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TORONTO, Sept. 9, 2019 /CNW/ - Many Canadians are joining one of the fastest growing diet trends in the world - keto. Just as plant-based meat alternatives have disrupted the meat industry - Unbun Foods has started to replace traditional gluten-free bakery products in the QSR (quick service restaurant) industry with its range of grain-free, keto friendly buns, baguettes, tortillas and pizza crusts.

Unbun Foods, Canada's leader in creating innovative certified keto, paleo, dairy-free, grain-free and gluten-free bakery products, announced today the launch of the Keto Bun at MR.SUB locations nationwide.

Aligning with the iconic sandwich restaurant's menu, including better-for-you Raised Without Antibiotics meats (the first in the Canadian national sandwich category to introduce RWA options), MR.SUB will be the first sub sandwich chain to offer Keto Buns by Unbun - joining trailblazing partners in the QSR industry, such as The Burger's Priest and BurgerIM, to offer a guilt-free, certified keto, paleo bun. MR.SUB costumers will be able to swap out a traditional bun on any small sub with the Keto Bun for just $2.29 + tax. The healthy, low-carb alternative contains 6g net carbs, 16g fibre, 16g protein, and only 110-160 calories.

"At Unbun we are obsessed with innovation in order to provide our customers with better-for-you bread alternatives, so they never have to compromise quality. Our products not only taste good, but are good for you," says Gus Klemos, Founder of Unbun Foods, the company behind Keto Buns at all restaurants in Canada and the US. "We are proud to be partnering with MR.SUB as real innovators and disruptors in their industry to provide Keto Buns across the country starting today. Now all Canadians have the opportunity to enjoy a MR.SUB sub sandwich without the guilt."

"Since 1968, MR.SUB has been catering to Canadians' ever-evolving tastes. We are thrilled to now offer a wide range of menu items that offer new variety as well as address the requirements of those with alternative dietary lifestyles," says Nicole Johnston, Director of Marketing, MR.SUB. "We tested these items in select locations this spring and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We're confident Canadians will love the latest additions to the menu."

From humble beginnings operating out of a one- bedroom condo selling into three Toronto locations to now over 1,800 locations across North America in only 18 months – Unbun Foods was born from a mission to satisfy founder Gus Klemos' insatiable craving for a burger without the guilt and empty carbs. Not satisfied with the limited options available, Gus took to his own kitchen to create a product that was healthy and actually tasted good. With the rising popularity of low-carb diets, such as paleo and ketogenic, he identified an opportunity to appease these markets, along with the gluten-free, grain-free, and general health-conscious community.

With Unbun products gaining praise and notoriety in such a short period, the brand's first major success was an exclusive opportunity with popular burger joint, The Burger's Priest, who offered the first and only publicly announced gluten-free bun option. From then on the growth was rapid, and demand grew cross-borders in 2018 with Unbun expanding to 200 locations across the US in premium burger chain BurgerIM. Starting this October, Unbun will be rolling out its keto friendly pizza crusts nationally to...

"All I can say at this time is that it's Canada's largest pizza chain." - According to Klemos.

 
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RICHMOND HILL, ON, Sept. 11, 2019 /CNW/ - On Monday, Canada's beloved quick-service restaurant MR.SUB launched a new, evolved, menu that caters to all types of guests. Capitalizing on the rising popularity of plant-based meat alternatives and consumer's changing eating behaviours, MR.SUB is proud to now offer two delicious 'Mighty Meatless' subs that don't compromise on taste, texture or nutritional value - 0% meat 100% delicious.

Vegetarians and flexitarians - or even meat-eaters looking to add some variety to their diet - are invited to try the new gardein® Meatless Meatball* and Tex-Mex Black Bean Subs* at MR.SUB locations across Canada. These new sub sandwiches are plant-based, nutrient-rich, and high in protein and healthy fats. In addition, MR.SUB has launched a new keto bun* as a low-carb alternative to traditional sub buns. The new additions have been successfully taste-tested at 12 locations in Ontario, receiving resoundingly positive feedback across the board.*

"Since 1968, MR.SUB has been catering to Canadians' ever-evolving tastes. We are thrilled to now offer a wide range of menu items that offer new variety as well as address the requirements of those with alternative dietary lifestyles," says Nicole Johnston, Director of Marketing, MR.SUB. "We tested these items in select locations this spring and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We're confident Canadians will love the latest additions to the menu."

