Foodservice (Food and Beverage)

While Parker & Associates' consulting crosses many industry segments, the company has extensive experience in foodservice because of the work history of its principal. Pat has had an important role in McDonald's history in Canada, the creation of Keg Restaurants, the leadership of White Spot and retail operations for Mohawk Oil ( see About Us, Corporate Background).

Parker & Associates has consulted in all facets of foodservice from fine dining to kiosks. Some of the firm's clients include the biggest and best in their segments. Consequently young, growing companies look to this depth of experience and overall knowledge of the industry to help them grow or re-brand their business.

Increasingly, Parker & Associates is approached by U.S. and other international franchisors to assist them with Canadian expansion. We act as Canadian broker for Carl's Jr. and we have a history of work with Dunkin' Brands (Baskin Robbins, Dunkin' Donuts, Togo's). Discussions have taken place with Applebees, Sbarros, Church's, Qdoba and others.

Finally, Parker & Associates is regularly involved in foodservice and retail audits where changing dynamics require fresh creative thinking to meet customer demands. It may be a new university or a significant entertainment venue or large institutional operations or private sector operators that provide in-house foodservice operations for its employees.

Some recent projects include:

  • acting on behalf of investor group to acquire master/area rights from large foodservice franchisor
  • consulting to Canadian supplier to successfully obtain food production business for STARBUCKS operations
  • consulting to property management firm whose property has on-site foodservice that needs to change and to have catering contracts reassessed.
  • expert witness work in significant litigation between two restaurant operators
  • new strategic planning for merger of two significant restaurant operators


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An interesting thing about Pat is the scope of his understanding of foodservice. Not many people get quick service through to fine dining and the nuances in between. In his corporate and consulting careers he has worked on such a diversity of projects including for my company. He is simply one of the best.
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Bud Kanke
Chairman, Kanke Seafood Restaurants
Proprietor, Joe Fortes
Proprietor, Goldfish Pacific Kitchen
Inductee, BC Restaurant Hall of Fame