TORONTO, May 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lactalis Canada, the Canadian dairy leader behind iconic brands like Cracker Barrel, Black Diamond, Balderson, Astro and Lactantia and a subsidiary of France-based Lactalis Group, today released Lactalis Canada’s 2022 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report which highlights the company’s drive to embed real and meaningful change across the organization and contribute to the wellbeing of the people, planet and communities it serves.

“Lactalis Canada’s 2022 ESG Report is a roadmap to transform our business even as we grow, innovate and adapt to evolving global circumstances and is designed to enable responsible and profitable growth and deliver value for all Lactalis Canada stakeholders – our people, consumers, customers, suppliers, dairy farmers, governments, industry and community partners,” said Mark Taylor, President & CEO, Lactalis Canada. “Our report also outlines our efforts to advance three priorities to meet the evolving expectations of our customers and Canadian consumers – circular economy and packaging, climate action, and animal welfare.”

Lactalis Canada’s report is directly aligned with the company’s global ESG framework set by Lactalis Group, focusing on three key pillars of impact: People & Communities; Authentic Products & Heritage; and Land & Resources. In 2022, Lactalis Canada continued to integrate sustainable business practices into the day-to-day management of the company, improving its performance across these pillars:

People & Communities

Nurtured diverse and inclusive culture, creating employee-led and leadership championed DE&I Council and launching DE&I focused training initiative.

Enhanced employee engagement and investments in wellness programs, including biometric screening and mental health training. Earned a place on Forbes 2022 list of Canada’s Best Employers for the second consecutive year.

Established new Safety Executive Council and improved year-over-year safety incident rate by 20%.

Invested over $2.6 million to more than 50 charitable organizations across the country, including contribution of nearly one million litres/kilograms of nutritious high-quality milk and dairy products; donated equivalent of 3.4 million meals to food banks and feeding programs across the country.

Launched Lactalis Canada Community Enrichment Fund to empower each of Lactalis Canada’s operational sites to make meaningful impact at the local level through participation and support of community programs.

Authentic Products & Heritage

Supported launch of Lactalis Group’s Act for Quality worldwide initiative, aiming to set industry benchmark for food safety and product quality in Canada. 

Advanced implementation of ambitious animal welfare practices and programs by contributing to Lactalis Group Animal Welfare Policy and modernization of the Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle.

Made measurable progress in reducing amount of sugar and salt across product portfolio, and continued to advance “clean label” initiatives to simplify ingredient declarations on products, including removal of artificial colours and flavours across a variety of products.

Continued to expand Canadian and local sourcing programs, adopting several well-known assurance seals such as Blue Cow logo, and Made in Ontario and Aliments du Québec certifications.

Land & Resources

Reduced Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions intensity by 10% over three years, and lowered consumption of natural gas, through equipment upgrades, replacement projects and better management practices.

Reduced carbon footprint and fossil fuel consumption, achieving a 75% reduction in carbon emissions (CO2eq) in transport activities across the east to west corridor.

Through better eco-design, reduced amount of corrugated packaging used by over 41,000 kg and amount of plastic by more than 20,000 kg.

Converted 4,407 tonnes of organic solids waste into 2,200 cubic metres of biogas, which can be used as energy recovery and avoiding its discharge into landfill.

“We know our success is not measured by our words, but by our actions. Many opportunities and challenges lie ahead for both our company and our industry,” added Taylor. “We are proud of the progress we’ve made, but we recognize there are areas where we need to improve to achieve our targets. We will continue to evolve Our Plan and be guided by our core values, our key stakeholders, and by the global insights and best practices of the Lactalis Group.”

To read Lactalis Canada’s 2022 ESG Report click here.


NEW YORK, NY, APR 25, 2023 – The Vegan Women Summit, the world’s fastest growing platform for women professionals in food, has announced the list of semifinalists chosen to compete in their global chef challenge. The challenge, which aims to find the world’s top plant-based chef, will take place live in New York City on May 19th at the Vegan Women Summit, presented by abillion.

