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Pent-up Demand for Restaurant Dining in Canada Continues in April

Canadians made 75 million more foodservice visits in April compared to a year ago

Canadians made 75 million more foodservice visits this April than last year when most of the country was still in lockdown, reports The NPD Group. Online and physical visits to restaurants and other commercial foodservice outlets increased by 18% in April 2022 compared to a year ago, although still 10% below the pre-pandemic level in April 2019. Consumer spending at foodservice outlets, which reflects higher food and operational costs, is...

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Jun 3 9:14 AM, General News



Canadian Restaurants Enjoyed A Robust Return of Customers in the First Quarter

Full service restaurants benefitted from the pent-up demand to dine out

The Canadian foodservice industry continued to show promising recovery in the first quarter of 2022 compared to last year’s same quarter, reports The NPD Group. Physical and online visits to restaurants and commercial foodservice outlets increased by 18% in the first quarter compared to the same quarter last year, when traffic declined by 9% due to indoor dining restrictions. Consumer spending in the quarter grew by 27% compared to a year ago when spending declined by...

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May 6 8:19 AM, General News


Where's The Bacon? Wendy's Launches Breakfast Nationwide in Canada Today

Today is the day morning routines change forever with Wendy's® craveable breakfast menu launching nationwide in Canada, served from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.* To celebrate the launch, Wendy's is giving customers one less reason to hit snooze with a FREE hot cup of their soon-to-be favourite coffee all day long at participating locations through May 29.** Customers will not want to miss out because for the first time ever, Wendy's is serving a new signature medium-roast coffee blend uniquely crafted for Canadian customers...

 

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May 2 9:44 AM, General News


Lineage Logistics Expands Footprint in Canada Through Latest Acquisition

Lineage Logistics announced the acquisition of VersaCold Logistics Services, a Canadian cold chain solution provider from TorQuest Partners (“TorQuest”) and its co-investment partners, The Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (“IMCO”) and OPTrust on April 13.

VersaCold was founded in 1941 and has grown to run 24 temperature-controlled facilities comprising 114 million cubic feet of storage and 361,000 pallet positions. Its network spans nine provinces and features facilities in some of the key metropolitan markets in the country.

“Our acquisition of VersaCold represents yet another...

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Apr 13 11:03 AM, General News


As Soon As Pandemic Restrictions Lifted, Canadians Flooded Back Into Restaurants 

One of the most predictable behaviours that emerged over the past two years of the pandemic is Canadians will flood into restaurants as soon as restrictions lift, which happened in February, reports The NPD Group. Online and physical visits to Canadian restaurants and foodservice outlets increased by 17% in February compared to February 2021, when traffic declined by 23%. Despite the double-digit increase in visits, commercial foodservice traffic remains -9% below the pre-pandemic level in February 2020, according to NPD’s continual tracking of the Canadian foodservice industry...

 

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Apr 6 8:00 AM, General News


Digital Foodservice Ordering Continues to Accelerate in Canada

Digital foodservice ordering has been among the lifelines for Canadians throughout the pandemic. Although digital foodservice ordering was growing before the pandemic, the pandemic accelerated its growth, reports The NPD Group. Over the last two years, digital orders for carry-out and delivery from restaurants and other foodservice outlets have increased by 155%, according to NPD’s continual tracking of the Canadian foodservice industry.

Ordering through mobile apps represents the bulk of digital orders. In January 2022, mobile app orders represented 75% of all digital foodservice orders. 20% were internet orders, and 5%...

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Mar 21 8:00 AM, General News


Chipotle Launches Pollo Asado in the U.S. and Canada

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced its all new Pollo Asado is available at restaurants in the U.S. and Canada for a limited time. Pollo Asado is grilled fresh in Chipotle's kitchens using classic cooking techniques to build bright, craveable flavor. The protein is available at participating locations and via the Chipotle app, Chipotle.com, and third-party delivery partners.

An Entirely New Chicken Experience

Chipotle's first chicken menu innovation in its 29-year history, Pollo Asado's elevated flavor profile offers a new take on your go-to order. Grilled fresh and...

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Mar 11 8:00 AM, General News


Canada Raises Tariffs on Russian Goods; Closes Ports to Russian Ships Following Ukraine Invasion

The Canadian government is responding to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by dropping its Most-Favoured-Nation Tariff (MFN) treatment and closing its ports to Russian ships, a move that will hurt Russia’s pockets.

