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21-04-2020

They say that every great problem is a great opportunity. The food service industry is facing huge challenges due to the lockdown which, starting from China, has now affected the whole world, especially Italy. After years of great success in the away from home industry, everything has come to a standstill, in a way that no-one could have forecast. But the path of innovation was already marked out and forward-looking companies had already taken it, as could be seen at last October's HostMilano. And the key is sustainability. This wide ranging concept could do with some explanation.


Environmental and social sustainability stands for efficient use of resources, the circular economy, protection of biodiversity and reduced pollution. Companies face challenges on three fronts: investment in eco-friendly technologies, the introduction of cleaner, more energy efficient production processes, and ethical conduct. And this is where Corporate Social Responsibility comes in. Companies which, especially during this emergency, have taken appropriate action, both with donations and converting their production to serve the community – and there are many that have done so – will be remembered with gratitude and grow their consumer profiles and reputations.
 
The 2010 decade was just a foretaste of what is to come.” President and Chief Executive Officer of Restaurants Canada, Shanna Munro, was convinced of this right from the beginning of the present crisis. Munro not only underlined the importance of a green approach, but also of the ability to react to events and changes which - while they may not have been as drastic as the current pandemic - were already part of the challenges faced by the industry. “The food service industry is changing fast because our clients are changing fast. We are building companies able to handle the highs and lows of a consumer-led industry, and for whom environmental issues are key to corporate decision making and recruitment. For example, we are seeing greater awareness among companies of the need to reduce their use of disposable products and food wastage."


One must also consider the increasingly decisive role of technology “which can also be adapted for more eco-friendly and energy saving plant and equipment. New equipment technologies can also reduce cooking and cleaning times. This helps restaurants reduce their running costs, increase their productivity and implement more sustainable processes.”
 
 
Sustainability is also identified as a major trend in the food service industry by Silvia Tonon, Marketing Manager for Irinox Professional. “The concept is by now almost over-used, but professional kitchen and workshop equipment can make a difference: first off in reducing consumption, with equipment that consumes less energy, and secondly in reducing food wastage.” What's the outlook for the industry? “Connectedness is key. Equipment will feature remote control, it'll be smart, with automated and interconnected processes.


The pandemic is also an opportunity for existing technologies to take a leap forwards. Mathilde Perot Bell, International Sales Director for French company Adventys, declares: “The future of food processing equipment, like that of the automotive industry, lies in rejecting old technologies (petrol engines and gas fired equipment) in favour of greener technologies (electric cars and processing equipment).” This development will follow three lines: “Automation: do more with fewer staff; evolve energy consumption by replacing gas with electricity in kitchens (for instance, the Netherlands have committed to doing away with gas in the kitchen by 2050, and new buildings are no longer equipped for it), and buffet counters equipped to handle individual portions rather than bulk amounts - something which has been made particularly relevant by the Covid-19 pandemic.


I believe that the challenge is to offer great dishes, with healthy ingredients, at the lowest energy cost possible," says Mario Moretti, CEO of Moretti Forni. Environmental sustainability is a key concern for our business. We have been researching this aspect since 2011 and our products now consume 30 to 40% less energy than those of our competitors.
 
(The Host Observatory in collaboration with Mixer Planet)

 
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North America, April 23, 2020A.C. ProMedia takes a look at Modular Players and how AUDAC’s Innovative Technology plays an integral role in crystal-clear audio reproduction. AUDAC sets itself apart by using technology that creates solutions in its products making products easier to use, install, and enjoy.

 

MODULAR PLAYERS

Modular players have a flexible architecture that offers a truly versatile solution. Easily adapted to any project-specific configuration for up to four audio sources. The wide variety of available SourceCon™ modules with simultaneous operation possibilities for all four modules makes it a compact multi-source system which is the perfect expansion for any multi-zone audio system..

XMP44 MODULAR PLAYER

An audio player fulfilling the specific needs of any user sounds hard to achieve. AUDAC’s XMP44 modular audio system is a fully flexible structure with 4 module slots at your disposal. Each slot allows the implementation of any available module. Selectable modules include; FM tuners, DAB & DAB+ tuners, contact & time-triggered voice file interfaces, as well as internet audio players and USB media players/recorders. This results in a solution that will live up to the needs of any user that takes high regard for crystal-clear audio reproduction.

