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2024 Food Show Product Recap

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2024 Food Show Product Review


The 2024 food show was our best yet! There was so much energy in the building, we are so grateful that our customers, suppliers and employees put so much effort to make the day as wonderful as it was. If you weren’t able to come, here were some of our favourite products of the day:



Carve Premium Ontario Beef Inside Round on a sandwich

Carve Beef AAA Inside Round

Carve Premium Ontario Beef: Elevate your menu with the local pride of Ontario—Carve Premium Ontario Beef, where AAA quality meets hometown glory. This isn't just beef; it's a celebration of local farming, delivering a taste so rich and succulent, it'll have you questioning why you ever looked elsewhere (sorry, Alberta!). Our showstopper? The Carve Inside Round, perfectly paired with caramelized onion and a bold horseradish spread, served on a soft bun.







Pickeral fish pan fried with rice and bok choy

Grille and Galley Pickerel Fillet

Grille and Galley Pickerel Fillet: Get ready to reel (sorry-had to go for the pun) in some compliments with our Pickerel Fillets, fresh from the waters of Lake Erie. Local is not just about the taste and freshness; it's about building a narrative for your restaurant that resonates with diners seeking authentic, sustainable, and regionally focused eating experiences. The Great Lakes often remind Ontarians of long summer days spent with family and friends, evoking these memories helps you connect with your guests. Stay tuned – soon we'll have some Fresh Yellow Perch from the Great Lakes!


230125  GRILLE PICKEREL FILLET S-ON 8-16 OZ  - 1/4.54KG




Tandoori Chicken Skewer

D & D Poultry Tandoori Chicken Skewer

Hailing from an Ontario family-owned business, they embrace the flavours of tandoori seasoning, and they are Halal. Super popular and super tasty!  Serve with basmati rice, warm naan bread and cucumber raita (This cooling yogurt-based dip with cucumber, mint, and sometimes garlic, offers a refreshing contrast to the spices in Tandoori skewers).






Gulab Jamun Dainty Cake


Wow Factor Gulab Jamun Dainty Cake 

I must admit, I had no idea what to expect with this dessert. It’s a dough ball, soaked in rose syrup, nestled within creamy cheesecake, and topped with a delicate rose water mousse sprinkled with pistachios. This masterpiece is an East Indian delicacy that's capturing hearts and trending for all the right reasons.






Mike's Hot Honey in a squeeze bottle

Mike’s Hot Honey

Spice up your menu! Originally created as a pizza topping, this versatile ingredient is only available at Flanagan’s. Four bottles per case (each one is 24oz), the applications for this are endless. Add it to a chicken sandwich, grilled cheese, wings and more. First, it’s all "mmm" with the sweetness, then bam – the spice kicks in!






Chicago Dill Pickle Fries

Chicago Dill Pickle Fries

Pickle fries served on top of French Fries with a dill pickle ranch dressing? Sign me up! Dill pickle flavour has long been a crowd-pleaser, and its popularity is now reaching new heights, popping up in the most unexpected places. Flanagan’s takes the lead by being the first distributor to showcase the Chicago Pickle brand.






High Liner Blue Cod

High Liner Blue Cod

Always on the crest of innovation, High Liner has launched new blue cod offerings that are not only delicious but also priced to woo even the most wallet-weary customers. This whitefish is like the Swiss Army knife of seafood - incredibly versatile. Jazz up a po-boy, tossing it into wrap or mix it into a salad.









Beef Short Ribs with gravy on a plate

Boneless, Cooked Beef Short Ribs

Succulent boneless short ribs, already cooked to perfection in an au jus sauce. It is tasty, easy to prepare and offers consistency for your guests while taking it easy on your labour costs. Serve with mashed potatoes, make a sandwich or toss them in bowls where the possibilities are endless.






