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  • Two simultaneous events to create unique synergies among complementary supply chains throughout Italy
  • High levels of internationality in support of an expansion abroad will be key to business development in the coming years
  • Great appeal of the location in Milan, a global trendsetter for the out-of-home and food sectors that confirms its vocation for hospitality

The two macro sectors combined are expected to grow by 6% in 2021-22, while the trade of F&B could rebound up to +12%

  • More than 900 exhibitors from 30 countries, with a significant presence of group exhibitions
  • More than 500 foreign buyers from 66 countries, with particularly large delegations from the United States, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Russia and France
  • The new TUTTOFRUIT area, dedicated to fresh fruit and vegetables and innovations in the IV and V product range make a début and TUTTOWINE is consolidated
  • Renewed concept for Retail Plaza, with the top managers of the GDO & Retail and with, for the first time in Milan, the Pastaria Festival

First edition of the Better Future Award, while the Evolution Plaza is enriched with partners such as Charmen, DNV, CSQA, EURANET and Netcomm

  • Held face-to-face and in full safety at fieramilano from October 22nd to 26th
  • All the macro-areas of professional hospitality are coming together under one roof to celebrate the recovery of the out-of-home industry
  • Making the most of synergies between similar and complementary sectors, HostMilano will be held in conjunction with TUTTOFOOD
  • Professional Catering, Bars-Coffee Machines-Vending and Tableware-Table Service Technology-Tableware are the sectors predicted to show the most growth over the next few years

Top events: the programme features SMART Label, Iginio Massari and SCA World Coffee Championships

 
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TORONTO –October 4, 2021 - Though the COVID-19 pandemic sent shockwaves through Canada’s foodservice industry, inflicting a devastating impact across the entire foodservice landscape, the industry is finally seeing signs of positive change.

The release of Restaurants Canada’s 2021 Foodservice Facts shows, come 2022, the industry is expected to not only rebound, but grow more than originally expected, as consumers are showing a willingness to return to restaurant dining.

Canada’s most trusted foodservice industry research and insights guide, Foodservice Facts is an annual report presenting the latest foodservice statistics, trends and forecasts, along with a detailed analysis of how they will affect foodservice operators. The authoritative annual research report is a valuable tool for foodservice operators and chains to plan, invest and forecast their activities for the year ahead.

In April 2020, Canada’s foodservice industry experienced its lowest level of sales in over two decades. While sales were expected to improve in 2021, the third wave of the pandemic caused another shutdown, with the elimination of in-person dining affecting restaurants, foodservice operators and suppliers across Canada.

However, despite the setbacks and challenges, the industry has been resilient, innovating, embracing new technologies, and exploring new revenue streams. It will take some time to bounce back, but expectations for 2022 show a promising return to pre-pandemic numbers:

-        As of September 2021, almost 70% of Canadians (12 and older) are fully vaccinated

-        As a result of high vaccination rates, annual commercial foodservice sales are expected to increase to $63.9 billion, which is higher than the previous prediction of $61.1 billion. However, the industry is tempering optimism with vaccine passports coming into effect alongside a fourth wave of infection. 

-        The projection of 2022 looks even more promising, as overall foodservice sales are expected to grow to nearly $80 billion, 3.8% higher than pre-pandemic levels

“While the economic outlook has significantly improved, Restaurants Canada remains cautious when it comes to the timing of the recovery,” says Chris Elliott, Senior Economist at Restaurants Canada. “We see our industry like a puzzle, trying to figure out what piece fits where, and figuring out how to fill in any gaps and holes in the industry. While our patios may be filling up and we can see that small pinhole of light at the end of the tunnel, it is not the time to relax or fall into old habits. We have survived the storm and now it’s time to learn from it.  It’s time to cautiously, yet optimistically, finish the puzzle. ”

Labour shortages, increased costs, higher debts

COVID-19 brought about a slew of new challenges and hardships for the entire industry across Canada. Some of the biggest hurdles to overcome as a result of the pandemic include labour shortages, higher food and overall costs, as well as higher debts. Hundreds of thousands of employees across the restaurant industry have been laid off as a result of restaurant shutdowns, and more than 12,000 foodservice establishments permanently closing their doors since the start of the pandemic.

Labour shortages, already an industry-wide problem pre-pandemic, will continue as the hospitality sector begins to recover and open back up. Workers have had to find other employment opportunities in other industries after losing their jobs in hospitality. The pandemic is forcing the industry to re-evaluate how they recruit, pay and retain their employees, especially as restaurant owners are struggling to fill their workforce—only 39% of restaurant operators expecting to return to pre-pandemic staffing levels in 2022 and 20% expecting to return in 2023.

