3 tips for maximizing restaurant cross-promotion

By Megan Prevost There are many different strategies that can help to propel a new business to success, especially in the continually evolving world of digital marketing. Even in the digital age, one piece of old-school wisdom still holds true — word of mouth is one of the most consistently successful forms of advertising. The […]

Concepts to Watch: La Cubana, Goodfellas, Dineen Coffee

By Katie Belflower A bold and decisive restaurant branding and concept are important for success. Every month, with Technomic’s Concepts to Watch, we highlight three restaurants that demonstrate this across the country. This month, the focus is on Ontario, with Toronto Cuban restaurant La Cubana, southern Ontario pizzeria Goodfellas, and Toronto coffee company Dineen spotlighted. […]

Why creating a story with your menu makes a difference

By Ralph Zoontjens The term “food marketing” may conjure images of billboards or TV ads, but the restaurant menu is one of the most important touchpoints to engage your customers and keep them coming back. For the past two years, food marketing has been dominated by pandemic-related risk management, but now, restaurants have the freedom […]

Heading into summer 2022, where does Canadian foodservice stand?

By David Hopkins It’s difficult to believe it but we’re already more than a third of the way through 2022. Now, more than two years into the pandemic, Canadian foodservice businesses are continually facing challenges while also experiencing new successes and new innovations. Even as we’re only in the fifth month of the year, there […]

Independent restaurants leaning on virtual brands

A new collaborative report between Grubhub and Technomic has found that four in 10 (41 per cent of) independent restaurants currently operate virtual brands to leverage persistent demand for delivery from consumers. Generally offering low capital costs and a world of opportunity, virtual brands are all the rage right now, from offering delivery-only channels to […]

The ultimate showdown: print menus vs. QR codes

By Megan Prevost Once upon a time, there wasn’t a huge debate between different types of menus. Restaurants simply offered standard print menus. While there were tons of different options in the print menu world (and still are), it’s up to restaurants to decide which type best fits their needs and brand image. However, after […]

7 ways professional design can help your restaurant in 2022

By Mark Plumlee Over the past two years, thousands of restaurants have shut down across the country. Others have shut down their brick-and-mortar stores and moved to a permanent takeout model. In the place of restaurants that shut down, many new ones have sprung up to take their place. We’re left with an industry full […]

Building for success with your restaurant patio

It may not feel like it just yet, but patio season is on the way again. Programs like Toronto’s CaféTO and Vancouver’s own system will be underway again this spring made permanent in some major jurisdictions, and with hopes of a sustained reopening this time around, it could be a much-needed busy summer for those […]

4 touchpoints to stamp with your new brand today

By Sydney Ahmadian You’re excited to earn 23 per cent more income with a great branding campaign. You’ve pinned down your brand story and identity. Now, it’s time to apply your shiny new brand to the four major customer touchpoints: your menus, website, marketing materials, and ordering app profiles. 1. Your menus Menus are prime […]

3 steps to building a stronger brand

By Sydney Ahmadian A great brand is pivotal to marketing your business. It helps people identify people, companies, and products. Without it, customers won’t know what your restaurant is all about. COVID-19 sanitized many restaurants of their branding, making now the perfect time to build a stronger brand presence. You don’t have to be a […]