Many diners keen on metaverse, but restaurants must mitigate

The rapid evolution of technology has long been redefining restaurant consumers’ concept of “normal”. Think the move from laminated print menus as a standard to QR codes or ordering kiosks. Now, the next stop may well be the metaverse. A new Paytronix and PYMNTS Report, The Digital Divide: Technology, The Metaverse, and the Future of […]

The pandemic’s main lessons for restaurants? Flexibility and preparation

By Mo Chaar If COVID-19 has shown restaurants anything, it’s that we live in an unpredictable world. In large part, the industry was unprepared for the pandemic, which had ramifications for every aspect of running a restaurant, from the health and safety of guests to staffing challenges. After two years that saw the industry grappling […]

5 technologies that will help make the food system carbon-neutral

By Rene Van Acker, Evan Fraser, and Lenore Newman Globally, about one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture and the food system. The carbon footprint of food systems includes all the emissions from its growing, processing, transportation, and waste. Agriculture is also vulnerable to the effects of climate change and, as the conflict […]

What do Canadian diners want from technology in restaurants?

When it comes to the foodservice industry, consumer trends have rapidly and significantly evolved over the course of the pandemic. One development that has proven it is here to stay, however, is the integration and use of technology in restaurants. Technology has been there to ease restaurants’ concerns, from labour shortages to changing dining operations to […]

Canadian foodservice’s midterm trend report

By Katie Belflower At the start of the year, amid what was still significant COVID-19-related turmoil and evolving restrictions and operations, Technomic mapped out a predicted trend report for the Canadian foodservice industry. Now, five months into 2022 and after so much has changed (again) in the industry and beyond, Technomic has compared its new […]

The all-areas future of restaurant automation

By Megan Prevost Recent years have seen a real insurgence of automated technology throughout the restaurant industry. In both quick-service and full-service restaurants, business owners have replaced cashiers with tablet-like ordering devices. In 2022, restaurant automation is all around us. While McDonald’s and Panera Bread are two quick-service establishments known for these devices, more and […]

Mitigating labour shortages with automation could drastically impact workers

By Geraint Harvey Last month, unemployment in Canada reached a record low of 5.2 per cent. Alongside low unemployment, many industries saw — and are still seeing — a worker shortage, with the number of job vacancies in Canada reaching 900,000 in January. Both of these things are good for workers, right? Prospective employers, desperate […]

One-third of diners are turned off by seeing robot chefs

The increased use of technology in the restaurant has been well-documented, ranging from automated servers to robot chefs. For example, numerous quick-service restaurants are employing robotics in their kitchens. U.S. burger chain White Castle is introducing Flippy, an aptly-named burger-grilling machine, while Hyundai Robotics is partnering with KFC to develop chicken-cooking robots. Meanwhile, Buffalo Wild Wings […]

Food is building a new home in the metaverse

What is the metaverse and how do restaurants fit into it? That’s a question the industry is likely to be pondering more and more over the coming months and years. Some experts predict that the augmented reality of the metaverse could eventually become a multibillion-dollar business with the potential to disrupt and even dominate the […]

Most diners want QR codes as a long-term payment option

Restaurant operators, staff, and patrons have embraced increased technology over the past couple of years, both by preference and necessity. QR codes, which had existed prior to the pandemic but have surged in prominence since 2020, look like they’re here to stay. At first, part of that motivation was an early belief that COVID-19 spread […]