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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Online grocery supplementing physical shopping, not replacing

Online grocery shopping has seen increased uptake during the COVID-19 pandemic but it appears that has mainly been as a supplementary option alongside in-store shopping, rather than a replacement for it. More than half (53 per cent) of Canadians are now doing some of their grocery shopping online, while an additional 30 per cent say […]

Canadian F&B manufacturing estimated to grow 15% in five years

As Canadian foodservice continues to begin to rebound from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturing is expected to see more positive days ahead. BDC’s latest Food and Beverage Manufacturing Outlook estimates that food and beverage manufacturing, Canada’s second-largest manufacturing industry, will grow by 15.6 per cent in the next five years. The sector is anticipated to grow […]

Predicting post-pandemic food consumption trends

A new report from Deloitte assesses what the future could look like beyond the pandemic when it comes to Canadian food consumption trends. “The conflicted consumer: 2021 food consumer survey” report concludes that beyond the COVID-19 pandemic “food retailers will need to continue demonstrating authenticity, empathy, transparency, and genuine commitment to their communities, the wider world, […]

Organic food sales climb by record amount in 2020

Amid the uncertainty and change of the past year, organic food is prospering. U.S. organic sales jumped by a record 12.4 per cent to US$61.9 billion in 2020, according to the 2021 Organic Industry Survey released by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). That marks the first time that total sales of organic food and non-food products […]

Digital takeout orders predictably soar during pandemic

It will come as little surprise to most that the number of digital takeout orders has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic. But new research from the NDP Group has lifted the lid on just how big the spike has been. Digital ordering was a life-saving avenue for many restaurants and foodservice operators across North America […]

The hospitality industry isn’t caving to COVID-19 — it’s relocating

By Sheryl Hoskins According to a report from Statistics Canada, 50,375 people left Toronto during COVID-19, while Montreal lost 24,880 people to rural areas in Quebec. Meanwhile, the suburbs of Oshawa saw its population grow by 2.1 per cent — the fastest growth in the entire country. As urban commuters have abandoned their after-work drinks, […]

One-third of young Canadians consider giving up beef

A new survey by the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University in partnership with Angus Reid found that while beef is still highly popular among Canadians, consumer have their doubts. The survey found that 92 per cent of Canadians eat beef and two-thirds (65 per cent) eat beef at least once a week. Most respondents (69 per […]