With the support of major plant-based brands Impossible Foods, TiNDLE, and Wicked Kitchen, the competition invites female chefs from around the world to showcase their culinary talents by preparing their best plant-based dishes using ingredients from the participating brands. The dishes will be judged by top executives Sherene Jagla, Chief Demand Officer of Impossible Foods, Pete Speranza, CEO of Wicked Kitchen, and Andre Menezes, CEO of TiNDLE.

The semifinalists, who come from diverse backgrounds and locations, include well-established chefs and ambitious newcomers in the culinary world. A few notable participants include Chef Adanus Harris from Atlanta, Chef Debbie Torres from Staten Island, Chef Lauren Wildbolz from Zurich, Switzerland, and Chef Zaraida Fernandez from Barcelona, Spain.

The challenge seeks to emphasize the importance of women’s leadership in creating a more sustainable food system through delicious and enjoyable plant-based innovation. Despite making up 44% of the kitchen workforce in America, women hold only 20% of head chef positions, and a mere 6% of the world’s top 100 restaurants are women-led.

The Vegan Women Summit invites journalists to follow the semifinalists’ journey and cover their creative and delectable plant-based creations at the live event on May 19th.For more information about the event and semifinalists, visit


According to a recent study by, Canada is a true melting pot of cultures, and nothing is more reflective of this than the diverse array of cuisines available throughout the country. From the familiar comfort of Italian food to the exotic flavors of Moroccan cuisine, Canadians have a world of culinary options right at their fingertips.

Exploring Canada's Multicultural Culinary Landscape of 2023

Cuisine Restaurant Count Percentage of Total
Italian 2140 8.03%
Japanese 1970 7.39%
Chinese 1952 7.32%
Thai 1886 7.08%
English 1833 6.88%
Greek 1629 6.11%
French 1570 5.89%
American 1426 5.35%
Mexican 1401 5.26%
Vietnamese 1400 5.25%
Indian 1218 4.57%
Korean 1106 4.15%
Spanish 579 2.17%
Portuguese 516 1.94%
Caribbean 403 1.51%
German 379 1.42%
Turkish 339 1.27%
Filipino 318 1.19%
Hawaiian 281 1.05%
African 269 1.01%
Persian 248 0.93%
Malay 238 0.89%
Pakistani 223 0.84%
Peruvian 215 0.81%
Lebanese 201 0.75%
Colombian 197 0.74%
Ukranian 190 0.71%
Belgian 169 0.63%
Afghan 164 0.62%
Swiss 155 0.58%
Russian 150 0.56%
Mongolian 148 0.56%
Brazilian 144 0.54%
Polish 137 0.51%
Moroccan 124 0.47%
Sri Lankan 110 0.41%
Indonesian 99 0.37%
Scottish 85 0.32%
Tibetan 82 0.31%
Australian 77 0.29%
Hungarian 73 0.27%
Scandinavian 73 0.27%
Venezuelan 66 0.25%
Syrian 65 0.24%
Argentinian 61 0.23%
Egyptian 61 0.23%
Salvadoran 59 0.22%
Cambodian 58 0.22%
Dutch 51 0.19%
Himalayan 44 0.17%

According to recent data, Italian cuisine leads the way as the most popular, with 8.03% of all restaurants in Canada serving up classic dishes like pizza and pasta. Japanese and Chinese cuisines come in second and third place, respectively, with Thai, English, and Greek rounding out the top six.

But it's not just well-known cuisines that are finding a place in the Canadian restaurant scene. From Peruvian to Lebanese to Tibetan, there's no shortage of unique and exciting culinary experiences to be had.

It's fascinating to see the trends and changes in the Canadian culinary landscape. For example, in recent years, there has been a surge in the popularity of Korean food, with the number of Korean restaurants increasing significantly. This could be attributed to the increasing interest in Korean pop culture and entertainment, as well as the health benefits of traditional Korean cuisine.

Similarly, Filipino cuisine has also seen a rise in popularity, likely due to the growing Filipino population in Canada and the increasing recognition of Filipino dishes on the world stage.

Overall, this data highlights the rich diversity and multiculturalism of Canada, with each cuisine offering a unique glimpse into the cultural heritage of the country. Whether it's indulging in a classic Italian dish or trying something completely new, Canadians have a wealth of culinary experiences right at their fingertips.


