022.
  • The addition of a foodservice stream into the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to address seasonal and long-term labour shortages, as well as a redesign of the national occupational classification structure to broaden the categories of positions that foodservice employers can use the TFWP to help fill, as well as a lower administrative burden on small businesses who use the TFWP.

For more information on how the next federal government can help save restaurants, visit: SupportRestaurants.ca

 
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Toronto, ON.In a move that will level the playing field for Canada’s underserved and densely populated SME foodservice and hospitality industry to compete and thrive against big box brands, Taliup Payment Solutions -- the payment technology company focused on cost-effective payment software for small and medium Canadian enterprises -- has launched a feature-rich commission-free online ordering platform for restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels to maintain and grow their own independent brands.

Taliup Express™ is the POS solution focused exclusively on foodservice and hospitality businesses looking for an affordable and competitive option to hefty commission third-party apps. This topline customized self-branding platform and merchant-centric mobile app (IOS and Android) redefines SME online presence and maximizes customer engagement.

Taliup Payment Solutions and Taliup Express are owned by parent company Unity Payments, a veteran in the payment processing industry with more than a decade of experience and a roster of nearly 10,000 SME clients across Canada in the local independent foodservice, hospitality and retail category.

Taliup Express features and benefits

Commission-free to the merchant and diner, Taliup Express is a robust online ordering platform for dine-in, take-out and curbside pickup that packs a punch for merchants, powering up client engagement using proprietary, cutting edge POS technology developed in-house. Businesses pay a flat monthly software fee and the credit card processing fee for the online ordering platform.

Diners have several convenient options: go directly to a restaurant’s website and or custom mobile app to place an order, or head over to Taliup’s directory and order from any restaurant listed to place an order for take-out or curbside pick-up. Diners may also browse the Apple Store or Google Play Store and download any app powered by Taliup to order directly. The platform is easy to use as it enables restaurants and hospitality businesses to own and expand their customer bases, improve order accuracy and overall efficiency.

Putting money back into the pockets of SME food service and hospitality

Taliup Express also offers contactless dine-in and room service options that cater to changing consumer behaviour. Customers simply scan a QR code to order, pay and tip from their mobile device, enabling users to feel safe, and at the same time alleviating staffing challenges in the post-pandemic environment. Taliup Express’ POS services include, among others, credit card processing terminals for table-side, in-aisle, or on-the-go payments.

“Taliup Express directly answers the needs of small-to-medium foodservice and hospitality businesses by providing them with the same digital tools used by larger enterprises. This enables merchants to reclaim ownership of their ordering systems and customer base, and to be able to offer the dining public specials, discounts and promotions they would not otherwise be able to do on a highly professional level,” says Adam Mouyal, Taliup Express co-founder and CEO. “Taliup Express aims to chart the future health and competitiveness of the SME market by giving restaurants and hospitality the ability to take back control of their operations in a world of big box chains. By not taking a percentage of sales to use our service, we expect merchants will increase profits by up to 30 per cent.”

“Taliup Express is fighting to put more money back into the pockets of SMEs and help local food service outlets thrive and adapt to rapidly changing consumer demands, which is only made possible through cutting-edge technology that heightens the dine-in and take-out experience and reduces the cost per menu item,” continues Mr. Mouyal. “We are in the business of helping the underdog, and our new platform is a welcome addition to our wide array of consumer options.”

QR codes: leading the way to the future

Taliup Express’ proprietary technology enables both stand-alone restaurants and small chains to reclaim their customers through an integrated system of online ordering that leverages technology to keep the dining public engaged while providing merchants access to their customers, which is critical to survival over the short- and long-term. With QR Code ordering, local merchants can increase efficiency, reduce their employee dependency and streamline staff responsibilities, which will help improve service speed, allowing them to turn tables faster.

Canadian SME local foodservice and hospitality establishments make up 59.44 per cent of the total 226,070 Canadian SME retailers in the market. ¹

“Without fully realizing it, restaurants have become employees of out-of-house apps,” adds Jeff Szenes, CEO, Unity Payments. “Our expertise in the payment space tells us the answer is in local retail self-branding, and in eliminating dependence on third-party apps that are negatively impacting the little guy. The dining public would rather go directly to their restaurant of choice. This can be done with Taliup at a fraction of the cost of third-party apps.”

Improving the transactional experience

Taliup Express’ business model is based on lower fees for merchants and lower costs of menu items to the consumer – saving all in the interaction and, therefore, improving the transactional experience. “Many third-party app users would prefer to order directly from a shop or restaurant to support the local economy and businesses,” says Mr. Mouyal. “Taliup Express is poised to take the foodservice and hospitality industry to a level more attuned to its customer base.”

Mr. Mouyal concludes, “The third-party app space may eventually suffer the same fate as companies like Groupon that ran their business on the backs of small restaurants and retailers without thinking about the well-being of their customers. There will also be consumer hesitation to returning to the way things were pre-pandemic; local restaurants will need to adopt new ways to service customers and get them back into their establishments for a safe dine-in experience.”

 
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There’s anew, socially-distanced, cashless way to run your business in Canadathis Fall ... and that’s a good thing because 70%+ of Canadians say they are excited to buy in-person this Fall, one-in-seven say they’ll spend more money with local businesses -- and 80% say buying local is more important to them now compared to the pandemic. 

Square just debuted an ultra-smart POS system calledSquare Registerwhich lets businesses -- including restaurants, salons, bars, and even sports stadiums! -- manage aspects of their businesses from a COVID-safe distance -- curbside pick-up, home delivery, courier/app pick-ups, online shopping, in-person shopping, appointments and more -- right out of the box.

Square Register features two touchscreens, one for the buyer and one for the seller, which can be placed up to 2 meters apart for in-person buying. Canadian businesses, including Calgary Sports and Entertainment, home of Calgary Flames, Village Ice Cream, Kensington Brew Pub, Steel N Ink and many more are already testing Square’s new, COVID-friendly way to pay across Canada.

 

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