ingressohost19 engThe world came to HostMilano this year. This, the 41st edition welcomed professionals from all over the world, and thus confirmed the fair’s ranking as the world’s leading hospitality event. There were over 200,000 presences: 8% more than in 2017. And it was a very international affair, as demonstrated by the fact that four visitors out of ten came from abroad, from no fewer than 171 countries. And not just from Europe, although naturally enough the old world did dominate, with many visitors from Spain, Germany, France, the UK and Switzerland. But there were also large delegations from the USA, China, the Middle East and the Far East. The furthest any one country had to travel to get to Milan was from the Fiji Islands.
Everyone had good reason to come: there, waiting for the professional visitors were 2,249 exhibitors (up 3.8% on 2017), 1,360 of them were Italian and 889 came from 55 foreign countries. They were made up of not just the big players, but also small-scale innovative concerns and start-ups full of ideas.
So the halls of the fair were a veritable babble of languages, in what was a decidedly cosmopolitan atmosphere.
The main reason everyone was there, of course, was to do business. And they did not go away disappointed: there was a substantial growth in the meetings that took place with operators and hosted buyers, who came to Milan thanks also to collaboration from ITA-ICE from all over the world, but most notably from the USA and Canada, Russia and the United Arab Emirates. There was a high level of satisfaction with the proposals that came out of these encounters.
But Host 2019 also turned out to be a unique opportunity to exchange know-how and experiences, thanks to a calendar of initiatives that has never been fuller: over 800 events in all sectors, from coffee and pastries to bread baking and catering. Another key factor was the partnerships with sector associations. These involved professionals, consultants and experts from all over the world who tackled topical issues like sustainability and 4.0 Technology, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things.

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VAUGHAN, ON, Nov. 5, 2019 /CNW/ - KFC Canada announced today that they are exploring eco-friendly alternatives for their world-famous buckets. The sustainability commitment will have KFC testing new innovative materials that are both consumer-friendly and a win for the environment, starting with a bamboo fiber poutine bucket in early 2020.

"The KFC bucket is one of the most iconic symbols around the world and has always been synonymous with our world-famous chicken," said Armando Carrillo, Innovation Manager, KFC Canada. "We're proud of our sustainability journey and we want our customers to feel that KFC is dedicated to, not only providing Finger Lickin' Good chicken in every bucket, but also delivering it in a way that our guests can feel good about." 

Although bamboo is a new innovation to packaging, it has been used throughout history for many applications, from food sources to building materials. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, growing on average 24 inches per day and reaching its adult size in 3-5 years (compared to 20-30 years for trees). Often referred to as one of the world's most renewable and fastest growing materials, bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial and 100 per cent biodegradable, requires no pesticides, and regenerates itself very quickly when harvested.  

KFC Canada's bamboo packaging initiative builds on the commitments already achieved by the brand in the sustainable packaging realm. Earlier this year, KFC Canada committed to sourcing 100 per cent of fiber-based packaging from certified or recycled sources by 2020. Additionally, as part of a global sustainability commitment by the brand, KFC Canada continues to pursue making all plastic-based, consumer-facing packaging recoverable or reusable by 2025, and announced in July that all plastic straws and bags would be removed from restaurants before the end of 2019.  This action alone will eliminate more than 50 million plastic straws and 10 million plastic bags from the communities in which KFC Canada operates.

KFC fans will have the opportunity to test out the new bamboo fiber poutine bucket in select restaurants across Canada in 2020.


October 31, 2019, Toronto - Calling all professional chefs! Want a chance to showcase your culinary skills? Take part in The Garland Discovered Culinary Competition and you could win over $5,000 in cash and prizes!

The Garland Discovered Culinary Competition is bigger and better than ever! It will give up-and-coming Canadian chefs the opportunity to showcase their culinary talents as they work against the clock in front of a live audience at Nella Cucina with the final rounds taking place at the RC Show 2020. 

