Menu Trends

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  • Appetizer trends to incorporate into your concept

    July 17, 2017
    By Paul Spano The world of food is an ever-morphing playground as chefs are constantly expanding their horizons. With emerging new flavours and innovative cooking, curing and serving styles, access to new and exciting concepts and cuisines is readily available. Moving forward, we expect to see a great mix of the old and new, the traditional ...
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  • Matcha set to drive growth in healthy hot beverages

    July 12, 2017
    By Frank Weber The beverage industry has changed dramatically since we rang in the new millennium. New innovations have captured greater market share as consumer preferences continue to evolve. Products on target with these trends will see a healthy growth through the coming years. Juicing it up Mainstream juice in general has seen a decline in support over ...
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  • Restaurant menu trends to watch for in July

    July 10, 2017
    By Aaron Jourden Below we will highlight some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus this month. Tea complexity About the trend: The popularity of artisan and fusion teas in recent years has encouraged operators to get even more creative with their specialty drinks. Now showing up on menus for the summer are more tea ...
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  • QSRs pave the way for breakfast dining trends

    June 27, 2017
    By Geoff Wilson Breakfast has become a significant daypart in Canada’s foodservice industry. However, the recent growth of breakfast in Canadian foodservice has manifested itself more so in quick-service restaurants (“QSR”) rather than full-service restaurants (“FSR”). FSR breakfast traffic and all dollars as a percentage of total foodservice remained relatively flat from 2012 to 2016. However, the ...
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  • Dairy ingredients gaining a share of the spotlight

    June 19, 2017
    By Aaron Jourden It’s not hard to see why queso fresco, butter, buttermilk and cottage cheese are some of the fastest-growing dairy ingredients on Canadian restaurant menus. Each speaks to a larger trend that’s been evolving in the dining landscape over recent years. Whether it’s more authentic approaches to ethnic dining or changes in the way consumers ...
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  • Restaurant concepts to watch for in June

    June 7, 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: Flock Rotisserie + Greens Instagram: 4,349 followers | Facebook: N/A | Twitter: 561 followers Locations: 4 (Toronto) Concept characteristics: Quality, naturally raised rotisserie chicken Signature ...
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  • Vegetables move to the centre of the plate with vegetarian and vegan entrees

    June 6, 2017
    By Laura McGuire Vegetables taking a starring role on restaurant dinner plates may seem like an unusual phenomenon for some consumers. However, innovation around veggie-centric entrees in both chain and independent kitchens is growing, and chefs are demonstrating the culinary potential of these ingredients by swapping vegetables for meat or grains in traditional dishes. Research indicates that ...
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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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