Whole Foods Market highlights top 10 trends for 2022

Whole Foods Market global buyers and experts have unveiled their top 10 anticipated food trends for 2022 in the retailer’s seventh-annual Trends predictions. According to the predictions, made each year by a Trends Council, buzz-less spirits, yuzu, Reducetarianism and functional beverages made with prebiotics and botanicals are among the food influences expected to rise in popularity in the […]

How Canadian foodservice has been forever changed

By now, it seems undeniably apparent that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed Canadian foodservice forever. According to Restaurants Canada’s Foodservice Facts 2021 report, that view is shared by 76 per cent of operators across the country. On the positive side, foodservice sales are rebounding. In July 2021, there was only a five per cent difference […]

Alberta restaurant donates $25K Caesar winnings to community

Sorso Lounge from Airdrie, Alta. was recently chosen from 255 Canadian restaurants to win the grand prize provided by Mott’s Clamato for their Caesar. Not content with merely winning, they felt they had to give something back. Managing Partner London Richard from Sorso Lounge, the grand prize winner of the Mott’s Clamato “Best Caesar in Town” […]

Tea and coffee trends: What today’s consumers want

Aside from water, coffee and tea are the most-consumed beverages in Canada. With the market constantly changing and today’s consumers looking for certain things when selecting a beverage, a new report has assessed ongoing tea and coffee trends across the country. A collaboration between Technomic, Restaurants Canada, the Coffee & Tea Association of Canada, and […]

Concept Watch: Sula, Notre Boeuf de Grace, Pizzeria Libretto

By Katie Belflower Technomic’s latest Concept Watch for RestoBiz highlights three standout restaurant concepts on show right now in Canadian foodservice. This month, the focus is on how Sula Indian Restaurant, Notre Boeuf de Grace, and Pizzeria Libretto are standing out from the crowd with a remarkable restaurant design and the latest menu trends. Sula Indian Restaurant […]

Le Burger Week celebrates record-breaking 10th anniversary

Le Burger Week, the annual celebration of Canada’s biggest and best burgers, held its milestone 10th anniversary earlier this month, adding a second week to the event for the first time ever. From September 1-14, Le Burger Week, presented by Saputo and Sysco and delivered with DoorDash, rolled out across the nation. Fittingly, the supersize […]

Food companies ranked in Canada Animal Welfare Scorecard

Global non-profit organization Mercy For Animals has released the inaugural Canada Animal Welfare Scorecard, the first report to rank Canada’s major food companies on their animal welfare practices. The report scores 40 well-known retailers, restaurants, and other companies including the likes of Loblaws, Sobeys, Metro, Walmart, Nestlé, Tim Hortons, and A&W. It ranks them on […]

Canadians want indoor dining, technology, and to support local

Canadians are looking forward to returning to restaurants as long as safety measures are in place finds the 2021 Discerning Diner Report from Angus Reid and Restaurants Canada. In particular, 89 per cent of Canadians are looking forward to eating out with friends and family, with 64 per cent going so far as to say […]

Trend Watch: Calamansi, fennel pollen, fiddlehead

By Katie Belflower Another summer is drawing to a close, but the need for boldness and innovation in restaurants never wanes. Keeping up-to-date with the very latest in food and menu trends is a vital part of any chef and restaurant operator’s job. RestoBiz and Technomic’s latest edition of Trend Watch focuses on three menu trends […]

Canadian restaurant menu prices rose 3.1% in July

Menu prices at restaurants in Canada were 3.1 per cent higher in July 2021 than they were a year ago, reports Restaurants Canada. This represents the largest increase since January 2019, and is over three times the magnitude of the rise in food prices at grocery stores, which climbed by 1.0 per cent. Since January […]