Warren Erhart, President, Dina Moffett, Director of Operations, White Spot & Paul Volk, Director of Operations, Triple O’s | Photography from Kostuch Media Ltd. by Jena Kristian Balle
VANCOUVER, B.C. (December 21, 2022) — Nearly 95 years since launching in 1928, White Spot Hospitality is still a trailblazer, and now Canada’s longest-running restaurant chain has earned the distinction of being named ‘Regional Company of the Year’ in Foodservice and Hospitality’s 33rd annual Pinnacle Awards.
Recognizing the born-in-B.C. company for its impact on the industry, significant innovations and accomplishments, as well as its community spirit, the respected Ontario-based publication’s Pinnacle Awards took special note in naming its 2022 winners for how the hospitality businesses approached survival — and thrived — through the COVID-19 pandemic.
White Spot continues to position itself as an industry leader thanks to deeply-rooted values of supporting local growers, producers and suppliers, its team members, and the community as a whole through a number of initiatives, all while serving 17 million guests annually at its 130 White Spot and Triple O’s locations in B.C., Alberta, Ontario and Asia.
Growth has been a key focus for White Spot. Remarkably, they opened 10 new Triple O’s locations during the course of the pandemic, including four in Ontario, a rapidly expanding market for the brand. Not only did White Spot’s quick-service brand Triple O’s mark its 25th anniversary this year, but the company also launched another concept, R+D Kitchen by White Spot at the Amazing Brentwood in Burnaby. The new upscale casual test-kitchen restaurant features a mix of classic White Spot dishes with fresh, modern options for the next generation of guests.
White Spot remains committed to the career development of its team members. As the only restaurant in Canada that offers in-house Red Seal chef training certification, White Spot is dedicated to creating future culinary leaders through a program that allows team members to undergo career-enhancing training without having to leave their jobs, while also investing in growing its own internal leadership program.
In the community, White Spot is proud to continue its legacy of supporting numerous charitable organizations including Variety – the Children’s Charity, Food Banks BC and The Zajac Ranch for Children, as well as numerous other charities, hospitals, and causes in the regions it serves.
“Looking ahead to our 95th anniversary year, White Spot remains committed to continuing to make a difference in the lives of our team members, guests, and in our communities,” said Warren Erhart, President, White Spot Hospitality. “We are proud of our accomplishments and will continue to focus on innovation, growth, and leadership as the foundation for our future.”
Some of White Spot Hospitality’s recent noteworthy achievements include:
- Rix Award for Engaged Corporate Citizenship, to be presented in 2023
- Platinum status for the 12th consecutive year as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies
- Gold award, 2022 Canadian Franchise Association Award of Excellence, Triple O’s (Traditional Franchises Category)
- 2022 Canadian Franchise Association Franchisee’s Choice Award, White Spot and Triple O’s
- The only restaurant in B.C. to have Certificate of Recognition (COR) – WorkSafeBC for employee safety
- Founding member of Restaurants Canada
- 2022 launch of The Triple OOO’s Lunch Blocker to encourage British Columbians to take back their lunch break in a fun and interactive way
- One of B.C.’s Best-Loved Brands of 2022, Ipsos
To learn more about White Spot Hospitality, visit www.whitespot.ca.
For more information about the Foodservice and Hospitality Pinnacle awards and a list of winners, visit https://www.foodserviceandhospitality.com/pinnacle-awards/.
For the latest news about White Spot, register to receive Spot Club emails at whitespot.ca, become a fan of /whitespot on Facebook or follow @White_Spot on Twitter, @whitespot_restaurants on Instagram and /whitespotrestaurants on YouTube. For the latest news about Triple O’s, register to receive Triple O’s emails at tripleos.ca, become a fan of /tripleosrestaurant on Facebook or follow @TripleOs on Twitter, @tripleosrestaurant on Instagram and @TheTripleOs YouTube.
ABOUT WHITE SPOT HOSPITALITY | Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, White Spot is Canada’s longest-running restaurant chain. Founded in 1928, when Nat Bailey launched Canada’s first drive-in restaurant at Granville and 67th, the 94-year-young chain serves more than 17 million guests annually at 130 White Spot and Triple O’s (their premium quick-service restaurants) located throughout B.C., Alberta, Ontario and Asia. They also own and operate five mobile food trucks plus a newly opened R+D Kitchen by White Spot, their test kitchen restaurant concept located at the Amazing Brentwood in Burnaby. Bailey’s original vision was to build a restaurant that served the highest quality, unique tasting food and White Spot remains committed to continuing this tradition in each and every meal. White Spot Hospitality is proud to be recognized with the platinum status designation as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, is one of Canada’s top 150 iconic brands as awarded by Interbrand Canada, has been awarded a gold medal for excellence in franchising by the Canadian Franchise Association, and is one of B.C.’s Most Loved Brands as recognized by Ipsos. | whitespot.ca tripleos.ca
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