How inflation has impacted Canadian Thanksgiving

The ever-increasing food prices are affecting Canadian households across the board, from grocery shopping to family celebrations. Going into Thanksgiving, Canadians were looking at this year’s holiday a little differently, with 88 per cent expecting to be impacted by inflation and 18 per cent expecting to spend less than last year. From turkey to sides, […]

Can dynamic pricing work for your restaurant?

As Canadians continue to face inflation and the possibility of a recession, many restaurants are looking to recoup costs without abruptly raising menu prices. Dynamic pricing could be the answer. What is dynamic pricing? In simple terms, it’s the idea that prices fluctuate across the board on a schedule several times a year. While this […]

The critical importance of loyalty members

In today’s crowded foodservice climate, offering a robust loyalty program is a must. Loyalty members visit more, spend more, and provide your business with vital insights into customer behaviour. Those were some of the key conclusions of the new Paytronix Loyalty Report 2022, which found that the top loyalty members are foundational to a restaurant’s […]

Indoor dining is back & customers want quality, rewards

Prices may be up, cost of living may be up, but indoor dining is nevertheless back on the menu big time. The recent TouchBistro 2022 Diner Trends Report released Wednesday and based on surveys conducted in June and July found that 44 per cent of consumers are now indoor dining at a restaurant at least […]

Pumpkin spice season is leading the early charge into fall

It used to be that pumpkin spice and fall-related flavours arrived on the shelves just before Thanksgiving, but these days, retailers have been capitalizing on these seasonal offerings since as early as mid-August. As 54 per cent of operators said that limited-time offers (LTOs) are a central part of their business, they plan to release […]

Beer sales are declining as restaurants continue to struggle

As restaurants try to return to “business as usual” while battling labour shortages and supply chain delays, beer sales are on the decline. Total beer sales are down over seven per cent across Canada, dipping over eight per cent below pre-pandemic numbers. By province, beer sales have decreased by 12.6 per cent in Saskatchewan, 10.7 […]

Taking a closer look at rising food costs

Rising food costs have been in the news for months, with consumers, grocers, and restauranteurs continuing to feel the pinch. In an effort to combat the continued inflation and offset restaurant costs, U.S. menu prices jumped 7.6 per cent in July, just a slight decrease from June’s 40-year high. Though there has been a recent dip […]

Workers returning to offices are still keen on buying breakfast

Breakfast traffic was hit hard during the height of the pandemic as the daily routine of the office worker was overhauled. The emptying of offices meant that those regular stops at diners and drive-thrus virtually vanished almost overnight. With many of those workers now back in their offices, breakfast traffic has rebounded in recent times, […]

Are consumers going full steam ahead with plant-based protein?

With plant-based protein gaining momentum in the marketplace, retailers have got their eye on product performance. Studies show that plant-based diets are gaining popularity, with retailers struggling to catch up with growing demand. Plant-based eating is rapidly becoming the norm, with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) predicting that total protein production will double, […]

Has restaurant food inflation finally peaked in Canada?

New Consumer Price Index data from Statistics Canada released August 16 reported that Canada’s inflation rate saw its first monthly decline in a year, and food inflation also appears to finally be tailing off. Inflation slowed to 7.6 per cent in July, largely driven by a decline in gas prices. The rate of change had […]