Spat breaks out between Tim Hortons franchisee factions over public complaints

Spat breaks out between Tim Hortons franchisee factions over public complaints
OAKVILLE, Ont. — Tim Hortons’s franchisee advisory board has waded into a war of words between the brand’s parent company and an outspoken restaurant owners association, attacking the group for publicly slandering the company and making complaints about it to the federal government and in the media. In a letter sent to fellow franchisees this week, the board says recent “negative commentary,” much of which... Read More

Pump prices, airline tickets help propel Canada’s annual inflation rate to 2.3%

Pump prices, airline tickets help propel Canada’s annual inflation rate to 2.3%
OTTAWA — Canada’s annual inflation rate continued creeping higher last month to hit 2.3 per cent. The March figure from Statistics Canada shows the pace of inflation inched a little farther past the midpoint of the central bank’s ideal range of between one and three per cent. By comparison, inflation was 2.2 per cent in February and 1.7 per cent in January. The annual pace of... Read More

Campbell Soup Company names Mississauga as site for new headquarters

Campbell Soup Company names Mississauga as site for new headquarters
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Campbell Soup Company says its new Canadian headquarters will open in Mississauga, Ont. It will be located in the Airport Corporate Centre region, which is a 15-minute minute drive from its soon-to-be-closed Etobicoke manufacturing plant. The company decided to shutter the 87-year-old plant in January and cut 380 jobs, citing complications with retrofitting such an old building as the reason for... Read More

DavidsTea swings to loss on charges but says e-commerce improving

DavidsTea swings to loss on charges but says e-commerce improving
MONTREAL — DavidsTea Inc. says it swung to a loss in its last quarter as onerous contract charges and impairments weighed on its balance sheet. The specialty tea retailer says it had a loss of $16.1 million for the fourth quarter ending Feb. 3, compared with net income of $2 million for the same quarter last year. The company says the charges included... Read More

‘Dining of the future’: vegan restaurant boom fuelled by meat eaters

‘Dining of the future’: vegan restaurant boom fuelled by meat eaters
Foodies say Canada is in the midst of a renaissance in plant-based dining as vegan restaurants sprout up across the country and traditional establishments update their menus to make them more animal-friendly. But restaurateurs say the proliferation of options is being driven not by observant vegans, but by dabbling omnivores looking for appealing meat-free fare. “I think we’re living in kind... Read More

Supreme Court ruling corks B.C. vintners’ hopes for free trade of Canadian wines

Supreme Court ruling corks B.C. vintners’ hopes for free trade of Canadian wines
VANCOUVER — Officials representing wineries in British Columbia say they are disappointed by the Supreme Court of Canada ruling that upholds current interprovincial trade laws. Miles Prodan, the president and chief executive officer with the British Columbia Wine Institute, says the ruling is not the decision it was hoping for. He says the institute was optimistic the high court would instead clear... Read More

Charlize Theron’s celebrity palate gives Hamilton hot sauce company a boost

Charlize Theron’s celebrity palate gives Hamilton hot sauce company a boost
TORONTO — Hollywood actress Charlize Theron’s tasty endorsement is giving a Hamilton hot sauce some extra zing in their sales. After the “Mad Max: Fury Road” star chomped into a chicken wing covered in Dawson’s Hot Sauce, creator Brodie Dawson says bottles of the company’s Original Hot flavour experienced a spike in demand. The moment was captured on popular YouTube series “Hot Ones,” where celebrities drag their taste buds through... Read More

Tim Hortons HQ relocates to downtown Toronto from long-time Oakville, Ont., home

Tim Hortons HQ relocates to downtown Toronto from long-time Oakville, Ont., home
TORONTO — Tim Hortons is moving its headquarters from Oakville, Ont. to downtown Toronto. The fast food company says it will relocate to a 6000 square-metre space in the Exchange Tower in the city’s financial district. Tim Hortons president Alex Macedo says the move will bring it closer to business partners, enable it to better use technology to serve customers... Read More

Senior U.S. legislator: new NAFTA must lower Canada’s ‘dairy wall’

Senior U.S. legislator: new NAFTA must lower Canada’s ‘dairy wall’
WASHINGTON — A senior American lawmaker is pressing for changes that would open up Canada’s dairy market — and he wants them in place before his country agrees to any new NAFTA deal. Senior Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has sent a letter on the issue to U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer. Schumer says opening up the dairy market north of the border... Read More