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May 1, 2020

It’s going to be an uphill battle for the Canadian foodservice industry, and we need to work together and support each other in these difficult times. 

Each week, we'll be sharing chef stories, challenges and shifts being made in their businesses. Along with any key learnings and innovative solutions they have to share, because we're all in this together!

Chef Craig Flinn
2 Doors Down
Halifax, ON

With creativity and adaptability hand-in-hand, Chef Craig Flinn and his team are taking their already seasonally changing dishes one step further. They're diving into the world of home meal replacements and curbside connections with customers.

Chef Lee Cooper
Vancouver, BC

The crew at Chef Lee Cooper's L’Abattoir is helping their city keep up with proper meals, even Sunday brunch, through food deliveries and pre-ordered meal kits.

Chef Chris Kalisperas
Toronto, ON

Chef Chris Kalisperas wasn't willing to let Torontonians go without his restaurant trifecta's offerings. From partnerships with a local like-minded business, food apps to curbside pick-ups, he's doing everything possible to get orders filled from MAMAKAS, Bar Koukla and Happy Burger.

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North America, April 29, 2020A.C. ProMedia, distributor of state-of-the-art products and technologies aimed at the Fixed Installation & Architainment Markets is pleased to introduce to the North American Marketplace the NMP40 - Audio Streaming SourceCon™ Module by AUDAC.

AUDAC’s NMP40 - Audio Streaming SourceCon™ Module is a revolutionary audio streaming solution that allows you to connect your professional audio installation with the industry’s leading streaming services.

This module works with industry streaming leaders, including Spotify and compatible Soundtrack Your Brand allowing the user to stream music straight to your professional sound system directly from the cloud while using your computer or mobile device only as a controller. Soundtrack Your Brand allows you to connect your professional audio system to the world’s largest catalogue of licensed music for public and commercial spaces. Spotify allows users to access the most popular streaming service on the market. More streaming services will be added in the near future.

This module is a great addition to the ever-growing SourceCon™ range that AUDAC has to offer. Earlier SourceCon™ modules, for example, internet radio, voice files are already used worldwide due to their modular character and versatility.

While keeping true to the SourceCon™ mindset the NMP40 can easily be installed in a compatible device such as AUDAC’s XMP44 (SourceCon™ Professional Modular Audio System) without the need for additional configuration or setup. Installation is easily done by sliding the modules into guide rails. This allows a simple and fast installation without requiring additional internal wiring or complex configuration.

When inserted, the module its plug & play, the module is instantly installed, discovered, and ready for operation. The same counts for its discovery in the preferred streaming solution. If the module is connected to the same network, it will be automatically discovered on a mobile device or computer and the option to choose it as the output device will be available.

A.C. ProMedia recently announced its partnership with AUDAC as the new exclusive distributor of AUDAC’s innovative audio solutions in North America. A.C. ProMedia will be managing the sales, distribution, and service of the complete AUDAC product line in North America from their offices in Toronto.

To learn more or schedule a demo, please visit our website

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April 29, 2020

Manitoba will begin a careful, multi-phased effort next week to gradually restore services, open some businesses and increase recreational opportunities while maintaining social distancing advice, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“We applaud Manitobans for doing their part to help flatten the curve and it is thanks to everyone’s tremendous efforts that we are able to announce today a gradual, safe restoration of services and easing of restrictions on businesses, allowing many to reopen, should they so choose,” Pallister said. “We must remain diligent in maintaining physical distancing and practising good hygiene, but our gradual, leveled approach will help us safely restore our services.”

As of May 4, a variety of non-essential health-care and retail businesses will have the option to reopen under strict guidelines. All businesses and venues will be required to continue following social distancing and stringent cleaning practices to protect both employees and customers.

Size restrictions of public and private gatherings of no more than 10 people will remain in place. Everyone is expected to continue to follow social distancing rules at all times and to stay home if they are sick. Travel restrictions will remain in place such as avoiding all non-essential travel outside of Manitoba, and requirements for self-isolation for 14 days following travel will continue.

Based on the evolving global public health recommendations and modelling, Manitoba is in a position to begin a methodical, phased-in approach to reopening businesses, said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer.

“Our public health measures to date have helped us reduce case numbers and flatten the curve, but it is not practical to maintain these measures indefinitely,” said Roussin. “That is why we will gradually reduce these measures including balancing the need to protect vulnerable Manitobans from COVID-19 with the need to protect Manitobans from the unintended impacts of strict public health measures, which include health and social impacts.”

Phased Approach to Restoring Services

Restoring Safe Services:  Manitoba’s Pandemic Economic Recovery Roadmap consists of multiple phases. It is critical to note the timing and specifics noted in each phase are subject to change, based on the advice of public health experts and a continuous assessment of transmission patterns and other factors.

Full details are available at

Restoring Services (Phase One) – Beginning May 4

Critical public health measures and travel restrictions remain. Priority elective surgeries have been restarted, diagnostics screening will resume and some non-essential businesses will reopen but must limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Services, businesses and venues include:
•    non-urgent surgery and diagnostic procedures;
•    therapeutic and medical services;
•    retail businesses;
•    restaurants – patio/walk-up services;
•    hair salons;
•    museums, galleries and libraries;
•    seasonal day camps; and
•    outdoor recreation and campgrounds.

The province will continually re-evaluate and adjust plans for further easing of secondary public health measures and may reintroduce others.

