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 3, 2021, there were 1,006 A&W restaurants in operation in Canada, of which 997 are owned and operated by franchisees and 9 are owned and operated by A&W Food Services. System sales for all A&W restaurants in Canada in 2020 were $1.4 Billion. A&W Food Services and its franchisees employ approximately 20,000 people on a full or part time basis.
A&W serves more than 133 million customers annually.
A&W Root Beer is Canada'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.
In 2017, A&W introduced in its restaurants A&W Root Beer made from natural cane sugar and all-natural flavours.
In 2018, A&W began serving in its restaurants the Beyond Meat† Burger made using 100% plant-based protein.
Also in 2018, A&W began using real cheese on all burgers and breakfast sandwiches.
In 2019, A&W began serving the Beyond Meat† sausage as an option in its breakfast offerings.
In 2020, A&W launched its new coffee blend and switched to all grass-fed beef.