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Vancouver, BC, May 28, 2020 - While COVID-19 restrictions have started to loosen up, the hospitality industry continues to face an uncertain future. In this climate of uncertainty, Vancouver’s Main St. Brewing has created a beer to help its employees - the Helping Hand Lager: A Social Lager for Physical Distancing. Available at Main St. Brewing and select partners, all proceeds go towards purchasing Fresh St. Market grocery gift cards for its staff.
 
“We are currently operating with a skeleton crew at our brewery and wanted to find a way to help our staff, especially with essentials such as groceries,” explains Cameron Forsyth, co-owner of Main St. Brewing. “When we thought about who to partner up with, Fresh St. Market came to mind immediately. They work with a lot of local producers and vendors, and they have locations across Metro Vancouver.”
 
Main St. Brewing’s Helping Hand Lager is brewed in the heart of the city’s historic Brewery Creek district. The flavour profile is clean, light, crisp and easy drinking beer (4.5% alc./vol. | 9 IBU). It is brewed to be accessible to all levels of beer lovers.
 
“The hospitality industry is a vital part of our community,” says Mark McCurdy, spokesperson for Fresh St. Market. “We have a number of initiatives in the works to help, including partnering with our friends at Main St. Brewing. Fresh St. Market is providing Main St. Brewing with a 5 per cent discount on all gift card purchases. In addition, we have donated $500 in gift cards directly to their staff.”
                                   
Helping Hand Lager, is available starting today, May 28, 2020 at Main St. Brewing’s brewery at 261 E 7th Ave in Vancouver and at several partners, including The Cascade Room, El Camino’s, The Union, and Portland Craft.
 
For more information, please visit www.mainstreetbeer.ca.

 
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May 28, 2020

Food Service Solutions is pleased to announce that we have been appointed the rep for Graco Inc.’s SaniSpray HP products effective May 28th, 2020.  SaniSpray from Graco Inc. is the industry’s first airless high production piece of equipment built specifically for your sanitizing and disinfecting needs. Their products are designed to deliver consistent coverage, without heavy drips and runs, so that you can achieve specified disinfectant dwell times. Don’t leave your success to chance. Inconsistent and insufficient coverage of disinfectant needed to kill harmful bacteria is often the result with other application methods. Speed of application, effective application on key surfaces and necessary time to let it work is what’s needed. Disinfecting your premises is made fast and simple with these products. With the SaniSpray HP sprayers from Graco, just spray and let dry using any Health Canada-approved chemical.

“We’re thrilled to represent the SaniSpray HP line in Canada. As our industry morphs into the next phase, customers visiting restaurants or venues will be ever mindful of the risks of COVID-19 and, to win them back, they need to feel safe. Proper sanitizing and disinfecting protocols for your premises is one key to success,” commented Chris Koehler.

 
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May 28, 2020

Restaurants across the country have been hard hit by the pandemic and from the beginning, SkipTheDishes has been working side by side with its partners to provide impactful support as they continue to navigate the effects of COVID-19 on their businesses. Skip has seen an 89% increase in restaurants joining the network to connect with customers in their area during these difficult times. 

Skip has also extended its network capabilities to help restaurants diversify their menu, giving them the ability to add new items including alcoholic beverages (in BC, AB, MB, ON, and NB), produce packages, make-at-home food kits, household items and more. This has opened a new stream of revenue for many restaurants who have been forced to shut their front of house, and Skip customers are enjoying this added convenience:

  • Over 7,500 cocktail and meal kits have been ordered from restaurants on the Skip network since March, as Canadians recreate their favourite restaurant and bar experiences while staying home.
  • Skip users are skipping the grocery store lines, ordering over 5,300 produce boxes from their favourite local restaurants.
  • As families juggle working from home and home schooling, orders of family-sized meals have seen a 10% increase since March.
  • In the last month, British Columbia has ordered the most alcohol through Skip, followed by Alberta.


We understand that these are unprecedented times and Skip is committed to providing impactful support to our restaurant partners and community. They are continually adjusting their network in real time to best serve our stakeholders as they navigate the next phase of COVID-19 together.

A full list of everything SkipTheDishes is doing to support its partners through these difficult times is available
here.

 
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May 28, 2020

Scotsman is pleased to announce that they have shipping release on the new BC0530 Big Cube Modular Ice Machines . Scotsman is satisfying orders as quickly as possible as production kicks off.

All applicable BC0530 product content has also been added to AutoQuotes and the Scotsman website product page, Sales App and Ice Machine Sizing & Selector Tool. Please use the below links to access these pages.

As a reminder, Scotsman has sent a number of training tools and collateral pertaining to the new Big Cube unit.

 
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May 27, 2020

Based on feedback from Manitobans and current public health data, the Manitoba government has finalized the draft Phase Two plan and will implement measures effective June 1 to continue safely restoring services and opening additional businesses while ensuring physical distancing, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

Among other businesses and services to be allowed to reopen June 1st, the following applies to our industry:

  • allowing restaurants to reopen indoor spaces at 50 per cent capacity and continue to offer patio services at that capacity level; and
  • allowing bars, beverage rooms, micro-brewers and similar businesses to operate patio service at 50 per cent of site capacity and to reopen indoor spaces at 50 per cent capacity.

The MRFA is compiling more information on best practices for our members to go out shortly.

 

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