A&W (Canada)

American fast food restaurant chain

A&W Food Services of Canada, Inc. is a Canadian fast food restaurant chain.[1] The first Canadian A&W restaurant opened in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1956.[2] A&W is known best for its root beer.

Meal at an A&W restaurant

A&W Canada was part of the U.S.-based A&W Restaurants chain, but was sold to Unilever in 1972.[3] In 1995 Unilever sold the company. It no longer has any corporate connection to A&W operations outside of Canada. The company has more locations than the United States even though the population is smaller in Canada.[4]


  1. "Company Overview of A&W Food Services of Canada Inc". Businessweek. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  2. "Restaurant chain celebrates 50 years of rings, root beer". CBC News. June 13, 2006. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  3. "Our History". A&W Revenue Royalties Income Fund. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  4. Forster, Tim (Jun 15, 2017). "Why Root Beer and Burger Chain A&W Is Planning a Comeback". Eater. Retrieved 2 July 2017.

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