The pandemic also managed to bring up price hikes in the foodservice industry and led to restaurants accumulating mounds of debt. Operational costs, food and menu prices and labour costs will continue to rise as the industry heads into the final months of 2021 and well into 2022. Many restaurants are already operating at a loss due to government shutdowns, and their debts seem to continue to grow as costs rise:

-        47% of foodservice operators said they would increase their menu prices 4% over the next 12 months

-        In a 2021 survey, 81% of independent restaurants had taken on new debt due to the pandemic**

-        Six out of 10 table-service restaurants are operating at a loss as of July 2021

As the industry emerges from the pandemic, paying off debt and lowering operating cost remain the top two priorities among foodservice businesses.

Despite the many negative effects as a result of the pandemic not all industry changes are considered bad. COVID-19 gave restaurants the opportunity to step back and truly focus on their businesses, seeing what works and what didn’t and finding new ways to adapt to challenges brought about by the pandemic. The evaluation of their businesses allowed them to focus on creating the best experience for customers when in-person dining restarted - something that customers are very eager to return to.

Customers are ready to return to in-person dining

Customers are craving the opportunity to return to table-service restaurants and in-person dining to experience the moments and memories they were able to have pre-pandemic. 94% of Canadians say that restaurants are an important part of their communities and they want to continue to support them.

That said, takeout and delivery will continue to be offered by restaurants, especially those that had to pivot quickly to offer the service during the pandemic in order to meet new demands. But a considerable number of customers have shared they will begin to order delivery and takeout less once the pandemic subsides, as the desire to get together and socialize continues to grow.

Certain groups are more eager to return to in-person dining than others. Trends show delivery rates will remain the same post-pandemic as during the pandemic. However, differences in delivery can be seen across age groups:

-        50% of 18-34 year olds surveyed will order delivery less post-pandemic as compared to during the pandemic, being the most eager group to return to in-person dining

-        35-54 year olds and 55+ were similarly split, with about the same percentage of people preferring to order delivery less after the pandemic as those who will order about the same amount of delivery as during the pandemic.

“It’s clear Canadians want to return to the way things were before coronavirus hit, and indoor and in-person dining at restaurants are part of this transition to post-pandemic life,” adds Todd Barcaly, President of Restaurants Canada. “We realize the value that restaurants bring to Canadians and their communities, and we need to be ready to welcome them back with open arms. Restaurants Canada is working with all levels of government to help the industry with the transition from survival to revival, so they can welcome Canadian diners back with open arms.

Overall, 89% of Canadians are looking forward to going out to a restaurant with friends and family once the pandemic ends. With growing vaccination rates, Canadians continue to feel more comfortable about returning to in-person dining, and restaurants should continue to implement measures to enhance the customer experience and make them feel safe.

Offering a deeper dive into the Foodservice Facts Report, Restaurants Canada is hosting a free webinar on October 7, 2021, to help foodservice and hospitality industry professionals reach their consumers and win in today’s competitive foodservice market. For more information, or to reserve your spot, visit https://info.restaurantscanada.org/foodservice-facts-2021-webinar.

 
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As the re-elected federal government continues to work through the process of setting up their cabinets and mandates to confirm the new government’s agenda, we have continued to press on with our advocacy efforts.

We have sent a letter to Liberal Party leader and recently re-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. We congratulated him on is win but to also shared the importance of our sector as a key pillar in building back a stronger, more sustainable economy for our post-pandemic future.

In addition, we highlighted our call urging the government to extend both the rent and wage subsidies through to April 2022. Similar letters with the call-to-actions of supporting our foodservice sector were also sent to Conservative Leader, Erin O'Toole and the NPD's Jagmeet Singh. You can read the full letter, click here.

We will be working to ensure that all the policy pledges they put forward to help our hardest-hit sector will remain on the table for the re-elected government.

 
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TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Sculpture Hospitality - (www.sculpturehospitality.com) a global hospitality inventory management company, that combines both technology software with expert, local advice - has launched a brand-new inventory management app designed specifically to simplify the inventory management and ordering process for all hospitality businesses.

By converting manual processes to more streamlined processes for operational efficiencies, The Sculpture App - which is available on iOS and Android - was designed specifically as a low-cost and time-saving solution for restaurants and bars coming out of the pandemic.

