Regina – Restaurants Canada says the Saskatchewan government has created an unfair playing field for the province’s struggling restaurant industry by adding an increased PST to food purchased from restaurants, while the same or similar food items at grocery stores remain tax-free.
Restaurants Canada called the 2017 federal budget a mix of good and bad news for restaurant and bar operators, while the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses characterized it as a relief and a worry.
Anaheim, CA – The Pizza Press, a newspaper-themed fast-casual U.S. pizza chain, will open nearly 150 restaurants in the U.S., Mexico and China by the end of 2018 and is looking to expand into Canada.
Halifax – A new pizzeria called Pizza Girls will join businesses at Halifax's Pizza Corner in May, taking over the former yogurt shop that also once was home to King of Donair. The Chronicle-Herald reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Pasta sauce made from cashews, an almond cheese alternative? Unusual is the name of the game these days when many food companies approach the challenge of developing new products. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Ottawa – On March 22, Finance Minister Bill Morneau will deliver his second federal budget and that has some small business owners scrambling to complete tax-motivated transactions prior to budget day. The Financial Post reports. | READ MORE
Vancouver – Now, provincial politicians agree it is high time for B.C. to ban gender-based footwear requirements for all employees, an idea that is drawing praise from those in the hospitality industry – particularly from women with horror stories of bloody, bruised toes. The Province reports. | READ MORE
Ossineke, MI – The story of the Great Michigan Pizza Funeral is one of loss, terrible maladies, and spilled marinara. But it’s also a classic tale of the strange obstacles immigrants can often face in new countries. In this specific case, it was bad mushrooms that interrupted Mario Fabbrini’s American dream. Atlas Obscura reports. | READ MORE
Mississauga, Ont. – The countdown to the Canadian Pizza Show is on! The trade show and competitions are set for Monday, Oct. 16, at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont.
Bucharest, Romania – Maurizio Mascioli recently won gold, silver and bronze medals at the International Pizza Championship held earlier this month in Bucharest, Romania, the Canadian Culinary Federation said in a news release.
Windsor, Ont. — A tomato processing company in southwestern Ontario that received a controversial $3-million grant from the provincial government is accused of mislabelling its canned products as organic and passing off American tomatoes as Canadian. The National Post reports. | READ MORE
Los Angeles – Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza will sell pizzas for $3.14 each to mark Pi Day on March 14 and heavily promote the event on social media.
Toronto – Craft beer isn’t going anywhere. For the third year in a row, this potent potable is the No. 1 hot trend in Restaurants Canada’s annual Canadian Chef Survey.
Toronto – Pizza Pizza now has a vegan cheese, dairy-free menu option designed to cater to Canada’s growing vegan community.  
Ottawa – Growth in breakfast restaurant visits, a shift from full-service to limited-service and shrinking disposable income are among the takeaways from The Conference Board of Canada's latest outlook for the food-service industry.
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