According to Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, Canada has issued the Most-Favoured-Nation Tariff Withdrawal Order (2022-1), removing Russia and Belarus’ MFN treatment, as announced on March 3...

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Mar 7 8:00 AM, General News


Wendy's Announces Breakfast Launch in Canada

Today, Wendy's® announced that breakfast will be available in all Wendy's restaurants across Canada this spring, entering a new daypart to offer Canadians what they deserve: a breakfast that does not cut corners. Say goodbye to dry English muffins, stale breakfast sandwiches, and see-through bacon, and wake up to a craveable made-to-order breakfast paired with a meticulously crafted cup of custom blended coffee made specifically for Canadian customers. From freshly cracked Canadian eggs on every sandwich, to savoury Applewood smoked bacon, freshly-cooked in every restaurant every day and biscuits...

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Feb 23 8:33 AM, General News


COVID Restrictions Thwarted the Canadian Foodservice Industry’s Expectations for a Strong Recovery

The Canadian foodservice industry entered 2021 hopeful that the industry could get back on track. The recovery seemed like it was heading in the right direction in the third quarter — with vaccination rates high, COVID infections low, and restrictions lifted, reports The NPD Group. Consumers were anxious to return to their favorite restaurants, and online and physical visits were within just five percentage points of where they were in the same quarter before the pandemic. But the onset of the omicron wave and the return of restrictions suppressed...

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Feb 14 8:25 AM, General News


Ghost Kitchen Brands Opens U.S.-Based Wow Bao to Locations Across Canada

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Feb 11 8:50 AM, General News


Technomic Releases 2022 Foodservice Predictions for the U.S., Canada and Global Markets

Technomic released three whitepapers uncovering 2022 foodservice predictions for the U.S., Canada and global markets. Navigating labor constraints, supply chain challenges and shifting consumer behaviors, operators will focus on adapting strategies and finding new innovative solutions.

Overall, Technomic predicts that industry recovery will continue in 2022, forecasting that the U.S. will surpass its 2019 sales level and Canada will be just 3% shy of pre-pandemic sales levels. From menu restructuring to rethinking the guest experience, operators across regions will reconsider priorities aligned with...

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Dec 10 8:33 AM, General News


Kraft Heinz Announces Intention to Combine U.S. and Canada Businesses to Form the North America Zone

The Kraft Heinz Company announced today that it will combine its U.S. and Canada businesses to create the North America Zone, which is expected to be effective in the second fiscal quarter of 2022. The move is meant to advance the global food and beverage leader’s long-term, sustainable growth plans—which were first outlined at its Investor Day event in September 2020—by bringing increased agility to its innovation agenda, operations, and go-to-market approach. The Company’s U.S. and Canada businesses...

 

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Dec 9 8:19 AM, General News


Maple Leaf Foods Announces National Bacon Month in December 

Maple Leaf Foods today declared December as National Bacon Month, a time to celebrate what Canadians have made clear in new polling: bacon is unquestionably one of Canada's favourite foods. The Canadian producer of top-quality natural pork bacon products released an array of sizzling new facts and statistics to mark the beginning of National Bacon Month and the leadup to National Bacon Day on December 30.

The results are in: Canadians are 'hog wild' over bacon!

Bacon's story dates back to 1500 B.C in China, where pork belly was...

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Dec 1 8:59 AM, General News


Carry-out, Drive-thru, and Delivery Continue As Growth Areas for the Canadian Restaurant Industry

Online and physical visits to Canadian restaurants and foodservice outlets were flat in the year ending September 2021 compared to a year ago when traffic was down double-digits. Helping the industry recover was the growth in foodservice off-premises orders from carry-out, drive-thru, and delivery, reports The NPD Group. Although foodservice traffic has improved from the steep declines experienced last year, visits were 18% below the pre-pandemic level in September 2019, according to NPD’s continual tracking of the Canadian foodservice industry...

 

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Nov 24 8:19 AM, General News


Canadian Plant-Based Meat, Seafood Producer Launches Products in Australia, New Zealand

Plant-based food company Modern Meat, based in Vancouver announced it has finalized an agreement with Viveri Pty to produce and distribute its portfolio of meat and seafood alternatives through Viveri's distribution network located in Australia.

Modern Meat said Viveri will market and sell the plant-based options to retailers across all channels including supermarkets, natural grocers, independents and e-commerce.

