ICYMI: Quebec distillers push for industry equality, food companies ranked on animal welfare practices, and more

Five food stories you may have missed this week

Photo via Cirka Distillery's Facebook page.

From a first-of-its-kind report ranking Canadian food companies on animal welfare practices to micro-distilleries in Quebec pushing for equality among alcohol producers, to how B.C. restaurants are managing vaccine passports, the past week has produced plenty of interesting news from coast to coast.

Here are five Canadian food stories you may have missed this week.

Micro-distilleries in Quebec pushing for equality for alcohol producers

This past Saturday, micro-distilleries throughout Quebec held open houses in support of their campaign and petition asking governments to relax liquor laws with regards to the sale of spirits. 

According to some distillers, under the current regulations local liquor producers are required to remit roughly 52 per cent of each bottle sold back to the government.

Read more on CBC News.

Arva Flour Mill to continue operations under new owner

The oldest water-powered commercial flour mill in North America, Arva Flour Mill, has been operating under the Matthews family for the last 100 years.

Recently, the mill was sold to Ontario-based entrepreneur Mark Rinker, who has stated that he intends to preserve its tradition and history while also looking for ways to expand and modernize the historic 202-year-old mill.

Read more on Global News.

Floating tiki bar on Ottawa River now open to public


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A tropical vacation on the Ottawa River. The new floating Tiki Bar is a custom 18-by-18 foot boat built by co-owners Michael Karpishka and Gabriela Hernandez. The unique experience provides a new way to enjoy the water by offering 90 minute tours at $60 per person. Palapa Tours have seen great interest within their first two weeks of operation.

Read more on CTV News.

Canada Animal Welfare scorecards rank food companies

Global non-profit organization Mercy for Animals has released a new report and scorecard that ranks the animal welfare practices of food companies throughout Canada. 

Including major names such as Tim Hortons, A&W, Sobeys and more, the rankings are based on their public animal welfare commitments and organized into multiple tiers.

Read more on Restobiz.

BC restaurants enlist security services to manage vaccine passports

With the combination of a new vaccine passport beginning in B.C. and the ongoing staffing shortage, restaurants are now seeking services from security companies around the province. 

With the new process that comes with the vaccine passport checks, some restaurants have found mixed emotions among patrons leading to the need for security, or as some are now calling them, “Vaccine security ambassadors.”

Read more on CBC News.