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Chicago – Tap water on the table is really an issue with full-service restaurants, and millennials' preference for "just water" may signal an opportunity to present options, writes NPD Group's global senior vice-president of foodservice. | READ MORE
Toronto – New data shows that most Canadians can’t afford to save more for retirement, and wouldn’t put any extra money into the CPP or QPP if they could.
Descriptive words, including "fresh," "local," "homemade" and "natural," would entice the majority of consumers to purchase food from either a restaurant or store, according to a recent study by the Culinary Visions Panel in Chicago. 
July 9, Edmonton – Alberta’s decision to remove the liquor server wage in 2016 will hurt restaurants, their employees and their customers, by forcing job cuts, reduced service levels and higher menu prices, Restaurants Canada said in a news release.
July 8, 2015, Toronto – If your pizzeria's online presence is a part of your marketing program, then you've likely used a number of indicators to gauge the success of your efforts. These may include Facebook likes, Twitter followers, and email open rate. And while numbers don't lie, they can certainly be deceiving. So before you post your next tweet, check out these five metrics that you should likely ignore.
July 6, 2015, Montreal – An online financing operation based in Montreal provides an alternative to banks and traditional financial institutions by offering merchant cash advances that are repaid through debit card and credit card sales. The Montreal Gazette reports. | READ MORE
July 3, 2015, Edmonton – Alberta’s general minimum wage will increase to $11.20 from $10.20 per hour on Oct. 1.
When you’re a small business, marketing can be the biggest challenge. There are a few old staples out there: the door-hangers and discount coupons. Maybe you’ve even stepped away from the oven for a moment and tried a little direct marketing or gotten creative with some pizza-box messaging. So what’s next in the constant battle to stand out in the crowd?
By now we must all be feeling the pinch on our bank accounts because of the rise of minimum wage across the country. Here in Manitoba, we’re at $10.70 an hour. For the record, I’ve always paid my best staff more than minimum wage. In fact, most of my best staff were already earning $10.70 an hour.
Businesses grow two ways: by selling more to existing customers and by getting new customers.
The summer holidays can bring many tourists to your city or community and a lot more local customers into your neighbourhood for events and summer activities.
June 29, 2015, Vancouver – A minimum-wage hike like Alberta's recently announced rise to $15, could have a devastating effect on the province's restaurant industry, said the president of the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
July 14, 2015, Toronto – Sensors Quality Management Inc. (SQM) has announced plans to expand its No Fee Customer Acquisition / Conversion Program to the restaurant industry.
June 25, 2015 – Shade Grafix will custom-design a variety of pull-down shades to advertise facing inside or outside your restaurant window.
June 17, 2015 – Granbury Restaurant Solutions is launching Thrive, a point-of-sale system that integrates credit card payment. The company worked with pizza industry people to design a system specifically for mom-and-pop pizzerias, a representative said at the company’s booth at Pizza Expo.
June 10, 2015 – The folks from Perfect Crust exhibited a bakeable pizza tray at Pizza Expo in Las Vegas in March.
April 17, 2015 – Bunge’s new lactose-free, non-dairy Creamy Cooking Sauce serves as a vegan-friendly cream replacement for sauces, soups and desserts.
Feb. 25, 2015 – A new book focusing on pizza surveys more than 60 pizzerias in major cities to capture each region’s unique definition of the ideal pizza and provides tips, tricks, and more than 50 pizza recipes.
Feb. 24, 2015 –  Food Warming Equipment offers a line of heated holding cabinets designed to eliminate cold and hot spots through circulation.
Jan. 15, 2015 – ShopKeep Pocket is a mobile reporting application that enables merchants to quickly access their business data in real time, wherever they are.
Nov. 26, 2014 – Feel the love this Valentine’s Day with American Metalcraft’s heart-shaped pizza pans.
Nov. 17, 2014 – SCA has launched five new customizable dispensers as part of its Xpressnap Signature line.
Nov. 10, 2014 – Betco Corporation has launched Spectaculoso, a lavender-fragranced ingredient used in the company's Fastdraw line of multi-purpose cleaners.
  Nov. 1, 2014 – Restaurants looking to increase their competitive advantage for “to-go” and over-the-counter sales of proprietary recipes, soups, salsas, sauces may want to check out the Seal-a-Cup System from Wilpack Packaging.
Last October, Fernando D’Agostino did himself and his boss proud, putting together a signature pie that landed him in third place at the Canadian Pizza Chef of the Year competition sponsored by Saputo Foodservice and Moretti Forni.
June 25, 2015, Tillsonburg, Ont. – A pizza tradition ended in Tillsonburg, Ont., this week when Bill's Pizza closed its doors after employing three generations of the Baxter family. The Tillsonburg News reports. | READ MORE
June 11, 2015, Prince Edward County, Ont. – Three eateries on Prince Edward County's unofficial Great Pizza & Wine Trail cook their pizzas in wood-burning outdoor ovens built by hand from the ground up, The Great Waterway reports. | READ MORE
June 4, 2015, Redondo Beach, FL – A new restaurant, Orlando’s Pizzeria and Birreria, in Redondo Beach, Fla., serves Canadian and Italian food. Easy Reader News reports. | READ MORE
Our 2015 Canadian Pizza Chef of the Year runner-up, Vito Dachille of Enoteca Mozza Pizzeria Moderna in Laval, Que., said he really enjoyed his first taste of competing in the International Pizza Challenge at Pizza Expo in March. From the seemingly permanent smile on his face, it’s not likely he was exaggerating.
