June 1, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) Plastics Packaging Working Group has persisted towards its objectives, despite being unable to meet in person throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Following research, analysis and consultations, the group has now published its Preferred Plastics Guide.

In the summer of 2019, CPMA surveyed members of the Plastics Packaging Working Group on the usage of plastic materials for produce packaging. Subsequent analysis, supported by the evaluation of domestic and international developments and trends in packaging, resulted in the creation of the CPMA Preferred Plastics Guide – May 2020 edition. This guide is intended to help inform and support CPMA members in their packaging decision making processes, and will be updated as developments in packaging materials, design and recycling capabilities warrant.

Within the guide, plastics have been placed in one of three categories:

  • Preferred – Given the potential or existing capability to recycle or reuse, CPMA members will continue to use the identified plastics and consider them as viable replacements for plastics identified as “unfavourable.”
  • Minimize – Although some recyclability or reuse may be possible, CPMA members will investigate alternatives or substitution for the identified plastics or continue their use where required.
  • Unfavourable – Due to a lack of recyclability or effective reuse, CPMA members will seek to eliminate or replace the identified plastics by a defined period.

Additionally, the Preferred Plastics Guide offers considerations on labels, packaging design and form, plastic substitutes, bioplastics, and renewable-based packaging materials.

Click here to access the CPMA Preferred Plastics Guide.

The CPMA Plastics Packaging Working Group is continuing work towards a more comprehensive material selection guide, expected to be released by the end of summer 2020.


Montréal, May 28th, 2020 - Moët Hennessy in Canada has launched a national program entitled Coming Together to support its local partners during the pandemic. Due to COVID-19, the hospitality sector has been heavily impacted, and the livelihood of bartenders, restauranteurs and service staff has been uprooted as they navigate this new reality.  As part of the food and beverage community, Moët Hennessy in Canada is supporting its partners through their Coming Together initiative withThe Maison Hennessy donating $50,000 CAD to the Bartenders Benevolent Fund, in recognition of the hardships the hospitality community is currently facing.

“The Maison Hennessy is proud to support the Bartenders Benevolent Fund as it directly benefits the community we are a part of,” says Veronique Gonneville, national communications director of Moët Hennessy in Canada. “The non-profit organization was created by industry members to benefit bartenders, servers and front of house support staff in the hospitality industry across Canada.”

The national Coming Together program is a multi-faceted campaign aimed at supporting the hospitality community through local and national initiatives that will continue throughout 2020.

Coming Together with Moët Hennessy in Canada is our way to thank our friends in the food and beverage industry that have supported us in immeasurable ways,” says Alexis de Calonne, managing director of Moët Hennessy in Canada. “We know that many of our partners are facing unprecedented challenges at this time, and we are committed to being there for them, both with unique initiatives and financial donations.”

Campaign elements include:

  • #HENNESSYMYWAY – The Maison Hennessy is committed to supporting its mixology community as part of a global initiative titled, #HENNESSYMYWAY. Fifty Canadian bartenders will be engaged to showcase their mixology skills and will be offered a direct donation of $500 CAD and a branded Hennessy gift package. Bartenders will share a 30-second social media video showcasing how they enjoy Hennessy their way for a chance to be featured on
  • The Coming Together Cocktail Project – Moët Hennessy in Canadawill support its trade partners through a national initiative titled, “The Coming Together Cocktail Project” featuring cocktail recipes from Canada’s top 50 mixologists. In addition to providing remuneration to participants, the initiative aims to raise funds via the sale of a high-gloss coffee table or digital magazine, which will be available at key retailers across Canada later this year, with all proceeds benefiting the Canadian cocktail creators.
  • Coming Together Instagram Live Cocktail Sessions – To inspire creativity and at-home mixology, Moët Hennessy in Canada is hosting weekly Coming Together Instagram Live cocktail sessions educating social media audiences on the essentials of cocktail making with brand ambassador Sabrine Dhaliwal and a special guest joining each week. Moët Hennessy will make a charitable donation to each guest’s charity of choice. Cocktail sessions take place every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. PST on Sabrine’s Instagram page: @sabrinedhaliwal
  • Restaurant & Catering Partnerships – To support local trade partners, Moët Hennessy in Canada is designing bespoke consumer packages and promotions to create memorable at-home experiences featuring elements like virtual tastings, surprise guests and more.

The most recent collaboration with features luxurious at-home dining experiences that include a virtual product tasting component with a Moët Hennessy brand ambassador. Partial proceeds will support select Canadian charities and their efforts during COVID-19.

For more information about the national Coming Together campaign, follow along and use hashtag #ComingTogether.


Vancouver, BC, May 28, 2020 - While COVID-19 restrictions have started to loosen up, the hospitality industry continues to face an uncertain future. In this climate of uncertainty, Vancouver’s Main St. Brewing has created a beer to help its employees - the Helping Hand Lager: A Social Lager for Physical Distancing. Available at Main St. Brewing and select partners, all proceeds go towards purchasing Fresh St. Market grocery gift cards for its staff.
“We are currently operating with a skeleton crew at our brewery and wanted to find a way to help our staff, especially with essentials such as groceries,” explains Cameron Forsyth, co-owner of Main St. Brewing. “When we thought about who to partner up with, Fresh St. Market came to mind immediately. They work with a lot of local producers and vendors, and they have locations across Metro Vancouver.”
Main St. Brewing’s Helping Hand Lager is brewed in the heart of the city’s historic Brewery Creek district. The flavour profile is clean, light, crisp and easy drinking beer (4.5% alc./vol. | 9 IBU). It is brewed to be accessible to all levels of beer lovers.
“The hospitality industry is a vital part of our community,” says Mark McCurdy, spokesperson for Fresh St. Market. “We have a number of initiatives in the works to help, including partnering with our friends at Main St. Brewing. Fresh St. Market is providing Main St. Brewing with a 5 per cent discount on all gift card purchases. In addition, we have donated $500 in gift cards directly to their staff.”
Helping Hand Lager, is available starting today, May 28, 2020 at Main St. Brewing’s brewery at 261 E 7th Ave in Vancouver and at several partners, including The Cascade Room, El Camino’s, The Union, and Portland Craft.
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May 28, 2020

Food Service Solutions is pleased to announce that we have been appointed the rep for Graco Inc.’s SaniSpray HP products effective May 28th, 2020.  SaniSpray from Graco Inc. is the industry’s first airless high production piece of equipment built specifically for your sanitizing and disinfecting needs. Their products are designed to deliver consistent coverage, without heavy drips and runs, so that you can achieve specified disinfectant dwell times. Don’t leave your success to chance. Inconsistent and insufficient coverage of disinfectant needed to kill harmful bacteria is often the result with other application methods. Speed of application, effective application on key surfaces and necessary time to let it work is what’s needed. Disinfecting your premises is made fast and simple with these products. With the SaniSpray HP sprayers from Graco, just spray and let dry using any Health Canada-approved chemical.

“We’re thrilled to represent the SaniSpray HP line in Canada. As our industry morphs into the next phase, customers visiting restaurants or venues will be ever mindful of the risks of COVID-19 and, to win them back, they need to feel safe. Proper sanitizing and disinfecting protocols for your premises is one key to success,” commented Chris Koehler.


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