Maple Leaf Hot Dog Sizes

Maple Leaf Hot Dogs

Maple Leaf is famous for dishing out crowd pleasing food. In the face of rising inflation, it's prime time to tweak your tactics and lure folks in with budget-friendly eats. Enter the humble hot dog, a summertime hero, sporting an attractive price tag that leaves room for some seriously upscale embellishments (pulled pork anyone?).


179179 JMS WIENER 6" 6CT RG FZ - 1/5.44KG

179205 JMS WIENER 6" 10CT FZ - 1/5.44KG

179218 JMS WIENER 7" 4CT RG FZ  - 1/5.44KG

179233 JMS WIENER 7" 5CT RG FZ  - 1/5.44KG

179257 JMS WIENER 7" 8CT RG FZ - 1/5.44KG

179260 JMS WIENER BEEF 7" 8CT FZ  - 1/5.44KG

179265 JMS WIENER BEEF 7" 5CT FZ -  1/5.44KG

179272 JMS WIENER 5" 12CT RG FZ -  1/5.44KG

179283 JMS WIENER 11" 6CT RED HOTS FZ  - 1/5.44KG





Bridor Peach Danish

Bridor Peach Danish

Not only does it catch the eye with its meticulously crafted appearance, but it also wins hearts with its commitment to purity - boasting a clean label and all-natural ingredients. Plus, it's ready to bake, transforming your kitchen into the sweetest spot on the block in no time.





Rich's Chicago Style Pizza

Chicago Style Pizza Dough

A Fresh Twist on Tradition! Out of Rich’s oven and into yours, this dough goes from frozen to fabulous in just 9 minutes. Choose how to cook: bake it in a pan for that iconic, deep-dish Chicago style experience, or go pan-less for a crust that’s delightfully focaccia-esque. Either way, you’re guests in for a treat.







BBQ Cheese Curds

Flavoured Cheese Curds

Pountine just keeps getting more and more innovative. Elevate your menu to new heights with Alain Royer's ingeniously flavoured cheese curds. It's time to get imaginative and add some zest! From tangy orange curds, smoky BBQ curds, to the spicy kick of 3-pepper curd - can the world of cheese get any more exciting?



116156 ARC CHEESE CURD BBQ  - 20/500GM





Good Leaf Greens

Good Leaf Greens

My biggest surprise of the day! Who knew greens could taste this good? A local treasure that's bursting with flavour, Good Leaf Greens has truly outdone itself. Thanks to vertical farming, these leafy wonders are available all year round, ensuring fresh, delightful bites every time. And talk about pristine quality - not a single human hand touches these greens until they grace your restaurant.












Made Good Oat Bar

Made Good Blueberry Oat Bars

The ultimate snack for on-the-move moments. Made with care, these bars are a beacon of organic goodness, free from allergens, gluten-free, and proudly wearing the vegan badge. With a commitment to clean ingredients and the functional benefits that come from real food, Made Good Bars not only tick all the health-conscious boxes but also get the green light as a school-friendly treat.





With hundreds of innovative products to see and an array of delicious samples to taste, the Flanagan Show truly showcased the best of what the food industry has to offer. For those who couldn't make it this year, we missed having you with us and sincerely hope you'll be able to join the excitement next time. I may be biased (okay, I am definitely biased), but the Flanagan Show stands unrivaled as the premier foodshow in Ontario. Here's to hoping we see you next year!



Jackie Oakes at 11:12 AM
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SEO Basics for Restaurants: A No-Nonsense Guide to Boost Your Online Presence

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SEO Basics for Restaurants: A No-Nonsense Guide to Boost Your Online Presence


In the digital age, a restaurant’s success doesn't just depend on the quality of its food but also on its online visibility. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a key ingredient in your marketing strategy, enhancing your online presence and ensuring that hungry diners find their way to you. Whether you're a new restaurant owner looking to establish an online presence or a seasoned pro aiming to revamp your SEO efforts, understanding these basics can significantly impact your online success.


