(Toronto – January 17, 2019) - Nearly 60 percent of food produced in Canada – amounting to 35.5 million metric tonnes – is lost and wasted annually. Of that, 32 percent – equalling 11.2 million metric tonnes of lost food – is avoidable and is edible food that could be redirected to support people in our communities. The total financial value of this potentially rescuable lost and wasted food is a staggering $49.46 billion.
These unprecedented findings are the result of a year-long research project undertaken by Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue organization, and Value Chain Management International, a leading public and industry voice in the area of food waste. This ground-breaking report is being released today in Toronto.
The report, funded by the Walmart Foundation, is the first to use front-line, primary data from the entire food supply chain. It is also the first to create a standardized system of measurement that can be used by any food business – in Canada and globally – to track and reduce their food loss and waste.
“There is no social, environmental or business case for food waste, and yet it has become standard operating procedure in the food industry, not just in Canada but globally,” said Lori Nikkel, CEO, Second Harvest. “But with this research, we all now have the data and the tools to transform this crisis into a triple-bottom-line win across the value chain.”
Based on responses from more than 700 food industry leaders across Canada, The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste identifies approximately 30 root causes of food loss and waste, including: 

  • The acceptance of waste by the food industry as the cost of doing business, a belief sustained by low tipping and landfill fees;
  • Conservative best before dates that lead to industry and consumers throwing away food that is still safe and edible;
  • Pressure on producers to provide 100 percent on-shelf availability and aesthetic perfection, particularly with fruits and vegetables, leading to over-production; and
  • Reluctance in the food industry to donate safe, edible surplus food despite Good Samaritan legislation that already exists to facilitate donation.

The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste also provides more than 100 actions for industry, industry organizations and government to begin to quantify food loss and waste, address the negative economic and environmental impacts, and support community food programs.
“There is more than enough food produced in Canada and the world that no one ever needs to be hungry. This report provides us with concrete solutions that will allow food to get to those who need it,” said Nikkel.
The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste is available as a solution-focused Roadmap and a 122-page Technical Report from


January 15, 2019

What you putIN… and What you leaveOUT

As your partner in bringing real, carefully crafted foods, we always strive for the best. Sometimes it can be about what you put in, but it can also be about what you leave out.

We undertook this task all with the intent to keep the incredible taste, texture, aroma and visual appeal you have come to rely on.

We started each recipe at zero, carefully selecting ingredients and leaving out anything unnecessary. We’re proud to announce that our Campbell’s® Verve® and Campbell’s® Signature soups are free from:

high-fructose corn syrup · artificial flavours · artificial colours

disodium inosinate & disodium guanylate

hydrolyzed vegetable protein · partially hydrogenated oils

Visit our website, or call 1-800-461-SOUP (7687) for more details!


CINCINNATI – Jan. 8, 2018 – Adverse weather can wreak havoc on a business’s floors. From tracked in debris such as sand and salt, to soggy carpets and slippery floors, unsightly floors run rampant this time of year. To help businesses maintain clean and dry floors, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) introduces the Active Scraper® Floor Mat.

Designed to reduce the amount of dirt and moisture being tracked into a facility, the Cintas Active Scraper® Floor Mat uses active blades of various heights that move when walked over to scrape particles and grime off shoes. The mat’s unique design also contains deep channels and drainage holes to help keep accumulated dirt and moisture away from shoes, making it ideal for outdoor use in front of entryways.

Due to the blades’ innovative high-performance design, the mat can be placed in any direction as the blade pattern will work no matter which direction the mat is walked on. This allows the mat to capture three times more dirt and debris than traditional mats, keeping moisture and debris outside where it belongs.

“Eighty percent of dirt within a facility is tracked in from the outside,” said Sean Mulcahey, Marketing Manager, Cintas. “The Cintas Active Scraper® Floor Mat acts as a first line of defense against dirt and debris, allowing businesses to proactively protect and care for floors no matter the weather forecast.”

When paired with an additional interior mat as part of a dual mat system, businesses can save precious time previously spent sweeping and mopping floors. Not to mention the money savings associated with increased floor protection.

