Concept Watch: St-Viateur, OEB Breakfast, Olly Fresco’s

By Katie Belflower RestoBiz and Technomic have teamed up again for Concept Watch to highlight three standout restaurant concepts on show in Canadian foodservice right now. This month, the focus is on St-Viateur Bagels, OEB Breakfast Co., and Olly Fresco’s Salad Bar and how each is standing out from the crowd in Canadian foodservice. St-Viateur Bagels […]

The lasting changes and passing fads of COVID-19

By Mark Plumlee COVID-19 brought massive, sweeping changes to the restaurant industry. Now, with the vaccine rollout well underway and provinces continuing to reopen their restaurants, one giant question remains unanswered. Looking at some of the many shifts restaurant operations have seen over the past year, which ones will turn out to be passing fads? […]

Is it time to include tips in menu prices?

By Sylvain Charlebois and Poppy Nicolette Riddle Tipping is a cultural practice strongly supported in Canada, with most patrons feeling good about their experiences. However, tips can have hidden consequences for those working in foodservice. With staff recruitment a problem as the easing of pandemic guidelines are allowing restaurants to reopen, our research suggests it […]

Preparing yourself for summer reopening & recovery

Canadian consumers are ready to keep supporting restaurants, but managing your margins and elevating guest experience are musts. By Tom Nightingale Canadian foodservice and hospitality is finally getting on the road to healing the deep wounds of COVID-19. On July 16, indoor dining reopens in Ontario for the first time since Easter weekend, a landmark […]

Consumers and food companies want to fight climate change

From field to table, the sustainability of the modern food industry is a topic of growing concern across the world. Though things were already moving in that direction, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that Canadian consumers are increasingly demanding that food companies take action to reduce the impact of the sector on climate change and […]

Canadian restaurant job listings spiking as recovery begins

Canadian restaurant job hirings are spiking as provinces continue to relax COVID-19 restrictions, in what experts say is a good sign on the road to foodservice and hospitality’s recovery. Job listings in food preparation and foodservice have surged in recent weeks to reach 37 per cent above pre-pandemic levels as of June 18, according to […]

Trend Watch: Haskap, miso desserts, pandan

By Katie Belflower Chefs and restaurateurs must be constantly innovating to stand out in an industry packed full of talent and variety. Keep up-to-date with the very latest in food and menu trends is a vital part of the job. Thankfully, we and Technomic are here to help! This latest edition of Trend Watch focuses on three […]

Restaurant technology: What to invest in & what to skip

By Mo Chaar The restaurant industry is an ever-changing technological landscape. The pandemic has shifted guest expectations and restaurants are now required to be tech-savvy and offer online ordering, pay-at-the-table functions, third-party delivery, and more. However, with restaurants already struggling in the current climate, most businesses don’t have the financial resources to invest in expensive […]

McCormick Flavour Forecast reveals trends driving taste of tomorrow

The McCormick Flavour Forecast from McCormick, a global leader in flavour, has been uncovering the trends that transform the way that Canadians cook, flavour, and eat for over two decades. In the latest and 21st edition, the McCormick Flavour Forecast identifies the latest and greatest food trends and ingredients in continuation of its pursuit to […]

Tipping remains important but are attitudes shifting?

Canadians largely recognize that tipping is becoming increasingly important for the foodservice and hospitality industry amid the devastating impacts of COVID-19. However, there are some signs that attitudes may be changing. Foodservice and hospitality has always relied on tipping to a significant extent. The pandemic, though, is causing something of a reevaluation of how the […]