May 30, 2018

Rix Light Craft Lager is Prince Edward Island’s first Light Craft Lager! Launching this June, this crisp light lager is craft brewed with the highest quality ingredients using traditional techniques resulting in a dry finish.

Named for William F. Rix who was widely considered Prince Edward Island’s craft beer pioneer in the mid-eighties and much like his entrepreneurial spirit, this craft lager is refreshing and innovative. Ahead of its time. 

 ‘We are thrilled to bring this new Light Craft Lager to life. It’s the first of its kind brewed on PEI and we feel like this is going to be a staple in Islanders fridges, all year long”, says PEI Brewing Company President Jeff Squires. “I think customers are really going to enjoy this refreshing, easy drinking lager that will be the gateway into craft beer for many.”

Rix Light Craft Lager will be available in 473ml cans at all PEILCC retail stores and the PEI Brewing Company Taproom by mid- June. Visit and follow along on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @rixlightlager for more information.

Looking to try this new beer? Rix is going on tour and hosting Island launch events at seven different Prince Edward Island restaurants and pubs starting on June 8th!
Island Tour Locations:

June 8th: Alberton – The Albert & Crown Pub & Eatery
480 Main Street, Alberton
June 9thSummerside –The Silver Fox Entertainment Complex
110 Water Street, Summerside

June 15thCharlottetown - Merchantman Next Door
23 Queen Street, Charlottetown
June 22ndNorth Rustico- North Rustico Lions Club
17 Timber Lane, North Rustico
June 23rdMorell - Holy Cow Burgers & Wings
95 Altons Drive, Morell
June 29thCardigan – Clam Diggers Beach House & Restaurant
6864 Water Street, Cardigan
June 30thSouris – The Black Rafter Lounge
10 Federal Avenue, Souris


The BC Food Processors Association is very pleased to invite you to FoodProWest 2018, the 11th Annual Expo and Buyer Day Tradeshow featuring 100 booths showcasing the best of BC food and beverage product innovation.  

With the theme of the Future of Food, you will see keynotes from leading food innovators, see the latest products, and watch a 3D food printer at work!  More than 90 international buyers are attending to view the products for retail in regional, national and international markets including the US and Asia Pacific.

See the attached MEDIA KIT for the schedule, speakers and exhibitor information, what to see and who to interview.

You can also cover the 2018 BC Food and Beverage Awards.  The winners for each award will be announced at our annual Awards Gala & Dinner, which will be held at the beautiful Westin Bayshore on the same evening,  June 21, 2018.  Cocktails 5-6pm , Dinner and Awards 6-930PM.

“The FoodProWest Gala Awards Dinner is BC’s Food and Beverage Oscars,” says James Donaldson, BCFPA Director and CEO. “It celebrates the achievements of food and beverage companies, big and small, and their staff who work hard to strengthen the industry as whole.”  

Finalists were selected in eight award categories by an independent judging panel, including a Hall of Fame induction and our hallmark award, The Product of the Year.  A complete listing of the AWARDS and the FINALISTS is HERE.

To cover the tradeshow and/or  reserve your seat at the Gala, please contact Tanya Tait    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.604 371-4245

For more information,   Please see the attached MEDIA KIT for information about what to see and who to interview!

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TORONTO – May 29, 2018 –  Millennials are taking a big bite out of Canada’s foodservice sector.

There’s no denying there is power in numbers, and the release of Restaurants Canada’s 2018 Foodservice Facts proves it. 

The past couple years have been good for the Canadian foodservice industry overall, with growth of 5.1% in 2017 after advancing 5.9% in 2016. This helped annual total foodservice sales to climb to more than $84 billion.

Millennials were one of three factors driving foodservice sales. Here are a few ways the industry is changing in response to consumer demand:

  • Millennials are easily the key drivers of growth, with traffic up 9% (triple the size of any other cohort)
  • In 2017 millennials accounted for 74% of dollar growth and 79% of traffic growth

“Millennials are now the largest category of foodservice spenders in Canada,” says Shanna Munro, President & CEO, Restaurants Canada. “They are driving trends such as third-party delivery, mobile payments and changing menus. Millennials are looking for bold flavours, new experiences they can then share and meals that can be customized and portable to observe to their busy, on-the-go lifestyles.”

Millennials, Breakfast and Confidence

Breakfast has gone far beyond expectations and has become trendy again. With the need for convenience and portability becoming more important with consumers, the breakfast category continues to grow. Diners are eating the majority of their meals and snacks on the go, with 70% of breakfast and 56% of supper orders at a restaurant eaten off-premise. Lunch is the exception, where 52% of meals are eaten on-premise versus 48% that are off-premise.

The top 5 reasons* consumers are more likely to consume off-premise (% of individuals):

  • Portable (33%)
  • Eaten quickly (25%)
  • Picks me up (24%)
  • Energy boost (18%)
  • Guilty pleasure (17%)

Chain restaurants have adjusted accordingly by integrating all-day breakfast options to their menus to appeal to millennial taste buds. However, menu offerings and creating experiences for consumers isn’t the only thing that’s changing. A healthy economy, low unemployment rate and rising housing valuations boosted consumer confidence in Canada at the end of 2017, to its highest level in 10 years. This has propelled spending at restaurants, especially in British Columbia, Québec and Ontario.

