How the new CFIA labelling regulations can affect your operations

By Hannah van Teylingen The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada are stepping up their game with new food labelling regulations that are planned to kick in by 2024 and 2025. In today’s health-conscious world, these new regulations aim to enhance transparency, encourage smarter food choices, and make sure everyone – from foodies […]

Using fresh ingredients to freshen up your menu

Canadians have such a short growing season that taking advantage of fresh, seasonal ingredients only makes sense. By incorporating ingredients that are in season, chefs can use produce at its most flavourful to enhance their dishes, support local farmers, and reduce the restaurant’s carbon footprint. 59 per cent of diners say are more likely to […]

Trend Watch: Camelina, balsamic pearls, beet jam

By Katie Belflower Our monthly edition of Trend Watch with Technomic highlights three menu trends that are gaining popularity across Canada right now and looks at how Canadian restaurateurs are successfully incorporating them into their menus. This month’s edition features camelina, balsamic pearls, and beet jam. Camelina Some operators are featuring camelina in a variety […]

QSRs are diversifying their menus to draw in a broader customer base

Many restaurateurs are getting creative with their menus, adding new items, focusing on fresh flavours, and targeting new markets as they continue to compete for attention. Over half of restaurants plan to add LTOs to the menu this year, to up perceived value, and offer guests something new to try and a reason to visit. […]

Coffee: what’s the buzz all about?

While coffee may not be your top source of revenue, the growing popularity of coffee drinks can help build your restaurant’s bottom line. Studies show that nearly three-in-four Americans drink it every day and 36 per cent drink three to five cups daily, so an opportunity exists for restaurants to increase profits. How can operators […]

Sweet summer flavours are already arriving on menus

Even though spring has just arrived, many restaurants are already looking ahead to summer with seasonal items and LTOs on the menu. From desserts to beverages, many QSRs are adding to their rosters to keep guests excited to try new items and keep cool as temperatures continue to heat up. McDonald’s is caffeinating customers more […]

Creating a sustainable menu for your restaurant

As sustainability continues to be a top priority for consumers, many are looking to frequent restaurants and businesses that align with their values. While many restaurants are focused on reducing waste, using greener suppliers, and lowering their carbon footprint, a sustainable menu is a win-win for your guests and your business. Restaurant benefits Giving your guests […]

Cheers to this year’s top beverage trends

Spring has officially arrived, so let’s celebrate with this year’s top beverage trends! While some of the popular choices from last year continue to dominate diner demand, 2024 offers a few new directions for restaurateurs looking to broaden their beverage menus to get creative and build a buzz. Alcoholic beverages make up about 21 per […]

Is breakfast making a comeback?

Restaurants have typically relied on commuters for breakfast sales, however, with fewer people going into the office, this daypart has seen a significant drop in recent years. But with remote job listings down over 20 per cent over the last six months, will sales start to come back as more people head to the office? […]

2023’s trends help operators craft 2024 menus

Taking a look at menu trends can help restaurateurs plan for this year, address diner demand, and craft menus that maximize profitability. Technomic’s recent report takes a look at the last quarter of 2023 to give some insight into what’s trending on menus year-over-year. Menu item counts have continued to increase in every mealpart, even […]