Celebrate June’s best food holidays at your restaurant

There’s so much to celebrate in June, with food holidays that spotlight both sweet and savoury options. Give your guests something new to try, get everyone feeling festive, and expand your menu with a few of this month’s favourites – and you just might attract some new guests, too. Create a following for your festivities […]

Keeping beef on the menu doesn’t mean sacrificing your sustainability goals

By Bob Lowe Climate change is impacting our societies, our natural world, and our children’s futures. We all want to be part of the solution, and some have suggested that one way the foodservice sector could improve its impact is by replacing beef dishes with plant-protein options. My view as a rancher is that, both […]

Trend Watch: Camelina, balsamic pearls, beet jam

By Katie Belflower Our monthly edition of Trend Watch with Technomic highlights three menu trends that are gaining popularity across Canada right now and looks at how Canadian restaurateurs are successfully incorporating them into their menus. This month’s edition features camelina, balsamic pearls, and beet jam. Camelina Some operators are featuring camelina in a variety […]

QSRs are diversifying their menus to draw in a broader customer base

Many restaurateurs are getting creative with their menus, adding new items, focusing on fresh flavours, and targeting new markets as they continue to compete for attention. Over half of restaurants plan to add LTOs to the menu this year, to up perceived value, and offer guests something new to try and a reason to visit. […]

Embracing ethnic and global flavours on your menu

By Nandini Roy Chadry Today’s consumers are on the lookout for sophisticated and exotic cuisines infused with unique ingredients and bold flavours. With the rapid movement of people from one part of the world to another, the need for traditional food items that they are used to consuming is rising. This has created a massive […]

Spring’s swicy trend hits beverage menus

This season’s “swicy” trend, a mashup of sweet and spicy flavours is making its way onto beverage menus. According to research, the pairing of sweet and spicy flavours is up 38 per cent from last year on menus, with hot and honey flavours added to everything from chicken wings to burgers to beverages. Recently, Starbucks […]

5 food holidays to celebrate in May

There is plenty to celebrate this spring, from Cinco de Mayo to Mother’s Day, but what about adding some creative food holidays to your restaurant celebrations? Featuring a food holiday in your bar or at your restaurant is a great way to drive traffic on slower mid-week days, give your regulars another reason to return, […]

Menu hacks and their influence on QSRs

Restaurants have always created dishes to appeal to their guests, of course, but some QSRs have taken it to the next level, allowing Canadian customers to weigh in with hacks to influence their menus with custom creations. Last fall, Harvey’s launched its first customer-created menu item, adding the Pickle Pickle poutine to the roster, featuring […]

Offering plant-based proteins is a profitable choice for operators

By Nandini Roy Choudhury As sustainability continues to drive consumer demand, alternative proteins on menus are starting to become a powerful tool to combat climate change across the globe and boost restaurant bottom lines. Leading companies, stakeholders, and suppliers are steadily investing in the development of new capabilities and resources to address the challenges associated […]

Sweet summer flavours are already arriving on menus

Even though spring has just arrived, many restaurants are already looking ahead to summer with seasonal items and LTOs on the menu. From desserts to beverages, many QSRs are adding to their rosters to keep guests excited to try new items and keep cool as temperatures continue to heat up. McDonald’s is caffeinating customers more […]