Kostuch Publications announces 2007 Pinnacle winners

    TORONTO, Dec. 3 /CNW/ - Kostuch Publications Limited, publishers of
industry magazines Foodservice and Hospitality and Hotelier, has announced
this year's Pinnacle Winners. Compass Group Canada wins the Company of the
Year honours for Foodservice and Hospitality magazine, while Hotelier magazine
has chosen Sandman Hotels, Inns & Suites as its Company of the Year.
    Other category winners for Foodservice and Hospitality include Calgary
-based Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts for Company of the Year/Regional;
Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala as Independent Restaurateurs of the Year; and
Cookstown Greens as Supplier of the Year. Two new Franchise Excellence awards
are also being presented this year to Boston Pizza International and Cora
Franchise Group.
    On the hotel side, in addition to the Company of the Year category, other
winners include: the Easton's Group of Hotels as this year's Company of the
Year/Regional winner; Sue Murray, owner of Niagara's Finest Inns as Hotelier
of the Year and internationally recognized designers Yabu Pushelberg as
Supplier of the Year.
    With 2007 sales of $1.1 billion, the Mississauga-based Compass Group
Canada is one of the leading contract caterers in the country with particular
focus on the ever-growing institutional market. The company employs 22,000
people across Canada and serves more than one million meals a day in schools,
hospitals, sports arenas, museums and correctional facilities.
    On the hotel side, Vancouver-based Sandman Hotels, Inns & Suites has
cemented its place in the national lodging industry. It's now ranked as the
fastest-growing privately owned hotel chain in Canada, with annual sales of
more than $110 million.
    The achievements of the 10 winners will be celebrated at the Pinnacle
Awards luncheon to be held Dec. 3, 2007 in the Canadian Room of Toronto's
Royal York Hotel.
    Since introducing the first industry award in 1988, Foodservice and
Hospitality has honored a diverse group of industry leaders for their
continued success and achievements, each representing the full spectrum of the
industry, from upscale restaurants to quick-service chains. Each of this
year's award-winners are distinguished for their contributions to the public
image of the industry through civic, educational and community involvement, as
well as their efforts in establishing innovative concepts in the area of
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
similar 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 & Resorts.

For further information:

For further information: on the Pinnacle Awards, contact: Rosanna Caira
at (416) 447-0888, ext. 224 or e-mail rcaira@foodservice.ca

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