New partnership boosts Canada’s plant-based cheese market

Protein Industries Canada (PIC) has announced a new project to boost Canada’s plant-based cheese market. The partnership will leverage the combined strengths of Lumi Foods, Winecrush Technology, and Save-On-Foods to develop new plant-based cheese products, as well as give them more prominent placement in grocery stores across the country. The initiative will take advantage of Lumi Foods’ cultured cheesemaking methods to […]

Spice up your menu this Valentine’s Day

By Sydney Ahmadian Valentine’s Day is one of the most profitable days of the year for restaurants. But what are customers looking for this year? Platforms like TikTok and Instagram continually popularize specific ingredients and flavours, giving restaurants a golden opportunity to piggyback on large holidays. Marketing these trendy ingredients can be a great way […]

Meal kits: are they a passing fad or here to stay?

Ready-to-make meal kits have surged in popularity during the pandemic with indoor dining off the table for so much of the last two years. The question now is whether they will endure. A new Canadian study by Empathy Inc. in partnership with Vividata suggests that, while the appeal of these kits varies based on demographic, […]

Plant-based doesn’t always mean healthy

By Meghan McGee As we ring in the new year and people announce their resolutions and goals for 2022, many opt for getting healthy, cutting out drinking or starting a new hobby. Vegan magazines and organizations are pushing plant-based diets — calling it the “ultimate new year’s resolution.” But plant-based meats are often high in […]

Trend Watch: Koji, nasturtium, berbere

By Katie Belflower Another year for Canadian foodservice will bring many changes, but what will remain the same is the focus on the latest and greatest menu trends across the country. As always, RestoBiz and Technomic’s latest edition of Trend Watch focuses on three items that operators and chefs are looking to include on their menus. To […]

Canada’s Food Price Report 2022 predicts unprecedented spike

The pandemic has already raised costs in foodservice and beyond, wreaking havoc on supply chains and food availability. And Canadians are about to start paying a whole lot more for food, according to Canada’s Food Price Report 2022. The guide, released on December 9, is published annually by researchers with Dalhousie University, the University of Guelph, […]

Explore OpenTable’s Top 100 Restaurants of the Year

OpenTable has once again shone a spotlight on Canada’s most appetizing diverse culinary offerings with its Top 100 Restaurants in Canada list for 2021. The provider of online restaurant reservations publishes the list every year, assessing the year’s most highly rated dining spots selected from more than 540,000 verified diner reviews from restaurants across the country.  […]

Forecasting global restaurant trends for 2022

By Aaron Jourden The world has faced nearly two years of disruption and uncertainty, cautious optimism and unexpected challenges. As we enter another year, the pandemic continues to loom large, informing operations, planning, decision-making, and forecasting of restaurant trends for operators and suppliers alike. And yet, with so much uncertainty still in the air, it […]

Global maple syrup shortage forces Quebec’s hand

Rising demand a drop in production have created a global maple syrup shortage that is forcing Quebec to dip deeply into its strategic reserve. Quebec Maple Syrup Producers governs the province’s maple syrup production and will release 50 million pounds of maple syrup to the market by February 2022, said spokeswoman Helene Normandin. That volume, […]

The must-have mac & cheese for your menu

Chef Roy’s Green Curry Mac & Cheese This vegetarian recipe was created for Club House for Chefs by Roy Oh, Chef-Owner of Anju Restaurant in Calgary. Ingredients (serves 4) 200 grams chickpeas 1 garlic clove, minced 1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped 1 Tbsp Thai basil, chopped 1 Tsp olive oil 400 grams elbow macaroni 5 Tbsp […]