Menu Trends

  • 5 food holidays to celebrate in December, from comfort food to champagne

    December 1, 2022
    By Megan Prevost This month is jam-packed full of holiday cheer already, but just in case you’re looking for a little bit more to celebrate before the end of the year, we’ve got five more food holidays in December for you! Featuring a food holiday at your bar or restaurant is a great way to drive traffic ...
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  • Concepts to Watch: Craft Beer Market, Waves Coffee House, Press’d Sandwich Shop

    November 29, 2022
    By: Katie Belflower Making a name for yourself means offering your customers something that is unique to your restaurant. In the most recent edition of Concepts to Watch, RestoBiz and Technomic focus on three unique restaurant concepts that stand out in the Canadian foodservice industry. This month, Craft Beer Market, Waves Coffee House, and Press’d Sandwich Shop are ...
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  • A seasonal menu can benefit your business

    November 28, 2022
    Winter is on the horizon and as seasons change, so should your restaurant. Heating replaces your air conditioning, your patio closes or is revamped, and your menu gets a makeover with a seasonal spin.   John Moody, co-founder and Chief Strategist of Restaurant365, writes that getting the winter crowd through your doors doesn’t have to be ...
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  • Seasonal flavours are trending on restaurant menus

    November 22, 2022
    The holidays are right around the corner and many restaurants are already getting into the spirit with LTOs featuring their favourite seasonal flavours. This trend seems to be arriving earlier each year, with large chains kicking off the season as early as October. With 54 per cent of operators saying that LTOs are a central part ...
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  • Holiday takeout could be great for business

    November 21, 2022
    The holidays are approaching, and it’s typically a busy time of year for restaurant dining rooms. This year, however, the increased demand holiday for takeout may change the way restaurants see success. As inflation continues to lessen the gap between grocery and restaurant costs, more people will be choosing takeout to feed their families. This trend ...
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  • Restaurants think pink and beyond for 2023 menus

    November 18, 2022
    As the holiday season starts to ramp up and the end of 2022 draws nearer, what can restaurants expect to see trending in 2023? From flavours to colours, next year’s menus are expected to focus on comfort foods, fermenting, and all things pink.  According to Technomic, we can look forward to several new food trends emerging ...
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  • Finding a way to raise your restaurant’s profit margin

    November 15, 2022
    As inflation continues, it may be tempting to raise menu prices to offset costs and maximize your margins, but there’s another way. Rather than increasing what you charge, get creative with cutting costs to raise your profit margin.   Improving your profit margin means you need to know your current numbers. While your gross profit margin ...
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  • Mixologists head to the kitchen for inspiration

    November 14, 2022
    What’s trending in the world of mixology? Crafting cocktails is a specialized skill set, combining creativity and practicality. These days, unconventional inclusions are topping the trends, as mixologists save SKUs and make the most of their available ingredients.   Technomic’s latest trend report shows that Canadian mixologists are bringing their cocktails into the kitchen, with a ...
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  • Canadian consumers have a taste for sweet treats

    November 14, 2022
    As consumer habits continue to shift and off-premise dining remains a popular option, desserts and sweet treats are making their way onto more and more takeout orders. According to the 2022 Online Ordering Trends report from Restaurants Canada, this is an ongoing trend, with baked goods taking top spot in the delivery and pickup category for ...
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  • Can dynamic pricing work for your restaurant?

    November 4, 2022
    As Canadians continue to face inflation and the possibility of a recession, many restaurants are looking to recoup costs without abruptly raising menu prices. Dynamic pricing could be the answer. What is dynamic pricing? In simple terms, it’s the idea that prices fluctuate across the board on a schedule several times a year. While this still ...
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  • Boost your restaurant business with the after-work crowd

    November 1, 2022
    Restaurants need to constantly be on the lookout for creative ways to increase their guest counts and attract new clientele. With consumers craving social experiences and more employees heading back into the office, restaurants may be able to appeal to an after-work crowd to get more people through the doors. A recent survey found that diners ...
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  • Trend Watch: Miso cocktails, huitlacoche, prickly ash

    October 31, 2022
    By Katie Belflower Our latest edition of Trend Watch with Technomic highlights three menu trends on the rise across Canada right now and looks at how restaurants are successfully adding them to their menus. Miso cocktails Operators are featuring miso (the salty fermented soybean paste) in cocktails, alongside citrus fruits or other acidic elements, including vinegar. Spotlighting miso ...
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  • Food photography is a crucial part of your menu

    October 28, 2022
    Is your food photography translating to sales for your restaurant? 82 per cent of people say they would order a dish based on its photo, so appealing photos can mean more profits. In fact, restaurants switching from a text-based online menu to a photo-based menu reported increased conversion rates of 25 per cent. Whether you’re using ...
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  • 5 food holidays to celebrate in November, from nachos to French toast

    October 27, 2022
    By Megan Prevost With the end of the year approaching fast, it’s time to celebrate the last of the food holidays in November. Strap in for a sweet month because we’ve got lots of sugary holidays on the docket! Celebrating a food holiday is a great way to introduce new menu items and specials while also attracting ...
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  • How restaurant hacks and secret menus could affect your bottom line

    October 19, 2022
    Restaurant hacks and secret menus are all the rage on TikTok, with guests posting their favourite ways to customize popular items, sometimes creating a whole new dish or experience. While this may be fun for guests, it’s not always ideal for your staff or your business. How could this trend affect your restaurant’s bottom line? More labour ...
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