With margins tighter than ever, the importance of inventory management has never been more crucial.

The Sculpture App saves significant time for restaurant operators, ensuring they can focus on providing their guests an exceptional dining experience, adhere to new safety protocols, and deal with the challenges of labour shortages experienced across the industry.

Unlike other inventory apps out on the market, The Sculpture app is available worldwide and supported by Sculpture's team of local inventory management experts around the globe to help restaurant and bar businesses streamline, centralize and customize their inventory management processes.

The Sculpture App has made the onboarding process quicker and easier by allowing users to access their comprehensive database of products, regionalized vendors and cost data all in the palm of their hands.

Through the use of The Sculpture App, business owners can perform inventory counts, create accurate spreadsheets and analyze the numbers they need for real business growth. It's a quick and easy way to understand the items that make a business most profitable.

The Sculpture App empowers businesses with insightful inventory data, giving them everything they need to make better ordering decisions, understand exactly how much inventory they are wasting and how to prevent it, gain clarity into their most profitable products, easily count inventory through Sculpture Hospitality's huge database of over 100,000 unique products and understand important inventory data such as on-hand counts, pour costs, purchase and sales data and so much more.

Speaking of the launch of The Sculpture App, Vanessa De Caria, President & CEO of Sculpture Hospitality, commented: "Inventory management is one of the most critical aspects to a profitable business, yet so many restaurants, bar and retail business owners are using ineffective processes and inefficient manual spreadsheets to keep track of their inventory data."

"Sculpture Hospitality has changed the game by putting accurate inventory data directly into the hands of business owners. By using The Sculpture App, restaurants, bars and other hospitality businesses can dramatically improve their profit margins, enhance their ordering processes and limit product shrinkage. Our mobile app is designed specifically to make businesses more profitable."

In addition to its innovative technology, The Sculpture App is supported by expert advice and support from Sculpture Hospitality's team of locally-based inventory specialists based in cities around the world - including Canada, the United States, Australia, the UK and New Zealand to South America and across Asia.

Sculpture strives to create custom inventory solutions to fit any bar or restaurant, so the addition of The Sculpture App completes Sculpture's range of inventory solutions ranging from self-service all the way up to a full-service enterprise option deeming Sculpture the most complete and comprehensive inventory offering on the market.

 
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September 28, 2021 - Toronto: Today, Squareannounced the launch of Square Cardin Canada to address one of the biggest challenges small businesses face: managing their cash flow. The announcement marks a milestone in Square’s goal of expanding financial access in Canada its second largest international market and better positions the company to serve the needs of business owners across the country.

“We’ve heard, time and time again, that cash flow is a major pain point for Canadian businesses. Often, it’s the reason they continue accepting cash, despite it being time-consuming and costly to manage,” said Christina Riechers, Head of Product, Business Banking at Square. “Businesses should be able to access their money as soon as they make a sale, and we’re proud to bring that experience to sellers across Canada.”

Square Card is a business expense card that gives owners instant access to the money they have processed through Square at no extra charge. Sellers can sign up for this optional, add-on service in just two minutes through the Square App or web Dashboard. As soon as a business makes a sale, the funds are immediately available within their Square Balance, and can be spent instantly with their Square Card.

For sellers who prefer to use an external bank account, Square now offers them the option to make real-time transfers of their funds with Instant transfersby clicking a button in the Square App or from their online Square Dashboard. All they need to do is link their supported debit card to their Square account. Instant transfers cost a 1.5% fee per transfer.

While all businesses currently using Square can access their money the next business day at no extra cost (which is faster than the industry average), a poll conducted earlier this year with Canadian business owners using Square found there is great demand for more immediate options. The poll identified the top benefits to receiving their funds in real-time include: peace of mind, convenience, and the ability to quickly access money to fund their day-to-day operations.

“I love my Square Card because I treat it like my business account. I buy my supplies with that card so I know exactly what is coming in and what’s going out,” said Nerma Tahirovic, the owner of Yassmeen’s Shopin Windsor, ON, a jewelry business selling bespoke handcrafted pieces made from vegan and cruelty-free materials. It saves me the trouble of going to the bank, opening up a business account and paying CAD$25 per month, or whatever their fees are. Square Card doesn’t have monthly or any other recurring fees, I love it.”

By offering financial tools like Square Card that work seamlessly with Square’s ecosystem of software and solutions, sellers have a unified view of their account balances and expenditures, helping them remain competitive and succeed on their own terms. Learn more about how Square Card can help Canadians run their businesses here.

 

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