Low wages, small workforce leaves booming B.C. restaurants without chefs

Low wages, small workforce leaves booming B.C. restaurants without chefs
VANCOUVER — The restaurant industry may be booming in British Columbia, but a combination of the high cost of living, tight profit margins and a shrinking workforce has made it difficult for kitchens to find enough staff. Eric Pateman, president of Edible Canada, said the company’s restaurant at Vancouver’s popular tourist destination Granville Island has been short anywhere from two... Read More

NAFTA: U.S. demands end to supply management in Canadian dairy, poultry, eggs

NAFTA: U.S. demands end to supply management in Canadian dairy, poultry, eggs
ARLINGTON, United States — The United States has requested a complete end to Canada’s supply management system for dairy, poultry, eggs and turkey within a decade, touching on one of the most politically explosive trade issues in Canada. Two sources tell The Canadian Press the request came at the NAFTA talks on Sunday evening, catching some on the Canadian side... Read More

Metro to eliminate 280 jobs in modernization of Ontario distribution network

Metro to eliminate 280 jobs in modernization of Ontario distribution network
TORONTO — Grocery store chain Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU) says it will eliminate about 280 jobs starting in 2021 as part of a $400-million overhaul of its Ontario distribution network. The company says the move to modernize and automate its network will mean the loss of about 180 full-time and 100 part-time positions. The announcement follows comments by Metro in August... Read More

Tim Hortons franchisee group files lawsuit against parent company

Tim Hortons franchisee group files lawsuit against parent company
VANCOUVER — The legal battle between a group of Tim Hortons franchisees and their parent company escalated Friday as the corporate-unsanctioned franchisee association filed a lawsuit alleging that Restaurant Brands International, its subsidiary and several executives have subverted their right to associate. The defendants have engaged in conduct that “seeks to interfere with, restrict, penalize, or threaten franchisees from exercising... Read More

Freshii scales back growth plan for first year as public company, stock falls

Freshii scales back growth plan for first year as public company, stock falls
VANCOUVER — Health-food eatery chain Freshii Inc.’s stock plummeted nearly 40 per cent Tuesday after the company scaled back its aggressive expansion plans. “Today’s announcement is extremely disappointing to me,” said founder and CEO Matthew Corrin during a conference call with investors Monday evening. After markets closed Monday, Freshii (TSX:FRII) announced its growth has been slower than expected, resulting in... Read More

UFA Co-operative closing 12-store Wholesale Sports chain in Western Canada

UFA Co-operative closing 12-store Wholesale Sports chain in Western Canada
The Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters chain of a dozen hunting, fishing and camping supply stores in Western Canada is shutting down after 30 years in business. The operation owned by Calgary-based UFA Co-operative Ltd. closed stores on Thursday afternoon to tell the 545 staff their jobs were ending. Most will be laid off but some may be hired at UFA’s... Read More

Amazon brings democratic simplicity to the food industry

Amazon brings democratic simplicity to the food industry
The online giant is essentially about merchandizing convenience for all. Organic foods and meal kits are its latest targets By Sylvain Charlebois Senior Fellow Atlantic Institute for Market Studies Amazon isn’t wasting time wading in to the food industry – and speed of execution and ease of delivery are at the heart of its business model. As soon as United... Read More

Days of supply management may finally be coming to an end

Days of supply management may finally be coming to an end
And if they are, Canadian consumers with have NAFTA 2.0 and Donald Trump to thank for the decrease in the price of dairy products By Sylvain Charlebois Senior Fellow Atlantic Institute for Market Studies Canada’s supply management system is a textbook case for food sovereignty. But the social contract the system represents may need to be redrafted as we head... Read More

Vancouver Company Beats UberEats to the Punch

Vancouver Company Beats UberEats to the Punch
Finally – Vancouver has its own technology based delivery service that brings virtually anything to your door within an hour. ParcelPal Technology Inc. (CSE: PKG) is the first and only rapid delivery service in Vancouver, even beating out UberEats. iOS users can download the app and order food from hundreds of local restaurants, liquor stores and medical marijuana dispensaries.  President... Read More