Local Keyword Research Is Your Best Friend

First things first, identify and utilize local keywords that potential customers are likely to use when searching for a place to eat. You're not just a restaurant; you're a local business that serves a specific community. Incorporate local terms such as your city, neighbourhood, or nearby landmarks into your website's content. For example, if you run a pizza restaurant in Whitby, it makes sense to include keywords like "Whitby pizza," "best pizza in Whitby," and "pizza delivery near [local landmark]."


Optimize Your Menu for Search Engines

Your menu is not just a list of dishes; it's a goldmine of keywords waiting to be discovered by search engines. When creating your online menu, ensure each item has a descriptive title with common keywords related to the dish. If you serve a unique dish not often found elsewhere, be sure to include that in your menu, too. Search engines love unique and specific content.


Local SEO Directories and Citations

Consistency in online listings across different platforms significantly impacts your restaurant's search rankings. Ensure that your business’ Name, Address, and Phone Number (N.A.P.) is consistent across all listings and directories. Explore local SEO directories like Google My Business, Yelp, and TripAdvisor. Regularly update this information, and don’t forget to add photos and keep your business hours current to stay relevant.


Leverage Customer Reviews for SEO Impact

Encourage reviews on Google My Business, Yelp, and other platforms to boost your online credibility. Positive reviews signal to search engines that your restaurant is popular and business worth promoting. Be sure to respond to reviews—both the positive and the less so—to show that you value customer feedback (Google, the most popular search engine, recommends responding to reviews to improve your local SEO).


Hand holding smart phone showcasing menu


Mobile Optimization is Non-Negotiable

In a world where mobile searches often surpass desktop, a mobile-friendly website is essential for SEO success. Mobile optimization ensures that visitors have a pleasant experience, which is a factor in Google's ranking algorithm. It's also important for users to find your restaurant easily on their phones, especially when they’re out and about looking for a place to eat. Do you need help with your website? Brand Points Plus members can use points to offset this cost plus get a discount. If you're not a member of Brand Points Plus click here.


Promote Local Events and Offers on Your Site

If your restaurant hosts events or has special offers, create web pages dedicated to these topics, and optimize them using local keywords. This can attract visitors looking for something to do or a good deal in your area.


On-Page SEO Tactics for Your Website

Once you have your local keyword and content strategy sorted, focus on traditional on-page SEO tactics:


Meta Titles and Descriptions: Craft compelling meta titles and descriptions that include local keywords and entice click-throughs from potential diners.


Header and Content Tags: Use H1, H2, and H3 tags to structure your content properly. Include keywords in these headers and throughout your content but remember, keep it natural.


Content Quality: High-quality, informative, and engaging content is key. Write blog posts about local food trends, behind-the-scenes looks at your restaurant, or staff profiles, all while integrating those local keywords.


Page Load Speed: Ensure your site loads quickly on desktop and mobile devices. Search engines like Google prioritize sites that provide a good user experience.


Internal Linking: Link related pages of your website together. For example, if you have a blog post about the best brunch spots in the area, link to your brunch menu. This not only helps with navigation but also improves SEO.


SEO may seem daunting but breaking it down into actionable tasks makes it more manageable, and most importantly, effective. You don’t need to reach for perfection, instead reach for progress. Happy optimizing!



Flanagan Foodservice at 11:50 AM
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Weathering the Storm: Keeping Your Restaurant Profitable in Times of High Inflation

People enjoying coffee in a restaurant and paying for their meal

Weathering the Storm: Keeping Your Restaurant Profitable in Times of High Inflation


Inflation can be a challenging period for any business, but restaurants face unique and intensified pressures. With ingredient prices on the rise and consumers tightening their belts, staying afloat can seem like an uphill battle. Yet, even during these tough times, there are strategies that can help your restaurant not only survive but thrive.


Menu Engineering

One of the most direct impacts of inflation on a restaurant business is through the costs of ingredients. To manage this, consider menu engineering (Members of Brand Points PLUS, you'll enjoy a 25% discount on your Navi Cost Control subscription. If you're not a member of Brand Points PLUS, click here).


