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Canadian Pizza survey says half of pizzerias saw sales up or on par with 2019

A short online survey Canadian Pizza magazine conducted tells us that pizzerias were split on sales success, with half of those polled reporting stable or rising sales and the other half seeing a decline. We congratulate Domenic Ruggiero of Dante’s Mobile Pizza in Grimsby, Ont., who won a set of Apple AirPods offered in a draw to show our appreciation. Read on for a sampling of the survey results.

Federal wage and rent subsidy amounts to remain unchanged through to June

The federal government has announced it intends to extend the current rate structures for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support from March 14 to June 5, 2021.

General Assembly Pizza secures $13M in funding to scale up pizza subscriptions

Toronto-based General Assembly Pizza has closed an oversubscribed $13 million Series A round as it plans to scale up its pizza subscription service across Canada.

B.C. makes wholesale liquor pricing permanent for hospitality industry

The B.C. government has made permanent its 2020 changes that allowed restaurants, bars and tourism operators with liquor licences to purchase beer, wine and spirits at the wholesale price set by the BC Liquor Distribution Branch.

P.E.I. launches ‘Dine In and Save’ program

Prince Edward Island is launching a Dine In and Save program, which will allow patrons to save 50 per cent when they dine at full-service restaurants from Sunday through Wednesday between March 7 and March 24, 2021.

RC Show highlight: Moving forward from COVID means keeping your customers’ needs in mind

If you want to have growth in your business during and beyond the pandemic, you have to be ahead of the curve. This was the overriding message of a virtual Restaurants Canada Show panel “Where do we go from here? COVID-19’s impact on foodservice and hospitality.”

Inside Naples’ world-famous pizza culture and the response to COVID-19

When the pandemic hit, the pizzerias of Naples tweaked their centuries-old business models to fit the moment, ushering in such previously blasphemous practices as home delivery and pizza kits. The Smithsonian Magazine reports.
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Video: Word-of-mouth marketing for pizzerias in 2021

In a special video filmed for Canadian Pizza, Cory Medd, successful owner-operator of Two Guys and a Pizza Place in Lethbridge, Alta., and two-time Canadian Pizza Chef of the Year shares tips on making the most of the people who love your brand through creative, affordable word-of-mouth marketing. » Read more...

Six quick ideas to get ready for spring: Making Dough with Diane

Winter is almost over. Soon enough, your customers will shrug off that winter coat, pop out into the sunlight and take a relaxed walk to their nearest pizzeria. It’s the perfect time right now to start thinking and planning to freshen up your restaurant for springtime. Here are six quick ideas from columnist Diane Chiasson to get you ready for the season. » Read more...