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TORONTO, Oct. 13, 2020 - Freshii Inc. (TSX: FRII) ("Freshii")—one of North America's leading healthy fast casual restaurants—today announced the launch of its completely transformed mobile app, Freshii, offering Canadians a convenient way to eat and energize. The app's brand new interface allows customers to easily personalize their favourite orders, specify and save dietary preferences, pay in store with the in-app wallet, or skip the line with transactionless pick-up.

"At Freshii, we strive to provide Canadians with healthy, delicious and affordable food offerings that they can feel good about eating," said Veronica Castillo, Vice President, Marketing at Freshii. "Our new app provides customers with a more convenient way to order and enjoy their Freshii favourites. We're excited to bring this enhanced user-experience to our customers across Canada and the U.S."

On every order placed through the app, users collect Veggie Points, which can be redeemed on their next in-app purchase. Another new feature allows users to send gift cards to friends and family members. Curbside pick-up and additional delivery options will be available soon.

The Freshii app is now available for download on iOS and Android. For a limited time, new users will receive a $5 reward after their first in-app purchase, and existing users will have a $5 reward waiting for them upon download.

For more information, please visit www.freshii.com/freshiiapp

 
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TORONTO, Oct. 13, 2020 /CNW/ - Freshii Inc. (TSX: FRII) ("Freshii")—one of North America's leading healthy fast casual restaurants—today announced the launch of its completely transformed mobile app, Freshii, offering Canadians a convenient way to eat and energize. The app's brand new interface allows customers to easily personalize their favourite orders, specify and save dietary preferences, pay in store with the in-app wallet, or skip the line with transactionless pick-up.

"At Freshii, we strive to provide Canadians with healthy, delicious and affordable food offerings that they can feel good about eating," said Veronica Castillo, Vice President, Marketing at Freshii. "Our new app provides customers with a more convenient way to order and enjoy their Freshii favourites. We're excited to bring this enhanced user-experience to our customers across Canada and the U.S."

On every order placed through the app, users collect Veggie Points, which can be redeemed on their next in-app purchase. Another new feature allows users to send gift cards to friends and family members. Curbside pick-up and additional delivery options will be available soon.

The Freshii app is now available for download on iOS and Android. For a limited time, new users will receive a $5 reward after their first in-app purchase, and existing users will have a $5 reward waiting for them upon download.

For more information, please visit www.freshii.com/freshiiapp

 
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TORONTO, Oct. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Restaurants Canada anticipates that closing indoor dining in Ontario’s COVID-19 hot spots will result in tens of thousands of lost jobs that will require government help to recover.

“Our sector was one of the first to suffer the impacts of this crisis and continues to be among the hardest hit,” said Restaurants Canada President and CEO Todd Barclay. “Going back to this level of shutdown will be a huge blow. Restaurants deserve to see the data driving this decision and will need immediate emergency assistance so they can continue contributing to the social and economic fabric of the communities they serve.”

Indoor dining closures will cost Ontario in restaurant sales and jobs

Restaurants Canada estimates that the indoor dining closures coming into effect at midnight tonight will result in:

  • Sales losses of as much as 80 per cent for full-service restaurants and more than 40 per cent for quick-service restaurants.
  • Tens of thousands of jobs lost across the province:
    • 12,000 in Ottawa
    • 33,000 in Toronto
    • 14,900 in Peel Region

Recommendations for emergency support

“Ontario’s restaurants have made major investments in health and safety equipment and training so that they could continue serving their communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said James Rilett, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Central Canada. “They are now being asked to severely restrict their operations to help the province contain rising community spread. Doing so will come at a steep economic cost for communities impacted by these restrictions if all levels of government don’t step up with emergency assistance to help them pull through.”

Restaurants Canada is calling for the following immediate support measures from all levels of government:

Federal Level

  • Expansion of the newly unveiled rent assistance program to ensure businesses are supported for as long as they are mandated to operate under severely limiting restrictions due to COVID-19.
  • An amendment to allow management positions to qualify for funding under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program.
  • A mechanism to force insurance companies to honour business interruption claims and pressure to rein in skyrocketing rates.

Provincial Level

  • An emergency assistance program similar to the Quebec compensation system for restaurants forced to close in targeted areas.
  • A concerted effort to work with the federal government and Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario to restrain unmanageable insurance rates and ensure business interruption claims are honoured.
  • Stronger enforcement of penalties for flagrant COVID-19 restriction rule breakers by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. 

