EL SEGUNDO, Calif., August 4, 2021 -- Beyond Meat® (NASDAQ: BYND), a leader in plant-based protein, today announced another exciting milestone in its partnership with A&W Canada with the introduction of Beyond Meat Nuggets. The launch taps into the growing consumer demand for chicken from quick-service restaurants as well as an increased demand for plant-based proteins. Beyond Meat Nuggets offer fans a crispy, craveable plant-based chicken nugget option with all the benefits of plant-based protein and no sacrifice on taste or flavour.

Perfect for dipping, dunking and sharing, Beyond Meat Nuggets offer the same universally loved experience as traditional chicken nuggets while offering 18 grams of plant-based protein per six pieces. Like all Beyond Meat products, Beyond Meat Nuggets are made from simple, plant-based ingredients with no GMOs, antibiotics, hormones, or cholesterol.

Beyond Meat and A&W Canada first partnered in 2018 to introduce the popular Beyond Meat Burger to Canadian consumers, earning recognition from burger enthusiasts nationwide. With this launch, the two brands are once again partnering to bring Canadians best-in-class plant-based options that meet consumers' evolving needs and preferences.

“Beyond Meat Nuggets couldn’t come at a more perfect time,” said Deanna Jurgens, Chief Growth Officer, Beyond Meat. “We’ve doubled down on plant-based chicken this summer, just as consumer demand for chicken is skyrocketing. Following the success of our partnership on the Beyond Burger, we’re proud to be working with A&W Canada to debut Beyond Meat Nuggets in Canada.”

“Many Canadians are looking for plant-based options, but they don’t want to compromise on taste,” said Tom Newitt, VP of Marketing at A&W Canada. “We have been on a search for the best, most delicious plant-based nugget and are excited for our guests to try our new Beyond Meat Nuggets. We think nugget lovers will be very impressed!”

As part of the company’s expanding plant-based poultry platform, Beyond Meat has been making momentous strides in plant-based chicken in recent weeks, including the launch of Beyond Chicken® Tenders in the U.S. Beyond Meat Nuggets, a brand new product, are making their debut at A&W Canada locations nationwide, marking an important milestone between Beyond Meat and A&W Canada as they work to bring increased choice and more diverse protein options to menus.

Starting August 9, consumers can find Beyond Meat Nuggets in all A&W Canada locations nationwide for a limited time, while supplies last. The Nuggets will be available as a six- or 10-piece order, as well as an option for the A&W Kids’ Pack. Guests can order Beyond Meat Nuggets at restaurant, drive thru, and through the A&W mobile ordering app and third-party delivery apps. To find the location nearest you, visit the A&W Canada store locator.


The province will implement new public health orders and guidance on Aug. 7, one month earlier than forecast, Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, announced today.

“Thanks to the remarkable efforts of Manitobans, we are now in a position to reopen more, sooner, as we have achieved our highest vaccination rates yet,” said Pallister. “This means Manitobans will enjoy the least restrictive public health orders since the start of the pandemic last year.”

The new public health orders follow the 4-3-2 One Great Summer Path to Reopen. Manitoba is expected to reach the third vaccination milestone ahead of schedule; as of today 80 per cent of Manitobans age 12 and over have received their first dose and 75 per cent are expected to receive their second dose over the next week.

With continued improvement in the overall COVID-19 situation, the premier noted the interim orders only restrict the most high-risk transmission environments. Public health recommendations and guidance, rather than restrictions, will play an increasingly significant role as the province prepares for a shift from pandemic to endemic COVID-19.

Specifically, the new public health orders will allow the following sectors to open without restrictions:

  • indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences;
  •  gyms and fitness centres;
  •  libraries;
  •  personal services such as hair and nail salons;
  •  day camps; and
  •  retail businesses, markets, garden centres and malls.

Other sectors will open with limited restrictions including:

  • expanded capacity limits will remain in place for weddings, funerals and other public gatherings both indoors and outdoors including larger capacity limits for worship and cultural events like pow wows;
  • restaurants and bars will no longer need to restrict the size or space between tables and dining will not be restricted to households or vaccinated individuals; however, patrons will still be expected to avoid congregating or socializing between tables;
  •  museums, galleries and movie theatres will remain limited to 50 per cent capacity but will no longer be restricted to vaccinated individuals;
  •  casinos and bingo halls, professional sporting events, horse and auto racing, and concert halls will continue to be limited to vaccinated individuals; however, all these facilities may now open to 100 per cent capacity;
  •  indoor and outdoor sports and recreation will fully reopen with limits only on spectator capacity;
  •  overnight camps will be permitted with limits on camper cohorts;
  • workplaces must continue to report cases to government for followup and public health-confirmed transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace may result in workplaces being ordered to close for a minimum of 10 days; and
  • remote working will no longer be required or recommended by public health and workplaces will be encouraged to transition from COVID-19 safety plans to a general communicable disease prevention plan that focuses on basic risk-reduction principles to reduce the risk of workplace transmission of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

Due to the ongoing presence of COVID-19 in Manitoba and elsewhere, and the extra risk posed by the more contagious delta variant, provincial public health officials strongly recommend the following:

  •  wearing masks in indoor public spaces for everyone who is not fully immunized including children under 12; and
  •  maintaining physical distancing of two metres (six feet) in indoor settings.

