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  • How dinner is changing to suit today’s hectic lifestyles

    March 21, 2017
    By Kathy Perrotta Today’s modern eating culture is fraught with a vast array of options, with around-the-clock access enabling consumers to make more autonomous choices that meet highly personal preferences and needs. What do I feel like? Do I feel like cooking at home, or should I go out? Should I pick something up or get ...
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  • Increased competition and weaker consumer spending impact foodservice industry

    March 2, 2017
    Press release Solid growth expected for food manufacturers An increasingly competitive landscape and weakening consumer spending will limit revenue growth to 3.9 per cent for Canadian restaurants this year, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s latest Canadian Industrial Outlook: Canada’s Food Services Industry. That would be the industry’s weakest performance since 2011. “As restaurants vie for Canadians’ food dollars, they will not ...
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  • Lunch and growth opportunities in the foodservice industry

    February 1, 2017
    By Tyler Baks The Canadian commercial foodservice industry has experienced many changes over the past 10 years. Today’s successful restaurant chains have had to adapt to changing consumer behaviour, enhanced menu offerings, technology influences and shifting preference on the time of day consumers are visiting restaurants. Most consumers consider restaurants as a dinner destination as well as ...
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  • The global foodservice market improved in the third quarter despite economic and social turmoil

    December 29, 2016
    Press release The global foodservice industry held steady in the third quarter and performed better than the previous quarter in spite of strong headwinds — an earthquake in Italy, a terror attack in France, a potential recession in Canada, concerns over the impact of Brexit, and two years of a deep recession in Brazil, reports The NPD ...
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  • Restaurant concepts to watch in December

    December 13, 2016
    By Aaron Jourden In this edition of “concepts to watch,” we highlight three restaurant concepts that are making an impact on Canadian diners. Here’s a look at the characteristics and menu offerings that make these restaurants unique: L’Gros Luxe Instagram: 14,700 followers | Facebook: 31,561 likes | Twitter: 677 followers Locations: 6 (Montreal, Quebec City and Longueuil, Quebec) Concept characteristics: Scratch-made ...
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  • Customer analytics: Do you know what you need to know?

    December 8, 2016
    By Don Gray Wikipedia defines analytics as the discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in data and also categorizes different types of analytics such as descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics. For those interested in the science around analytics, the above descriptions are a good starting point on a somewhat complex subject. Human beings are naturally analytical; we ...
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  • Technomic releases 2017 Canadian Trends Forecast

    December 2, 2016
    Press release Technomic Inc. reveals emerging food trends, preferences and opportunities to explore in the New Year Heading into 2017, many are wondering what’s on the horizon for the Canadian foodservice industry? Technomic Inc., leaders in foodservice industry data, intelligence and commentary, has the top five food and restaurant trends to try in the coming year. Commercial and noncommercial foodservice ...
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  • THP reveals the hottest food trends for 2017 in second annual Flavour & Trend Forecast

    November 24, 2016
    Press release Artisanal jerky, craft-style fizz and Jewish cuisine are just a few of the food trends to watch heading into the New Year, according to THP’s 2017 Flavour & Trend Forecast. The Toronto-based agency, along with its in-house team of culinary experts, is releasing its anticipated list for the second year in a row. “Whether you are ...
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  • The importance of social media for your business

    November 17, 2016
    The TouchBistro VIP Community is an online community of restaurant owners and operators who use TouchBistro iPad POS for their business. These customers can network with others in the restaurant industry, submit product feature requests, get sneak peeks about latest product updates, learn tips and tricks for using TouchBistro, and more. Here are a few of the ...
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  • Watch for topped doughnuts on menus in September

    September 8, 2016
    By Kristin Menas Below we will highlight some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus in September. Korean barbecue About the trend: Operators are rolling out pork sandwiches, wings and other meat-focused items made with specialty Korean-inspired barbecue sauces Featured at quick-service and casual-dining restaurants Korean mentions are up 34.6 per cent overall on menus in the ...
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  • The changing landscape for foodservice in Canada

    August 2, 2016
    By Mark Dempsey When was the last time you visited a quick-service chain, a sit-down restaurant, or a supermarket? Depending on your answer, it may or may not come as a surprise to you that total traffic to the Canadian commercial foodservice marketplace was flat this last year versus the year before. While traffic is down, dollar ...
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  • Milk, yogurt and ice cream lead the way in dairy beverage trends

    June 23, 2016
    By Aaron Jourden Dairy is proving to be a key ingredient in some of today’s trendiest and most craveable beverages at restaurants. Milk, yogurt, ice cream and other dairy products add sweetness, richness, texture and body to popular beverages like milkshakes, smoothies and coffee. Dairy is also a central component in up-and-coming ethnic specialties like Thai ...
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  • Restaurant concepts to watch for July

    June 20, 2016
    By Kristin Menas In this edition of “concepts to watch,” we highlight three restaurant concepts that are making an impact on Canadian diners. Here’s a look at the characteristics and menu offerings that make these restaurants unique. Flock Rotisserie + Greens Instagram: 3,205 followers | Twitter: 448 followers Locations: 3 (Toronto) Concept characteristics: Quality, healthy rotisserie chicken and specialty salads Free-range birds ...
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  • Restaurant menu trends to watch

    May 18, 2016
    By Kristin Menas The following trends will continue to make a big impact on restaurant menus this year. Below we will highlight some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus. Pretzels About the trend: A number of operators are experimenting with pretzels beyond pretzel buns, including the use of this salty snack as a breading ...
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  • The latest dinner trends point the way forward

    May 2, 2016
    By Aimee Harvey Dinner is the cornerstone of the restaurant menu, the daypart when many operators (particularly those in table service) flaunt their variety, creativity and innovation on the plate. Dinner is also how many restaurant-goers think of dining out, from celebratory nights out to casual family meals. Yet we’re seeing the ground shift in Canada. Increased ...
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