Grill Alberta Beef for Stampede Week
Albertans like their Canadian beef according to BMO survey - First full day of summer heralds the return of grilling season - Countdown to Calgary Stampede - only 15 days till big barbeques are fired up for the Centennial celebration - Family Financial Tip #4 - Have family and friends over for potluck barbeques
CALGARY, ALBERTA, Jun 21, 2012 (Menafn - MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.
On this, the first full day of summer, Canadians will be breaking outthe barbeques for a summertime tradition of grilling. According to arecent BMO survey on food buying habits, Albertans are the mostlikely to buy Canadian when shopping for beef (83 per cent) - abovethe national average age (78 per cent) and quite a bit higher thanseafood-loving B.C. (71 per cent).
According to BMO Economics, the Alberta cattle industry provided 3.2billion in farm cash receipts in 2011, or more than 30 per cent oftotal farm income. Additionally, Alberta is Canada's biggest beefproducer.
"If you like your grilled steak, we encourage Canadians to buyAlberta beef. You'll not only get a high quality and safe foodproduct, you'll be supporting beef producers who are a critical andviable component of Canada's economy," said Bill Hogg, VicePresident, Commercial Banking, Alberta/NWT, BMO Bank of Montreal.
As the official bank of the Calgary Stampede for the past 100 years,BMO Bank of Montreal is offering five Family Financial Tips leadingup to the Centennial Celebrations at Stampede.
BMO Family Financial Tip #4 - Have family and friends over forpotluck barbeques
According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association's (HPBA)survey of consumer grilling preferences, the three top reasons welove our grilled food are: affordability, convenience, andfamily-friendly fun.
Barbequing is a great choice for Canadian families:
It's Affordable: Consider this, a family of four out for a steak dinner,
with dessert but no alcohol would spend about 130. It would cost on
average 35 to buy the similar grocery products for a home barbeque - a
savings of 95. You can also save by opting for less expensive cuts of
meat or looking for meat sales at the grocery store.
It's Convenient: With the warm summer temperatures, grilling allows you
to keep that extra heat outside instead of heating up the kitchen and
your oven. You can cook most components of a meal on the grill. Many side
dishes, like corn, tomatoes, peaches and asparagus, taste especially good
cooked over an open flame. Clean-up is easier too.
It's a Great Way to Spend Time with Family and Friends: Barbecuing is a
social event. By treating a barbecue as an outdoor potluck; it's a fun
way for everyone to share in the cost of a meal by each person
contributing one food item for the group.
The BMO Survey on Canadian food purchasing habits was conducted byPollara online, between May 18 and May 23, 2012, with a random sampleof 1,011 Canadians.
BMO's Family Financial Tips:
May 29, 2012 - Tip #1 - Round up your family for regular money talks
June 7, 2012 - Tip #2 - Life lessons for kids from family garage sales
June 14, 2012 - Tip #3 - Plan ahead and set a budget for your family
About BMO Financial Group
BMO Financial Group is proud to be the official bank of the CalgaryStampede for the past 100 years. That's why we're corralling thecommunity to celebrate with us at our special events - the BMO FarmFamily Awards and BMO Kids' Day.
Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is ahighly-diversified North American financial services organization.With total assets of 525 billion as at April 30, 2012, and more than46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range ofretail banking, wealth management and investment banking products andsolutions.
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SOURCE: BMO Financial Group and BMO Bank of Montreal
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