"It's an exciting time for Modern Meat as we take our wholesome plant-based products to a growing market overseas, stated Tara Haddad, Founder of Modern...

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Nov 23 10:27 AM, General News


Canada’s Foodservice Industry Recovery Overall Is Steady in August, But Has Some Declines

Canada’s commercial foodservice industry remained on a stable course to recovery in August, reports The NPD Group. In August, online and physical visits to restaurants and other foodservice outlets increased by +16% compared to August 2020 and were down -4% compared to the pre-pandemic level in August 2019. Consumer spending increased by +23% in August compared to the same month year ago and is up +1% from August 2019.

While total foodservice traffic and consumer spending continued to improve in August, the...

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Sep 30 8:35 AM, General News


Beyond Meat® Introducing Plant-Based Beyond Breakfast Sausage® Links at All Big Retailers in Canada

Beyond Meat®, a leader in plant-based protein, is shaking up the breakfast game in Canada by launching plant-based Beyond Breakfast Sausage® Links in grocery stores nationwide, marking Beyond Meat’s entry into the Canadian retail breakfast category. Consumers can find the savoury plant-based sausage links at all major retailers across Canada, making it easier than ever to enjoy Beyond Meat’s delicious, nutritious and sustainable plant-based proteins any time of day.

Beyond Breakfast Sausage Links are crafted to...

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Sep 30 8:29 AM, General News


Chipotle Launches Smoked Brisket In The United States And Canada

Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced Smoked Brisket will be available at U.S. and Canada restaurants for a limited time. Made with Responsibly Raised® beef, the new protein is smoked to perfect tenderness, charred on the grill, and seasoned with Mexican spices, including fire-roasted jalapenos and chipotle chili peppers. The protein is hand-chopped and finished with a new Brisket sauce made with smoky chili peppers.

Brisket: The Chipotle Way
Brisket has been consistently among the top requested menu items by Chipotle guests. Over the past two years, Chipotle's...

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Sep 21 8:30 AM, General News


Olymel to Permanently Close Henryville Pork Processing Plant 

Olymel management has announced the permanent closure of its Henryville, pork further processing plant in the Montérégie region. This decision will take effect on November 12 under the provisions of Quebec’s Labor Standards Act and will result in the abolition of 29 jobs. The employees affected by this decision, most of whom are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 501, were all informed this morning through a meeting and a personalized letter. All employees will be offered relocation in nearby Olymel facilities in the Montérégie region.

“Closing a facility is always a difficult decision. However, after careful evaluation of our capacities and needs in this production sector, we have concluded that...

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Sep 20 8:29 AM, General News


Zoglo's Incredible Food Corp. Appoints Consumer Retail Industry Veteran as Board Chairman

Zoglo's Incredible Food Corp. is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Del Duca as Chairman of the Board replacing incumbent David Sugarman who will be stepping down for personal matters.

Paul Del Duca is a consumer retail industry veteran with a career spanning over 40 years in leadership roles with A&P Canada, Dominion Stores, Metro Inc., Sobeys Canada, Walmart Canada, and Wilson's Transport. By applying an informed, multilateral approach, he has led multiple teams, businesses, and corporations to successful, measurable results. Del Duca has also...

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Sep 13 9:34 AM, General News


Zoglo's Incredible Food Corp. Adds Canadian Food Industry Icon David Jeffs to Board of Directors

Zoglo's Incredible Food Corp. is pleased and honoured to announce the addition of Canadian Food Industry expert, David Jeffs, to its Board of Directors.

David Jeffs has enjoyed a 28-year career with Loblaw Companies Limited fulfilling numerous senior level positions, including President, Westfair Foods, and Executive Vice President, Loblaw Companies - National Retail. David has spent his most recent years leading major efforts with the Perennial Group of Companies, the Performance Sports Group, US Foods, and Sobeys Inc. He is also currently active in...

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Sep 9 8:38 AM, General News


Lightlife and Pizza Pizza Partner to Add Plant-Based Chicken to the Menu

Greenleaf Foods, SPC, owner of leading plant-based brands Lightlife and Field Roast announced a partnership with Canadian pizza chain and quick-serve restaurant leader, Pizza Pizza. Available now, Pizza Pizza is expanding its plant-based menu offerings by adding plant-based chicken items for the first time, including a Lightlife Plant-Based Chick’n Sandwich and Plant-Based Chick’n Bites.