“Unless you are fully immunized, you are still at risk for more severe effects of COVID-19, such as requiring hospital care or even death,” said Roussin. “We are slowly but surely approaching a post-pandemic Manitoba, but this does not mean COVID-19 will disappear. We need to remain cautious and vigilant in our efforts to stop the spread of this virus.”

The new public health orders will go into effect at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 7.

The orders will expire at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7, and will be reassessed at that time in the context of vaccination rates and the province’s overall COVID-19 situation.


MONTREAL, Aug. 3, 2021 /CNW/ - Foodtastic Inc., ("Foodtastic" or the "Company") today announced that it has acquired Pita Pit Canada and Pita Pit International.

Pita Pit is the leading Pita Pit currently operates 225 restaurants in Canada and an additional 135 internationally.

"Pita Pit is one of the largest QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) brands in the country, and we are happy to welcome it into the Foodtastic Family" said Peter Mammas, President and CEO of Foodtastic. "We look forward to working with all our new franchisees and growing the brand both in Canada and Internationally."

"We are extraordinarily proud of our franchise partners, front line team workers and our corporate team and what they have achieved over the past 26 years. We are excited for the future of the brand in the extremely capable hands of the Foodtastic group and their excellent leadership" said Chris Fountain CEO of Pita Pit. -

Foodtastic looks to aggressively grow the brand in Canada as well as Internationally, with over 50 new locations expected to open in the next 36 months.


Canadians will be sharing good food and Canada will be lit up from coast to coast for this year’s Food Day Canada celebrations.  Almost 50 buildings and icons, from Government House in St. John’s Newfoundland to Niagara Falls, the Fairmont Banff Springs and up to the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre in Whitehorse, will be glowing with red and white lights to show our gratitude to all the good people who help get food to our tables.  

Canada is rich in food and blessed to have all the incredible people who work in our food system, including farmers and fishers, chefs, researchers, food processors, restaurant and grocery frontline workers and more.  All Canadians are invited to celebrate Food Day Canada/Journée des terroirs on Saturday July 31, 2021.  

“It’s our pleasure to invite all Canadians to take part in Food Day Canada celebrations, “said Crystal Mackay, Food Day Canada Coordinator.  “The harvest is in and there are so many options to enjoy anywhere and everywhere. Come together at backyard barbecues, picnics, potlucks, patios and kitchen tables, in person and online.”

How best to celebrate Food Day Canada?

  1. Take the pledge to shop, cook and dine like a Canadian on  
  2. Shine a Light – visit one of the icons lit up red and white near you OR DIY shine your own lights at 9:00 p.m. for a wave of light from east to west.
  3. Dine like a Canadian.  Enjoy Canadian-grown, Canadian-made food and drinks made at home or support your local restaurants and favourite chefs. Look for the Food Day Canada partner restaurants and icons being lit up on the map on our site. 
  4. Share like a Canadian. Post your stories, menus and pictures with everyone using #FoodDayCanada and @FoodDayCanada. Follow along, join the millions of conversations and enter to win some fabulous giveaway prizes too.

As Food Day Canada Founder, the late Anita Stewart, always said, “Canada IS food and the world is richer for it.”

Show your Canadian pride and shine a light on Canadian cuisine near you.


Today, leading food, beverage and consumer products manufacturers, retailers and restaurants officially launched Circular Materials, a new, national producer responsibility organization (PRO) offering compliance services to companies obligated under extended producer responsibility (EPR) regulations in Canada.

The 15 companies that founded Circular Materials are Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd., Empire Company, Kraft-Heinz Canada, Keurig Dr Pepper Canada, Lassonde Industries Inc., Loblaw Companies Limited, Maple Leaf Foods, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited, Metro Inc., The Minute Maid Company Canada Inc., Nestlé Canada, PepsiCo Canada, Procter & Gamble Inc., Restaurant Brands International (RBI), and The Clorox Company of Canada Inc.

Circular Materials is a not-for-profit, producer-governed PRO that was incorporated on July 6, 2021, following the release of Ontario's Blue Box Regulation. In Ontario, this national organization will operate as Circular Materials Ontario and will provide a full suite of compliance services to producers.

