Breaking with Tradition: Cineplex brings customers more than just a movie

By Gregory Furgala Pop, popcorn and candy: It wasn’t long ago that foodservice at movie theatres was limited to that simple holy trinity. It was tradition, and children who grew up pouring a box of Milk Duds into their popcorn and washing down the salty-sweet combination with a Coke became adults who did the same. […]

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: 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, […]

The impact of increasing labour costs

By Geoff Wilson and Andrew Waddington, fsSTRATEGY Inc. There is no question that profit margins in restaurants are sensitive to changes in labour cost. As a prime cost, labour cost comprises nearly one-third of revenue; second only to (in fact, sometimes greater than) cost of goods sold. The degree to which a restaurant may shoulder […]

Driving lunch sales: A four-step plan to greater profitability

By David Scott Peters Building lunch sales is key to greater profitability in restaurants. This is because most of the costs associated with preparing for the dinner rush happen during the daytime. Think about it: You are paying rent and utilities whether you are generating sales during the day or not. There are labor costs […]

Convenience and culture combine to create the modern lunch daypart

By Robert Carter Is it lunch time yet? A common question echoed across the globe by billions of hungry people as the middle of their day nears. And for most of these hungry people, lunch represents the second meal of the day. In Canada, by the time lunch hour comes around, most of us will […]

How to improve table turns and diner satisfaction with analytics

By John Yi It seems like big data is everywhere you look these days. From the targeted ads you see online as you scroll through your favorite websites and social media feeds, to the apps you use to navigate traffic and get to work on time, to fraud detection on your credit or debit cards. […]

Restaurant concepts to watch this December

By Aaron Jourden In the December 2017 edition of restaurant concepts to watch, we highlight three restaurant concepts that are making an impact on Canadian diners. Here’s a look at the characteristics and menu offerings that make these restaurants unique: The Captain’s Boil Instagram: 13,100 followers | Facebook: 12,072 likes | Twitter: 1,447 followers Locations: […]