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June 3, 2020

Canada’s monthly wine drinking population reined in their spending on wine during the recent lockdown period as the opportunity for social occasions fell drastically, according to new research from Wine Intelligence.


During the lockdown period, the majority of Canadians polled in a nationally representative survey of 1,000 monthly wine drinkers in Canada during April 2020 said they had reduced the amount of money they spent on a bottle of wine, according to Wine Intelligence’s Canada Covid-19 Impact Report, published today.

Spend per bottle in Canada has been rising for several years. In the same survey, 25% of Canadians said they would normally spend over CAD 16 on a bottle of wine for an informal occasion and 51% said they would spend over CAD 16 on a bottle for a formal or social occasion, up from 21% and 49% respectively in March 2019.

Unlike in other markets such as the United States, where lockdown has precipitated a surge in the amount of wine purchased, Canadian wine drinkers say they have not made significant changes to the amount of wine they buy for home consumption. However, the survey evidence shows that wine drinkers have maintained their total number of wine drinking occasions, which suggests that the wine previously being consumed in on-premise was being replaced with additional off-premise purchases.

When asked about their intentions once the virus lockdown ended, Canadian wine drinkers appear to be, on balance, quite reluctant to re-engage with social activities out of home. When permitted to do so, 39% of respondents said they would be less likely to visit a restaurant than before lockdown, while 42% said they would be less likely to visit a bar. 


The Wine Intelligence Canada COVID-19 Impact Report will be available for purchase later today. It includes latest insights pre, during and predicted post COVID-19 restrictions, including drinks repertoire, wine buying and consumption behaviours, brand health and lifestyle behaviour changes.

Commenting on the report, Wine Intelligence COO Richard Halstead said: “Canadian wine drinkers are showing a lot of caution when it comes to post-lockdown activities. Bars and restaurants, and the businesses that rely on their trade, will need to make extra effort to re-engage with their customer bases to fill their tables as coronavirus-related restrictions ease.


“The wine industry is well aware of how important the on-premise is to its livelihood, not just as a revenue source but as an important showcase for aspirational and interesting products.”





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June 1, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) Plastics Packaging Working Group has persisted towards its objectives, despite being unable to meet in person throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Following research, analysis and consultations, the group has now published its Preferred Plastics Guide.


In the summer of 2019, CPMA surveyed members of the Plastics Packaging Working Group on the usage of plastic materials for produce packaging. Subsequent analysis, supported by the evaluation of domestic and international developments and trends in packaging, resulted in the creation of the CPMA Preferred Plastics Guide – May 2020 edition. This guide is intended to help inform and support CPMA members in their packaging decision making processes, and will be updated as developments in packaging materials, design and recycling capabilities warrant.


Within the guide, plastics have been placed in one of three categories:

  • Preferred – Given the potential or existing capability to recycle or reuse, CPMA members will continue to use the identified plastics and consider them as viable replacements for plastics identified as “unfavourable.”
  • Minimize – Although some recyclability or reuse may be possible, CPMA members will investigate alternatives or substitution for the identified plastics or continue their use where required.
  • Unfavourable – Due to a lack of recyclability or effective reuse, CPMA members will seek to eliminate or replace the identified plastics by a defined period.


Additionally, the Preferred Plastics Guide offers considerations on labels, packaging design and form, plastic substitutes, bioplastics, and renewable-based packaging materials.


Click here to access the CPMA Preferred Plastics Guide.


The CPMA Plastics Packaging Working Group is continuing work towards a more comprehensive material selection guide, expected to be released by the end of summer 2020.

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Mississauga, ON, Canada, June, 2020 – TOA Canada Corporation, a commercial audio and security equipment manufacturer, understands that the landscape of Audio/Video products and solutions is ever changing and becoming more and more dependent on the “One System” design. Throughout this evolution, integration between manufactures has become a key factor is the success of many products. TOA continues to work with their Technology Partners and other manufacturers to ensure that our equipment can integrate well with other systems.

