Will 2024 be easier for operators?

As we move through the first quarter of 2024, looking back to the final quarter of last year can give us some insight into restaurant success, consumer spending, and what’s trending this year. How did restaurants do towards the end of last year and what can we expect to see this year? While traffic dipped […]

How restaurants can survive and thrive during the slower season

By Brittain Brown Restaurants are grappling with a unique set of challenges – the confluence of inflation, winter weather, and the post-holiday lull creates a perfect storm, leaving many establishments feeling the financial pinch. Amidst the struggles, this is a chance for restaurateurs to think outside the box and find innovative ways to attract customers […]

Today’s customer spending and its effect on restaurants

By Vince Sgabellone Economists have projected a slowdown in the Canadian economy for several quarters now. Similarly, Canadian consumers have reported for over a year that they plan to cut back on their spending and studies show they have done just that. For the year ending June 2023, consumer spending across the 11 retail categories […]

How will restaurant guests be spending their money in 2024?

As inflation continues into next year, consumers will continue to shift their spending habits, adjusting how they use their dollars for dining. According to Canada’s Food Price Report, 80.3 per cent of Canadians are expecting food prices to continue to rise. A recent study conducted by the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University in partnership […]

Optimizing your gift card strategy

By Mo Chaar The holidays are looking a little different this year: Canadians are feeling the affordability crunch, and a recent holiday gift card survey revealed that inflation is affecting nearly three-quarters (74 per cent) of consumer holiday spending. With the holiday season nearly in full swing and with one-third of restaurants in Canada operating […]

Hygiene workflow systems can help improve your guest experience

By Marissa Tekirian We all know that foodservice is a fast-paced world with daily pressures that can make it hard to focus time and resources on making business better. Operators know the more seamless the service, the more satisfied the guest – and the more successful the business. With expectations for hygiene, sustainability, and guest experience higher […]

Restaurants are seeing an uptick in early dining traffic

Consumer habits come and go, and as work schedules remain flexible and consumers are cost-conscious, early dining seems to be a trend that’s picking up speed. Although many QSRs are finding success with late-night dining, adding this daypart to their offerings, there has also been significant recent growth in earlier visits. With reservations for five […]

A look at today’s restaurant landscape

Although there have been many challenges over the last few years, restaurants continue to recover from labour shortages, inflation, and supply chain interruption. With 51 per cent of restaurants operating at a loss, continued rising costs are challenging operators and consumers alike, as businesses and customers try and find balance between today’s revenue and spending. […]

Trend Watch: Juniper, pineapple weed, chayote

By Katie Belflower We’re well into fall now, and Canadian operators are looking to add trending items to their seasonal offerings. RestoBiz and Technomic’s latest edition of Trend Watch focuses on juniper, pineapple weed, chayote and some of the restaurants that are featuring them on their menus. Juniper Juniper is a shrub bearing edible berries […]