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Restaurants Canada urges government at all levels across the country to take more immediate action on recommendations


TORONTO, March 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A Restaurants Canada survey of foodservice businesses across the country has revealed many are considering closing down permanently in the wake of COVID-19.

Facing a new reality of little-to-no income without a clear end date in sight, more than 90 per cent of respondents said they are very worried about the next three months. Most said they need help from government.

“Our immediate priority is to maintain liquidity for foodservice businesses, who employ 1.2 million workers across the country,” said Shanna Munro, Restaurants Canada President and CEO. ”We commend the necessary actions that various levels of government have taken to keep Canadians safe and are encouraged by measures announced so far to mitigate the disruptive economic impacts of COVID-19. Given the devastating losses that most restaurants have experienced and are anticipating, they urgently need more immediate support to continue serving their communities during this crisis and beyond.”

On behalf of the country’s more than 90,000 foodservice establishments, Restaurants Canada recommends strengthening relief in the following areas so that restaurants can survive the unprecedented challenges they’re facing:

  • Loans and mortgages: Further coordination with the banking sector is needed to make more flexible arrangements readily available, including payment-free periods.
  • Rent: Flexible arrangements are needed from landlords to allow for payment-free periods. Foodservice operators are looking for a coordinated effort led by government, coupled with no-eviction orders from municipalities to relieve pressure.
  • Taxes: More flexibility as well as a certain level of relief on sales tax payments are needed, as deferrals may contribute to long-term challenges. Flexibility and relief are also critically needed on property taxes at the municipal level.
  • Labour: Increased assistance is needed from government to avoid laying off staff during periods of little-to-no revenue. More information and support is also needed to help staff who are temporarily out of work access benefits.

“Every day we continue to hear incredible stories about how foodservice operators and our supply chain partners are supporting their communities through these extraordinary times,” added Munro. “We’re stronger together.”

Restaurants Canada is eager to continue collaborating with all levels of government toward more immediate solutions that will ensure foodservice businesses can continue to play a vital role for Canadians.

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March 17, 2020

To our valued guests,

In light of current messaging surrounding COVID-19 and to keep safety in the forefront of our business, effective today at 5pm we are suspending draught sales in the PEI Brewing Company Taproom and focusing on retail beer for pick up only. 

Reminder: The PEI Brewing Company Taproom will reduce hours from Monday to Saturday 1pm – 9pm and Sundays from 12pm -5 pm, the Gahan Beer Store will be operating on regular hours and the PEIBC Beer Station will remain closed until further notice.

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March 17, 2020

We are almost through March. The long dark winter days are ending. Winter is not the best time in the beer business. However we have been able to take part in several events such as the Burlington Winter Beer Festival, The Sequin Sled Dog Mail Run and others. We appreciate very much that many members of our community continue to utilize our event space, including service clubs such as The South River Lions Club, Almaguin Chamber of Commerce, EMS training sessions, The South River tourism development group, South River/Machar Public Library, Yoga classes, and the many local musicians who have presented concerts at the brewery. 


You have brightened our winter.

Please respect the precautions of health officials and be safe,


We do disinfect all brewing equipment and do ATP testing (a test that measures actively growing microorganisms) to ensure cleanliness. All beer cans are cleaned during the packaging process . We have implemented the use of latex gloves when packing online orders.


We will be cancelling all brewery tours until further notice due to the fact COVID-19 can live up to 3 days on stainless steel.


Highlander plans to continue working through the current COVID-19 crisis. Those of you who have visited our brewery know that cleanliness and health and safety have always been our priority. If it puts you at ease and you do not wish to go to the LCBO or the Beer Store to get beer you can order on line and we will pay delivery charges to your house on a case of 24 ($7.00 delivery charge for lesser quantities) .

You can also order on line and send beer to someone else in the province of Ontario.

We had a great time taking part of the Seguin Sled Dog Mail Run. The Seguin Sled Dog Mail run has taken place every year in Frebruary since 1965. “Sledvelopes” with letters prepared especially for this event are gathered, loaded onto sleds and hauled by several dog teams to Rosseau, 17 km through the bush on groomed trails. We made a special beer for the event. It was well received. We all had a great time.

We want to introduce you to Ms. Kaitlin Neideck, who is an apprentice Brewer at Highlander. Ms. Neideckcomes to us from Australia. She moved to South River several years ago. She has enrolled in the diploma program operated on line by CTS Career College Brewer Technician Programme 

Ms. Neideck will complete the on line section and the on site training by mid summer. She already has undertaken several brews on her own. We appreciate her attitude and enthusiasm very much. She will receive her diploma in the summer and be an even more important member of the Highlander team.

Red Beerd Festival- May 23, 2020 in North Bay.