Kramer Electronics produces one of the most popular systems to control A/V equipment and their controllers work seamlessly with TOA Mixers and DSP’s. “We believe that this information needs to be disseminated to our dealers and end users across Canada” said Product Support Manager Mike Venner,” It’s a key advantage we have that allows our equipment too easily integrate with the Kramer Control System.” When selecting Kramer Control as the “brains” of you’re A/V system, users have access to drivers for the following TOA products,

- 9000M2 Mixer/Amplifier series.

- M-864D Multi Channel Digital Mixer

- D-901 Digital Mixer

Integrating TOA products with Kramer Control is easy. With the control drivers accessible through Kramer Control Programming Software, there is no need to build a long list of product drivers on programming PCs. In addition, these drivers are fully created and supported by Kramer so you can count on easy integration.

The Kramer Control system displays an intuitive and easy to use interface that is very versatile to control TOA’s equipment. The individual now has full access to operate and adjust the systems audio commands on the TOA equipment through the Kramer control panel. This is especially convenient when operating our high functioning 9000M2 series amplifier that has many capabilities.

Our company strives to provide the A/V market the capabilities to use our reliable equipment in all types of projects. Kramer realizes the value of having TOA’s products integrate well with their solutions and continues to develop the drivers to allow this.

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Montréal, May 28th, 2020 - Moët Hennessy in Canada has launched a national program entitled Coming Together to support its local partners during the pandemic. Due to COVID-19, the hospitality sector has been heavily impacted, and the livelihood of bartenders, restauranteurs and service staff has been uprooted as they navigate this new reality.  As part of the food and beverage community, Moët Hennessy in Canada is supporting its partners through their Coming Together initiative withThe Maison Hennessy donating $50,000 CAD to the Bartenders Benevolent Fund, in recognition of the hardships the hospitality community is currently facing.

“The Maison Hennessy is proud to support the Bartenders Benevolent Fund as it directly benefits the community we are a part of,” says Veronique Gonneville, national communications director of Moët Hennessy in Canada. “The non-profit organization was created by industry members to benefit bartenders, servers and front of house support staff in the hospitality industry across Canada.”

The national Coming Together program is a multi-faceted campaign aimed at supporting the hospitality community through local and national initiatives that will continue throughout 2020.

Coming Together with Moët Hennessy in Canada is our way to thank our friends in the food and beverage industry that have supported us in immeasurable ways,” says Alexis de Calonne, managing director of Moët Hennessy in Canada. “We know that many of our partners are facing unprecedented challenges at this time, and we are committed to being there for them, both with unique initiatives and financial donations.”

Campaign elements include:

  • #HENNESSYMYWAY – The Maison Hennessy is committed to supporting its mixology community as part of a global initiative titled, #HENNESSYMYWAY. Fifty Canadian bartenders will be engaged to showcase their mixology skills and will be offered a direct donation of $500 CAD and a branded Hennessy gift package. Bartenders will share a 30-second social media video showcasing how they enjoy Hennessy their way for a chance to be featured on
  • The Coming Together Cocktail ProjectMoët Hennessy in Canadawill support its trade partners through a national initiative titled, “The Coming Together Cocktail Project” featuring cocktail recipes from Canada’s top 50 mixologists. In addition to providing remuneration to participants, the initiative aims to raise funds via the sale of a high-gloss coffee table or digital magazine, which will be available at key retailers across Canada later this year, with all proceeds benefiting the Canadian cocktail creators.
  • Coming Together Instagram Live Cocktail Sessions To inspire creativity and at-home mixology, Moët Hennessy in Canada is hosting weekly Coming Together Instagram Live cocktail sessions educating social media audiences on the essentials of cocktail making with brand ambassador Sabrine Dhaliwal and a special guest joining each week. Moët Hennessy will make a charitable donation to each guest’s charity of choice. Cocktail sessions take place every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. PST on Sabrine’s Instagram page: @sabrinedhaliwal
  • Restaurant & Catering PartnershipsTo support local trade partners, Moët Hennessy in Canada is designing bespoke consumer packages and promotions to create memorable at-home experiences featuring elements like virtual tastings, surprise guests and more.

The most recent collaboration with features luxurious at-home dining experiences that include a virtual product tasting component with a Moët Hennessy brand ambassador. Partial proceeds will support select Canadian charities and their efforts during COVID-19.

For more information about the national Coming Together campaign, follow along and use hashtag #ComingTogether.


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