UGSRP 9th Annual Symposium

On Wednesday October 2nd, 2019 UGSRP will be hosting its 9th annual Symposium on Restaurant Sustainability! This year's theme is "Success in Sustainability: Celebrating Sustainability Success Stories in the Canadian Restaurant Industry". Thanks to our sponsor Profile Hospitality we are able to look at three companies changing the foodservice landscape. We will be holding a presentation and panel … Continue reading UGSRP 9th Annual Symposium

Menus of Change!

Last month we sent our Student Director (Emily Robinson) to the CIA's Menus of Change Conference.  Here is a brief recap of Emily's experience. From June 18th-20th, an international collection of business professionals, academics and chefs came together for the 7th annual Menus of Change Conference at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New … Continue reading Menus of Change!

Food Waste at Long-Term Care Facilities, a Moral Dilemma?

Last summer we conducted a study on food waste at two long-term care facilities located in southwestern Ontario. While interest in food waste has increased greatly in recent years, very little research has been done studying these unique operations.   Our research team had two objectives; determine what percentage of food was wasted in these operations; … Continue reading Food Waste at Long-Term Care Facilities, a Moral Dilemma?

UGSRP Case Study now available. The CN Tower: A Canadian Landmark

University of Guelph student Brennan Moro has researched, and written an inspiring case study on the efforts of the CN Tower Food and Beverage Team to move towards a more responsible business model.  Brennan's work summarizes the efforts of the team to date as they set a new standard of excellence for 'high volume' restaurants. … Continue reading UGSRP Case Study now available. The CN Tower: A Canadian Landmark

Exploring the Cost of Management Turnover in the Canadian Restaurant Industry

Last semester one of our graduating students wrote an UGSRP discussion paper on the cost of restaurant management turnover.  While as an industry we often speak to the 'cost of turnover', there has been very little effort to try and provide a breakdown of these costs.  Here is an excerpt from Jacqueline Simard's report. The … Continue reading Exploring the Cost of Management Turnover in the Canadian Restaurant Industry

Looking ‘back’ at Forward Food!

This past weekend The University of Guelph Sustainable Restaurant Project hosted Forward Food- Sustainable Food Systems Student Conference. We had student attendance from eight different colleges and universities from across Southern Ontario; welcoming Humber College, Fanshawe College, Centennial College, Niagara College, Conestoga College, George Brown College, Ryerson University, and of course The University of Guelph. These students joined us from the … Continue reading Looking ‘back’ at Forward Food!

A New View on Restaurant Waste

Growing concerns about climate change mean consumers are increasingly interested in pro-environmental, sustainable alternatives to the status quo. There has recently been a movement towards reducing and eliminating one-use items, a shift that has been overwhelmingly consumer-driven. This, alongside trends towards take-out and delivery of food have resulted in a paradoxical demand for both reduced … Continue reading A New View on Restaurant Waste

Forward Food – Sustainable Food Systems Student Conference

On Saturday March 16th a team of University of Guelph students from the School of Hospitality, Food, and Tourism Management will be holding a conference on food systems.  The conference, "Forward Food", will host 100 hospitality and culinary students from colleges and universities across the province. The student team has assembled a world class field … Continue reading Forward Food – Sustainable Food Systems Student Conference

2019 will be a busy year for us!

This year will be a busy one for us at UGSRP.  It all starts next month with the Restaurants Canada show being held from February 24-26 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto.  (Show Website)   This year’s theme at the show is “Sustainability” and we will be fully engaged and participating in many ways.  Our own Bruce McAdams … Continue reading 2019 will be a busy year for us!