Top 5 books for restaurant owners

By Megan Prevost Many professional fields provide opportunities to grow through the pursuit of outside research and books. Taking a little time to read up on your work can pay back huge dividends in performance, but often this doesn’t ring true for fields where experience is king. Experience is the best teacher in many arenas, […]

Mixologists head to the kitchen for inspiration

What’s trending in the world of mixology? Crafting cocktails is a specialized skill set, combining creativity and practicality. These days, unconventional inclusions are topping the trends, as mixologists save SKUs and make the most of their available ingredients.   Technomic’s latest trend report shows that Canadian mixologists are bringing their cocktails into the kitchen, with […]

Beverage demand from consumers drives takeout and delivery menus

We’ve seen many changes to consumer preferences since the pandemic, and beverage demands are the latest addition to this list, driving a shift in restaurant delivery and takeout menus. With the growth of third-party takeout and delivery orders up 63 per cent from pre-pandemic days, this is an important market to consider. Both alcoholic and […]

Canada’s first sugar sweetened beverage tax introduced in Newfoundland and Labrador

In a move to try and decrease sugar consumption in Newfoundland and Labrador, the first sugar sweetened beverage tax in Canada has now been implemented by the provincial government. As promised in October 2021, a tax of 20 cents per litre now applies to all drinks with added sugars, on top of the existing provincial […]

Beer sales are declining as restaurants continue to struggle

As restaurants try to return to “business as usual” while battling labour shortages and supply chain delays, beer sales are on the decline. Total beer sales are down over seven per cent across Canada, dipping over eight per cent below pre-pandemic numbers. By province, beer sales have decreased by 12.6 per cent in Saskatchewan, 10.7 […]

National Wine Awards celebrate best of Canada’s wineries

The 21st edition of the WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada wrapped up on June 23 in Niagara, celebrating the best of what the country has to offer. Defined by co-founder Anthony Gismondi as “a yearly snapshot of the state of Canadian wine,” the National Wine Awards are comfortably Canada’s largest wine awards, with nearly 1,900 […]

The craft revolution helped develop the market for specialty coffee

By Pierre-Yann Dolbec The craft revolution is everywhere: Craft beers, specialty coffee, handmade soaps and artisanal ice cream. While some may think this is foolish snobbery, others revel in the esthetics of craft experiences. The craft revolution is often seen as a reaction against excessive industrialization or as a way to keep traditions and culture […]

2022 Raise the Bar report reveals uneven liquor policy landscape

Restaurants Canada’s fourth Raise the Bar report has graded each province on how industry-friendly their liquor policy landscape is for bars and restaurants. It found that Alberta scored the highest, while Manitoba and Saskatchewan were among the worst. This year’s special COVID-19 edition of the report highlights how liquor laws and regulations are helping or […]

5 food holidays to celebrate in August, from ice cream sandwiches to filet mignon

By Megan Prevost With the end of summer approaching, it’s time to take advantage of the heat while it’s still here, relishing in delicious summer faves like ice cream sandwiches and s’mores. If you’re looking for an excellent way to bring in some more customers on slower days, utilizing food holidays can bring both fun […]

Canadian consumers looking for variety, nostalgia in beverages

Canadian consumers are increasingly curious to try premium soft drinks and beverages infused with health benefits, as well as wanting more variety and nostalgia in their drinks. From low-sugar alternatives to drinks that promote relaxation, the beverage category is saturated with products that claim to benefit consumers’ health and wellbeing. Big brands have been leading […]