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 […]

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 […]

The changing face of alcohol sales

By Travis Traini Alcohol beverage sales are changing to capture a new generation of consumers. Years before the pandemic, the foodservice industry had been experiencing a decline in the sale of alcoholic beverages for young customers aged 18 to 24 years, making up seven per cent of all alcohol orders at drinking places in 2020 […]

5 food holidays to celebrate in July, from fried chicken to tequila

By Megan Prevost It’s time again to prepare for another month of food holidays! Celebrating these types of holidays consistently can bring a fun air to your restaurant. Customers may begin to look forward to the occasion you choose to celebrate each month or every few months. These holidays are a great way to incentivize […]

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 […]

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 […]