Foodservice Sales

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  • The changing landscape of institutional foodservice in Canada

    December 1, 2016
    By Geoff Wilson Despite growth in healthcare and education, overall institutional foodservice sales in Canada declined in 2015, reflecting the significant influence that demographic, economic and even environmental factors can have on this major sector of the Canadian foodservice industry. According to fsSTRATEGY’s newly released 2016 Canadian Institutional Foodservice Market Report, total Canadian institutional foodservice market sales ...
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  • Helping your business stand out in a crowded marketplace

    November 29, 2016
    By Mark Dempsey Welcome to today’s reality. Consumers are reluctant to visit foodservice. Operators are struggling to differentiate and drive traffic. Tough economic times – such as the rise of the national unemployment rate (up to 7.1 per cent) — ensure that Canadians continue to spend cautiously. Traffic, which is already challenged, will continue to be ...
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  • Menu trends to watch: Healthy bowls, pickling and honey

    November 7, 2016
    By Kristin Menas Below we will highlight some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus. Healthy bowls About the trend: Bowls are serving as a popular format to highlight better-for-you ingredients like superfoods At quick-service and fast-casual concepts Smoothie bowls are a booming health trend Bowls eliminate the need for hearty starches like buns or wraps Trend goes beyond ...
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  • Appetizers take centre stage with bold flavours and ethnic influences

    October 26, 2016
    By Kristin Menas Appetizers are currently at the forefront of menu development, with operators using starter menus to test and experiment with bold flavours, unique ingredients and creative preparations. That appetizers can be ordered as a lead-in to a meal or as a snack between meals makes them particularly appealing options for diners looking to explore something ...
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  • Foodservice opportunities in the Canadian retail market

    October 20, 2016
    Foodservice expectations, millennial eating habits and online food delivery are just some of the factors impacting the foodservice industry across Canada By Rebecca Melnyk One new trend in commercial property management, specifically retail operations, is incorporating foodservice into bricks-and-mortar stores to discourage guests from shopping online. This pairing of two industries is becoming a more viable option ...
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  • Sales tax on food and beverages in Canada

    October 6, 2016
    We’ve compiled the chart below to demonstrate how much sales tax is applied to foodservice meals in each province or territory in Canada. This complete chart is updated quarterly or if amendments have been made. If you would like other information that isn’t in this chart, drop us a line!
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  • Restaurant concepts to watch for October

    October 4, 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: Kupfert & Kim Instagram: 9,156 followers | Facebook: 4,310 likes | Twitter: 1,500 followers Locations: 6 (Toronto) Concept characteristics: Specializes in plant-based, wheat-free and ...
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  • Adding flair to meat and poultry dishes with ethnic elements

    September 19, 2016
    By Aaron Jourden Now, more than ever, ethnic cuisine is fueling menu trends, fads and innovations taking place in the restaurant world. While this can be seen across mealparts and dayparts, food and drink, and flavours and ingredients, global inspirations arguably have the most impact when applied to starters and centre-of-the-plate dishes. Here we look at some ...
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  • The challenges and opportunities of operating a foodservice business in Canada

    September 12, 2016
    By Alex Fraser, Cheryl Gardner and David Hopkins The future of Canadian foodservice holds some exciting new opportunities but a few familiar challenges as well. Fresh new concepts with diversified menu offerings, along with innovations in technology, social media and marketing platforms will gain momentum. However, familiar challenges such as a weak Canadian dollar, acquiring and ...
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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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  • Is your restaurant making at least 15 per cent profit?

    September 1, 2016
    By David Hopkins When I named our company The Fifteen Group in 2001, it was because we believed that any decent restaurant should make at least 15 per cent profit on sales (or potentially more, under the right circumstances). We still stand by that viewpoint today, however if I were naming the company now, it might ...
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  • Mobile apps and restaurant convenience: What are you waiting for?

    August 25, 2016
    By Jennifer Gausby I was running late for work one morning, but was in desperate need of a jolt of caffeine. Thanks to Starbucks’ “mobile order and pay” application, I placed my double tall, non-fat latte order en route, and when I arrived at my local Starbucks my prepaid latte was ready and waiting for me. ...
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  • Family-style dining: Bringing people and food together

    August 11, 2016
    By Liana Robberecht In the world of restaurants, the return of family-style dining shows that food is no exception to the adage that everything old becomes new again. With the hustle and bustle of our multi-tasking, information over-loaded, everything-on-our-phones lives, people are rediscovering the importance of taking a moment to reconnect with family and friends. There ...
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  • Restaurant concepts to watch for August

    August 3, 2016
    By Kristin Menas In this edition of “restaurant concepts to watch”, we highlight three concepts that are making an impact on Canadian diners. Here’s a look at the characteristics and menu offerings that make these restaurants unique: Nuba Instagram: 2,215 followers | Facebook: 5,109 likes | Twitter: 4,522 followers Locations: 4 (Vancouver) Concept characteristics: Modern twist on traditional Middle Eastern recipes Contemporary ...
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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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