A Canadian-owned company, A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. opened its first restaurant in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1956.
The initials "A&W" stand for A&W's founders: Allen and Wright
At January 1, 2017, there were 879 A&W restaurants in operation in Canada, of which 871 are owned and operated by franchisees and 8 are owned and operated by A&W Food Services. System sales for all A&W restaurants in Canada in 2016 were $1,162 million. A&W Food Services and its franchisees employ approximately 17,000 people on a full or part time basis.
A&W serves more than 118 million customers annually.
A&W Root Beer is the world's #1 root beer.
A&W is recognized as a Platinum member in Canada's Best Managed Companies program.
In 2013, A&W launched new beef which is raised without the use of hormones or steroids.
In September 2014, A&W introduced eggs from hens fed a diet without animal by-products.
In October 2014, A&W began using chicken raised without the use of antibiotics and fed a grain-based, vegetarian diet without animal by-products.
In January 2015, Organic and Fair Trade coffee was introduced.
In February 2016, A&W introduced pork raised without the use of antibiotics.