U.K. – PizzaExpress UAE is providing customers with fast, free and secure guest Wi-Fi to customers while gathering customer analytics by partnering with IT systems provider CDW and analytics company Purple.
Ann Arbor, MI – Domino’s Pizza has 25 new shareholders as of Friday, the winners of a rewards program that is giving out 10 shares as a perk for being a good customer. MarketWatch reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Salary versus dividends. Holding companies. Tactics like these are essential to maximizing the value of your business. Moneysense offers five tax tips for small businesses. | READ MORE
Hosting a special event is an opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind customer experience that, when done successfully, will increase your customer base, deepen customer loyalty, build relationships, strengthen partnerships with other businesses in your community, and increase profits.
The winter months, especially just after the holidays, can be the most depressing time of the year. Research has shown that weather can have a great effect on the buying habits of consumers, with many restaurant and food-service operators reporting that bad weather usually comes with a decline in sales.
Millions of people love watching sports. Rain or shine, winter or summer – the thrill of cheering on our favourite teams is contagious and during peak seasons even casual fans jump on the bandwagon. Depending on the month and the weather, the traffic a restaurant receives may multiply in the heat of playoffs or finals.
Have you had previous experience in the pizza industry but now want to open your own pizzeria? Do you want to feel more comfortable negotiating a new lease? While you will have acquired some important knowledge about baking and serving pizzas, there is still much to be learned about hanging your own shingle (in any business).
British Columbia – Research firm go2HR has released a labour market analysis of cooking occupations in British Columbia that contains a wealth of information about staffing trends and employee preferences.
Scarborough, Ont. – Costco is launching a new store format in Canada in 2017 that hearkens back to its roots supplying restaurateurs and other small businesses. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
Employees have the ability to attract new customers, develop new products and services, and become your greatest salespeople. Alternatively, they can also drive away customers, negatively impact service and product quality, and totally ruin your business.
Toronto – Scotiabank has launched a fully online account-opening process for small businesses.
The holiday season is a pretty big deal for pizzeria owners and operators. Customers can eat only so much turkey during the holidays and plenty would rather have a pizza delivered on New Year’s Day.
Dragontail Systems’ Algo Dispatching System uses a patented algorithm to manage the food preparation process from order to delivery.
A novel staffing app aims to connect the restaurant and hospitality industry with skilled workers.
Food Profit, based in Moncton, N.B., has created software that categorizes restaurants' product invoice data into the seven primary food-costing categories to help them see the true cost of menu items.
Simply Milled, Ardent Mills’ new line of bread flour, all-purpose flour, pastry flour and whole-wheat flour, features products made without bleach, bromate or other additives, the company said in a press release.
EGE Marketing SEO service help small business owners turn traffic into leads and leads into sales.A new Toronto search engine optimization company that helps small business owners in Canada achieve higher Google rankings has seen their reputation catapulted due to their success rate.
Heckler Design has introduced its WindFall Coaster as a solution to the decline in table turn many restaurants have experienced as a result of phone distractions.
TouchBistro, an iPad point-of-sale solution for restaurants in 37 countries, now offers seamless integration with QuickBooks small business accounting software.
Rogers has a new mobile service designed for small businesses that brings the features of a traditional landline phone to their mobile phone.
Watson is offering edible glitter products to meet the growing demand for clean labeling for what is considered natural colours. The Edible Glitter line is made from gum arabic (the sap of the Acacia tree) and colour. Watson uses colours from a wide range of sources, including cabbage juice, algae, carrots, radish, turmeric and annatto.
Italiana FoodTech has a food-grade activated charcoal available that gives pizza crusts a grey colour and provides several health benefits.
The Super Peel, from Exo Products, is designed to dramatically improve sliding function and reduce care.
7shifts scheduling software and mobile app are designed to help restaurants manage and evaluate the performance of shift workers.
When in Rome, you do as the Romans do. For Roberto (Rob) Federici, owner of Ciao Roma in Woodbridge, Ont., that means sampling fresh, delicious pizza made in hole-in-the-wall pizzerias in the land of his heritage.
As a-ha moments go, the one that conceived Junior’s Handmade Sourdough Pizza in Bowmanville, Ont., was a quiet but significant one. It came when, after years of working in the restaurant industry, Jade Chaput and husband Victor Hanc Jr. planned to get into the pizza business.
Red Tomato Pies is crushing it when it comes to customer service. The fun-loving pizzeria with locations in Williams Lake and Golden, B.C., is a favourite pizza spot for locals and tourists alike.
Berlin – In the southeastern Kreuzberg borough of Berlin, a restaurant parodies Canadian culture and specializes in “Canadian Pizza.” The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Grace Yeh and Jean-Daniel Nadeau are seriously passionate about Neapolitan pizza.
St. John's – The co-owners of Kono Pizza in St. John’s, N.L., are through their first quarter and ready for more. Their food truck operation specializes in pizza to go, in cone form. The Telegram reports. | READ MORE
Windsor, Ont. – Volcano Pizzeria, one of Windsor's best known pizzerias, opened in the late 1950s. CBC News traces the restaurant's history. | READ MORE
The team at Zolas Restaurant do a dizzying amount of good in their community, and they are the first to say they don’t do it alone.