Producers are companies that supply designated products and packaging (plastic, glass, metal or paper) to Ontario consumers. From July 1, 2023, to Jan. 1, 2026, the Blue Box Regulation requires the transition of the province's more-than 250 local blue box programs to a new, province-wide collection system funded by producers and operated by PROs.

To prepare for this transition, PROs must create rules for operating the blue box collection system and submit these rules to the regulator next year. According to the regulation, PROs representing 66% of the supplied tonnage of blue box materials must agree to the rules before they can take effect.    

Circular Materials Ontario will represent producers' collective interests in establishing these rules, with the goal of ensuring that the blue box collection system operates with fair cost allocation, an open and competitive procurement process, and strong producer-led governance.

As producers participating in recycling programs across the country, Circular Materials' founders have created an organization specifically tailored to support producers with meeting all the requirements of Ontario's Blue Box Regulation. These services include:

  • Strong representation for producers in the development of the blue box collection system and the rules for its operation.
  • Effective and transparent producer governance with meaningful producer engagement.
  • Secure data management for reporting supply and recycling performance to the regulator.
  • Commitment to achieving management targets for all material categories (rigid plastic, flexible plastic, metal, glass, paper and beverage containers).
  • Cost efficiency through competitive procurement of collection and processing services.
  • A system of fair cost allocation among participating producers. 
  • Support for producers in meeting their recycled content commitments.
  • Clear and compelling consumer promotion and education.

To learn more, visit


"Coca-Cola is committed to creating a World Without Waste. This includes collecting and recycling the equivalent of 100% of the bottles and cans we sell by 2030. Through our new partnership with Circular Materials, we will effectively turn old packages into new ones, and keep plastic out of the environment." – Darlene Nicosia, President, Canada and Northeast US, North America Operating Unit, The Coca-Cola Company and Minute Maid Canada.

 "In Canada and across the world, Costco is committed to doing its part to help and contribute to real, results-driven positive impact. Joining Circular Materials as a founding member is a unique opportunity for Costco to work in collaboration with other producers in creating a not-for-profit organization that will support industry with meeting its regulatory obligations and building a circular economy." - Pierre Riel, Senior Vice President and Country Manager, Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.

"Keurig Dr Pepper Canada is proud to be a founding member of Circular Materials, and to have the opportunity to work with other leading organizations and associations to the advancement of an improved, and more circular recycling system in Ontario. Building a circular economy will require dedicated commitment from all producers and stakeholders along the value chain, and we are confident that the founding members of Circular Materials can efficiently support this transition with a focus on innovation, cost efficiency and fair competition." – Stéphane Glorieux, President of Keurig Dr Pepper Canada.

"We are pleased to be joining Circular Materials, a producer-led, not-for-profit producer responsibility organization (PRO), as the next step in the evolution of providing blue box recycling services in Ontario. In addition to helping improve recycling rates, joining this PRO supports our ambition to move toward a more circular economy, which is good for everyone" – Bruno Keller, President, Kraft Heinz Canada.

"Over a century ago, Lassonde's dream was to help local fruit growers with their surplus crops. Today our challenge is to rethink long held recycling rules and processes with the goal of better supporting Ontarians. With this in mind, Lassonde is proud to join leading food, beverage and consumer manufacturers, as well as retailers and restaurants in launching Circular Materials." -- Jean Gattuso, President & CEO, Lassonde Industries Inc.   

"As some of the largest users of consumer packaging, we understand the importance of making sure the recycling system in Ontario operates efficiently and cost effectively. Circular Materials is a great step forward as producers embrace the challenge of improving Ontario's recycling system, together." – Ian Gordon, SVP Plastics, Loblaw Companies Limited. 

"Becoming a founding member of Circular Materials is an important step in Maple Leaf Foods' journey to be the most sustainable protein company on earth.  This not-for-profit Producer Responsibility Organization will be essential to Ontario's recycling supply chain and will lead in building a circular economy for recyclable materials for all Ontarians." – Michael McCain, President and CEO, Maple Leaf Foods.

"Working towards a waste-free future is an urgent priority for us at Nestlé and it requires industry to work together, which is why we are proud to be a founding member of Circular Materials. This is a producer created organization that supports our ambition to collect and recycle all the packaging we produce and ensure that no waste ends up in nature." – John Carmichael, President and CEO, Nestlé Canada Inc.

"Tim Hortons has made significant progress in our efforts to be a Canadian leader in sustainable business practices. Sustainable packaging and recycling are a major component in our Tim's For Good framework and we are proud to be a founding member of Circular Materials on behalf of our 1,500 Tim Hortons franchisees across Canada." – Duncan Fulton, Chief Corporate Office for Restaurant Brands International (Tim Hortons, Popeyes and Burger King).


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