Menu Trends

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  • Cafes finding growth amid heightened competition

    May 29, 2017
    Study conducted by Technomic reveals the latest trends and data to understanding consumers’ shifting behaviour and attitudes toward bakery and coffee cafes Press release Canadian cafes are finding growth by capitalizing on consumers’ love for coffee and other specialty beverages, according to Technomic’s new 2017 Canadian Bakery & Coffee Cafe Consumer Trend Report. However, cafes are facing an ...
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  • The dos and don’ts of online menu management

    May 16, 2017
    By Sean Beckingham For years, the relationships between restaurateurs, menu selections and hungry patrons remained mostly unchanged, various exceptions always included. Enter social media, an online voice of fandom, frustration and customer-on-keyboard justice; food photos, on-site selfies and reviews, both positive and scathing. Before the golden age of the Internet, consumers had to go in-house to find ...
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  • Menu trends to watch: New versions of poke and creative grains

    May 3, 2017
    By Aaron Jourden Below we will highlight some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus in May. Poke adaptations About the trend: Poke has recently been trending up in traditional variations at independents and upstart chains, and now larger operators are helping take the dish into the mainstream with their own takes on this refreshing ...
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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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  • Gluten-free community hungry for new hotspots

    April 12, 2017
    By Rachael Hunt Picture your restaurant: It’s a typical Saturday night, you have 130 customers already in-house and only a few seats left. A family of three your staff has never seen before walks in, bright-eyed and excited to try your cuisine for the first time. Two of them happily browse the front menu board while ...
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  • Restaurant concepts to watch for in April

    April 3, 2017
    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. Mean Bao Instagram: 1,715 followers | Facebook: 429 likes | Twitter: 505 followers Locations: Three (Toronto) Concept characteristics: Boldly flavoured Asian baos and dim ...
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  • The top food and beverage trends for 2017

    March 21, 2017
    By Kavita Sabharwal Consumers are always changing, and so are their food and drink preferences. What they want and what is important to them continues to evolve, and the industry is keeping pace with those needs. In recent years, health trends such as superfoods, pulses and smoothies have taken the world by storm, putting an emphasis on ...
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  • Menu trends to watch: creative burgers and plant-based proteins

    March 13, 2017
    By Aaron Jourden Below we will highlight some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus in March 2017. Offbeat burgers About the trend: From over-the-top preparations to ultra-spicy flavours to ethnic inspirations, more and more operators are marching to the beat of their own drummer to stand out in the burger category. From food trucks to ...
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  • Condiments get a makeover with international flavours 

    March 8, 2017
    Whether your like to top your hot dog with ketchup (in Chicago it’s a no-go!) or mustard, be prepared for some new kids on the condiment block. As our panel of industry experts recently told CRFN, topping your favourite foods with old standbys just isn’t going to cut it anymore. Read on to hear what ...
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  • How menu engineering can boost your bottom line

    January 23, 2017
    By Jeff Dover and Andrew Waddington If you could increase your restaurant’s operating margins by up to 20 per cent without significantly raising prices (and maybe even lowering prices for some items), would you? Most operators would answer with a resounding “yes.” You and your culinary team spend a great deal of time and effort developing ...
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  • Oysters: The perfect ocean delicacy for your menu

    January 18, 2017
    By Sal Battaglia Oysters have been a staple for restaurants in major cities across Canada for many years. But with the delicious mollusc on trend right now, it’s a menu item that almost any restaurant can serve. Whether it’s a “buck-a-shuck” or pairing the oyster with the proper wine, vodka or whiskey, being in Canada, there are ...
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  • Top 2017 food trends we’re buzzing about

    January 11, 2017
    By Marian Staresinic A new year not only brings changes and resolutions but also new food trends worth getting excited for. From spices to BBQ and beyond, here is the inside scoop on what will be sizzling in food for 2017. Cook and connect Chefs are embracing their internet audience and creating novel learning opportunities, getting more and more people ...
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  • Menu trends to watch: cauliflower, flavoured breads and specialty cold brew

    January 3, 2017
    By Kristin Menas Below we will highlight some of the leading trends to watch on Canadian menus for January 2017. Cauliflower About the trend: Cauliflower is becoming a diverse menu addition, appearing in everything from fried items to soups and salads At quick-service and casual-dining concepts Cauliflower is a diverse ingredient that can be prepared many ways Mentions of cauliflower increased ...
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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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  • The cultural shift to healthy appetizers

    December 7, 2016
    By Lucia Weiler At my recent Nutrition for NON-Nutritionists training workshop, I was reminded how important it is to open up the event with a story that hooks the audience and gives them a reason to listen and stay for more. The same thinking holds true for food. In a restaurant, appetizers set the stage for ...
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