What is Windsor-style pizza?
Vancouver, WA – A Washington State entrepreneur is dishing up pizza from a 20-foot food cart complete with a wood-fired oven thanks to Kickstarter support and perserverance. The Columbian reports. | READ MORE
It came to me in a dream,” is how Joe Leroux describes his pizza – a winning combination of rosemary potatoes, Parmigiano Reggiano and hickory-smoked bacon.
Toronto – The Libretto group’s latest restaurant, Pizzeria Libretto King West, sits behind Porchetta & Co in a century-old building with an alleyway that will transform into a patio for 100 diners next summer. Post City Toronto reports. | READ MORE
Here is a white pizza recipe featuring shiitake mushrooms from The Tiffin Box, courtesy Mushrooms Canada. | READ MORE
Toronto – Chef Paolo Cacciani of Rome shares pasta-making tips at Centitalia, a food forum recently hosted by the ICCO and Centennial College's Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts program in Toronto.
Toronto – Two-thirds of food and beverages tested by a group of Ontario researchers, including baby foods and products marketed as healthy, were found to contain added sugar. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
France – A high dietary intake of cured and processed meats, such as ham and salami, is linked to worsening asthma symptoms, reveals research published online in the journal Thorax.
Are your customers tired of the same old vegetable toppings on your menu? Maybe they are asking for something new or a variation of something old? Perhaps they’d like something with a bit more flavour?
The Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario and Centennial College joined forces in November to showcase designated Italian foods by holding a week of chef workshops kicked off by a one-day food symposium.
Toronto – Watch how Za Pizzeria in Toronto makes turkey and cranberry pizza.
Canada – A culinary byproduct generally considered to be nuisance waste has discreetly entered the menus of cutting-edge restaurants. Next year, there will be a whole lot more of it. Macleans reports. | READ MORE
This pasta recipe, featuring pine nuts and farfalle pasta, appears courtesy of the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario.
Woodbridge, Ont. – Learn how to make a smooth pizza dough ball from professional pizza chef Roberto Federici.
In this video from Insider, bakers dive into an oven to bake lavash, a type of flatbread that originated in Armenia.
Spicing up pizza toppings with ethnic influences was a noticeable trend from ingredient exhibitors at this year’s Canadian Pizza Show, but it was simplicity that won over the judges in the Canadian Pizza magazine Chef of the Year competition, which saw a repeat champion showcasing a very modern-world pie.
I have yet to meet anybody who won’t be glad to see the backside of 2016. The world appears to be scared and angry and – politics aside – to agree it’s time to drop the mic on this wacky year. Travel has been negatively impacted by social unrest and terrorist attacks. Investors don’t seem sure as to whether they are happily anticipating a Trump presidency or not.
Canada and the United States – French company Paline debuted its self-serve Pizza ATM at Xavier University back in August, and since then the company says that businesses and colleges located in 20 states and Canada have inquired about getting their own. Grub Street reports. | READ MORE
London, Ont. – Breakfast is front and centre in McCormick & Company's 2017 Flavour Forecast, which highlights adventurous breakfast options, versatile eggs, and peppery foods as food trends to watch.
Windsor, Ont. – Longtime Windsor pizzeria Sam’s Pizzeria & Cantina has been declared the winner of a good-natured contest held by a downtown Windsor cannabis lounge to crown the top pizza in the city. The Windsor Star reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Artisanal jerky, craft-style fizz and Jewish cuisine are just a few of the food trends to watch heading into the New Year, according to THP's 2017 Flavour & Trend Forecast.
Chicago – Demand for natural beverages will grow as Canadians become more health-conscious, according to a new report from Technomic Inc.
I love the printed word. I like the feel of the paper, the look of different fonts, the way they complement photos and graphics. I enjoy perusing a good menu from outside of a funky new restaurant or at a table with a glass of wine and promising aromas coming from nearby tables.
Mountain View, CA – Zume Pizza in California has robots and algorithms working to address various delivery and efficiency issues. Along with other companies, it is putting technology to use. NPR reports. | READ MORE
New York – Last fall, the Canadian Pizza Show saw Carlo Raillo wow Canadian Pizza's Chef of the Year judges with his pumpkin spice crust pizza. This fall Cosmopolitan magazine is lauding a pumpkin spice pizza created by a New Jersey pizza lover. | READ MORE
Vancouver – Virtuous Pie, a plant-based pizza and ice cream restaurant that features house-made dairy-free cheeses and all topping prepared in house, is now open in Vancouver's Chinatown. Vancouver Metro reports. | READ MORE
Israel – A recently published book on workplace motivation recounts an experiment involving employees at a factory in Israel, in which a voucher for free pizza was the choice of most employees over a cash bonus or rare compliment. New York Magazine reports. | READ MORE
Chicago – Different age groups have different motivations, needs, and wants when it comes to dinner, and these are as varied as their taste in music, suggests a recent generational study published by The NPD Group.
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