TORONTO, April 26, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Compass Group Canada, the nation’s leading foodservice provider, today announced the launch of their proprietary food waste software, Waste Not 2.0, just in time for the company’s 7th annual Stop Food Waste Day. The software, created by Compass chefs, uses cloud-based technology to support a change in behaviour and promote real food waste solutions. Waste Not 2.0 was first piloted in a Canadian post-secondary location and will roll out to additional locations this spring.

Waste Not 2.0 uses innovative solutions such as waste tracking technology, coupled with data analytics to monitor food waste and identify areas for improvement. The program also includes employee training and engagement to raise awareness about the impact of food waste and encourage best practices. Waste Not 2.0, in addition to the Stop Food Waste Day annual campaign, are just a few examples of efforts currently underway by Compass Group Canada, as they pursue their global Planet Promise commitment to reach Net Zero GHG by 2050.

"We are thrilled to celebrate Stop Food Waste Day and launch Waste Not 2.0 as part of our larger Planet Promise commitment," said Saajid Khan, CEO Compass Group Canada and ESS North America. "As the leading foodservice provider in the country, we have the responsibility and opportunity to have a real impact on reducing food waste,” he said. "Through initiatives like Stop Food Waste Day and our Waste Not 2.0 program, we are taking concrete steps to minimize our environmental impact and create a more sustainable foodservice industry.”

The company’s annual Stop Food Waste campaign aims to raise awareness about the global issue of food waste and encourage people to make small individual changes to reduce surplus food through their digital food waste cookbooks, food storage tips and meal planning. Compass Group Canada recognizes the critical role they play in reducing food waste and is committed to taking action in their own operations through the launch of Waste Not 2.0. The Company has also launched Winnow and Clear Waste Bin Programs in their own operations to reduce food waste.

“Our Stop Food Waste Day campaign is no doubt an important day, but we are focused on reducing food waste in our business EVERY day,” said Heather Wilkie, svp, innovation & sustainability. “Nobody WANTS to waste food, certainly not in the food service industry. That’s why Waste Not 2.0 was developed by chefs, for chefs and operators – in an effort to make it easy to reduce waste in a way that resonates with people on the front lines. We truly believe this could be transformational for our business and for the industry as a whole.”

Compass Group Canada is encouraging everyone to join the Stop Food Waste Day campaign by taking actions such as using leftovers, composting, and donating surplus, safe food to local charities. The company has also launched a social media campaign to raise awareness about the issue of food waste and encourage people to share their own actions to reduce it.

For more information about Stop Food Waste Day and how you can participate in the campaign, click here.


Oakville, ON – April 26, 2023 – Canadian quick-service restaurant chain, The Chopped Leaf, is launching its first national advertising campaign to celebrate a shake up! The chain’s first TV commercial, which will air nationally starting on May 1st, features a customer dancing with their new Shake-A-Bowl, highlighting how a healthy meal can move you and make you excited about eating.

“We’ve definitely shaken things up at The Chopped Leaf with a new menu focused on our customers’ nine favourite flavours, new packaging, and our first ever national advertising campaign,” said Karen Paradine, Head of Marketing, The Chopped Leaf. “Our goal is to bring a sense of fun and energy to healthy eating, and improve the overall experience for our customers, our franchisees and our staff.”

The commercial was created by award-winning advertising agency, Crew. The campaign will be rolled out across various media channels, including social media and national broadcast TV. 

Franchising Opportunities and Expansion

The Chopped Leaf is currently expanding aggressively across Canada with 30 new restaurants planned to open this year, mainly in Ontario, Manitoba and Atlantic Canada. Franchise opportunities are also available in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec.

“Canadians are actively looking to eat healthy, and feel good after they eat, which is what we offer,” says Blair Stevens, President & Founder, The Chopped Leaf, who opened the first location in Kelowna, BC in 2007. “Our franchisees and their team members are the key to a great customer experience and to our continued successful growth. As we expand across Canada, we are looking for franchisees who believe in the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the power of healthy eating.”


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