A&W Canada cuts the processed cheese and gets real


North Vancouver-based fast food chain A&W Canada keeps finding new ways to freshen up how they do business. They’ve done everything from phasing out disposable plastic straws to putting a super-popular plant-based burger on the menu, but stuff is getting REAL now.

A&W Canada has cut the cheese. Processed cheese, that is.

A&W Canada announced that as of October 1, they would only be using real Canadian cheese at all their locations (@awcanada/Instagram)

A&W Canada announced that as of October 1, they’d be ditching the fake stuff and putting cheese made from 100% Canadian milk on their burgers.

“What’s better than a Teen Burger topped with real Canadian Cheddar?” said Susan Senecal, A&W Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer in a media release.

Some (non-vegans) might argue that putting a slice of cheese on a Beyond Burger, the just-returned plant-based patty with a demand that far outpaced the supply, is actual even better, but that’s not what Senecal was getting at.

“We believe that sourcing simple, great-tasting ingredients, farmed with care is the right thing to do,” adds Senecal. “Serving real cheese instead of processed cheese was the logical, and delicious, next step.”

A&W uses cheese not just on their burgers, but also on their breakfast sandwiches and on their poutine, too.


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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where ahe earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com