SourceCon™ TECHNOLOGY

SourceCon™ technology guarantees true plug & play implementation for any compatible device. This allows your media player to be tailored to fit any specific application. The wide selection of compatible modules and extensive configuration possibilities allows flexible combinations for any application.

Installation is done by sliding the modules into guide rails, while connections are made using board edge connections. This allows simple and fast installation without requiring additional internal wiring or complex configuration. When inserted into a supporting slot, the module is instantly installed, discovered, and ready for operation.

A.C ProMedia now supplies AUDAC’s XMP44 Modular Player, featuring SourceCon™ technology, throughout North America.

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 www.acpromedia.com/audac/

 
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NEW YORK, (April 22, 2020) — Stoli Group announced today the appointment of industry veteran Dan Buttling to President and CEO of Stoli Group. In his new role, Buttling will be responsible for the U.S., Canada and Mexico territories, reporting to the Global Management of Stoli Group.

In his six months with the company, Buttling served as Global CMO, overseeing all aspects of marketing efforts across the portfolio.

Prior to joining Stoli Group, Buttling spent 31 years at Diageo, where he held a variety of marketing, sales and general management roles.

 
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April 21, 2020

The Manitoba government is providing up to $120 million to support Manitoba’s small and medium-sized businesses that are facing significant challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“Manitoba’s small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of our economy. They are struggling right now and we want to support them,” said Pallister. “Our government has been listening and working diligently with chambers of commerce across the province, business and retail councils, industry and trade associations and various stakeholders to identity where the greatest need is and to maximize the recovery opportunities for Manitoba’s business sector.”

The Manitoba Gap Protection Program (MGPP) is available to any of the approximately 120,000 businesses in Manitoba who have fallen into a gap in failing to qualify for the various federal government assistance programs and wage subsidies created because of COVID-19. If one in six businesses have fallen into that gap that would mean approximately 20,000 Manitoba businesses would be entitled to this support, the premier noted.

The province will advance each eligible business the non-interest bearing forgivable MGPP loan of $6,000, for a total of up to $120 million. The loan will be forgiven on Dec. 31, 2020, if the recipient attests at that time the business has not received any major non-repayable COVID-19 federal supports such as the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the Canada Emergency Business Account, as well as sector-specific grant federal programs specifically developed in response to the pandemic. If the applicant has received benefits under a federal COVID program, then the loan will be added to the recipient’s 2020 tax bill.

“We are acting on the advice from industry and are committed to working in partnership with our municipal and federal governments and various associations that are impacted by this pandemic so we’ll make the right decisions, in the right way, at the right time to maximize our recovery efforts for the benefit of all Manitobans,” said Pallister.

To be eligible for the MGPP funding, a business must:
•    have been operational on March 20, 2020, the date the Manitoba government declared a provincewide state of emergency under The Emergency Measures Act because of COVID-19;
•    have temporarily ceased or curtailed operations as a result of a COVID-19 public health order and have been harmed by the health order;
•    be registered and in good standing with the Manitoba Business and Corporate Registry;
•    have not qualified for federal government COVID-19 grant support; and
•    have an email address and a bank account.

 
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April 21, 2020

As we adapt to these new circumstances, Diageo Canada has been working on a few new initiatives to help support the Canadian bartending community through these difficult times. Please see the details below.

 

We're excited to announce that Diageo's World Class Canada Community Week, an online program designed to inspire, engage and connect bartenders around the world, kicked off today! Over the next three days, there will be 12 live events held globally on a wide range of topics, from food and drink pairings, to rituals in hospitality. The full schedule and event details can be found on the website. You can also check out the event sizzle reel on the World Class Canada Instagram page.

 

Additionally, Diageo Canada is committed to supporting members of the Canadian bartending community impacted by COVID-19, and recently pledged $100K to the hospitality industry.The pledge will give dedicated relief, organized by industry partners, including the Bartender Benevolent Fund and the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association (CPBA).

 

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