This black box competition will feature four chefs going head-to-head, to create an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Starting in November the winner of each Monday night competition will advance to compete in the semi-finals and finals (sixteen chefs in total) live on stage at the RC Show March 1st to 3rd, 2020. As a bonus, the audience will have the chance to vote for two “fan favourites.” In addition to bragging rights, the winner will be able to gain knowledge and experience from a mystery stage that will be announced at the finals.

The Discovered Culinary Competition is open to all professional Canadian chefs employed in the hospitality and foodservice industry. You must be 19 years of age and work in a commercial kitchen to enter and be considered to compete. 

To secure your spot please apply now! The sooner you apply the better the chance you have to compete. The first round begins on November 11th, 2019 and the list of finalists will be completed by February 1st.

To apply: Garland Discovered Culinary Competition Chef Application

The Garland Discovered Culinary Competition is presented by Nella Cutlery and Restaurants Canada with support from Victorinox Swiss Army, Kitchen Aid, Powder for Texture, Hilite Produce, High Liner Culinary, Browne Foodservice and Black Angus Beef.

The preliminary competitions will be held at Nella Cucina, 876 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5R 3G3, (416) 922-9055 and by Brugman Food Equipment in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.

For more information and to request an interview or attend the competition contact:

Erin Bonner   

PUNCH Canada   

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Falls Church, Va. >>> October 29, 2019

The 11th annual Trends Report from the Foodservice Packaging Institute revealed that industry opinions are largely focused on sustainable packaging and customization of products to meet consumer demand.

“Trends in 2019 focused on sustainability and the need for tamper-evident or tamper-resistant packaging — much of which is consumer driven,” said Natha Dempsey, FPI’s vice president. “And while the ‘paper or plastic’ debate continues, ‘recyclable or compostable’ is the newer — and perhaps more important — question being asked.”

When it comes to foodservice packaging materials, respondents say that there is growing interest in paper and fiber, deemed by some to be more “sustainable.” They cite the general pushback on plastics, which has meant a shift back to paper in categories such as cups, food containers, carryout bags and straws.

Respondents say plastic is still a large part of the industry due to its myriad benefits. However, shifts continue within resin types. PET and polypropylene have grown in market share, and there is increased interest in bio-based and “biodegradable” resins that may be seen as more sustainable to customers.

One additional trend noted by respondents is the increased interest in and new legislation requiring the use of reusables instead of single-use foodservice packaging.

In other parts of the foodservice packaging supply chain, respondents noted similar trends to those from previous Trends Reports:

  • For a second year in a row, delivery was top of mind in the foodservice operator community. Increased use of delivery as an option to get prepared meals to consumers continues to drive the need for particularly tamper-evident or tamper-resistant packaging.
  • Foodservice distributors are struggling to keep up with the proliferation of options as the foodservice packaging industry continues to design new products to meet the changing needs of its customers.
  • The need to reduce costs, deal with labor shortage and speed up processes has meant that automation continues to be an important part of the machinery industry that supports foodservice packaging.

“We found that many of this year’s Trends Report results show that the more things change, the more they stay the same,” said Dempsey.

For over a decade, the Trends Report is FPI’s response to dozens of requests received throughout the year from media, analysts, conference organizers and others about the latest industry happenings. The FPI survey collected opinions from companies throughout the foodservice packaging supply chain, including raw material and machinery suppliers, packaging manufacturers, distributors and operators.

The first section of the report compiles direct comments and insights by industry players. The second section provides high-level trends in the foodservice packaging industry based on FPI staff analysis of member submissions, as well as FPI’s general industry observations.

The Foodservice Packaging Institute 2019 Trends Report is available only to FPI members. Non-members may view an executive summary online on FPI’s website under Resources.

Contact:     Natha Dempsey, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 571.255.4212


TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2019 /CNW/ - Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX/NYSE: QSR, TSX: QSP) will release its third quarter 2019 financial results on Monday, October 28, 2019 and will host an investor conference call that morning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

The earnings call will be webcast on the company's investor relations website and a replay will be available for 30 days following the release. Investors may also access the conference call via the following dial-in numbers: (877) 317-6711 for U.S. callers, (866) 450-4696 for Canadian callers, and (412) 317-5475 for callers from other countries.


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