Menu Engineering in Practice

  • Regularly evaluate item profitability and sales performance.
  • Alter portion sizes without sacrificing perceived value.
  • Rebalance your menu by introducing or highlighting more profitable items.


Maximizing Operational Efficiency

In times of high inflation, trimming the fat from your operation is more than a saying—it's a necessity. Focus on maximizing efficiencies:


Streamline Workflows

  • Map out your kitchen processes and identify any bottlenecks.
  • Cross-train your staff to be more adaptable.
  • Invest in time-saving equipment where your needs align with available technologies.


Optimize Inventory

  • Reduce food waste by implementing stringent inventory management practices.
  • Work closely with suppliers on forecasting and ordering only what you need.
  • Explore non-perishable or longer shelf-life options for certain ingredients.


Creative Marketing and Cross-Promotion

When every dollar counts, your marketing efforts must be strategic and effective:

  • Share the stories behind your dishes, the local sourcing, and your commitment to quality.
  • Leverage social media to create engaging content that resonates with your community. Encourage your guests to post pictures and tag yout restaurant for a chance to win a free appetizer.
  • Offer behind-the-scenes tours, cooking classes, or chef's tables for an exclusive experience.
  • Partner with local businesses for cross-promotions and events.

Restaurant server carrying take out bags


Diversify Revenue Streams

It's unwise to rely solely on dine-in sales. Diversify your revenue streams to spread the risk:

  • Promote take out and delivery (ensure your menu is priced accordingly if using third party delivery apps).
  • Create meal kits for customers who want a restaurant experience at home.


Catering and Private Events

  • Market your restaurant as a venue for private events, like weddings, birthday parties or corporate gatherings.
  • Offer off-site catering services to capture a different market segment.
  • Create specialized menus for large party sizes or specific dietary needs.

Technology Upgrades Without the Hefty Price Tag


Prioritizing Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty

Happy customers are the lifeblood of any restaurant, especially during tough economic times. Focus on building and maintaining loyalty:

  • Regularly train your staff to provide top-notch service.
  • Implement customer feedback systems and act on the responses.
  • Create personalized experiences for your regulars to make them feel truly appreciated.


Remember that every journey begins with a single step, and every successful business has faced and overcome challenges. Consider these recommendations as a roadmap, and tailor them to your unique circumstances. With determination, creativity, and a dash of innovation, your restaurant can weather the storm of high inflation and remain a culinary delight for your guests.



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The Marvels of Atlantic Salmon

Salmon rice and avocado bowl


The Marvels of Atlantic Salmon: A Protein Powerhouse


Atlantic Salmon, a name synonymous with health and taste, is not just a fish but a symbol of nutrition and a sustainable food source.


Health Benefits of Atlantic Salmon

If you are looking for a healthy protein source for your menu, Atlantic salmon should be your go-to choice. Packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, it helps reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and decrease risk factors for diseases. Additionally, it is an excellent source of vitamin D, selenium, and B vitamins which are crucial for maintaining optimal health.

Comparing Atlantic and Pacific Salmon

The taste can vary based on diet, habitat, and species, but generally, wild Pacific salmon is said to have a stronger flavour and more red-orange flesh, while Atlantic salmon has a milder flavour and paler flesh.

When comparing Atlantic and Pacific salmon, one cannot ignore the flavour variations among the five wild species of Pacific salmon. Each species brings a unique flavour profile to the table, from the rich, buttery Sockeye to the delicate, mild Pink salmon. However, the availability of wild Pacific salmon is highly seasonal and not available year-round. In contrast, the Atlantic salmon, renowned for its mildly sweet flavour and delicate texture, is readily available throughout the year thanks to aquaculture.

The Positive Side of Aquaculture

Aquaculture, in particular, plays a significant role in making Atlantic salmon accessible to consumers worldwide. It has revolutionized the seafood industry by providing a constant, year-round supply of high-quality fish. Moreover, it contributes to global food security and economic growth.