Municipal Level

  • Access to data on effectiveness of COVID-19 containment efforts among foodservice sector so the industry can address areas for improvement.
  • A “seal of approval” inspection program to clearly differentiate violators from responsible restaurant operators and improve consumer confidence.
  • Consultation with industry to streamline contact tracing with existing or developing technology.
 
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Toronto, Oct. 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Since the start of the pandemic, restaurants across Canada have made major investments in time and money to provide a safe environment for their patrons and employees. A recent analysis suggests that restaurants have invested over $750 million in protective equipment as well as additional front of house staffing requirements for contract tracing.

“With contact tracing, staff training, and a staggering amount of money invested in PPE, restaurants are safe places to enjoy experiences with your family,” said Todd Barclay, President and CEO of Restaurants Canada. “Our members have done, and continue to do an excellent job by providing a safe alternative to private gatherings.”

Those efforts have not gone unnoticed as 87 per cent of Canadians said in a recent survey that restaurants are doing a good job keeping their customers safe. 

“The health and safety of everyone we serve as well as our staff has always been mission-critical,” said Jordan Holm, President, Boston Pizza, “this is just as true now as it was before COVID-19”.

When cases do rise, Restaurants Canada supports authorities referring to evidence-based data in order to target restrictions to the higher risk areas and not punish the entire industry. 

“As Canadians continue to enter dining rooms across our country, our members are committed to providing a safe environment,” continued Barclay. “If there are any violations, provincial or public officials should take direct action on those rogue operators, and we would absolutely support the government in their enforcement activities.”

Whenever changes are under consideration, working together with all levels of government, Restaurants Canada can continue to be a trusted partner. This will allow the industry to respond as quickly and effectively as possible to help keep staff and customers safe in support of Canada’s economic recovery. Learn how you can help, visit feedingtherecovery.ca

 
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October 7, 2020

Red Thai Pork Curry

If you haven't pulled out the slow cooker yet, this aromatic recipe might entice you to do so. Rich and comforting, our Thai–inspired red curry warms your belly in more ways than one. Tender pork, creamy coconut milk and just a touch of chili pepper heat. 
Make it today! One pot wonders from around the world

Whether it's in the slow cooker or a Dutch oven, these one pot meals will transform the most economical cuts of pork into tender, juicy morsels. The following recipes all utilize boneless pork shoulder blade roasts; a little preparation will reward you with pork that melts in your mouth. Our featured recipe for Thai Peanut Pork Stew is loaded with protein–packed pork cubes and just the right amount of silky smooth peanut butter. Party Pork Vindaloo is just that – a party for your taste buds. Jamaican Pork Stew hints at Caribbean flavours – think allspice, ginger, thyme and cayenne. And, last but not least, a traditional Oven–Braised Hungarian Pork Goulash – complete with caraway, paprika and sour cream for full authenticity. 

Unique Thanksgiving brunch ideas

With Thanksgiving limited to members of your household, ham is the perfect protein of choice. It can be purchased in various shapes, sizes and even slices to fit any family – you can’t go wrong! So go ahead, put a unique twist on this year's Thanksgiving spread and try something different. Glazed Ham with Rum Raisin Sauce uses a boneless ham that cooks up quickly – a perfect balance of sweet and salty. Warm apples, sweet cinnamon and a touch of smoky bacon make this Baked Apple & Bacon Pancake an instant family winner. It may just make it into your weekend routine! A great brunch isn't complete without a warm, savoury bread, such as our Bacon & Cheddar Bannock. Add this Sweet & Savoury Bacon Marmalade and you've got yourself a little slice of heaven on earth. 

Leftovers for lunchtime

Take the guess work out of lunch making and prepare a two–in–one dinner! These next few recipes lend themselves to an easy week night meal but also a tasty lunch for the next day. Easy Shepherd's Pie will warm your heart on a crisp fall day –always lots of delicious leftovers for a complete lunch. Choose to double this recipe for lunchtime leftovers, or not – Meatloaf for One or Two. Options galore: leftover meatloaf can be transformed into sandwiches, burgers or even crumbled and mixed into fried rice. The Farmer Sausage Skillet Supper is loaded with flavour and colourful veggies. Serve over rice for a complete one–bowl feast. And if you're curious to see where that made in Manitoba farmer sausage is made, click here to watch a short video.

 

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