Burnaby, BC – September 24th, 2019 – Canadian coffee roaster, Canterbury Coffee, won a Golden Bean trophy for the second year in a row at the Golden Bean 2019 awards last week in Nashville. There were over 1300 coffees entered, from more than 450 coffee roasters.

Canterbury Coffee is the only Canadian roaster to receive a Golden Bean trophy.

The Golden Bean trophy was awarded for the best coffee roasted for large franchise accounts, showing that Canadian coffee roasters can compete with the best of them. Coffees were evaluated based on flavour, aroma, sweetness and balance, to come up with an overall score.

Coffees from Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, did well at the competition this year, with bright, vibrant coffees from eastern Africa dominating several categories of the competition. In this region, coffee can be processed during harvesting using a method called natural process, which leaves some coffee fruit on the bean and dries the beans the sun. This fermentation can lead to more intense flavours, like sweetness and acidity in the roasted coffee.

Canterbury Coffee has won a total of 35 medals since the Golden Bean North America Awards began in 2015. Two customer favourites, reSIProcate Ethiopia Yirgacheffe and Verità Espresso, have won medals in all five years of the competition. reSIProcate Wild Hills, a blend of coffees from Peru and Nicaragua, was submitted this year and received a bronze medal.

Sacred Acre Ethiopia Aramo, another coffee roasted by Canterbury Coffee, also won two silver medals. This coffee is available now, for a limited time, and is harvested using the natural process method. It’s one of a few single-origin coffees offered as part of Sacred Acre Heirloom Coffee<>. Judges described it as “salty caramel” and it received high scores for sweetness.


London, Ontario; Vancouver, British Columbia; and St. Paul, MN, September 20, 2019 – The Original Cakerie (“the Company”), a leading manufacturer of high-quality frozen desserts for retail and foodservice customers across Canada and the U.S., announced today a major expansion of its London, Ontario plant, slated to begin construction later this fall. The Original Cakerie is a division of Dessert Holdings, based in St. Paul, MN.

The project will consist of adding a new building onto the existing structure at 2825 Innovation Drive in London as well as investments in new production lines. The expansion will add capacity for making all of the Company’s existing products. Construction is expected to be completed by fall of 2020. In conjunction with the new facility, the Company expects to hire approximately 100 additional workers over the next year.

“In the last four years, we have experienced sizeable growth as demand for our premium, innovative products remains strong with our existing customers and we continue to add new customers as well. We have made significant investments over the last three years, which have allowed us to meet this demand, and this additional capacity will enable us to continue doing so in a category that is expected to maintain strong growth. We are excited to invest in our facility and work with the community to set the stage for a great future,” said Paul Lapadat, CEO of Dessert Holdings.

The Original Cakerie has been providing high-quality frozen desserts to leading retail and foodservice customers for 40 years. The Company produces over 350 products, including layer cakes, bars, and brownies, at the London plant and an additional state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Delta, B.C.

Sales of premium desserts have been steadily rising in North America in recent years with in-store bakery category growth approaching high single digits. The Company maintains strict quality control efforts and is committed to using all-natural ingredients in its chef-inspired products, like fresh whipping cream, real fruit fillings, and dark chocolate, with no artificial colors or flavors and no trans-fats.

“Grocery shoppers and restaurant goers are increasingly indulging in high-quality, great tasting treats, and we are thoughtfully growing our business to satisfy the tastes and lifestyles of our customers,” added Doris Bitz, President, Retail Sales at Dessert Holdings.


NORTH VANCOUVER, BC (September 17, 2019) — Local institution Pizzeria Farina brings its beloved brand of Northern Italian cuisine across Burrard Inlet when it opens the doors on Farina a Legna in the heart of North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale District at 119 2nd Street East this Thursday, September 19.

Open from 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday with late night happy hour beginning at 9 p.m., Farina a Legna (Italian for ‘flour on wood’) will offer an authentic Italian experience in a full-service ristorante with seating for 50. The space also features a grocery with handmade dry pasta, olive oil and assorted dry goods for purchase as well as a licensed streetside patio and waiting area for guests seeking take-out options.

The menu draws inspiration from sister restaurants Ask For Luigi and Di Beppe in a variety of insalate like burrata caprese and gli spinachiantipasti such as polpette a legna, and other fare that changes with the seasons like risi e bisi and pesto Genovese.

