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June 3, 2020

Food Service Solutions has been appointed the Canadian distributor Graco Inc.’s SaniSpray HP products effective June 2, 2020.  SaniSpray from Graco Inc. is the industry’s first airless high production piece of equipment built specifically for your sanitizing and disinfecting needs. SaniSpray is designed to deliver consistent coverage, without drips and runs, so that you can achieve effective and safe results. Don’t leave your success to chance. Inconsistent and insufficient coverage of sanitizer needed to kill harmful viruses is often the result with other application methods.


Fast, effective and efficientapplication on key surfaces by SaniSpray works to ensure a safe environment for staff and guests. HP sprayers from Graco, just spray and let dry using any Health Canada-approved chemical, including food grade certified sanitizers.


We’re thrilled to represent the SaniSpray HP line in Canada. As our industry morphs into the next phase, customers visiting restaurants or larger venues will remain concerned with the risks associated with COVID-19. To win them back, they need to feel safe and know the facility is effectively sanitized", commented Chris Koehler, president of Food Service Solutions Inc. 

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (June 3rd, 2020): A step between Tequila and Mezcal, experience the rich, earthy notes of Sotol - a pure-distilled spirit 15 years in the making - from award-winning IZO Spirits. Founded by Mexico native Gaston Martinez, IZO offers premium, flavorful spirits produced sustainably right in the heart of rural Durango, according to centuries of tradition. Now, released as part of the complete IZO collection, Sotol adds a rich depth to fan-favorite cocktails and offers a subtle smokiness perfect for sipping.

“This is the only IZO spirit not made from agave,” explains Martinez. “But you simply can’t have a true Mexican-inspired collection without the depth and light sweetness of traditional Sotol.”

Named for the round-shaped root of the silver-blue plant from which it is made, IZO Sotol comes from the Desert Spoon found among the high desert landscape of Northern Mexico. While agave matures at roughly eight years, flowering only once and producing around five bottles of Tequila per plant, the Desert Spoon blooms every few years of its 15-year lifespan and produces just one precious bottle of Sotol. At maturity, relying on a similar process to Mezcal, the IZO Jimadores remove the outer leaves, and extract the  piña (or “heart”), which is then slow cooked in a lava lined pit, fired by hand selected local Oak. The juice is then fermented and distilled twice to produce a clean, smooth Sotol from start to finish.

Considered the official drink of Chihuahua, Coahuila, and Martinez’s own home town of Durango, Sotol is best enjoyed by the sip to experience its full flavor. It can also be used in place of Tequila for a sophisticated twist on a variety of cocktails. Try it in a refreshingly simple Sotol and Sage - an upgrade on the classic summer Mojito:

●  1 oz lime juice

●  ½ oz agave nectar

●  2 oz IZO Sotol

●  2-4 oz soda water

●  5-10 fresh Sage leaves

Muddle lime juice and Sage leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, the agave nectar, IZO Sotol, and soda water. Shake gently to combine, then strain over a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with a spritz of soda water, garnish with a Sage leaf and enjoy.

Explore the clean taste of traditional IZO Sotol, along with a full collection of IZO agave spirits - including Mezcal Joven, Mezcal Ensamble, Mezcal Reposado, Mezcal Añejo, and Tequila Extra Añejo Cristalino - at Taste the proud tradition of agave spirits sustainably distilled “from ground to glass,” ensuring consistent, perfectly-balanced flavor. Discover the rich history behind the full-bodied IZO Agave Spirits collection, along with refreshing cocktail recipes, at

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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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