Trend Watch: Arak, aji amarillo, freekeh

By Katie Belflower Each month, 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 aniseed, […]

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 […]

Canadians’ demand for cheese growing despite rising cost of dairy

Canadians are still showing high demand for cheese and related products despite an unprecedented rise in the cost of dairy goods. Over the decade between 2010 and 2020, Canadian cheese consumption increased by 15 per cent, according to Statista data reported by Canadian Grocer. Statista has noticed significant gains in the time since 2020, too, […]

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. […]

Finding your “vanilla” is key to success

By Scott Moore There are hundreds of ice cream flavours, yet one of the most popular is and may well always be vanilla. One would also wager that the most popular pizza is pepperoni, regular potato chips are still the rage, and chicken noodle soup remains a top seller. There are many other examples of […]

5 food holidays to celebrate in June, from cheese to smoothies

By Megan Prevost June has arrived and with it alluring thoughts of summer, long nights, and more outdoor dining in the sun. With the summer territory (no matter where you’re located) comes an increased popularity of frozen treats and refreshing snacks. While there are over 30 national food holidays to choose from this month (and […]