Bowl value meals & spicy sauces trending; take-home meals, cheese declining: Technomic

Technomic’s latest Ignite Canadian menu data report found that while the like of bowl value meals, spicy sauces, and lighter alcoholic beverages are trending strongly year over year, cheese and straight spirits have notably declined. The Ignite data noted declining overall year-over-year counts in entrees (-4 per cent), appetizers (-2 per cent), and sides (-5 […]

Is it time to bet on the allure of the bar?

A recent State of On-Premise webinar from Technomic highlighted how restaurants are refining their operations at the bar to boost traffic and sales as part of their pandemic recovery. In many areas, both casual dining and full-service restaurants are seeing a slow return to high volumes, and Techonomic explained how some operators are concentrating on […]

How has wine consumption transformed in a post-pandemic world?

By Nandini Roy Choudhury Wine consumption is deeply ingrained across multiple cultures and global consumption has seen a considerable increase in the past several years. While per-capita wine consumption is the highest in Portugal, Italy, and France, amounting to over 35 litres per person per year, the U.S, China, and France are the largest markets […]

What are the fastest-growing food items on Canadian menus?

Technomic‘s latest Industry Insights report has shed light on the fastest-growing food items on Canadian menus over the past year. Leading the way with 150 per cent growth year over year is burgundy wine, with the beverage being served at both fine dining restaurants and contemporary casual dining restaurants. Also in the beverage bracket, hard […]

North America to lead ready-to-drink coffee market growth

The global ready-to-drink coffee market is set to witness growth at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.3 per cent and is anticipated to reach a valuation of around US$42.3 billion by 10 years from now, according to new research. The report from Future Market Insights notes that while some of this growth can […]

Beer Canada urges targeted tax relief measures

Beer Canada is urging the federal government to provide targeted tax relief for the sector in its Budget 2022. In its brief, Beer Canada highlights the vital role and impact Canadian brewers of all sizes have on the economy and communities across the country. It stresses that 85 per cent of beer sold in Canada […]

A trending taste for natural wine

By Sylvia Tomczak Temperamental, inconsistent, and wild. It isn’t surprising that with descriptions like these, natural wine has managed to captivate a whole new (and youthful) audience of drinkers. Bursting through every mainstream media outlet at the moment, these sediment-sprinkled bottles of raw wines are often found on the shelves of funky, niche bottle shops […]

Ontario cuts wholesale alcohol prices for restaurants

Starting January 1, Ontario has cut LCBO wholesale alcohol prices for bars and restaurants and is enabling curbside pickup of beer, wine, and cider from licensed grocery stores, as well as freezing the basic beer tax rate. A government announcement says the measure intends to support licensed bars, restaurants, and other businesses by saving them […]

Canadian milk prices set to soar by more than ever before

The Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) announced on Friday, October 29 an unprecedented 8.4 per cent increase in milk prices. The increase, which equates to six cents per litre, affects the cost of milk used to make dairy products for the retail and restaurant sectors effective February 1, 2022. However, the impact will actually be far […]