“Lightlife is excited to partner with Pizza Pizza to offer consumers something they can enjoy without compromise: a delicious and satisfying breaded plant-based chicken made with simple ingredients they can feel good about,” said Dan Curtin, President of Greenleaf Foods, SPC.

For over 50 years, Pizza Pizza has been serving Canadians using...

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Aug 26 8:27 AM, General News


Tom Curtis Appointed President of Burger King U.S. & Canada

José Cil, CEO of Restaurant Brands International, today announced that industry veteran Tom Curtis has been appointed President of Burger King U.S. & Canada.

“Tom joined us a few months ago and has quickly established a strong leadership position in the business and trust with our franchisees, informed by his 35 years of previous restaurant experience as both a franchisee and senior operations executive,” said José Cil. “Tom will lead the acceleration of our business to deliver on our vision that Burger King should always be our guests’ first choice for a..."

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Aug 24 8:47 AM, General News


Zoglo's Incredible Food Corp. to List Its New Product Line with Walmart Canada

Zoglo's Incredible Food Corp. announced that it will be listing its plant-based food products from its new Incredible product line in select Walmart Canada locations across the country.

Founded in 1994, Walmart Canada is part of Walmart Inc.'s International portfolio, with 408 retail locations including...

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Aug 17 8:27 AM, General News


Meatless Farm Offers Plant-Based Burger on Chefs Plate’s Menu, Expanding Availability

Meatless Farm today announced the launch of its plant-based protein option on Chefs Plate’s menu. Effective today, consumers across Canada are able to select the Meatless Farm patty as a recipe option with Chefs Plate, marking the first time the meal kit company has offered plant-based substitutions on its weekly menu.

Meatless Farm is featured in the Naked Veggie Cheeseburger meal option for its first week, with many recipes to come including Loaded Sweet Potatoes, Korean Bowls, Skillet Mexican Bowls and more. This represents an exciting...

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Aug 16 9:11 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: Chicken Exports: It’s A Matter of Perspective

With June’s export figures hot off the press, players are turning to the charts as they reflect on the conclusion of Q2...

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Aug 16 8:27 AM, Urner Barry


Wendy's and REEF Announce Development Commitment for 700 Delivery Kitchens

The Wendy's Company and REEF – the largest operator of mobility, logistics hubs and kitchens – today announced a new development commitment to open and operate 700 delivery kitchens over the next five years across the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. The commitment builds upon the successful test of eight delivery kitchens in Canada beginning in late 2020. Through this commitment, REEF will become the first Wendy's® franchisee in the United Kingdom.

Wendy's and REEF expect to open approximately 50 delivery kitchens in 2021, with the remainder launched by 2025...

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Aug 13 8:43 AM, General News


ANALYSIS: June Turkey Exports Run the Gamut

Although four of our largest trade partners continue to display encouraging year-over-year (YoY) advancements in both volume and value, the most recent monthly data through the end of June was a little more mixed...

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Aug 12 8:34 AM, Urner Barry


Canada’s Foodservice Industry Shows Promising Recovery in the Second Quarter Compared to Last Year

Through lockdowns, COVID-19 restrictions, and eventual reopening, Canadians released their pent-up demand and ordered from or visited restaurants and other foodservice outlets in the April-May-June quarter reports The NPD Group. Consumer spending at restaurants and other foodservice outlets increased by +43% in the second quarter of the year compared to the same quarter last year when spending declined by -41% from the year before. Visits, dining in and off-premises orders, improved by +31% compared to the second quarter year ago when traffic declined by -36%, according to NPD’s continual tracking of the foodservice industry.

Each area of the commercial foodservice market is recovering at a different pace. Quick service restaurants (QSR), many of which had well-developed off-premises services like carry-out and...

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Aug 12 8:33 AM, General News


Zoglo's Incredible Food Corp. Partners with Tree of Life Canada to Expand Distribution Across Canada

Zoglo's Incredible Food Corp. announced that it is partnering with Tree of Life Canada ("TOL") to provide distribution and sales services to bring Zoglo's range of 100% plant-based food products to retailers and food service outlets across Canada.

Acquired in 2010 by Chicago-based KeHE Distributors, TOL services health conscious Canadian consumers living a wholesome, healthy and ethically responsible lifestyle with a retail sales team of over 140 individuals, including...

