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Toronto – This year is shaping up to be the toughest year for foodservice operators since 2011, Restaurants Canada says.
Japan – The world’s largest food company is experimenting with people’s DNA to build and sell personalized nutrition plans that, it says, will extend lifespans and keep people healthy. The company hopes to invent food products that can ward off diseases, such as pizzas that can prevent Alzheimer’s disease. | Quartz reports. | READ MORE
Lallemand announced that yeast prices will be increased as of Oct. 1, 2018, or as current contracts expire across all price zones.
Toronto – Pizza Nova celebrated the opening of its newest location by serving small cheese and pepperoni pizza for $2 tax included, with all proceeds from every pizza sold being donated to neighbouring charity St. John the Compassionate Mission.
Charlottetown – Cows Inc. will receive up to $1.8 million from the federal government under the Dairy Processing Investment Fund and an additional $800,000 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to grow its business.
Ottawa – Sales at food services and drinking places rose 1.1 per cent to $6 billion in June, according to a recent release from Statistics Canada. Higher receipts were reported at full-service restaurants (+1.9 per cent), limited-service restaurants (+0.6 per cent) and special food services (+1.1 per cent).
Takeout and delivery could drive restaurant sales rather than cannibalize dine-in occasions if operators are willing to adapt to shifting demands and meet customers’ expectations for convenience and food quality, suggests a new report from Technomic. 
Simcoe, Ont. – Canadian Pizza magazine is seeking pizza makers to compete in the Traditional division of our Chef of the Year competition, at the Canadian Pizza Summit, on Oct. 15 in Toronto.
Toronto – Labour shortages are now the second greatest challenge for foodservice operators, according to Restaurants Canada’s most recent quarterly Restaurant Outlook Survey.
Edmonton – Boston Pizza has apologized after a Twitter account for its northern Alberta locations favourited two contentious tweets about South Africa. The Edmonton Journal reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Fast-casual brand Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza will open a 3,100-square-foot open-kitchen restaurant with interior seating for 66 in the Entertainment District of Toronto at 150 John Street.
Edmonton – Some communities have banned drive-throughs due to noise and litter issues, but there are health benefits to the ban as well, says a University of Alberta public health researcher. | READ MORE
Ottawa – A former food cart operator who now runs a bricks-and-mortar restaurant says Ottawa's strict rules aimed at controlling competition are stifling culinary creativity and variety. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Due to growing demand, Rational Canada has added more sales, culinary and service support across Canada, with special emphasis on major cities such as Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.
Toronto – A new movie about the pizzeria world filmed in Toronto will premier in that city on Aug. 22.

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