EDMONTON, Alberta, June 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Restaurants Canada applauds the Government of Alberta for providing a lifeline to restaurants with a moratorium on evictions and a working capital grant.

“On behalf of the province’s more than 11,000 restaurants, I want to thank Premier Kenney and Minister Fir for stepping up and throwing a lifeline to these mostly small businesses,” said Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Western Canada. “Our members tell us they are very concerned about whether they’ll have enough cash flow to pay rent, vendors and other expenses over the next few months.”

“When restaurants thrive, so do the communities they serve,” he added. “We need to ensure that Alberta’s restaurants are able to remain viable so that they can bring Albertans back to work and contribute to the province’s recovery from COVID-19.”

Today Alberta and Saskatchewan both announced commitments to protect commercial tenants from evictions in cases where their landlords are eligible to apply for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program but choose not to. Earlier this week British Columbia made the same commitment.

Premier Kenney’s announcement went a step farther to respond to another key recommendation from Restaurants Canada, to provide foodservice establishments with a working capital grant of up to $5,000 to assist with their reopening costs.


TORONTO, June 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The restaurant industry is slowly starting to reopen to the public, but it’s a whole new world out there. In order to help foodservice operators reopen their businesses safely, as well as manage and grow their business in the next normal, Restaurants Canada has launched the Rapid Recovery Series. Over three days, foodservice professionals can learn and gain insights from 10 free one-hour webinars that will address some of the major challenges and pressing issues facing the foodservice industry during COVID-19 recovery.

“There is no denying that the COVID-19 situation presents our industry, and country at large, with an incredible challenge. As we move into recovery, it is important to stay optimistic while also realistic about the future,” said Shanna Munro, President and CEO of Restaurants Canada. “Our industry is a resilient one, though it may be a while until the restaurant landscape looks the way it used to, in adversity there is always opportunity; to learn, to grow, and to change. We need to consider what the next normal will look like and how we can rebuild our businesses and adapt to new consumer needs and habits.”

In order to help prepare foodservice operators for reopening and recovery, the online series will tackle such topics as:

  • Profit Modelling Scenarios
  • Menu Engineering
  • Navigating Landlord and Tenant Agreements
  • Rebuilding Your Workforce
  • Winning Your Customers Back
  • Leveraging the Supply Chain for the Future

The Rapid Recovery Series will also feature an exclusive CEO Panel that will speak to the future of foodservice, provide leadership insights, and ideas for reinvention to help foodservice operators move forward in the next normal.

By curating content to align with the most vital concerns of foodservice operators, Restaurants Canada is empowering industry professionals with the expertise and knowledge needed to recover from the pandemic and rebuild their communities.

Everyone who registers for a Rapid Recovery Series Session will receive a copy of the Restaurants Canada Rapid Recovery Guide, which provides foodservice operators with a summary of best practices to aid with their planning around food safety, cleaning and sanitation, health and personal hygiene, and more.

In addition, all those who register will be automatically entered for a chance to win the Let’s Re-Launch Right package from The Fifteen Group worth $6,950 (CAD). The package will provide access to a Profitability Model "Re-Work", New Budget Development, Menu Re-Engineering, "Re-Opening Punch List" Review, Pre-Launch Training Plan and Recommendations, Sanitation Procedures Development and Recommendations with On-site Support During Relaunch.

Operators and suppliers in the foodservice industry are invited to join one or all 10 sessions designed to help the industry reopen, re-invent and rebuild their businesses. For more information, please visit


Jume 3, 2020

Food Service Solutions has been appointed the Canadian distributor Graco Inc.’s SaniSpray HP products effective June 2, 2020.  SaniSpray from Graco Inc. is the industry’s first airless high production piece of equipment built specifically for your sanitizing and disinfecting needs. SaniSpray is designed to deliver consistent coverage, without drips and runs, so that you can achieve effective and safe results. Don’t leave your success to chance. Inconsistent and insufficient coverage of sanitizer needed to kill harmful viruses is often the result with other application methods.

Fast, effective and efficientapplication on key surfaces by SaniSpray works to ensure a safe environment for staff and guests. HP sprayers from Graco, just spray and let dry using any Health Canada-approved chemical, including food grade certified sanitizers.

We’re thrilled to represent the SaniSpray HP line in Canada. As our industry morphs into the next phase, customers visiting restaurants or larger venues will remain concerned with the risks associated with COVID-19. To win them back, they need to feel safe and know the facility is effectively sanitized", commented Chris Koehler, president of Food Service Solutions Inc.


June 3, 2020

Canada’s monthly wine drinking population reined in their spending on wine during the recent lockdown period as the opportunity for social occasions fell drastically, according to new research from Wine Intelligence.

During the lockdown period, the majority of Canadians polled in a nationally representative survey of 1,000 monthly wine drinkers in Canada during April 2020 said they had reduced the amount of money they spent on a bottle of wine, according to Wine Intelligence’s Canada Covid-19 Impact Report, published today.

Spend per bottle in Canada has been rising for several years. In the same survey, 25% of Canadians said they would normally spend over CAD 16 on a bottle of wine for an informal occasion and 51% said they would spend over CAD 16 on a bottle for a formal or social occasion, up from 21% and 49% respectively in March 2019.

Unlike in other markets such as the United States, where lockdown has precipitated a surge in the amount of wine purchased, Canadian wine drinkers say they have not made significant changes to the amount of wine they buy for home consumption. However, the survey evidence shows that wine drinkers have maintained their total number of wine drinking occasions, which suggests that the wine previously being consumed in on-premise was being replaced with additional off-premise purchases.

When asked about their intentions once the virus lockdown ended, Canadian wine drinkers appear to be, on balance, quite reluctant to re-engage with social activities out of home. When permitted to do so, 39% of respondents said they would be less likely to visit a restaurant than before lockdown, while 42% said they would be less likely to visit a bar. 

The Wine Intelligence Canada COVID-19 Impact Report will be available for purchase later today. It includes latest insights pre, during and predicted post COVID-19 restrictions, including drinks repertoire, wine buying and consumption behaviours, brand health and lifestyle behaviour changes.

Commenting on the report, Wine Intelligence COO Richard Halstead said: “Canadian wine drinkers are showing a lot of caution when it comes to post-lockdown activities. Bars and restaurants, and the businesses that rely on their trade, will need to make extra effort to re-engage with their customer bases to fill their tables as coronavirus-related restrictions ease.

“The wine industry is well aware of how important the on-premise is to its livelihood, not just as a revenue source but as an important showcase for aspirational and interesting products.”


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