In With the Old: Tastes continue to evolve, but don’t forget about the classics

By Scott Stewart Looking ahead to 2020, Canadian menu trends will continue to follow the trajectory of recent years. Specifically, demand for global flavours will further evolve on restaurant menus. Not only are they an increasingly important part of the overall food market, but restaurants are the tip of the spear when it comes to […]

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Canada’s Muslim population is growing, and reaching them requires halal options. Fortunately, meeting that demand is easier than you think By Salima Jivraj Here’s a term that might be new to you: Census Metropolitan Area or CMA. That’s what Statistics Canada calls a major urban centre and its surrounding area. Amongst the largest CMAs are […]

Thinking Inside the Box: Meal kits are relatively new to foodservice, but quickly gaining traction

By Vince Sgabellone Few questions are as enduring or universal as “what’s for dinner?” For the last several decades, the answer typically fell into one of two categories: stay in or eat out. As technology continues to disrupt the way we eat, however, we now have more options than ever before when it comes to […]

Trend Watch: Less-than-healthy menu items still hold some sway

By Sophie Mir Yes, plant-based eating is incredibly popular now, and yes, consumers are more concerned with their health than perhaps ever before. But that doesn’t mean people have given up indulging altogether. As it turns out, some produce is amenable to the same deep-fried, sauce-slathered treatment that plenty of meat gets, and Nanaimo bars […]

One Trend, Three Ways: The new wave of non-alcoholic drinks

By Sophie Mir Non-alcoholic drinks remain a top mealpart at Canadian restaurants. Per Technomic’s Ignite menu data, almost all Canadian operators (99.4 per cent) menu non-alcoholic beverages. (If not menued, then they’re almost certainly available.) According to Technomic’s 2018 Canadian Beverage Consumer Trend Report, beverage consumption from foodservice has remained steady over the past two […]

It’s Always Snack Time: Lunch is giving way to all-day grazing

By Asad Amin  Formal meal times are giving way to low key, all-day grazing. Over the past five years alone, trends observed by the Ipsos Food and Beverage Group indicate that snacking is becoming an increasingly ingrained consumption behaviour amongst Canadians. Reported snack occasions across all venues, in-home and out-of-home, currently account for 67 per […]

Trend Watch: Plant-based and healthy options continue to dominate foodservice

By Sophie Mir If there was any lingering doubt about plant-based meat mainstreaming, Beyond Meat’s recent IPO, the biggest of 2019, ought to have quelled them. Founded in 2009 with venture capital from Bill Gates and Tyson Foods, amongst other, Beyond Meat’s share price started the day at $25 and reached a high of $63.43, […]

Get Ready: Gen Z is coming to disrupt your business

Back in March, I wrote about how Millennials are disrupting your business and shared some things you can do to future-proof your business and profit from these demographic shifts. We’re going to do it again, because Generation Z is waiting outside your door. In fact, they may already be in your physical or virtual establishment, and Gen Z’s […]