Trend Watch: Arak, aji amarillo, freekeh

By Katie Belflower Each edition of our Trend Watch with Technomic highlights three menu trends that are being seen across Canada right now, as well as how Canadian restaurateurs are incorporating them into their menus with great effect. Arak Arak is a Middle Eastern distilled spirit. The milky white alcohol is made from grapes and […]

5 food holidays to celebrate in July, from fried chicken to tequila

By Megan Prevost It’s time again to prepare for another month of food holidays! Celebrating these types of holidays consistently can bring a fun air to your restaurant. Customers may begin to look forward to the occasion you choose to celebrate each month or every few months. These holidays are a great way to incentivize […]

Health, environmental consciousness driving plant-based demand

Consumers’ physical health goals and concerns about the environment continue to be the leading factors in driving demand for plant-based food. That’s according to the new “2022 Plant-Forward Opportunity” report from Datassential in collaboration with The Culinary Institute of America, Food for Climate League, and the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative. The research found that more than one in […]

Revealing Canada’s top trending international cuisines

Canada is a notoriously multi-cultural country, and that is certainly reflected in the international cuisines that are on offer from coast to coast. Online restaurant reservations provider OpenTable has revealed its 2022 list of Canada’s top trending international cuisines. With Canada’s population growth and cultural diversity, it comes as no surprise that 136 types of international […]

What is Canada’s most wanted menu in mid-2022?

By Vince Sgabellone Canadian consumers have shifted the way in which they access and consume from a restaurant menu over the past two years. How they place orders, why they choose to eat out, where they consume their meals, and who is consuming. And what about the “what”? Have Canadians changed what they have been […]

Breakfast pizza trending highly as daypart rebounds

Breakfast took a big hit during the last two years of the pandemic, but it appears the daypart is rebounding slowly but surely. With so many people moving out of the office on a temporary or permanent basis, consumer traffic at breakfast fell drastically after the onset of the pandemic, with people increasingly sourcing breakfast […]

Concepts to Watch: La Cubana, Goodfellas, Dineen Coffee

By Katie Belflower A bold and decisive restaurant branding and concept are important for success. Every month, with Technomic’s Concepts to Watch, we highlight three restaurants that demonstrate this across the country. This month, the focus is on Ontario, with Toronto Cuban restaurant La Cubana, southern Ontario pizzeria Goodfellas, and Toronto coffee company Dineen spotlighted. […]

Guess who’s coming to dinner? (Plus breakfast and lunch)

By Asad Amin No, this title is not the opening to a classic Sidney Poitier remake, although one does exist. It regards the new diner who visits restaurants after a two-year hiatus. It’s not that nobody ordered from foodservice through the pandemic, but considering our lives are very different now than in 2019, there are […]

How is restaurant chains’ recovery manifesting?

You’ll have heard this before by now, but the pandemic has changed the restaurant industry forever. Datassential’s fourth annual Firefly 500+ restaurant report highlights many of these core shifts, such as restaurant chains focusing on key markets and unit growth rather than simply sales. The food industry market research and insights company’s Samantha Des Jardins […]

Technomic experts highlight the 5 Ps of menu innovation

At the US National Restaurant Association Show last week, experts from Technomic offered advice on how to best tailor a menu to encompass trending flavours and combinations and appeal to consumers’ desire to try new things when dining out. Ultimately, the conclusion was that menu innovation doesn’t require a huge menu overhaul if new options […]