EDMONTON, AB, March 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- More than a third of Alberta’s foodservice businesses might close their doors if the realities of running a restaurant in the province don’t improve, according to new survey results from Restaurants Canada.

In a recent survey of foodservice operators across Alberta, an alarming 35 per cent of respondents said they have considered closing up shop following recent changes to provincial labour legislation.

When asked how they have adjusted to the minimum wage increasing sharply from $10.20 in 2015 to $15 per hour in October 2018, respondents said they have resorted to the following actions to keep their doors open:

• 94 per cent have increased menu prices
• 88 per cent have decreased staff hours
• 61 per cent have hired fewer youth for entry-level positions
• 46 per cent have laid off staff
• 26 per cent have explored self-service solutions like touch pads and kiosks

“When restaurants struggle, so do the communities they serve,” said Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Western Canada. “With a provincial election coming up on April 16, we look forward to hearing how each of Alberta’s political parties plan to help foodservice businesses survive and thrive.”

Restaurants Canada shared 16 policy recommendations with Alberta’s four major political parties on Jan. 14 in the hopes that they would be incorporated into all their platforms in the lead up to the next provincial election.

A complete listing of these recommendations can be found at, along with information on key issues facing Alberta’s foodservice industry and how to support the #RestaurantRealities campaign.


MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, March 7, 2019 – Kruger Products L.P. earned a prized place on the 2019 Best Managed Company list for the second consecutive year. The Company was recognized because of its overall performance. This distinction is a testament that Kruger Products, a leader in the consumer and away-from-home tissue categories, is making everyday life more comfortable. 

“We’re approaching our business with new thinking,” says Dino Bianco, CEO, Kruger Products. “We are evaluating all aspects of our value chain and looking for inspired ways to evolve our business, and that takes great people with exceptional ideas.” The Company credits its strong performance to its people, who are the visionaries creating innovation.

In addition to a place on the Best Managed Companies ranking, Kruger Products has recently been named a GTA Top Employer, which recognizes companies that lead the way with the most progressive human-resources policies and initiatives. Kruger Products has been part of this list for seven consecutive years. It was also recognized on the Forbes Canada’s Best Employers list, which identifies companies doing the most for their employees to support employee retention and attraction. Kruger Products has been included in this ranking for three consecutive years. 

Kruger Products believes in empowering its people because empowered employees grow their capabilities and feel comfortable to ask the tough questions, which often ignite discussion around changing the status quo. Ultimately, this constant idea-generation strengthens the company’s performance. 

To see the full list of Best Managed Companies, click here. 


MISSISSAUGA, ON (06/03/2019) – RATIONAL, the leading manufacturer of combi technology, is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a prestigious 2019 Kitchen Innovations® award for its UltraVent Plus portfolio of ventless hoods.

The National Restaurant Association ® Show Kitchen Innovations (KI) awards recognize progressive equipment that advances the way commercial kitchens operate. A fifteen-year tradition in the industry, the KI award program has earned a reputation for defining the gold standard of foodservice equipment innovation.

Delivering greater value and benefit to customers is a key driver of the RATIONAL innovation tradition. Since launching the first RATIONAL combi-steamer in 1976, the company has vigorously pursued research and development projects to improve commercial kitchen operations.

The RATIONAL UltraVent Plus ventless hoods build upon this tradition. Relying upon recirculating venting technology the UltraVent Plus captures vapor, grease and lingering smoke enabling operators to install RATIONAL equipment in smaller kitchens and customer-engaging front cooking areas without investments in vented hoods. The UltraVent Plus hoods work for the popular RATIONAL SelfCookingCenter® Combi-Duo, or stacked combi oven configurations, and retrofitting on existing equipment also is possible.

“Since its launch, the UltraVent Plus and proven enormously popular,” said Markus Glueck, executive vice president for RATIONAL North America. “Kitchen consultants and customers alike are impressed with its performance, flexibility and cost-savings potential.”

The RATIONAL UltraVent Plus ventless hood will stand among the 2019 KI recipients in the interactive Kitchen Innovations Showroom, booth #2440, at the 2019 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®, on May 18-21, 2019 in Chicago at McCormick Place. RATIONAL USA invites show attendees to see the UltraVent Plus in action at the live cooking demonstrations held at the RATIONAL USA exhibit, booth #4260.


Burlington, March 5, 2019 – A team of pastry chefs are back in Canada with four Gold medals from the 4th Festival International du Pain 2019 in Tunisia February 17-23.

Team Canada dominated in four categories Plated, Black Box, Champion of Bread and overall Team Gold. The competition attracted 15 countries. In the final round, Team Canada beat out a talented crew from Croatia.

Team Canada was led by Lasantha Mendis, a pastry chef who plans, prepares and serves food at Mount Logan Lodge in Fort McMurray. Other team members include: Chef Sujeewa Thalagala, Team Baker (Fort McMurray) and Chef Ruwan Jayakody, Coach and International Judge and Chef Dilup Attygalla, Media and Communications (Toronto).

“The judges really enjoyed our Maple Cinnamon Bun with Lavender Frosting. Our creations were beautiful and delicious, but I think we won because of our great teamwork. We were very organized, stuck to our game plan and used uniquely Canadian ingredients like smoked maple turkey bacon and maple syrup,” says Chef Mendis.

Festival International du Pain 2019 is endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS). The Canadian team was selected by the Canadian Federation of Chefs and Cooks (CCFCC) for their proven pastry and culinary skills. Mount Logan Lodge is operated by Birch River Site Services, a joint venture between Mikisew Group of Companies and Sodexo Canada who were sponsors of the Canadian team. 

“On behalf of Sodexo, we’re proud of Team Canada for bringing home an array of Gold medals. We’re fortunate to enjoy delicious pastry creations on a regular basis, and now we will savour them even more,” says Linsey Sirett, Sodexo District Manager.


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