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Our StoryEverything you need to know about Picnic but didn't know where to ask

From the heart

In June 2012, we made a choice to be different; to push the boundaries of the Canadian grab and go food scene. Frustrated with current choices in the market, and inspired by the voices of our future customers, we are going to try some fresh ideas. Naturally, some of these ideas will work and some of them won’t. But that won’t stop us from trying!

These successes, and failures, will help us grow to understand you, the customer. We are counting on your input, good or bad, to help us deliver the best food we can. Why is this so important? Because you are the experts after all; you know what you like and what you don’t!

We care about giving you the freshest, most delicious options at a reasonable price. Most importantly, we want to make sure we give you and all your followers exactly what you want today, tomorrow, and for years to come! So come check us out, bring some friends and let us know what you think, we’ll be waiting!

Food Philosopy

Food is our passion. It is what we do. It is what we love. Our mission is to give you the best food possible at the most reasonable price. We want our food to make you happy inside and out. Every ingredient is carefully chosen for a specific purpose, to create amazing flavour profiles that your taste buds will be sure to love.

We pride ourselves on giving you choices when it comes to your food. After all not every one is the same, and we wouldn’t want it that way!

No matter what your stomach size, colour, shape, or preference our menu will have something for you. Unless of course you don’t like food, in which case we have fresh pressed juices and blended smoothies that will tickle your taste buds and your tummy. We believe that fresh never gets stale, so come on over to the fresh side!

Shelf Talkers

Not everyone likes cilantro. Or olives. Or Blue Cheese. It’s in the 50/50 food group. 50% of you love it, 50% of you can’t stand it. That’s why we put so much time into our SHELF TALKERS. We want to make sure you get what you want, and what you like. Every packaged item tells you EXACTLY what went in to make the product. Because if you hate cilantro, you don’t want to bite into a sandwich made with that ever-so-noticeable herb. Vegetarian? Keep your eye out for the green watermelon seed. Carnivore? Focus on the red seeds.

These days it’s all about making your food decisions easier, not harder. All the while, watching your wallet.

Nutrition and Allergens

We understand that some people don’t have a choice when it comes to what they can and cannot eat, and we also understand the severity of allergens. However we want to ensure that you have control over what you eat, while ensuring you still have delicious options when it comes to our food.

Whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, carnivore, or most importantly suffer from food allergies; we’ve got nutritional and dietary options to help you accomplish all of your health and fitness goals.

We want to make the extra effort to truly offer something for everyone. . This way you know, and we know you are getting exactly what you want or what you need. Catering to your individual allergies, intolerances, or preferences is a challenge…but one we gladly accept.

Mo Money, less problems

At Picnic, we work off the principle that while food can be expensive, how you put it together can be rather simple and delicious. And most importantly, these delicious choices do not have to cost you an arm and a leg. We go out of our way to source not only the freshest ingredients, but also the most cost effective, which is directly reflected in our price points. It is imperative that you are happy not only with the food, but with the price!

The Canadian Government was tired of the pesky penny, and they weren’t alone. All products have been priced to be rounded up or down, with the required HST where necessary to a .00 or a .05. In the end, it will all work out for the best. And hopefully we’ll help combat the pockets full of change walking around out there.

Our Communities

When we open a location, we become part of the community. We want to provide each community with a place that not only offers delicious food and fantastic service, but a place that every one feels comfortable.  We want to be the place you come to hang out with friends, escape the chaos of every day life, or even just to charge your phone quickly over a cup of coffee.

Not only are we neighbours, but a friendly face that will be there for you. We want you to be a part of our growth, and we want to watch you grow too! Whether we can lend an ear to listen, a smile to brighten your day, our hands to help volunteer, or our resources to donate to a local cause- community is very important to Picnic. We’ve got your stomach covered, but we want you to know we have your back too!

Our locations

Want a location near you? Let us know! We’re always looking for new friends…

It's not about the sandwich

We know how imperative customer service is to the overall experience you have at Picnic, and we expect the best for you! From our own experiences we know that customer service can make or break what people think, and we want you to LOVE our people and our products! We want to offer an opportunity for our staff to grow, develop, create, and lead each other to offer you the best experience possible.  We’ve scoured the city to find the best baristas, customer hosts, chefs, and team members who believe in meaningful employment and understand the importance of serving you, the customer.

We are proud of what we’ve created, and we want our employees to feel the same way. We want to create a fun working environment that teaches them life skills, builds confidence, boosts self esteem, and makes them feel like they matter…because they do! Down the road, we want every person who worked at Picnic to remember the lessons and skills that they acquired from their days spent with us, and the fun they had while doing it! It’s not about the sandwich; it’s about the people. And our people matter!

Think you’ve got what it takes? Apply today!

The environment

We love where we live, and we love the environment. That’s why we do our very best to make sure we are doing our part, every day. Even if it seems little, the little things add up. From the LED lights throughout our store, even the low-flow water heads in our kitchens- we do everything we can. We know the importance of composting, recycling, and reusing building materials.

We want our locations to set the trend in environmental sustainability. One step at a time, one smoothie at a time!