|By PR Newswire||
|January 15, 2014 09:01 AM EST|
- The Informed Dining program provides the nutrition information Canadians want in an accessible, consistent manner across the country -
TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2014 /CNW/ - From the fat content to the amount of sugar, Canadians want a complete picture of the foods they eat at home and in restaurants. According to recent research conducted for the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA), 92% of Canadians feel it is important to know the nutrition breakdown of the foods they eat. Calories do not make the list of the top three most important types of nutrition information Canadians are seeking from restaurants, coming in at number four - behind total fat, sodium and trans fat - with sugars rounding out the top five.
The research also indicated that if restaurants were to only provide calorie information, nine out of ten Canadians feel that they will be missing information that might be important to them. In addition, two-thirds believe that due to the complexity of menu items available, menu boards can only give a general indication of nutrition information, not the complete picture. This is why 17 restaurant companies, representing more than 12,000 restaurants, including leading brands in Canada such as A&W, Dairy Queen, Harvey's, McDonald's, Milestones, Montana's, Pizza Pizza, Quiznos, Swiss Chalet and Tim Hortons have committed to implement Informed Dining nationally by the end of the year with most rolled-out by the end of March.
"What we are hearing from our members echoes what we are seeing from independent, third-party research: Canadians want more than just a calorie count. They are interested in a variety of nutrition information and they don't believe that it belongs on a restaurant's menu or menu board," says Garth Whyte, President and CEO, Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association. "Our responsibility is to provide customers with the information they need to make informed dining choices, and what they are telling us they need varies tremendously from one person to the next. The Informed Dining program provides the information Canadians are looking for in a manner that is accessible, visible and presented in a consistent way across the country."
"This CRFA study clearly indicates that having access to full nutrition information is important to Canadian diners and our made in B.C. Informed Dining program has been successful in supporting families to make healthier choices when dining out," says B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake. "Informed Dining continues to expand beyond B.C. with Manitoba's recent endorsement and we are happy to support other jurisdictions in implementing the program."
Informed Dining, a successful voluntary program developed and administered by the Province of British Columbia, recognizes the importance of providing comprehensive nutrition information to allow consumers to make informed choices when dining at quick service and full service restaurants. The program meets that need by providing calories and 13 core nutrients before ordering, such as through the use of posters, brochures or nutrition menus.
"Given the research findings, the CRFA calls on the Ontario government, as well as all governments across Canada, to collaborate with us on implementing the Informed Dining program so we can provide the nutrition information that Canadians are looking for in an accessible, easy-to-understand and standard format across the country," says Mr. Whyte.
Providing comprehensive information is essential as Canadians acknowledge that they do not all have the same nutrition needs, with 83% agreeing that different types of people will be interested in learning about different types of food information. Further, survey respondents feel the information should be available to them in a variety of ways: only 6% of Canadians believe that the best place to source nutrition information is from an overhead menu board and just one-in-ten feel overhead menu boards can provide a complete nutrition picture. Canadians prefer to source nutrition information on a restaurant's website (43%), in the menu (36%), in a brochure (24%) or on a mobile app (11%).
ABOUT THE INFORMED DINING PROGRAM
The Informed Dining program was developed by the Province of British Columbia in collaboration with industry and health groups, and provides restaurant guests with comprehensive nutrition information at the point of ordering. Calories and sodium values are highlighted with information about daily requirements. Participating restaurants must display the Informed Dining logo and a statement on their menu or menu board telling customers that nutrition information is available. All nutrition information is provided in a standard format. For more information, please visit www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/home/informed-dining
ABOUT THE CRFA POLL
The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association commissioned Environics Research Group (www.environics.ca) to conduct an online survey of 1,020 Canadians 18 years of age or older. The total sample was weighted by age, gender and region to be proportionately representative of the Canadian population who are 18 years of age and older. Responses were collected between December 4 and 10, 2013.
ABOUT THE CANADIAN RESTAURANT AND FOODSERVICES ASSOCIATION
The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association is one of Canada's largest business associations with 30,000 members representing restaurants, bars, caterers and other foodservice providers. Canada's restaurant industry generates $68 billion annually in economic activity and employs more than one million people in communities across the country.
SOURCE Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
Image with caption: "It's not just calories that count: Canadians hungry for more complete nutrition picture from restaurants (CNW Group/Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140115_C8780_PHOTO_EN_35525.jpg
"We've discovered that after shows 80% if leads that people get, 80% of the conversations end up on the show floor, meaning people forget about it, people forget who they talk to, people forget that there are actual business opportunities to be had here so we try to help out and keep the conversations going," explained Jeff Mesnik, Founder and President of ContentMX, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jul. 27, 2016 10:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,401
Let’s face it, embracing new storage technologies, capabilities and upgrading to new hardware often adds complexity and increases costs. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Seth Oxenhorn, Vice President of Business Development & Alliances at FalconStor, discussed how a truly heterogeneous software-defined storage approach can add value to legacy platforms and heterogeneous environments. The result reduces complexity, significantly lowers cost, and provides IT organizations with improved efficienc...
