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CHICAGO (Aug. 30, 2019) – Promoting and enhancing the safety of the nation’s food supply chain is a top priority for the National Restaurant Association. During National Food Safety Month (NFSM), the Association will focus on “Controlling Risk: The Elements of a Food Safety Management System.”  

A Food Safety Management System (FSMS) is a systematic approach to controlling food safety hazards and ensuring that food is safe to eat. It also is a practical tool that restaurants can choose to combine with existing mandated programs to ensure employees understand and follow safe food handling practices.

“The Food and Drug Administration Risk Factor Study indicates having the presence of a well-developed food safety management system is the strongest predictor of having lower occurrences of food safety issues,” said Sherman L. Brown, Executive Vice President, Training & Certification, National Restaurant Association. “This year we’re emphasizing the importance of having a solid food safety management system as a framework for keeping guests, employees, and the business safe.”

The 2019 NFSM campaign also aims to reinforce the key role employees play in making sure the food safety management system works the way it should.To help managers drive home FSFM concepts, new training tools and resources will be available each week, including free downloadable activities, posters, and infographics on these themes:

  • Week 1: Understanding the FSMS Process
  • Week 2: Providing Input
  • Week 3: Refining the Process
  • Week 4: Maintaining Commitment

This year’s NFSM campaign is sponsored by Tork, an Essity brand.

NFSM, held annually in September, was created in 1994 by the National Restaurant Association to heighten awareness about the importance of food safety education. As part of its campaign, the Association offers free resources for foodservice industry professionals.

To join the conversation, follow @ServSafe on Twitter and use the hashtag #NFSM19. For more information and resources on NFSM, visit FoodSafetyFocus.com.

 
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VANCOUVER, Aug. 28, 2019 /CNW/ - A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. announces that its 11th annual Burgers to Beat MS campaign in partnership with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, raised more than $2 million in support of those living with MS – a record for the campaign.

On Thursday, August 22, A&W celebrated Burgers to Beat MS Day at restaurants across Canada — more than 970 locations — by donating $2 from every Teen Burger® sold to the MS Society of Canada. The 11th annual Burgers to Beat MS campaign inspired a nation to do good, by showing their support for the more than 77,000 Canadians living with and affected by MS.

Christine Sinclair — three-time Olympian, Canadian women's national soccer team captain and Burgers to Beat MS spokesperson — knows all too well the impact MS can have. Her mom and childhood soccer coach, Sandi, was diagnosed with the disease before Sinclair was born.

"My third year as Burgers to Beat MS Team Captain has been one for the record books – helping inspire Canadians to raise more than $2 million for the MS Society of Canada," says Sinclair. "My mom is a big inspiration for me to keep pushing and doing my part to help bring an end to this disease, and seeing so many Canadians rally around this cause, year after year, brings me tremendous hope that a cure will be found."

Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world. On average, 11 Canadians are diagnosed with MS every day, and women are three times more likely than men to be diagnosed with the chronic disease. The proceeds from Burgers to Beat MS Day will be put to much-needed use; funding world-class MS research, programs and services, and advocacy efforts that aim to improve the quality of life for Canadians living with and affected by the disease.

"The 11th annual Burgers to Beat MS has been our most successful yet. Raising more than $2 million for the MS Society of Canada is a terrific accomplishment that all Canadians should be proud of," says Susan Senecal, President and CEO, A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. "Each year, our operators and restaurant staff put their hearts into their local communities to show that together, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by MS, and the result this year is outstanding."

To celebrate Burgers to Beat MS Day, Sinclair joined Senecal and Pamela Valentine, President and CEO, MS Society of Canada, to meet and celebrate with guests, staff and volunteers in restaurants across the country. Hundreds of MS Society volunteers and ambassadors stopped by A&W restaurants from coast-to-coast to help raise awareness about the disease and share how Canadians can help make a difference in the lives of those living with and affected by MS.

MS is a complex and unpredictable disease that impacts the central nervous system, affecting each person differently. Common symptoms include: fatigue, dizziness, (muscle) weakness, impaired sensation, vision loss, mood changes and cognitive impairment. It is one of the most common neurological diseases affecting young adults. The cause of MS remains a mystery and as of today, there is no cure, but each day researchers are learning more.

In 11 years, the annual Burgers to Beat MS campaign has raised more than $15 million, making A&W the single largest annual corporate fundraiser for the MS Society of Canada. For the seventh consecutive year, a Grande Prairie A&W restaurant is ranked as the top fundraising location across the entire country, raising more than $60,000 this year alone.

"The annual Burgers to Beat MS campaign has become one of our largest partner fundraising initiatives. We are continually amazed at the love and support shown by Canadians across the country, who come together as a community to create a world free of MS," said Pamela Valentine, President and CEO, MS Society of Canada. "We want to thank everyone who visited an A&W location, bought a Teen Burger® or made a donation to help make a difference in the lives of those affected by MS in Canada."

 
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VANCOUVER, BC, August 27, 2019 – Today, Famoso Italian Pizzeria + Bar is reaffirming its commitment to delicious, authentic pizza. In addition to their famous traditional Neapolitan pizza, Famoso is now offering a thick crust option, inspired by pizza styles originating from both Sicily and New York.  Famoso’s New York Sicilian-Style Thick Crust pizza is bigger and thicker than their traditional Neapolitan style pizzas, using the same quality ‘00’ flour imported from Italy to create a thick crust that is both fluffy and crispy.