"A partnership with MR.SUB was an obvious choice for gardein®, as our companies were both founded by Canadians and we share the same passionate approach," said Ian Roberts, VP & General Manager, Conagra. "gardein® was the brainchild of a Canadian chef who wanted to harness the power of vegetables to make great tasting plant-based food. Twenty-five years later, gardein® offers a breadth of options that appeal to a range of customer tastes. The new gardein® Meatless Meatball Sub is a delicious plant-based option that everyone can enjoy. Along with MR.SUB we aim to satisfy consumers' growing appetite for tasty plant-based proteins for any meal occasion."

The quick-service restaurant chain has also launched a keto bun as a substitute for those who still want to enjoy a MR.SUB sandwich but follow the keto lifestyle. The keto bun provides a great low carb, grain-free and/or a gluten-friendly option that tastes great - it's a no-grainer!

"At Unbun we are obsessed with innovation in order to provide our customers with better-for-you bread alternatives so they never have to compromise quality. Our products not only taste good, but are good for you," says Gus Klemos, founder of Unbun Foods the company behind Keto Buns at all restaurants in Canada and the US. "We are proud to be partnering with MR.SUB as trailblazers to provide Keto Buns across the country starting this week.  Now all Canadians have the opportunity to enjoy a MR.SUB sub sandwich without the guilt.

For more information, visit https://mrsub.ca/

*Notes to Editors

gardein® Meatless Meatball Sub

  • The result of a partnership with gardein®, a supplier of premium plant-based proteins, this sub includes gardein® meatless meatballs, iconic MR.SUB cheese and marinara sauce
  • Small $6.69 Large $9.59 (pricing varies regionally)

Tex-Mex Black Bean Sub

  • This sub is made with black bean bites, MR.SUB cheese, green peppers, red onions, lettuce, tomatoes, hot banana peppers, and Southwest Chipotle sauce
  • Small $6.69 Large $9.59 (pricing varies regionally)

Keto Bun

  • The result of a partnership with Unbun Foods and is made with Almond flours, eggs and additional ingredients to make it lower in carbohydrates and higher in fat
  • Small $2.29
 
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TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2019 /CNW/ - McDonald's Canada will host its third annual McDelivery celebration on Thursday, September 19, 2019, encouraging Canadians from coast-to-coast to enjoy a well-deserved night in. Whether it be with family, friends, colleagues or solo, McDonald's is ramping up their McDelivery Night In celebrations with the launch of the McDelivery Night In line, an exclusive loungewear and accessories collection – featuring plush loungewear, socks, hoodies and more – designed to perfectly complement a night in with your favourite McDonald's menu items.

Starting today at 10:00 a.m., the exclusive McDelivery Night In line will be available for consumer purchase, through a partnership with Canadian retail and e-commerce shop Drake General Store. Known for its curation of fun, whimsical goods, this platform makes the McDelivery Night In line accessible to Canadian shoppers.

Limited inventory of this exclusive merchandise will be available for purchase through Drake General Store's online shop or in person at its flagship location in Toronto, located at 1151 Queen Street West, while supplies last. To view the whole collection click here.

NIGHT IN GIVES
One hundred per cent of the proceeds from all McDelivery Night In line items sold will go to supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities® Canada (RMHC® Canada). RMHC Canada operates with the mission of keeping families close to each other, and the care and resources they need while their sick child is being treated at a nearby children's hospital. The RMHC Canada network of programs serves over 25,000 families annually across Canada.

"The launch of this exclusive line not only gives Canadians an added reason to enjoy McDonald's at home, but it also gives them an opportunity to help support families who can't be at home, thanks to 100 per cent of the proceeds from the merchandise sold going to RMHC Canada," said Jeff Kroll, SVP Restaurant Support Officer, McDonald's Canada. "Additionally, by partnering with Drake General Store, Canadians can secure a collector's item from this limited apparel and accessories launch, to help compliment their McDelivery Night In."

BIGGER THAN EVER
In 2017 and 2018, thousands of restaurants participated in Global McDelivery Day, driving orders and fun around the world. This year, McDonald's is going even bigger. More restaurants than ever will help deliver everyone's favourite McDonald's menu items, so that guests can stay home and enjoy a McDelivery Night In.

McDelivery is available in 214 communities across Canada, through Uber Eats and SkipTheDishes. New cities are continually being added, please visit McDonald's.ca to see if McDelivery is currently available in your area.

On September 19 only, Canadians across the country can use the promo code McDelivery2019 to receive $5 off your McDelivery order through Uber Eats ($15 minimum purchase required before taxes and delivery fees) and SkipTheDishes ($20 minimum purchase required before taxes and delivery fees).

