Trend watch: Dandelion, salsa macha, charcoal

By Katie Belflower In our latest edition of Trend Watch with Technomic, we are focusing on three current top menu trends across Canada, showcasing some of the restaurants that are creatively and successfully adding these items, flavours, or ingredients to their menus. This edition focuses on dandelion, salsa macha, and charcoal. Dandelion Dandelions are hardy […]

Mental health in the hospitality industry and the need for change

By Kimberly Flear Hospitality is an industry where the lights never dim, and the energy never fades, filled with people who thrive in the chaos, master the off-hours, live for instant gratification, and dedicate themselves to exceeding the expectations of others. But the truth is, when the shift ends, when the guests have departed, and […]

Top tips for minimizing restaurant expenses

By Charli Tanner Everyone is feeling the financial pinch, and with restaurants facing rising food, utility, and labour costs, they are keeping a close eye on their profit margins. Reports at the end of 2023 revealed that rising costs meant one-third of Canadian restaurants were operating at a loss, highlighting the need for reducing expenses […]

Relying on customer loyalty during economic uncertainty

By Liam Gilmore In a world where inflation is tightening its grip and customers are watching their pennies, QSRs are looking to customer loyalty as a fundamental part of their success, focusing on resilience and adaptability in the face of economic challenges. As menu prices soar to unprecedented heights, businesses must pivot towards cutting-edge loyalty […]

How restaurants can survive and thrive during the slower season

By Brittain Brown Restaurants are grappling with a unique set of challenges – the confluence of inflation, winter weather, and the post-holiday lull creates a perfect storm, leaving many establishments feeling the financial pinch. Amidst the struggles, this is a chance for restaurateurs to think outside the box and find innovative ways to attract customers […]

Building a restaurant community

By Mila Holosha To build relationships, boost your business, and retain a loyal customer base, you need to create a restaurant community. Rather than simply being a place to stop for a meal, operators need to focus on creating more than just delicious food – and that means taking a broader look at your operations […]

Meeting sustainability goals with a menu makeover

By Riana Topan Amidst increasingly dire warnings about the fate of our planet, and more frequent reminders about the consequences of climate change in the form of wildfires, floods, and tornadoes, the urgent need to address the global environmental crisis feels more real than ever before. Thankfully, so does the foodservice industry’s remarkable power to […]

Adjusting your path and your passion in hospitality

By Jamie Burke The restaurant industry can be all-consuming, and while many spend their lives within hospitality, adjusting your path to continue to fulfil that passion is a real and attainable goal.  “Si t’arrête de suivre ta passion, tu perdras ton âme” “If you stop following your passion, you will lose your soul” Mark Marin, […]

Concepts to Watch: Bar One, Crepe Delicious, Burrito Boyz

By Katie Belflower In this month’s edition of Concept Watch, RestoBiz and Technomic have teamed up again to highlight three standout restaurant concepts featured in foodservice right now. This month, we focus on Bar One, Crepe Delicious, and Burrito Boys, as we explore how they stand out from the crowd in Canadian foodservice.  Bar One […]

Flood insurance: a safety net for restaurants

By Dawn Castell In the dynamic world of the restaurant industry, unforeseen disasters such as floods can pose a significant threat to business continuity and financial stability. Floods, often unpredictable and devastating, can result in extensive damage to property, equipment, and inventory, leading to substantial financial losses. Obtaining flood insurance can be a business lifesaver […]