Foodservice Sales

  • Workers returning to offices are still keen on buying breakfast

    August 29, 2022
    Breakfast traffic was hit hard during the height of the pandemic as the daily routine of the office worker was overhauled. The emptying of offices meant that those regular stops at diners and drive-thrus virtually vanished almost overnight. With many of those workers now back in their offices, breakfast traffic has rebounded in recent times, even ...
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  • Are consumers going full steam ahead with plant-based protein?

    August 17, 2022
    With plant-based protein gaining momentum in the marketplace, retailers have got their eye on product performance. Studies show that plant-based diets are gaining popularity, with retailers struggling to catch up with growing demand. Plant-based eating is rapidly becoming the norm, with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) predicting that total protein production will double, ...
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  • Has restaurant food inflation finally peaked in Canada?

    August 16, 2022
    New Consumer Price Index data from Statistics Canada released August 16 reported that Canada’s inflation rate saw its first monthly decline in a year, and food inflation also appears to finally be tailing off. Inflation slowed to 7.6 per cent in July, largely driven by a decline in gas prices. The rate of change had hit a ...
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  • RBI: More customers redeeming coupons, loyalty rewards

    August 8, 2022
    As severe price pressures continue for customers and restaurants alike, more consumers are turning to money-saving options such as coupons and loyalty rewards to stretch their dollars further. That’s a conclusion reached by Restaurant Brands International (RBI), whose brands include Burger King, Tim Hortons, and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. RBI, like many restaurant chains and operators, has raised ...
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  • Which dishes, mealparts have seen the biggest price increases on Canadian menus?

    August 3, 2022
    Price increases, price increases, price increases. Those have been the words that have defined not just foodservice but life in general for Canadians over the last few months as the effects of decades-high inflation continue to be felt in every corner. On restaurant menus, everything from appetizers to entrees to sides to drinks has been affected. But ...
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  • Home meal replacements increasingly a rival for restaurants

    July 25, 2022
    Restaurants will continue to face several challenges in the evolving post-pandemic landscape, and one of those is consumers exploring more ways to feed themselves at home. Market research firm Mintel’s report on Home Meal Replacement & Grocerants in Canada found that the prominence and importance of home meal replacements and grocerant concepts have grown in recent years, reports ...
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  • Taquito entrees, bowl value meals in high demand on Canadian menus

    July 20, 2022
    Technomic’s latest Ignite Menu, covering changes in the Canadian foodservice industry between Q1 2021 and Q1 2022, has identified some highly trending items on Canadian menus over the last year. Overall menu item counts are up 1.7 per cent at full-service restaurants in the last year, showing a strong uptick from the eight per cent decline ...
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  • Canada’s annual food inflation rate at 8.8% in June

    July 20, 2022
    Canada’s inflation rate, which has been making unwanted headlines for months, has hit another high-water mark. In June 2022, the annual rate of inflation was 8.1 per cent compared to June 2021, its largest yearly change since January 1983. Food inflation continues to outpace that figure. That figure is up 0.4 per cent from the 7.7 ...
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  • Canadian foodservice started 2022 better than expected, but economy threatens future

    July 18, 2022
    The first quarter of 2022 saw the Canadian foodservice industry perform better than expected, according to Restaurants Canada’s Quarterly Forecast, although that report comes with a warning about the likely economic conditions of the next year. Canada’s commercial foodservice industry began the year with a higher-than-expected $16.3 billion in sales in Q1 2022, found the report, ...
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  • Canadian restaurant visits are up over 300% from a year ago

    July 13, 2022
    Although prices continue to rise and more and more Canadians are forced to make tough decisions about the spending they can afford, new data from the NPD Group reveals that foodservice industry traffic in Canada reached near pre-pandemic levels in May. The data found that foodservice traffic was just one per cent off its May 2019 ...
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  • Rising food prices: inflation or “greedflation”?

    July 13, 2022
    Food, whether it is in the grocery store or in a restaurant dining room, is significantly more expensive than it was a year ago. While general inflation, as well as the lasting impacts of COVID-19 and the conflict in Ukraine, have driven this trend, some are placing blame on grocery stores and other sellers for ...
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  • Diners being generous with tips despite record inflation

    July 12, 2022
    Even amid record levels of inflation and resultant rising menu prices, diners are being more generous with their tips. That’s according to new data from Lightspeed Commerce cited by Restaurant Dive collected from 6,000 U.S. bars and fast-casual, casual and upscale restaurants between May 2021 and May 2022. The data recorded that the median average tip in ...
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  • One of restaurants’ toughest tests? Attracting Gen Z diners

    July 7, 2022
    Capturing diners across all demographics has always been part of the challenge for restaurants. Attracting Gen Z is a unique test, particularly in the current economic and social climate. Gen Z have less disposable money and more competition for how to spend that money than perhaps any other generation in recent history. Throw in the factor ...
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  • What is Canada’s most wanted menu in mid-2022?

    June 20, 2022
    By Vince Sgabellone Canadian consumers have shifted the way in which they access and consume from a restaurant menu over the past two years. How they place orders, why they choose to eat out, where they consume their meals, and who is consuming. And what about the “what”? Have Canadians changed what they have been eating? The ...
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  • Canadians’ demand for cheese growing despite rising cost of dairy

    June 20, 2022
    Canadians are still showing high demand for cheese and related products despite an unprecedented rise in the cost of dairy goods. Over the decade between 2010 and 2020, Canadian cheese consumption increased by 15 per cent, according to Statista data reported by Canadian Grocer. Statista has noticed significant gains in the time since 2020, too, and ...
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