For more information about Cintas Active Scraper® Floor Mat, visit


VAUGHAN, ON, Jan. 8, 2019 /CNW/ - Would you like nacho cheese with that? Taco Bell Canada is betting that Canadians will answer with a resounding 'yes' by bringing back the famed Naked Chicken Chalupa, now with Nacho Cheese. Why? Because everything is better with Nacho Cheese.

To prove that everything is better with Nacho Cheese, Taco Bell is launching the Nacho Cheese Naked Chicken Chalupa in a big way: With a nacho-cheese dispensing billboard (dubbed the 'Cheesiest Billboard'), challenging fans to take the Nacho Cheese taste-test. As a brand known for unexpected, over-the-top product launches and activations, it's no surprise that Taco Bell is kicking off 2019 with a big (cheesy) splash.

The Cheesiest Billboard will be live on Saturday, January 19th in Toronto, where fans are encouraged to bring any snack they like for the ultimate nacho cheese upgrade. Want to spice up that boring apple with some nacho cheese? Go for it! That salad or sandwich you packed for lunch? Why not! How about adding more nacho cheese to your Nacho Cheese Naked Chicken Chalupa? Absolutely! Because the only thing better than nacho cheese is more nacho cheese, and Taco Bell will be sampling a limited amount of Nacho Cheese Naked Chicken Chalupa's for free at the Cheesiest Billboard.

"The Cheesiest Billboard comes off the heels of a groundbreaking year for us, that saw everything from CrunchWrapping Paper for all our holiday gift-wrapping needs, to the Baja Blast Hair Salon that turned heads Baja-Blast blue. Just search #BajaBlessed on Instagram to see how far fans will go for a free sip of MTN Dew® Baja Blast!" says Veronica Castillo, Head of Marketing at Taco bell Canada. "Kicking off the year with a Nacho cheese-dispensing billboard means that 2019 will be as crazy as ever for us. Plus, our fans know it's impossible to deny the appeal of warm, gooey, zesty nacho cheese, and we couldn't agree more. Nacho cheese will be the perfect addition to the Naked Chicken Chalupa, already a fan-favourite."

The Cheesiest Billboard will be available on Saturday, January 19th from 11:30am-2:30pm EST at 482 Queen St W in Toronto (right next to Taco Bell's flagship Queen West location) and is guaranteed to warm up our taste buds this winter. Nacho cheese lovers will be served on a first come, first serve basis, so fans should move fast to get their fair share of nacho-cheesy goodness.  

Built off the massively successful Naked Chicken Chalupa, this extra cheesy rendition features the famous shell made entirely of crispy, marinated chicken that fans love and crave. Glorious nacho cheese is added to the inside of the shell, taking this crowd-pleaser to the next level.

Fans looking for the latest and greatest news from Taco Bell Canada can visit for more information.


January 3, 2019

Effective immediately, Food Service Solutions Inc. is the Scotsman Ice Systems distributor nationally. We are responsible for sales, marketing, distribution and warranty service. FSS has established warehousing in Montreal, Mississauga and Calgary to serve the country and position inventory close to all major markets for prompt delivery anywhere in Canada. All service and warranty will be handled through the Mississauga office. Chris Koehler, President of FSS, said “We are truly honored to have this iconic brand added to our portfolio and hope to build on the success that Scotsman has had in Canada.”

Additionally, Food Service Solutions Inc. is pleased to announce a new rep relationship with Axom Group Inc. to represent Scotsman Ice Systems in British Columbia and Quebec. Koehler said, “Christiaan and Xavier are experienced Scotsman sales leaders who possess great product knowledge and customer support. They have a great understanding of the ice business in general, and they understand what customers need and how best to fulfill their needs. We are pleased to bring them into the growing FSS family.”

For our dealers in Quebec and British Columbia, please direct all Scotsman Ice Systems price, product or training requests directly to the local Axom Group representative below. Your Food Service Solutions Inc. Regional Sales Managers / Executive Chef will continue to provide sales support for all other FSS brands. In all other markets, please contact your FSS Regional Sales Managers.  


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