Kathryn and Dave Kitchen have turned the notion of paying it forward into something of an art form.
Carlo Raillo successfully defended his title of Canadian Pizza Chef of the Year title for the second time – and he didn’t pull it off by playing it safe.
About a decade ago, the Covone family decided Montreal’s Little Italy pizza scene was missing something. That something was Napoletana pizza.
Meghan O’Dea didn’t intend to create a pizzeria with a mathematical theme when she founded Pi Gourmet Eatery in 2008 in her hometown of St. John’s, N.L.
Taking a new business idea from concept to grand opening in under six months is no easy feat, but the co-founders of Pannizza Restaurants had a concept that was too good to sit on.
For Steve Silvestro, food is all about simplicity. Over the years, he’s sampled some of the world’s most deliciously expensive cuisines and treated his palate to world-class exotic dishes, but if he had to choose one final meal (or two) to savour – the choice would be a no-brainer.
Phil DiLosa had a good job as a linotype operator at The Globe and Mail in the early 1960s.
Chicago – While chicken still holds its status as the centre-of-plate star for both consumers and operators, demands are shifting, suggests a new report from Technomic.
Gluten-free foods are great alternatives for celiacs and those with gluten intolerances and sensitivities, but for everyone else, there's no evidence to suggest they're healthier than regular products, says a new study. Science Alert reports. | READ MORE
July 13, 2015, London, U.K. – While Canadians view frozen ready-to-eat meals as convenient options, perceptions that they are unhealthy have affected consumption habits.
Vegetables seems to be coming into their own lately.
June 30, 2015, Stratford, Ont. – Despite problems with interprovincial trade, innovators such as an Ontario water buffalo dairy that produces homegrown cheese are leading the way to growth, writes Owen Roberts for The Guelph Mercury. | READ MORE
June 25, 2015, San Francisco, CA – A U.S. class action lawsuit against popular brands of olive oil also sold in Canada alleges the products are neither "made in Italy" nor "extra virgin" as the labels say. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
June 19, 2015, Vancouver – Eating healthy has become more expensive for British Columbians this past year as rising fresh vegetable prices led the way in last month’s inflation bump, Business Vancouver reports. | READ MORE
June 12, 2015, Orangeville, Ont. – Vaughan, Ont.-based Quality Cheese Inc. has received a provincial grant of $1.2 million to build a specialty cheese plant in Orangeville, Ont., and anticipates the plant will be ready early in 2016, Better Farming reports. | READ MORE
June 10, 2015, Toronto – Major food companies are changing and reformulating products removing artificial ingredients – synthetic dyes, flavouring and preservatives, but some changes occurring in the U.S. are not being offered in Canada. Global News reports. | READ MORE
Consumers’ increased desire for local artisanal products, along with an expanding palate, is driving growth in the Canadian cheese market. As this market continues to mature, an array of innovative new cheeses are being developed, giving pizzaiolos across the country an opportunity to incorporate exciting new flavours and textures into their menus.
I’m a big fan of cheeses. Much as I believe that Canada’s present dairy class pricing system is entirely unjust, I’m hopelessly in love with Canadian cheeses.
This training video from Pagliacci Pizza in Seattle demonstrates how to hand toss pizza dough.
Washington, DC – 3D printing will eventually allow not only for ingredient or portion-specific customization, but also calorie-specific requests, say foodservice technology experts. The Washington Post reports. | READ MORE
Chicago – Although alcoholic beverage servings in Canadian restaurants have declined by one per cent per year since 2010, craft beer and wine servings are up, according to the NPD Group, whose latest report offers strategies for upselling.
July 10, 2015, Chicago – More U.S. customers are sitting down and eating their meal in the restaurant than are carrying it out or using the drive-thru, reports The NPD Group. 
July 6, 2015, Minneapolis, MN – In the U.S. Midwest, particularly along the Mississippi River in Minnesota and Wisconsin, small family-run farms are turning their crops into pizzas. CNN reports. | READ MORE
July 6, 2015, Minneapolis, MN – In the U.S. Midwest, particularly along the Mississippi River in Minnesota and Wisconsin, small family-run farms are turning their crops into pizzas. CNN reports. | READ MORE
July 6, 2015, Minneapolis, MN – In the U.S. Midwest, particularly along the Mississippi River in Minnesota and Wisconsin, small family-run farms are turning their crops into pizzas. CNN reports. | READ MORE
June 22, 2015, Washington, DC – Fast-casual chain &pizza has launched &WINE, a pair of custom red and white wines designed to complement their pizzas and available by the glass and bottle.
June 18, 2015, Toronto – Falanghina, the signature white wine of Italy’s southern Campania region, is light, crisp and delicately fruity and floral, an eye-opening match for pizza margherita, The Globe and Mail food columnist writes. | READ MORE
June 16, 2015, London, U.K. – Canadian age 35 and under place a high priority on short-term rewards and are as likely to put extra dollars towards paying off debt as they are to dine out, says a report on Canadian spending from Mintel.
June 9, 2015, Dallas, TX – Building on the idea of Google's Cardboard, Pizza Hut, in its latest marketing campaign, has transformed a few limited edition pizza boxes into make-shift movie projectors. Phandroid reports. | READ MORE
Never mind Vegas and all of its charms. If you love learning about every aspect of pizza from the best and watching innovative pizzaiolos in action, Pizza Expo is a vacation destination unto itself.
Shin Min-chul of Mr. Pizza was crowned freestyle acrobatics dough tossing champ at the World Pizza Games held in Las Vegas March 25. Here he wows an enthusiastic crowd.

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