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Aug 6 8:21 AM, General News


Beyond Meat Expands Partnership with A&W Canada to Launch Plant-Based Chicken Nuggets

Beyond Meat announced another milestone in its partnership with A&W Canada with the introduction of Beyond Meat Nuggets. The launch taps into the growing consumer demand for chicken from quick-service restaurants as well as an increased demand for plant-based proteins. 

Beyond Meat Nuggets offer the same experience as traditional chicken nuggets while offering 18 grams of plant-based protein per six pieces. Like all Beyond Meat products, Beyond Meat Nuggets are made from...

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Aug 5 8:26 AM, General News


Zoglo's Incredible Food Corp. Announces 12 New Products into the Canadian Retail Market

Zoglo's Incredible Food Corp. announced the introduction of 12 new plant-based food products from its Incredible™ product line into the Canadian retail market. The new products are designed to provide customers with plant-based alternatives for existing consumer favourites such as shawarma, meatballs, chicken tenders and strips.

"We are very pleased to be expanding our product line in Canada and look forward to Zoglo's continuing to...

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Jul 29 8:26 AM, General News


Canada’s Restaurant Count Declined by 5,000 Units in 2020

Before the pandemic, Canada’s restaurant count held steady at 66,000 units since 2016, but then 2020 happened, and the industry lost 5,000 units, a decline of -8%, reports The NPD Group. Independent restaurants lost 3,000 units, representing the bulk of the slide, according to NPD’s ReCount®2020 restaurant census, which tracked Canadian restaurants opened as of December 2020.

The restaurant categories hardest hit by closures are those that relied heavily on customers’ regular day-to-day routines, such as shopping, working, or schooling... 

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Jul 26 8:24 AM, General News


Maple Leaf Foods to Purchase Four Saskatchewan Pig Farms

Maple Leaf Foods announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase four pig farms in central Saskatchewan from a group of companies known as Polar Pork. The acquisition will enhance Maple Leaf Foods' overall pig supply and substantially increase its pig production capacity in the province.

The purchase, which is expected to close in June 2022 subject to satisfaction of closing conditions, includes two sow barns and two nursery barns with the potential to supply approximately 140,000 pigs to Maple Leaf Foods. The security of supply that this strategic acquisition provides to Maple Leaf Foods is directly tied to its plans to continue to grow production at its flagship pork processing plant in Brandon, Manitoba in order to increase...

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Jul 1 8:13 AM, General News


Jollibee Announces the Launch of New Jollibee Ordering App

Jollibee announced the launch of its new Jollibee Ordering App. The ordering platform allows new customers and Jollibee fans to order the brand's food directly from their mobile devices. The app supports orders for delivery and in-store pickup and is live across the United States and Canada now via the Apple App Store and Google Play.

To celebrate the launch of the new app, Jollibee is running a two-week promotion giving customers the brand's Peach Mango Pie for free on every order placed with an account through the new platform. This offer can be redeemed by entering the promo code "JoyOnline" at checkout. The promotion is currently...

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Jun 30 8:17 AM, General News


Maple Leaf Foods Completes Purchase of Ontario Poultry Plant and Associated Supply

Maple Leaf Foods completed its previously announced purchase of a poultry processing plant located near Schomberg, Ontario, together with the associated poultry supply.

The purchase was completed in accordance with the exercise of a put option by the vendors, Certm Inc. and certain related companies, which was part of a 2018 purchase and...

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Jun 28 8:43 AM, General News


General Assembly Pizza and Impossible Foods Kick Off Relationship with Impossible Pizza Launch

General Assembly Holdings Limited launches the new Impossible Pizza. The naturally leavened pie features a New York-inspired flavour profile and fennel-spiced Impossible™ product, made from plants. The collaboration marks Canada’s first wood-fired Impossible Pizza experience and kicks off a multi-channel brand relationship. The Impossible Pizza will be available to Torontonians at GA Pizza’s waterfront patio location—a summer-long satellite restaurant at Harbourfront Centre’s The Slip.

Khaleed Juma, GA Pizza’s Chief Marketing Officer, is ecstatic about the synergy between the brands, and says: “The relationship between GA Pizza and Impossible Foods paves the way for a new wave of menu innovation. Our Pizza People are hungry for flexitarian options that don’t sacrifice quality, nutrition, and most importantly...

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Jun 28 8:36 AM, General News







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