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  • Balancing authenticity and approachability is vital as interest in ethnic foods grows

    August 21, 2017
    Study conducted by Technomic reveals the latest data on consumer perceptions, attitudes and behaviours with regard to ethnic foods and flavours Press release Ethnic foods and flavours play a key role in Canadians’ restaurant visits, with consumers ordering ethnic foods and flavours nearly half the time. As the population becomes increasingly multicultural and aware of international cuisines, ...
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  • Insight into family-friendly dining from the NRA Show

    August 3, 2017
    By Laura Zaplantynsky-Bell Kids and family marketing insights from the NRA Show, Chicago, May 20-23, 2017 Upon returning home from the annual National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago — the largest annual gathering of the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry — we at Kidzsmart reflected on all the fascinating new trends impacting our industry, including plant-based proteins, ...
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  • Why food quality trumps service in driving business growth

    May 24, 2017
    By Tyler Baks Any restaurant owner knows there is a lot to think about when it comes to driving growth and staying relevant in today’s increasingly competitive foodservice landscape. In order to increase traffic and build loyalty, operators need to deliver on excellent service, value for money and great-tasting food, while ensuring the atmosphere is modern ...
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  • Plant-based proteins poised for growth at the centre of Canadian plates

    April 27, 2017
    Study conducted by Technomic reveals the latest trends and data on consumers’ consumption and attitudes towards centre of plate proteins in Canada Press release Meat and seafood are staples of consumers’ diets, with beef and chicken continuing to be the most frequently consumed proteins. While the share of consumers who eat vegetarian and vegan substitutes has remained ...
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  • Technology opens up new opportunities for operators

    April 6, 2017
    By Tyler Baks Today’s foodservice consumers are looking beyond food. They are looking at more than just innovative meals and menu items, past healthy alternatives, and the ambiance and the environment – all of which have become the norm, the standard cost of entry for any operator within the Canadian commercial foodservice marketplace. In today’s digital ...
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  • New report explores how food and beverage consumption is changing

    March 31, 2017
    Eating Patterns in Canada (EPIC) provides an in-depth look at what’s truly important to the Canadian consumer when eating in and out of home Press release The NPD Group and Nielsen have joined together to provide an unparalleled view of Canadians’ “share of stomach.” Eating Patterns in Canada (EPIC) is the definitive source for detailed information on eating and drinking ...
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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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