5 other trends Restaurants Canada is seeing that are changing the foodservice game:

  • Plant-based food options
  • Continued rise of healthy options
  • Food waste – using less and/or using waste to develop dishes
  • Energy efficiency
  • Technology is encroaching into all aspects of the restaurant business


The Role of Tech

A restaurant’s online and mobile presence has become more important than ever, and is growing.

“Thirty-eight per cent of operators are planning to introduce online or app ordering in 2018, while 28% are investing in inventory management software and apps to control costs,” says Chris Elliott, Senior Economist at Restaurants Canada.

When it comes to the foodservice industry, the vast majority of restaurateurs agree technology makes restaurants more productive, speeds up customer service, and helps increase sales.

  • When deciding which restaurant to visit, more than four in 10 Canadians base their decision on whether the restaurant offers free Wi-Fi access.

Opportunities and Challenges

With many millennials renting versus owning, an increase in disposable income has many households turning to foodservice for both indulgence and convenience. Those that own a home are faced with household debt and rising interest rates. People are looking for deals, so traditional grocery stores continue to lose ground to stores like Costco and Walmart (with a 66% growth between 2012-2017) – giving people the option to enjoy convenience while staying cost-efficient. 

Despite a strong year of overall growth in the industry, foodservice employment is falling.  Worker shortages and higher minimum wages have caused industry-wide labour pains. After growing by 11,000 jobs in 2016, foodservice employment unexpectedly fell by 11,000 jobs in 2017.

“Labour shortages put a damper on investment and expansion,” says Lauren van den Berg, National Vice President, Government Relations. “Restaurants are at risk if they can’t properly be staffed. The restaurant industry is one of Canada’s largest employers, the biggest source of first-time jobs for youth, and a top tourism driver. We need to ensure that legacy continues to grow.”

“It’s important to understand that although the industry is experiencing growth, profits are not flowing through to the bottom line,” adds Elliott. “While overall topline growth has increased, bottom lines continue to be stagnant at 4.2% for the past three years. Raising costs across the board and driving the growth.”

Additional Survey Highlights

  • Annual total foodservice sales are projected to reach $88.7 billion in 2018
  • By 2022, combined commercial and non-commercial foodservice sales will exceed $100 billion
  • 1.2 million Canadians are directly employed in foodservice
  • 22 million restaurant customers are served per day on average

The full report is available to all Restaurants Canada members through the Member Portal. To access the report, please call 1-800-387-5649 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
* Source: Ipsos Foodservice Monitor


CONCORD, N.C., May 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- When everything you need to write the perfect story is all in one place, working against time to meet a hard deadline doesn't seem so despairing. Therefore, aside from being the leading specialty dessert ingredient manufacturer, producer, and supplier in North America,  with four major product lines and five U.S.-based International Training Centers, PreGel America is excited to announce its newly created digital media kit. The digital platform allows immediate access to information about the Charlotte-based company and its ongoing contributions to the foodservice industry.

The company's digital media kit is segmented into ten categories that make it convenient to find specific information quickly without having to search the whole site. Categories include:

  • History & About
  • Product Lines
  • Training Centers
  • Press & Media
  • Downloadable Images
  • Downloadable Logos
  • Videos
  • Resources
  • Team
  • Awards/Accolades

The digital media kit acts as a snapshot of PreGel America highlights with up-to-date information, links to company resources including the company blog and digitized version of P Magazine—PreGel's custom, semi-annual magazine—as well as direct access to Communications for PreGel to get additional information. The downloadable images featured in the digital media kit are those approved by the company for use in outside print or web publication. 

The link to the new PreGel America digital media kit is easily accessible from the footer of the company website and furnished with relevant, timely, and intriguing information about artisanal dessert ingredients  and culinary educational opportunities.

Your Passion. Our Ingredients. It's not just a slogan; it's what PreGel believes in.

For more information, visit


May 22, 2018

Molson Coors just launched Coors Edge - a delicious non-alcoholic beer that contains less than 0.5% ALC./VOL. Launched in Quebec in May, Coors Edge is rolling out across the rest of Canada in early June.

Coors Edge uses a double brewing process which ensures exceptional taste. It’s brewed for beer lovers who want a great-tasting non-alcoholic option. The new brew comes on the heels of new research which shows millennials in Canada are looking for more responsible drinking options.

A new survey of more than 1,200 Canadian beer drinkers found that:

  • The top reason millennials consume non-alcoholic beer is to avoid drinking and driving.
  • With secondary reasons being “fitting in/socializing.”

Did you know that 82% of driving and legal-drinking-aged Canadian Millennials have served as designated drivers? These millennials take their designated driving responsibility seriously, but like many of us, also enjoy drinking beer. In the pursuit of no compromise, they’re looking for a great-tasting non-alcoholic beer option that allows them to enjoy, feel confident in their responsible and balanced decisions, all while still fitting in and socializing with their friends who are drinking alcohol.

The launch of Coors Edge is part of Molson Coors’ commitment to Raise the Bar on Beer and offer quality, low and no alcohol beers in 100% of markets by 2025. 


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