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Former Cara Foods entity to ban plastic straws

VAUGHAN, Ont. – Recipe Unlimited (formerly Cara Operations) plans to eliminate plastic straws across its entire 19-brand network of restaurants. This includes brands such as Prime Pubs, Landing, Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, East Side Mario’s and many more.

“Our goal is to enrich life in Canada…and that extends beyond our restaurants and guests, to our oceans, wildlife and environment,” says Frank Hennessey, CEO, Restaurants Unlimited Corporation.

“Straws are just one component of the work we’re undertaking to eliminate single use plastics from our supply chain and shift to recyclable or compostable materials wherever possible.”

Beginning in August, plastic straws will be phased out with the goal of offering only paper straws by end of March 2019. That means only paper straws, which are completely compostable and biodegradable, will be provided with soft drinks in Recipe’s Quick Serve restaurants like Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, New York Fries and St-Hubert. And in its Full Service restaurants, only paper straws will be provided and only upon request.

Founded in 1883, RECIPE Unlimited Corporation (formerly Cara Operations) is Canada’s oldest and largest full-service restaurant company. The Company franchises and/or operates some of the most recognized brands in the country including Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, St-Hubert, The Keg, Milestones, Montana’s, Kelsey’s, East Side Mario’s, New York Fries, Prime Pubs, Bier Markt, Landing, Original Joe’s, State & Main, Elephant & Castle, The Burger’s Priest, The Pickle Barrel and 1909 Taverne Moderne.

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