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RBI to acquire Popeyes for $1.8B

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Restaurant Brands International Inc. (RBI) is adding fried chicken to its portfolio with the purchase of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. for $1.8 billion it was announced on Feb. 21. RBI, parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons, w

Tap takeover: Contactless payment is growing in popularity

Smartphones have already eliminated the need to carry a camera, map and mp3 player. Now, the cherished digital device is moving to render wallets obsolete. The addition of Near Field Communication (NFC) to mobile devices has allowed hardware and software

McCormack Bourrie opens culinary centre

CONCORD, Ont. — McCormack Bourrie Sales Marketing has made a significant investment in the company’s clients and partner brands with the addition of a test kitchen. Located near the McCormack Bourrie offices at 160 Applewood Cres., the recently comple

RC show recap

TORONTO —While there is no shortage of challenges facing foodservice operators, Restaurants Canada is focusing on three key issues for the coming year. Restaurants Canada president Shanna Munro explained the organization is concentrating its government

Prepare for slower growth says Conference Board of Canada

OTTAWA — Increased competition paired with decreased consumer spending will slow growth in Canada’s foodservice industry, according to the Conference Board of Canada. In its recent report Canadian Industrial Outlook: Canada’s Food Service Industry,

TouchBistro partners with Thinking Capital to deliver data-driven financing

TORONTO — Restaurateurs are now able to apply for financing through their point of sale (POS) system, thanks to a partnership between TouchBistro and Thinking Capital. Using the TouchBistro cloud portal, Canadian restaurateurs who have been operating fo

Hamilton's HAMBRGR expands

HAMILTON, Ont. — When chef Mike Cipollo began scouting Hamilton for a location to open his first restaurant, he envisioned a large-scale operation. Cipollo, who worked as Bier Markt’s corporate chef for about 12 years, planned to open a “refined cas

Union Chicken opens at Sherway Gardens

TORONTO — Chef Michael Angeloni spent almost six months developing the buttermilk fried chicken recipe for Union Chicken. The chicken-focused restaurant opened its first location at Sherway Gardens in February after plans to open in Union Station were d

Urban Bricks Pizza heads north

WATERLOO, Ont. — For Abe Ibrahim, visiting a childhood friend has opened the doors to introducing a United States-based pizza chain to Ontario. After moving back to Canada from Saudi Arabia, where his family owns a 12-unit chain of pastry shops, Ibrahim

Cheese Curds/Habaneros lands first franchise in New Brunswick

DARTMOUTH — Cheese Curds Gourmet Burgers + Poutinerie and Habaneros Modern Taco Bar will open its first franchise restaurant in Oromocto,New Brunswick. The restaurant, located at 201 Bliss St., will seat about 50 guests and feature the extensive Cheese

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