95,000 foodservice jobs lost in Alberta

If conditions do not improve, Restaurants Canada estimates that Alberta’s foodservice sales for the second quarter of 2020 will be down nearly $2.5 billion

95,000 foodservice jobs lost in AlbertaRestaurants Canada estimates that 800,000 foodservice jobs have already been lost nationwide due to COVID-19 — about 95,000 just in Alberta alone — and they might not return if current conditions continue. “Not only was our industry among the first to feel the impacts of COVID-19, we’ve been one of the hardest hit so far,…

COVID-19 teaching hard lessons about supply chains

The B.C. government is taking over control of supply chains for delivering essential goods and services in the province. We should all be concerned

COVID-19 teaching hard lessons about supply chainsCanadians have likely never heard more about supply chains than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discussions about logistics and how food gets to restaurants, grocery stores and kitchens abound. Canadians aren’t just genuinely interested in supply chains, they’re also commending the people involved in making our food systems work, from farm to fork. That’s outstanding. But…

Prairie Horizon Fresh Market launches online delivery

The Market is a collection of fresh market vendors and small businesses located in the New Horizon Mall, along the Queen Elizabeth II Highway

Prairie Horizon Fresh Market launches online deliveryThe COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has inspired a Calgary business to establish an online local food delivery service. Prairie Horizon Fresh Market is a collection of fresh market vendors and small businesses located in the New Horizon Mall, along the Queen Elizabeth II Highway just south of the CrossIron Mills shopping centre. “Now more than ever…

With COVID-19, home cooking may get its mojo back

Strange days are upon us. But something positive can come from this: Canadians will spend more time in their kitchens

With COVID-19, home cooking may get its mojo backThese are unprecedented times for all of us. And frankly, we’re all trying to figure out how to deal with our new lives, even if we know it will only last for a while. These strange days mean normalcy is not an option, for the safety of us all. Public health officials and political leaders…

What’s in a name? Plenty, if it’s a disease

To suggest the disease naming process of an international agency may have affected sales of a beer carrying a similar name tells us something about our risk-averse society

What’s in a name? Plenty, if it’s a diseaseA survey this week suggested that 38 per cent of Americans aren’t drinking Corona beer due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, formerly known as the coronavirus. There’s obviously no link between the beer and the virus, but the survey suggests a mental association between the product and the disease may be too much to bear…

Italian Centre Shop expanding its footprint in Alberta

Iconic Italian grocery store expects to open its newest location in Sherwood Park's Emerald Hills area in fall 2021 - its fifth location in Alberta

Italian Centre Shop expanding its footprint in AlbertaThe Edmonton-based Italian Centre Shop is expanding, announcing Wednesday it will be opening its fifth location in the Fall of 2021 in Strathcona County’s Sherwood Park. It will be located in the Emerald Hills Urban Village in 22,500 square feet of space featuring a licensed 50-seat cafe, 30-seat patio and all the regular offerings the…

Tim Hortons adds to its disastrous marketing decisions

Tim Hortons desperately needs to make its Roll Up The Rim campaign work. But the chain may have again missed the mark

Tim Hortons adds to its disastrous marketing decisionsAfter a disastrous campaign last year, Tim Hortons finally got the message and opted to change its 35-year-old Roll Up The Rim campaign. But its new approach is not that simple. The iconic contest is now much shorter and incredibly more complicated. Given its last quarter financial results showed same-store-sales dropping by more than four…

Alberta sees big decline in bar sales in 2019

Alberta posted the largest decrease in drinking places and bar sales in 2019 at 9.4 per cent, says Statistics Canada. But special food services rise

Alberta sees big decline in bar sales in 2019Sales in drinking places and bars decreased to $2.5 billion in 2019 across Canada with Alberta posting the largest decrease at 9.4 per cent, according to a report released Friday by Statistics Canada. Six provinces experienced a drop in sales including British Columbia at 4.9 per cent and Quebec at 9.5 per cent. But Alberta…

Calgary Co-op acquiring key Marda Loop site

Marda Loop Village is a 1.77-acre property at the corner of 33rd Avenue S.W. and 20th Street S.W.

Calgary Co-op acquiring key Marda Loop siteGrocery chain Calgary Co-op is acquiring a key site in the heart of the trendy southwest Marda Loop neighbourhood for future development into retail and residential space. The company announced Thursday that the Marda Loop Village is a 1.77-acre property at the corner of 33rd Avenue S.W. and 20th Street S.W. “For Calgary Co-op’s food business…

Bankers Hall Sunterra Market expands with major facelift

Sunterra location almost doubles its size in downtown Calgary office tower and now has licenced seating area with additional offerings

Bankers Hall Sunterra Market expands with major faceliftSunterra Market’s location in Bankers Hall has expanded to double its size to meet the growing demand in the downtown core. The food vendor has recently gone through a facelift at the company’s retail location which opened in 1990 and now included a licenced seating area as well as an expanded culinary offering. “It’s not…