NIGHT IN HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sept. 16 – McDelivery Night In line available in-store and online at Drake General Store.
  • One hundred per cent of proceeds of the McDelivery Night In line items sold will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada (RMHC).
  • Sept. 19 – McDelivery Night In is official! On this date only, Canadians can use the promo code McDelivery2019 to receive $5 off their McDelivery order through Uber Eats ($15 minimum purchase required before taxes and delivery fees) or SkipTheDishes ($20 minimum purchase required before taxes and delivery fees).

FUN FACTS

  • The largest McDelivery order in Canada totaled more than $700, in London, Ontario.
  • Almost five million Chicken McNuggets® have been ordered to-date in Canada through McDelivery.
  • In Toronto alone, 1.6 million Junior Chicken sandwiches have been ordered through McDelivery since its introduction to the city in 2017.
 
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Vancouver, BC, September 16, 2019 -- Today Ricky’s Family-style Restaurants announced the launch of their annual Wafflemania campaign. The restaurant chain has partnered with Breakfast Club of Canada to provide youth in need with a healthy breakfast, just in time to send the kids back to school. For the second consecutive year, Ricky’s guests can order items off of a special Wafflemania menu every day before 4 p.m. until November 10. One dollar from each item will be donated directly to Breakfast Club of Canada. 

The Wafflemania menu features include delicious Ricky’s dishes like the Cinnamon Apple Waffle, with warm cinnamon apples, caramel sauce and streusel, Chicken and Waffles, featuring our hand-battered chicken tenders, Waffle Big Breakfast, which comes loaded with 3 eggs, 3 strips of RWA certified maple bacon, 3 sausage links, half a waffle and Ricky’s famous stuffed hashbrowns, and more. With so many fantastic options, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, all while helping Breakfast Club of Canada feed Canadian youth.

"We began working with Breakfast Club of Canada in 2015 and have found it extremely rewarding to see the impact it makes on the ability to provide support to children in need,“ says Stacey Hansson, senior vice-president of Ricky’s Family-style Restaurants. “To date, we have raised more than $250,000 for the organization. They continue to be an extremely important part of Rickys’ story, especially with breakfast being such a large part of what we do. We are happy to be working with Breakfast Club to do our part.”

Breakfast Club of Canada’s mission is to nourish children’s potential by making sure that as many of them have access to a healthy morning meal before school as possible, in an environment that allows their self-esteem to grow and flourish. Since beginning their partnership, Ricky’s has raised more than $250,000 for the organization.

"We’re delighted to be kicking off another school year by continuing our year-round partnership with Ricky’s Family-style Restaurants with Wafflemania,” says Benjamin Neumer, senior development advisor at Breakfast Club of Canada. “Ricky’s continues to be a huge supporter of our work to provide children with healthy breakfasts.”

The Wafflemania menu will be available at all Ricky’s locations across Canada for a limited time, from September 16-November 10 before 4 p.m, with menu items priced between $12 and $17. 

Those unable to make it to Ricky’s during the Wafflemania campaign need not worry, as they can contribute by ordering the Breakfast Club sandwich all year to donate $1.00 per sandwich to Breakfast Club of Canada. For more information about Ricky’s Wafflemania Campaign, please visit www.rickysrestaurants.ca.

 
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Pierre Hermé started out in the trade by working with Gaston Lenôtre before imposing his unique vision and its creations, including subtle associations such as rose and litchi that he uses for his Ispahan rapsberry dessert. He also revolutionized traditions and in the early 2000s he became a reference for the pastry industry worldwide. It is both for his genius pastry talent and international standing that Pierre Hermé has been chosen to officiate as President of the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie. This competition has revealed over the past 30 years the best young talents such as Christophe Michalak, Angelo Musa, Quentin Bailly or more recently Etienne Leroy, Pierre Marcolini, all winners of the World Cup. His commitment to the pastry trade will help to reveal the talents of tomorrow.

Pierre Hermé walks in the footsteps of Gabriel Paillasson, the man who dedicated his life and career to the gourmet sweet arts and founded the contest 30 years ago. Gabriel Paillasson is the holder of two ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’ distinctions and has been instrumental in ensuring that the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie has become a prestigious contest that is acknowledged by all today, which he becomes Honorary President. Pierre Hermé will undoubtedly perpetuate its fundamental values including excellence and the sharing of skills and knowledge.

The next step of the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie contest is the European Selection, the 12 and 13 January 2020, during the Europain trade fair in Paris.

 

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