VANCOUVER, B.C., April 17, 2019 – The Ricky’s Group of Family-Style Restaurants and the Famoso Italian Pizzeria + Bar chains, both owned by FDF Restaurant Brandz, have switched from plastic to paper straws across Canada beginning this month.
The restaurant chains are joining the growing movement to reduce the global impact of discarded plastic on the environment and wildlife. There are about 85 Ricky’s locations and 30 Famoso locations in Canada.
According to statistics from the City of Vancouver, Canadians use about 57 million straws a day of which only 20 percent are recycled. Many of those plastic straws end up in the oceans, polluting the water and harming sea life.
“We are happy to make this switch in our restaurants to help protect our planet,” said Stacey Hansson, senior vice-president of Ricky’s Group of Family-Style Restaurants, which includes Ricky’s All Day Grill, Ricky’s Country, Ricky’s hotel partners, and Ricky’s Cafés. “Our move to paper straws is in keeping with our overall quality ethos, ‘Good For You, Good For The Planet.”’
Ricky’s quality initiatives include serving Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee, breakfast meats raised in Western Canada without antibiotics or hormones, Ocean Wise cod fillets, and much more. The switch to paper straws is a natural step to take for the customer-oriented Famoso neighbourhood pizzerias know for using authentic ingredients and processes.