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.
Truro, N.S. – Atlantic pizza chain Greco Pizza has donated more than 3,700 pizzas, which have a $50,000 value, to provincial food banks in Atlantic Canada through its "Share and Care" promotion.
Ottawa – The federal government has helped secure new, separate and voluntary commitments from three payment card networks that will lead to lower costs for small and medium-sized businesses.
Vancouver – Freshslice Pizza is launching a charity that supports sports associations in British Columbia on Aug. 11.
Montreal – A new documentary, Terra Mia, focuses on the preservation of Italian culture in Quebec and explores how its identity is changing with every generation. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Six out of 10 respondents believe tariffs imposed on products imported from the United States will have a negative impact on their businesses, according to Restaurants Canada’s most recent quarterly Restaurant Outlook Survey.
The International Grains Council has warned that dry and unseasonably hot weather in several key grain-producing countries has cut wheat production by 16 million tons. Bakers Journal reports. | READ MORE

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