Foodservice Sales

  • Cold-brewed coffee: Low and slow is the hottest new trend

    May 12, 2016
    With soft drinks and sodas losing some of their fizzle with Canadian foodservice customers, many are turning to a perennial beverage standby presented with a cool twist – cold-brewed coffee. Not to be confused with iced coffee — which is usually just a variation of espresso or strong coffee blended with milk, ice and sugar — cold-brewed ...
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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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  • Restaurant concepts to watch for May

    April 25, 2016
    By Kristin Menas In our first ever ‘concepts to watch,’ we highlight three restaurant concepts that are making an impact on Canadian diners. These original eateries use social media to their benefit, are positioned as fast-casual and offer guests unique experiences. Here’s a look at our top fast-casual restaurant concepts. Mandy’s Instagram: 5,797 followers |Facebook: 4,710 likes Locations: 3 ...
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  • Ancient grains on the menu

    March 31, 2016
    By Aaron Jourden The emergence of quinoa as a near-mainstream ingredient has no doubt fueled chefs’ and diners’ desires to discover the many other types of ancient grains. Although many ancient grains are relatively unknown to consumers and are just now penetrating leading chain and independent menus in Canada, the latest data from Technomic’s MenuMonitor is ...
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  • Seven tips for a busy summer

    March 31, 2016
    By Diane Chiasson With the success of the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada is becoming more of an international hotspot for travellers.  Tourists are increasingly realizing the draw of this beautiful country, from the scenery and mountains of the West Coast to the European flair of Quebec, the multicultural diversity of Ontario and the waterside ...
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  • Making the case for family engagement in restaurants

    March 31, 2016
    By Jasmine Kafka The family segment comprises roughly 50 per cent of restaurant revenues in casual dining, with an average cheque 83 per cent higher than couples or seniors (based on The NPD Group CREST Study, 2010). Leading industry consultants forecast that family dining visits will increase this year, as the economy improves and restaurants continue ...
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  • “Grill”icious ideas

    March 31, 2016
    Smokin’ veggies:  Show your veggies some grill-love too. With the right preparation, they might even steal the show from grilled meats and seafood! Grilled vegetables, with their delicious smoky charred flavours, can add a whole new and premium flavour dimension to a meal, whether served as a side dish, as toppings for gourmet burgers and ...
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  • Top types of sandwiches

    March 31, 2016
    By Kristin Menas Chicken sandwiches and wraps are the most popular type of sandwiches on Canadian menus, according to MenuMonitor data. Chicken is also a widely preferred type of sandwich protein among consumers. Technomic’s 2014 Canadian Sandwich Consumer Trend Report found that more than half of consumers prefer chicken breast for lunch and dinner sandwiches. Chicken ...
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  • Eight effective ways to boost sales in the New Year

    January 25, 2016
    There are certain times of the year where business is relatively slow, and for some restaurants, the winter months are dreadful. These slowdown periods are a common cause of cash flow shortages for many restaurants. Don’t let the seasonal slumps get you down! Use this off-season time to properly market your restaurant and to get ...
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  • Seven tips for healthy foodservice innovation

    January 21, 2016
    By Lucia Weiler “Innovation” is a word often used in restaurant circles, but what does it really mean, and how can you put it to use to grow your business and boost your bottom line? According to a recent report by consulting firm AlixPartners, “Innovation means re-engineering menus to better target today’s new consumer segments, re-engineering promotions ...
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  • Eight ways to make your restaurant kid-friendly

    January 5, 2016
    By Diane Chiasson Restaurants that target families have to cater to both parents and their children. Kids are very influential in choosing a restaurant to dine, and are potentially your biggest customers. Today’s average parent will go to no ends to please and satisfy their children, and when it comes to food, parents will buy just ...
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  • Asian-inspired beef dishes top the list on Canadian menus

    December 14, 2015
    By Kristin Menas Asian beef is the most popular type of beef dish by a significant margin. As we watch Asian flavours and concepts trend upward in Canada, we are seeing authentic Asian beef dishes proliferate on menus. Popular varieties are beef and broccoli, bulgogi, ginger beef and Szechuan beef. These beef dishes are profiling a ...
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  • Better-for-you frozen desserts

    December 10, 2015
    By Lucia Weiler No need to skip dessert! Gelato and sorbetto are the perfect gourmet alternatives with numerous nutritional benefits. Very popular in Europe and growing at a fast pace in North America, these frozen Italian treats are no longer considered a “temptation” but rather a customer favourite, taking the frustration and monotony out of some restricted-calorie ...
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  • Watching the trends in sustainable seafood

    November 12, 2015
    Whether it’s succulent lobster from Prince Edward Island, scallops from Nova Scotia, mussels from Newfoundland or spot prawns from British Columbia, Canada is home to some of the world’s best shellfish and seafood. Canadian Restaurant & Foodservice News recently asked several of Canada’s top seafood suppliers and experts to weigh in on the latest developments, ...
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  • Seafood, vegetarian & vegan options provide healthy alternatives and minimize the veto vote, Technomic finds

    July 27, 2015
    Press release While chicken still holds its status as the centre-of-plate star for both consumers and operators, demands are shifting. More consumers are looking past poultry to seafood, vegetarian and vegan options. Utilizing proprietary intelligence and exclusive consumer data, Technomic’s Canadian Centre of the Plate Consumer Trend Report identifies and analyzes menu and consumer trends impacting ...
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