TORONTO, Nov. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Kostuch Media Limited, publisher of
industry magazines Foodservice and Hospitality and Hotelier, is proud to announce the 2012 winners of its prestigious Pinnacle
"This year's winners prove innovation is the hallmark of success in
today's competitive operating environment. They've carved out success
in 2012 by thinking outside the box, while focusing on quality," said
Rosanna Caira, editor and publisher of Kostuch Media, saluting the 11
winners from both magazines.
On the foodservice side, Toronto's Smoke Poutinerie nabbed the Company of the Year (National) prize. The empire has grown
from 10 units in 2010 to 36+ units in 2012, with a chain-wide sales
increase of 65 per cent between 2011 and 2012. Future plans include
further growth of its food-truck business and the launch of a Sports &
Brown's Socialhouse is this year's winner in the Company of the Year (Regional) category.
Since opening eight years ago, the Vancouver-based company has grown to
include 15 franchised locations in Western Canada, with sales of $27
million. It recently expanded into the U.S. market with two units named
This year's Independent Restaurateurs of the Year are John Jackson,
Carrie Jackson, Connie De Sousa and Jean Francois Beeroo of Calgary's Charcut Roast House. After opening in 2010, the quartet has increased sales by 112 per cent. The owners also
co-pilot the city's food-truck program.
David Hawksworth of Hawksworth Restaurant in Vancouver has earned this year's Chef of
the Year accolade. Hawksworth earns critical acclaim from the press,
his peers and diners for his inventive meals served in an opulent
Saputo Dairy, winner of the Supplier of the Year prize, has 47 plants and
distribution facilities in more than 50 countries. It generated $6.9
billion in revenue in fiscal 2012, up 15.4 per cent from fiscal 2011.
As Franchise Excellence winner, Pizza Nova has cultivated a strong franchisee bond by focusing on quality and
innovation. With 125 units in Ontario, the company has achieved
seven-per-cent growth in the past year. It celebrates its 50th birthday
John Bishop, of Vancouver's Bishop's restaurant, rounds out this year's list of F&H winners, earning a Lifetime Achievement Award for his 40+ years of
industry influence. The local-food champion has inspired a generation
On the hotel side, the largest investor-owned distribution utility firm
in Canada, with 23 hotels in eight provinces, has taken Company of the
Year honours. St. John's, N.L.'s Fortis Properties achieved RevPAR growth of 2.5 per cent with this year's RevPAR projected
to hit $79. Under Nora Duke's leadership, the company has found the
formula for success: robust fiscal management, customer service
excellence and employee development.
Meanwhile, Pomeroy Inns and Suites Inc. is Hotelier's Company of the Year (Regional) winner. The Grande Prairie,
Alta.-based company realized sales increases of between 40 and 50 per
cent in 2012. Its four core values of honesty, quality, industry and
family extend to the community.
This year's Hotelier of the Year is Heather McCrory, regional vice-president, Fairmont Hotels and GM of the iconic Fairmont
Royal York. Under McCrory's leadership, occupancy levels are expected
to reach an all-time high of 75 per cent this year, representing a
1.5-per-cent increase over 2011.
And, just as the Hotel Association of Canada prepares to celebrate 100
years, Hotelier will present its president, Tony Pollard, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Pollard has been instrumental in
building the profile of the hotel industry in Canada and abroad.
The winners will be celebrated at the Pinnacle Awards luncheon, Friday,
Dec. 7, at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
About the Pinnacle Awards:
Since introducing the first industry award in 1988, Foodservice and Hospitality has honoured a diverse group of leaders for their continued success,
representing every facet of the industry, from upscale restaurants to
quick-service chains. Each of this year's winners are distinguished for
their contributions to the image of the industry through civic,
educational and community involvement as well as their efforts in
establishing innovative concepts in foodservice or hotel management.
Past winners include George Cohon of McDonald's Restaurants of Canada
Ltd.; The TDL Group; Starbucks Canada; Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser
of Inniskillin Wines Inc.; and Four Seasons Hotels founder, Isadore
Sharp. Hotelier magazine's first annual Hotelier of the Year award, representing
achievement in the hotel industry, was presented in 1994 to hotel
executives Robert DeMone, Canadian Pacific Hotels & Resorts; Michael
Beckley, Commonwealth Hospitality; and Simon Cooper, Delta Hotels &
SOURCE: Kostuch Media Ltd.
For further information:
Contact: Rosanna Caira at (416) 447-0888, ext. 224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.