Restoring Services (Phase Two) – No Earlier Than June 1

Critical public health measures and travel restrictions may remain in place. Public gathering sizes may be increased and more non-essential businesses will be considered for reopening including:
•    additional personal services, such as nail salons;
•    restaurants – dine-in services;
•    non-contact children’s sports; and
•    film production.

Future Phases

Public health measures may be eased further. Additional guidelines will be developed, public gathering sizes will be increased and some non-essential business will fully open. Others may begin to reopen, such as bars, pools and spas, movie theatres and indoor recreational facilities. Travel restrictions may be eased.

Specific considerations for other businesses and sectors may be made including:
•    performing arts venues;
•    other non-essential businesses;
•    tattoo parlours, estheticians, cosmetologists and tanning studios; and
•    large gatherings/events.

Mass gatherings such as concerts, summer festivals and major sporting events will not be considered before September 2020, Roussin noted.

Child care plays an important role in restoring services, enabling parents to return to the workplace, and remains a priority. The Department of Families will continue to work with the child-care community to expand the temporary child-care services available, including a grant available to child-care providers seeking to open a new, home-based child-care service.

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April 29, 2020

EcoSure and Lobster Ink, Ecolab divisions focused on food safety and public health, are offering COVID-19 assessment and training programs to help food service and hospitality customers protect their employees and guests, and restore safe and profitable operations.


“Prevention is the best protection,” said Mandy Sedlak, EcoSure manager for Food Safety and Public Health. “By training frontline employees on COVID-19 prevention, providing coaching on best practices and enhancing standard operating procedures (SOPs), we will help arm food service teams with the right knowledge and tools to combat this pandemic.” 


In addition to Ecolab’s industry-leading cleaning and disinfecting, hygiene and warewashing programs, EcoSure’s experts developed the Coronavirus Training and Assessment Program to help prepare and protect frontline employees. The program includes a COVID-19 response readiness assessment of risks and best practices and onsite training that provides practical guidance for COVID-19 prevention and remediation.


To help reduce onsite assessment time and maintain a laser focus on critical areas, EcoSure also introduced the High-Risk Assessment Program, a best-in-class program to reinforce best practices, mitigate food safety and public health risks, and protect employees and guests. For areas where onsite assessment is not feasible at this time, EcoSure also provides a Virtual Training and Assessment solution, which is guided remotely by an EcoSure food safety and public health expert.


As restaurants are adapting to new ways of serving guests, they also are facing a new set of challenges and standard operating procedures. In response, EcoSure’s has offered the Takeout & Delivery Assessment Program, which is focused on all aspects of takeout and delivery, including cleaning and sanitation, food integrity, packing and storage and third-party delivery.


“As leaders in food safety and public health, we are committed to providing our customers with the expertise to help ensure safe and profitable operations,” said Bob Sherwood, Ecolab executive vice president for Food Safety and Public Health. These training and assessment solutions will help food service operators proactively manage their current operational challenges while preparing for the future.”


In addition to EcoSure’s program offerings, Ecolab’s Lobster Ink business is offering the Essential Rebound Training Program, which provides concise online training for line-level staff and managers, including hand hygiene, sanitizing and disinfecting, time and temperature control and protocols to prevent cross-contamination.


For hotels and full-service restaurants, the program also includes training on revenue-generating skills and lessons on manager motivational strategies. The training content is designed to refresh and solidify essential behaviors, and the program also provides management with a record of employees who have completed the training.

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (April 20, 2020) – The American Distilling Institute (ADI) hosted its annual Judging of Craft Spirits, an awards ceremony that hands out some of the industry’s most anticipated honors. The ADI recently announced its 2020 award winners, and Barr Hill Vodka – from Vermont-based distiller Caledonia Spirits® – earned particularly high marks.

Barr Hill Vodka, a super-premium vodka distilled entirely from raw northern honey, was honored with a Best in Category distinction, as well as a Double Gold Medal. The competition is judged by 45 of the country’s foremost spirits experts – including industry leaders, retailers, bartenders, educators, and journalists – who evaluate each spirit on characteristics like aroma, body, character, appearance, texture, and finish, among others. Nearly 1,000 spirits were judged at this year’s event.

A truly unique spirit in its category, Barr Hill Vodka is made with just one ingredient: beautiful raw honey from the hardworking bees of the Northeast. Caledonia Spirits distills Barr Hill Vodka only twice – a stark contrast from most vodkas that get distilled and filtered to the point where they are completely odorless and tasteless. The distillation process allows Barr Hill Vodka to retain just enough flavor and texture from the honey to create an experience unlike any other in its category.

Caledonia Spirits also saw its other two flagship spirits honored by the ADI judges, with Barr Hill Gin taking home a Gold Medal and Tom Cat Gin taking home a Silver Medal this year. The Montpelier-based distillery has received dozens of medals at some of the world’s top spirits competitions over the years, and with the 2020 honors, the Barr Hill line of spirits has taken home over 30 Gold or higher awards in its short history.

From its Montpelier distillery, Caledonia Spirits has shifted its focus in recent weeks to producing hand sanitizer for the region’s brave first responders and healthcare professionals. The distillery has committed to making over 20,000 gallons of its Barr Hill Hand Sanitizer by the end of April. Recently, in addition to its continued donation efforts, Caledonia Spirits made its not-for-profit hand sanitizer available for the public to purchase. To learn more, please visit


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