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Are you on board with the food revolution? A growing awareness is spreading and the demand for plant based meal options is growing. Studies confirm the link between eating animals, especially processed meat, and the link to cancer and health conditions such as diabetes. Environmental impacts of a meat based diet have been demonstrated, and the ethics behind factory farming are being scrutinized. People are reading labels and choosing organic, non-GMO and local ingredients more often. Copper Branch, a quick serve plant based restaurant, is fulfilling the gap in the food industry and is well timed with this growing lifestyle to ride the wave of popularity and expand across Canada and internationally with their brand. Social media has played a major role in Copper Branch’s business development and continues to help them evolve and tailor menu items to their customers. Copper Branch opened its first location in Montreal Canada, and has since grown to twelve locations across Quebec and Ontario. By the end of 2017, fifteen locations will be in operation. The first launch outside of Canada will be in the city of Boston, USA. Copper Branch operates under the franchise model, for any curious investors who may be reading this. I was lucky enough to speak with Andrew Infantino, Director of Marketing, who has been with Copper Branch since the early planning stages. During the initial planning and research phase in developing the concept of Copper Branch, Andrew transitioned over to a vegetarian diet. He could no longer ignore the link to diet and health and he states he will never go back to his flesh eating ways. In his own words Andrew states: To work at Copper Branch it is not a requisite to be vegan per say, because again our mission is more health focused. But I’d say the majority of our team at the very least is very much inspired by the plant based movement and have incorporated a lot more into their diet or have even transitioned into a vegetarian or vegan diet… And so for myself. It has been a journey or stance that I have taken, have held and I think I will hold for the rest of my life. The founder of Copper Branch is Andrew’s father Rio Infantino. Rio has an extensive 22 year history of work in the fast food industry. He was a multi unit franchise owner before he liquidated… Read more »
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Were you aware that a small staff of six are working to save the lives of LGBTQI people all over the world? As the name Rainbow Railroad implies they work to discreetly move people out of dangerous circumstances into safe houses, and often on to a safe haven in a new country. Their name is intended to pay homage to the Underground Railroad that began in the 1780s. In April of this year, the abduction, detentions, torture and deaths of 200 plus LGBTQI Chechens were documented by the media. What you may not realize is that this is a global problem. Homosexuality is illegal in over 70 countries, several of which impose a death sentence. Living in a country where homosexuality has been decriminalized does not guarantee one’s safety. Rainbow Railroad has grown to a team of six employees (five in Canada, and one in the United States) and obtained charitable status in 2013. The inspiration to begin Rainbow Railroad came from a homeless Palestinian youth during World Pride in Tel Aviv in 2006. Supported by an active board of directors and countless volunteers, this organization has assisted more than 300 individuals to date.
Organisation name: The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing Industry: Publishing Contact: Pamela Mulloy, Editor Sophie Blom, Managing Editor Web References: The New Quarterly Description of how social media is used for business performance The New Quarterly is an award-winning Canadian literary magazine located in Waterloo, ON. For over 30 years The New Quarterly has been publishing fiction and poetry by… Read more »
Airbnb Is More than Just a Company; It’s a Family. Organization Name: Airbnb Industry: Social Networking Service Name of contact if available: Brian Chesky, CEO and Founder, Airbnb Nathan Blecharczyk, CTO & Co-Founder, Airbnb Joe Gebbia, CPO & Co-Founder , Airbnb Natalie Harrison, Head of International PR, Airbnb Stewart Butterfield, CEO and Co-Founder, Slack Web references: https://www.airbnb.ca/, https://slack.com/ https://www.youtube.com/user/Airbnb, wsj.com, Company Overview: What initially began… Read more »
Social media metrics can connect social media marketing to sales and ROI, but what about social activity that can’t be measured? In May of this year, Buzzfeed posted an analysis of traffic to its network, noting an increase of 25 per cent from social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and 52 per cent from sources described as “dark… Read more »