Jul. 27, 2016 10:30 PM EDT Reads: 2,008
SYS-CON Events announced today that Isomorphic Software will exhibit at DevOps Summit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Isomorphic Software provides the SmartClient HTML5/AJAX platform, the most advanced technology for building rich, cutting-edge enterprise web applications for desktop and mobile. SmartClient combines the productivity and performance of traditional desktop software with the simp...
Jul. 27, 2016 10:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,140
"When you think about the data center today, there's constant evolution, The evolution of the data center and the needs of the consumer of technology change, and they change constantly," stated Matt Kalmenson, VP of Sales, Service and Cloud Providers at Veeam Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jul. 27, 2016 10:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,398
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 19th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo Silicon Valley Call for Papers is now open.
Jul. 27, 2016 10:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,654
The IoT is changing the way enterprises conduct business. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Hoffman, Vice President at EastBanc Technologies, discussed how businesses can gain an edge over competitors by empowering consumers to take control through IoT. He cited examples such as a Washington, D.C.-based sports club that leveraged IoT and the cloud to develop a comprehensive booking system. He also highlighted how IoT can revitalize and restore outdated business models, making them profitable ...
Jul. 27, 2016 09:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,992
In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Yoseph Reuveni, Director of Software Engineering at Jet.com, will discuss Jet.com's journey into containerizing Microsoft-based technologies like C# and F# into Docker. He will talk about lessons learned and challenges faced, the Mono framework tryout and how they deployed everything into Azure cloud. Yoseph Reuveni is a technology leader with unique experience developing and running high throughput (over 1M tps) distributed systems with extre...
Jul. 27, 2016 09:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,164
To leverage Continuous Delivery, enterprises must consider impacts that span functional silos, as well as applications that touch older, slower moving components. Managing the many dependencies can cause slowdowns. See how to achieve continuous delivery in the enterprise.
Jul. 27, 2016 09:30 PM EDT Reads: 273
"delaPlex is a software development company. We do team-based outsourcing development," explained Mark Rivers, COO and Co-founder of delaPlex Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jul. 27, 2016 08:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,030
We all know the latest numbers: Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from last year, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020. We're rapidly approaching a data production of 40 zettabytes a day – more than we can every physically store, and exabytes and yottabytes are just around the corner. For many that’s a good sign, as data has been proven to equal money – IF it’s ingested, integrated, and analyzed fast enough. Without real-ti...
Jul. 27, 2016 07:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,087
I wanted to gather all of my Internet of Things (IOT) blogs into a single blog (that I could later use with my University of San Francisco (USF) Big Data “MBA” course). However as I started to pull these blogs together, I realized that my IOT discussion lacked a vision; it lacked an end point towards which an organization could drive their IOT envisioning, proof of value, app dev, data engineering and data science efforts. And I think that the IOT end point is really quite simple…
Jul. 27, 2016 06:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,163
"There's a growing demand from users for things to be faster. When you think about all the transactions or interactions users will have with your product and everything that is between those transactions and interactions - what drives us at Catchpoint Systems is the idea to measure that and to analyze it," explained Leo Vasiliou, Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York Ci...
Jul. 27, 2016 06:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,061
As companies gain momentum, the need to maintain high quality products can outstrip their development team’s bandwidth for QA. Building out a large QA team (whether in-house or outsourced) can slow down development and significantly increases costs. This eBook takes QA profiles from 5 companies who successfully scaled up production without building a large QA team and includes: What to consider when choosing CI/CD tools How culture and communication can make or break implementation
Jul. 27, 2016 06:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,680
Actian Corporation has announced the latest version of the Actian Vector in Hadoop (VectorH) database, generally available at the end of July. VectorH is based on the same query engine that powers Actian Vector, which recently doubled the TPC-H benchmark record for non-clustered systems at the 3000GB scale factor (see tpc.org/3323). The ability to easily ingest information from different data sources and rapidly develop queries to make better business decisions is becoming increasingly importan...
Jul. 27, 2016 05:45 PM EDT Reads: 874
Big Data, cloud, analytics, contextual information, wearable tech, sensors, mobility, and WebRTC: together, these advances have created a perfect storm of technologies that are disrupting and transforming classic communications models and ecosystems. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Erik Perotti, Senior Manager of New Ventures on Plantronics’ Innovation team, provided an overview of this technological shift, including associated business and consumer communications impacts, and opportunities it ...
Jul. 27, 2016 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 200