Earls restaurant chain felt the heat from producers and consumers after the decision to promote its beef as “certified humane” and secure product from the U.S. instead of Canadian producers.  |  Getty photo

Earls sorry for beef fiasco

Phil Gallagher got right to the point at the Manitoba Beef Producers meeting in Brandon. Less than 30 seconds into his speech, the executive chef for Earls apologized for the restaurant’s decision last year to buy its beef from an American supplier and sell steaks as “certified humane.” “We hurt a lot of people. We […] Read more

Following his apology, Phil Gallagher,  executive chef for Earls, spent 15 minutes talking about the company's decision in April to switch to an American supplier and how the company backed away from

Earls says it learned lesson from beef controversy

Phil Gallagher got right to the point at the Manitoba Beef Producers meeting in Brandon. Less than 30 seconds into his speech, the executive chef for Earls apologized for the restaurant’s decision last year to buy its beef from an American supplier and sell steaks as “certified humane.” “We hurt a lot of people. We […] Read more



Earls Restaurant is bringing Canadian beef back to its 27 locations in Alberta and Saskatchewan. | File photo

Earls announces plan to resume buying Canadian beef

Earls Restaurant is bringing Canadian beef back to its 27 locations in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Ground beef will come from Ontario-based Baretta Family Farms and other cuts will be sourced through the Alberta companies Spring Creek Ranch and Aspen Ridge Farms. The turnabout came after outcry about the Canadian company’s decision to offer certified humane […] Read more

Earls officials met with cattle industry groups last week to discuss how to get Alberta beef back on the menu.  |  Earls photo

Earls backtracks on beef sourcing

Canadian cattle producers who last week welcomed the Earls restaurant reversal to a plan to source beef from Kansas said it appears that those in charge at the restaurant did not do their homework ahead of the original announcement. “Their original decision disappointed me, obviously, because to me they didn’t do their research properly,” said […] Read more


In a statement released early today, entitled

Earls: “we’ve made a mistake”

Earls Kitchen and Bar has reversed its decision to source all its beef from Kansas and apologized to Alberta beef producers. In a statement released early today, entitled “Alberta; Earls is Listening“, Earls president Mo Jessa admitted an error. “We made a mistake when we moved away from Canadian beef,” he said in the statement. […] Read more

The chain, with 66 locations in Canada and the United States announced it is the first restaurant chain in North America to serve Certified Humane Beef that is also raised without the use of antibiotics or growth promoting hormones. Earls announced this policy was a mistake on May 4. | Michael Raine photo illustration

Earls restaurants draws fire over new certified beef policy

The company says its marketing plan is designed to appeal to socially conscious consumers, while Canadian beef producers say their animals are being raised humanely

A tempest has blown across Canadian beef farms following the Earls Restaurants decision to buy American. The chain, with 66 locations in Canada and the United States announced it is the first restaurant chain in North America to serve Certified Humane Beef that is also raised without the use of antibiotics or growth promoting hormones. […] Read more

Earls president Mo Jessa released a video statement as part of Wednesday's announcement they would be backtracking on the chain's plan to source all its beef from

Earls backtracking welcomed by industry

A backlash against the Earls Kitchen and Bar chain through social media and reduced patronage got the attention of Earls president Mo Jessa. Today the Canadian dining chain apologized for its plan to source all its beef from Kansas and said it will work with the Canadian and Alberta industry to produce beef that meets […] Read more