Preview show April 11- Voyageur Inn

Highlander, along with the breweries of Northern Ontario, is producing The Red Beerd Festival. The event is the idea of our good friend Kerry McEwen, Red Beerd. Kerry helps us at all our beer shows across the province. Kerry also will curate the show by working with the Northern Ontario breweries to provide an excellent range of quality beers for the festival.

We have a quite a line up of musicians for a special Cabaret being held in a separate music room away from the crowd. 

 There will be a special preview mini festival held on April 11 at the Voyageur Inn in anticipation of the larger event at the Granite Club on May 23.

You can get tickets on line .

Please visit the website

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PORTLAND, Ore.March 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastside Distilling, Inc. (NASDAQ: EAST) today announced expanded distribution in Florida and California for the Company's Azuñia Tequila, Burnside Bourbon and Hue-Hue Coffee Rum (pronounced Way-Way) brands. The expansion of these brands leverages the Company's distribution capabilities in each market, which are led by Eastside's Redneck Riviera Whiskey and Granny Rich RSV.

In Florida, Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), in addition to Redneck Riviera Whiskey and Granny Rich RSV, will begin distributing Eastside's award-winning Azuñia Tequila, Burnside Whiskey and Hue-Hue Coffee Rum products in the fast-growing tequila, bourbon and cordial categories.

In California, where the RNDC/Young's Market partnership distributes Redneck Riviera Whiskey and Azuñia Tequila in the market, consumers will now be introduced to both the Burnside Bourbon portfolio and Hue-Hue Coffee Rum.

"This expands our suite of products in two of our largest markets," said Eastside President Robert Manfredonia. "These award-winning brands are all fantastic. I'm sure they will resonate well with the customer bases in Florida and California." 

Hue-Hue Coffee Rum is an exciting new cordial made with cold-brew fair-trade, single-origin Arabica coffee beans grown at the Finca El Paternal Estate in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, and proudly sourced & lightly roasted through Portland Roasting Company. The concentrated brew is then blended with premium silver rum and a trace amount of Demerara sugar in a memorable marriage of flavors, giving Hue-Hue a natural, deep, smooth richness.

Burnside Whiskey is a collection of four expressions meticulously blended straight bourbons and whiskeys ranging in ages and mash-bills all kissed by glorious Oregon White Oak, aka Quercus garryanna.

Azuñia Tequila is a timeless expression of the heritage and traditional processes of our family farm in the heart of Mexico. Rancho Miravalle, our agave farm and tequila distillery, located in the heart of the Tequila Valley, produces our organic, premium, and award-winning 100 percent Weber Blue Agave tequilas through sustainable farming practices and with no additives, nothing artificial, no sugar, and no GMOs. The result is smooth, authentic Azuñia tequila.

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March 13, 2020

From the Executive Director

In light of the recent developments with the spread of Coronavirus we all must take diligent and extreme measures to ensure our patrons and staff are in a safe environment. We feel that the best course of action is to have all the necessary tools and measures in place in order to provide a safe and positive environment for guests to enjoy a great meal in a casual environment and our staff to work in a stress free and knowledge based workplace. We will continue to provide feedback on the development of this virus and how it effects our industry. Your MRFA staff is here to provide any guidance and feedback as needed. I am consistently in contact with the Provincial health protection unit and our industry partners to ensure you have the latest in operational information. While it is difficult to assuage the fears of the public concerning the spread of this virus, ensuring your establishment is following hygienic practices as outlined below can help patrons feel safe.

What is 2019-nCoV Coronavirus?

2019-nCoV (Coronavirus) is virus that causes the COVID-19 respiratory illness. It was first detected in Wuhan, China. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. Typically, respiratory viruses are most contagious when an individual is most symptomatic, but there have been reports of the virus spreading when the affected individual does not show any symptoms.

Can the coronavirus be spread through food, including refrigerated or frozen food?

According to the CDC, “Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food.”

How are restaurants responding across Canada?

The foodservice industry follows strict local public health guidelines. To meet these guidelines, restaurants have safety protocols and best practices in place including guidance from Health Canada. Owners and operators should continually refer to the Government of Manitoba website for the latest advisories/information about Coronavirus in Manitoba. The Association also has obtained a fact sheet from Restaurants Canada with information specific to our industry. Post in all accessible areas to ensure everyone in your establishment is aware of all signs of potential infection. Completion of a facility prevention audit is a great way to show due diligence in ensuring your establishment is prepared.

What can we all do?

Health Canada suggests that people take the same steps they would to keep from getting the flu: get a flu vaccine, take everyday preventative actions – like washing your hands often – and contact health links at 204-788-8200 or toll-free 1-888-315-9257 when you are sick and ensure that your employee’s feel safe and open to stay home if they suffer symptoms. Below are posters from Restaurants Canada that you can post in your facility to aid in effective staff sanitizing procedures.

1) How to wash your hands properly?

2) How to Disinfect your hands properly?

3) Hand Hygiene poster


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