Featuring shredded Mozzarella and completely loaded with toppings, Famoso’s new thick crust pies are the best of both worlds.  Examples of these “share size” thick crust pizzas include: The Triple Double, with 52 slices of pepperoni, Italian Job, loaded with 3 Italian deli-style meats, Tuscan Forno Chicken, with a full breast of Italian seasoned chicken, Famoso California, loaded with prawns (fun fact… there is actually a real city called Famoso California), Chorizo Grande Deluxe with two full chorizo sausages, and the Bacon Double Cheeseburger, starring Famoso’s family kept recipe of beef, pork and ricotta meatballs.

Also new to the pizza menu is a selection of plant based pizzas, served on Famoso’s classic Neapolitan crust, topped with rossa sauce, dairy free cheese from Daiya Foods and featuring Yves Veggie Cuisine plant based pepperoni.  

Another exciting addition to Famoso’s menu is the introduction of Forno Style Wings, a new concept for the restaurant. These big and juicy wings are roasted to perfection in Famoso’s imported bell-shaped ovens, and are available in four savoury flavours: Traditional Hot Buffalo, Sweet Bourbon BBQ, Montreal-style Salt & Pepper and Italian-style Pesto & Parmesan.Wings and Pizza, both done in a forno oven… a match made in heaven!

As if the thick crust and plant based pizzas and Forno style wings weren’t enough, Famoso has also expanded their Italian menu offerings to include authentic pastas like Rigatoni Ragu and Linguine Rose with Prawns; traditional Italian entrees like Chicken Piccata and Prawns a la Diavolo; and of course Italian inspired desserts… Orange Ricotta Cheesecake and Traditional Tiramisu.

To learn more about Famoso’s new menu offerings, click here. The new menu is available now, with lunch served from opening to 4 p.m., and dinner from 4 p.m. until closing, where you can come by and try the new menu items and leave full of brand new Famoso favourites. To find your closest location, please visit famoso.ca/locations.

 
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WINNIPEG, MBDiversity Food Services is serving up the most sustainable campus meals in all of North America at The University of Winnipeg.

It’s the fifth consecutive year the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) scored UWinnipeg as the top Canadian campus in the food and dining category in their Sustainable Campus Index, but the first time the University has topped the entire rankings. UWinnipeg beat out 336 other post-secondary schools from across Canada, the United States, and overseas.

“We don’t chase rewards, but it’s pretty amazing to be ranked number one,” said Ian Vickers, Diversity’s Chief Operating Officer. “It makes me proud — we’re truly a decade ahead of where everyone else is.”

UWinnipeg scored 89% on this year’s index, which is up from 65.7% in 2018. Scoring is based on meatless dining and sustainable food and beverage purchasing and practices.

Vickers isn’t sure Diversity would have survived in the same university environment 30 years ago, and credited this generation of students for wanting sustainable, local, and ethically-sourced products.

“I think the current generation actually cares that they’re not using a plastic fork; they care that the chicken has no antibiotics; they care that the packing is compostable; and they care that people are being paid living wages and have access to benefits,” he said, noting for every dollar of revenue, Diversity puts approximately 70 cents back into the local economy.

Their success also hits on key points in UWinnipeg’s institutional sustainability strategy, which focuses on maximizing the environmental and social benefit of purchases wherever possible by working with local suppliers and socially-minded businesses.

“Diversity’s accomplishments show us what can happen when a university sets its mind to working on sustainability in a holistic way, and they exemplify the types of outcomes UWinnipeg is aiming for across the board,” said Joseph Wasylycia-Leis, UWinnipeg’s Coordinator in the Campus Sustainability Office. “We’re also proud of Diversity’s social enterprise management and hiring model, which ensures investment and opportunity for the diverse community in Winnipeg’s inner city.”

In total, Diversity works with nearly 100 suppliers. They include Simcock Farms, a family-owned ranch in Ile des Chenes that provides bison, ham, and beef; Fratello Coffee Roasters in Calgary, which is a family-owned company that only carries ethically-sourced coffee; and Gunn’s Bakery, which has been a Winnipeg staple for more than 80 years.

 
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August 20, 2019

FDF Restaurant Brandz, franchisor of Ricky’s Family-Style Restaurants, Famoso Italian Pizzeria + Bar and Fatburger Canada, opened a new Fatburger location in Abbotsford, BC. Guests can now enjoy fresh cooked burgers, breakfast, wings and many other tasty options at the Fatburger location at 2047 Sumas Way, Abbotsford.

“We are delighted with the positive response that we’ve been receiving from our guests in Abbotsford,” said Frank Di Benedetto, CEO, president and owner of FDF Restaurant Brandz. “Our brand philosophy hasn’t changed over time. Quality is our number one priority and guests can expect it from Fatburger Sumas.”

FDF Restaurant Brandz is one of the country’s leading privately held restaurant franchise companies. The company has 10 new Fatburger Canada locations, 4 new Ricky’s and 3 new Famosos opening across Canada in 2019 bringing the total number of FDF Brandz restaurants to approximately 190 locations.

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