The Global Sourcing of Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon is sourced from many countries around the world. However, Canadian aquaculture stands out due to its exceptional levels of sustainability and traceability that other countries often lack. Canada's rigorous regulations ensure the health of the fish and the environment, making it a trustworthy source for Atlantic salmon.


Salmon on cutting board


Cooking Versatility

Its distinct buttery and rich taste, coupled with a firm and flaky texture, make it an excellent option for grilling, baking, or broiling. Not only does it deliver exceptional flavour, but it is also incredibly versatile, allowing you to create both indulgent and light dishes to suit any culinary vision.

To tantalize your customers taste buds, here are a few ideas:
grilled salmon with roasted potatoes and steamed vegetables,
pan-seared salmon with mango avocado salsa,
baked salmon with lemon caper sauce and fettuccine,
salmon Caesar salad with homemade croutons,
and salmon and sweet potato shepherds pie.

From its unforgettable taste to its limitless serving possibilities, fresh Atlantic salmon is undeniably a must-have for any establishment.

With a sprinkle of creativity and a dash of experimentation in the kitchen, your restaurant can provide your customers with an unforgettable dining experience.


Grille and Galley Gourmet logo


Did you know?

Grille and Galley Atlantic salmon is from the Canadian east coast, ensuring the freshest product for our customers. The Canadian product is not only fresh but also versatile. It comes in whole fish and various sizes of fillets, catering to different culinary needs. Custom portions are also available. Talk to your Territory Manager for more information.






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Waffle Wonderland

Waffle with bacon and egg


Waffle Wonderland:

Delightful Dishes for a Memorable Mother's Day Brunch

Maximizing efficiency while delivering exceptional culinary experiences is the key to managing the bustling energy of Mother's Day-one of the busiest days in a restaurant s calendar.


A delicious, time-saving suggestion that may work for your Mother's Day menu is pre-made Belgian waffles. They are more than just a time-saving convenience; they are the canvas for an array of unique and tantalizing toppings that will set your establishment apart. By using pre-made waffles, you significantly reduce preparation time and kitchen chaos, allowing your team to focus on crafting exquisite toppings and delivering impeccable service. Moreover, these waffles ensure consistency in both taste and presentation.


This Mother's Day, let these five waffle creations dazzle your clientele, leaving them with a memorable dining experience that they will fondly associate with your restaurant.


Rise n Shine Waffle Delight

For the traditional breakfast lovers, offer waffles topped with crispy bacon and a perfectly cooked over-easy egg. The rich, runny yolk adds an indulgent touch, turning a simple waffle into a hearty meal that will keep your guests fueled for their Mother's Day activities.


Waffles with Salmon and avocado


Seaside Brunch Waffle Delicacy

Elevate your brunch menu with this sophisticated take on the classic waffle. Start a layer of tangy cream cheese. Top with delicate slices of smoked salmon, adding a luxurious, smoky flavour that is irresistible. Add thin slices of avocado for taste and a pop of colour.


Waffles with bananas almonds and yogurt


Banana Bliss Almond Crunch Waffles

A light and refreshing option, this dish combines the sweetness of bananas with the tanginess of yogurt and the crunch of almonds. It is a healthy, satisfying choice that caters to the health-conscious guests and those seeking a lighter brunch option.


Waffles with chicken and syrup


Southern Charm Chicken Waffles

This Southern classic is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The combination of crispy fried chicken atop a waffle creates a delightful contrast of textures. Drizzled with a touch of honey or maple syrup, this dish offers a perfect balance of savoury and sweet.


Waffles with apples, nuts and honey


Orchard Harvest Honey-Nut Waffles

For a sweet end to the brunch, serve waffles topped with baked apples, a sprinkle of crunchy nuts, and a drizzle of honey. This dessert-like dish adds a festive touch to the menu, and the comforting flavours are a fitting tribute to the comforting presence of mothers.





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