• High Liner Canadian president and COO to retire
    LUNENBURG, NS—Mario Marino, president and chief operating officer of High Liner Foods’ Canadian operations, will retire from his position in April 2015, remaining with the company as an advisor until the end of the year.

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  • New head of Centerplate
    STAMFORD, CT—Chris Verros is the new president and chief executive officer of hospitality company Centerplate, announced Nov. 4.

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  • New VP for Rational
    John Ulrich joined the Rational USA team as of Oct. 1 as the vice-president of business unit key accounts in North America. Ulrich brings with him 18 years of experience within the foodservice industry.

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  • Michelle McAllen wins Pear Excellence competition
    Michelle McAllen, an 18-year-old student from the New Brunswick Community College St. Andrews, has won the national finals for the 2014 USA Pears “Pear Excellence” Canadian Culinary Student Recipe Competition.

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  • Shipping the world
    A look at the some of Ontario’s distribution systems, what pressures are being placed on them, and how they are evolving to manage customers’ needs and expectations.

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  • Poultry report
    How poultry is coming home to roost for Canadian restaurateurs.

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  • Seafood Stewardship
    Navigating the waters of sustainable fishing and farming.

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  • Packing Peaches
    A sneak peek at California’s cling peach industry.

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  • Gordon Food Service refreshes brand

  • WYOMING, MI—Gordon Food Service deliveries will be rolling in a newly designed fleet after the company announced a new logo and tagline on Nov. 10.
  • MTY buys Keurig’s Van Houtte chain

  • MONTREAL—MTY Food Group and Keurig Canada, a subsidiary of Keurig Green Mountain announced in early November that the companies have reached an agreement regarding the Van Houtte café-bistros franchise network.
  • Kelowna gets Krafty

  • KELOWNA, BC—Chef Chris Shaften and sommelier and bartender Philippe Grandbois have expanded on their private dining business with the opening of a Krafty kitchen + bar in downtown Kelowna, BC, in late August.
  • Icon buys Free House

  • VANCOUVER—Icon Fine Wine & Spirits acquired Free House Wine + Spirits Ltd. in October, combining the two boutique wine and spirits import companies and increasing Icon’s portfolio to over 100 brands.
  • New head for Imvescor

  • MONCTON, NB—Foodservice veteran Frank Hennessey is Imvescor Restaurant Group’s new president and chief executive officer, in a move announced Sept. 8.
  • Food, labour costs are top challenges for operators: survey

  • TORONTO—A majority of Canadian restaurant owners reported business is stable or growing, but they are being hit hard by rising costs of food, labour and credit card processing, according to a Restaurants Canada survey released Aug. 12.