The main focus of the menu is centered around a selection of Northern Italian-style hand-tossed pizze prepared in a brick, wood-fired oven that is kept at a lower temperature of 600 degrees Fahrenheit (rather than traditional Napolitana-style pizza at 900 plus degrees Fahrenheit) to achieve a lighter and slightly crispy crust, but with a good chew. The pizze menu features favourites from the Main Street location as well as new additions like: OrtolanaBosciaola, and Prosciutto & Arugula.

In addition to a range of espresso-based beverages, Farina a Legna also offers a bar that features local craft beer and Prosecco on tap, housemade, bottled aperitivi such as Aperol spritzes, biciclettas and negronis in addition to vermouth and grappa, and Italian wine available by the glass and bottle.

Farina a Legna’s back-of-house team is led by Executive Chef Alessandro Vianello (Pourhouse) and Chef de Cuisine Jeffrey Tang, who moves to the new location from the kitchen at the original Farina location, while Angela Dean (Ask For Luigi) will oversee front-of-house operations as general manager.

“This is an exciting new addition to the Farina family,” says Vianello, who drew inspiration for the menu from his Northern Italian heritage and also spent part of his childhood growing up in North Vancouver. “I’m excited to bring some longtime menu favourites from our Main Street location to a North Shore neighbourhood that’s very familiar to me and also add a new, wood-fired flavour to the Farina menu.”

In terms of décor, Craig Stanghetta of Ste. Marie Design — the firm behind such award-winning restaurants as Como Taperia, Ask For Luigi and Savio Volpe — provided authentic, Italian-inspired elements like tin ceiling tiles, touches of natural wood, marble and copper, and a colour palette that intersperses mint, indigo and splashes of red. Local antiques dealer Scott Landon of Scott Landon Antiques & Interiors also provided curios, photos and vintage pieces that add to the old-country feel that echoes throughout the space.

Farina a Legna is the latest project for the Kitchen Table Restaurants hospitality group that also owns and operates the original Pizzeria Farina location on Main Street, Gastown cocktail-and-comfort-food hotspot Pourhouse, caffé-by-day, ristorante-by-night Di Beppe, and casual Italian eatery Ask For Luigi in the Railtown Design district.

For more information on Pizzeria Farina or to stay up to date on all the latest developments, go to, become a fan of /pizzeriafarina on Facebook and follow @pizzeriafarina on Instagram.


VANCOUVER, B.C. - August 29th, 2019 - International Pacific Sales Ltd. (IPS) today unveiled their new logo, company Vision, Purpose, and Mission to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. Since 1969, IPS, a second generation family enterprise, has been a sales agency representing food and non-food manufacturers in both food service and retail markets with coverage across Western Canada. This year marks their 50th year in business, which they will be celebrating alongside their Principals, Employees, Family, and Customers. The company revealed their fresh look today by launching a new logo and website, featuring their services in Marketing Management, Sales Management, Business Management, and Culinary Expertise.

“I’m thrilled to be able to carry on this legacy that was founded in 1969 by my parents, Michael and Shirley Driscoll,” said Laura Driscoll, CEO. “We’re eager to move the company forward, while maintaining the family legacy, with our new brand. The team and I are bullish to continue to lead in food service and retail sales, bringing the industry our best work everyday.”

When the company was founded in 1969, they searched for 25 years for the core of their brand. They found their soul when they adopted a logo of the bull - representing strength, optimism, aggressiveness, stability and leadership. The new company logo launched, to celebrate the 50th anniversary, preserved the bull and incorporated more of their personality into what they represent every day - passion, knowledge, awareness, talent, respect, fun, innovation, leadership, and integrity - through a colour change and a new typography. The updated colour will also represent trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, and intelligence for the company.

As the team looks to the future, they also revised their Vision, and company Purpose to reflect changes in an innovative and thriving industry. Their new Vision statement reads: To be Western Canada’s #1 Foodservice and Retail Sales Agency by providing unparalleled sales, exceptional service and industry expertise to all our business partners. Their Purpose is to Uncover new opportunities and offer solutions for our partners to thrive. Their newly released logo, Purpose, Vision, and Mission capture the past, present, and future of the company.

“Having been a leader in the industry since its conception, IPS could not be better positioned to continue this momentum and to serve customers with the best service the industry has to offer,” said IPS President, Blake Davidson. “We’re excited about this change and look forward to the next 50 years of partnerships, collaborations, and growth.” 


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