Menu Trends

  • Creating a menu to attract restaurant guests

    May 17, 2024
    As dining preferences continue to change and evolve, it’s important for restaurants to know what guests are looking for and what attracts guests to their restaurant. Having a standout menu can make or break higher traffic numbers and make the most of your margins. Datassential’s Menu Development Report, Menu Magic 2024 provides insight into what ...
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  • How the new CFIA labelling regulations can affect your operations

    May 16, 2024
    By Hannah van Teylingen The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada are stepping up their game with new food labelling regulations that are planned to kick in by 2024 and 2025. In today’s health-conscious world, these new regulations aim to enhance transparency, encourage smarter food choices, and make sure everyone – from foodies to ...
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  • Celebrate June’s best food holidays at your restaurant

    May 15, 2024
    There’s so much to celebrate in June, with food holidays that spotlight both sweet and savoury options. Give your guests something new to try, get everyone feeling festive, and expand your menu with a few of this month’s favourites – and you just might attract some new guests, too. Create a following for your festivities with ...
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  • Inflation and the foodservice industry

    May 13, 2024
    The last few years have seen a steady and dramatic rise in the cost of food. In January, inflation reached a dramatic 11 per cent, however, global inflation is on the decline, with Germany recording a drop from 22 per cent fourteen months ago to .15 per cent today. Similarly, the United States has seen ...
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  • Give your beverage menu a glow-up with summer’s top trends

    May 12, 2024
    With patio season in our sights, it’s the perfect time to take a look at your beverage menu and see where it can be spruced up. From cocktails to mocktails, choose trendy ingredients, interesting garnishes, and pretty presentation to take your drink menu to the next level. 84 per cent of consumers think that restaurants ...
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  • Using fresh ingredients to freshen up your menu

    May 9, 2024
    Canadians have such a short growing season that taking advantage of fresh, seasonal ingredients only makes sense. By incorporating ingredients that are in season, chefs can use produce at its most flavourful to enhance their dishes, support local farmers, and reduce the restaurant’s carbon footprint. 59 per cent of diners say are more likely to ...
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  • Keeping beef on the menu doesn’t mean sacrificing your sustainability goals

    May 7, 2024
    By Bob Lowe Climate change is impacting our societies, our natural world, and our children’s futures. We all want to be part of the solution, and some have suggested that one way the foodservice sector could improve its impact is by replacing beef dishes with plant-protein options. My view as a rancher is that, both on the ...
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  • Sustainability and innovation in restaurant packaging

    May 1, 2024
    Sustainability continues to be top of mind in the foodservice industry from using greener products to limiting waste to innovation in environmentally-friendly packaging. Some QSRs are making strides to provide customers with the sustainable solutions they are looking for, paving the way for even more improvement in foodservice sustainability. RELATED: Meeting sustainability goals with a menu ...
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  • Trend Watch: Camelina, balsamic pearls, beet jam

    May 1, 2024
    By Katie Belflower Our monthly edition of Trend Watch with Technomic highlights three menu trends that are gaining popularity across Canada right now and looks at how Canadian restaurateurs are successfully incorporating them into their menus. This month’s edition features camelina, balsamic pearls, and beet jam. Camelina Some operators are featuring camelina in a variety of dishes on ...
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  • QSRs are diversifying their menus to draw in a broader customer base

    April 30, 2024
    Many restaurateurs are getting creative with their menus, adding new items, focusing on fresh flavours, and targeting new markets as they continue to compete for attention. Over half of restaurants plan to add LTOs to the menu this year, to up perceived value, and offer guests something new to try and a reason to visit. ...
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  • Embracing ethnic and global flavours on your menu

    April 29, 2024
    By Nandini Roy Chadry Today’s consumers are on the lookout for sophisticated and exotic cuisines infused with unique ingredients and bold flavours. With the rapid movement of people from one part of the world to another, the need for traditional food items that they are used to consuming is rising. This has created a massive market ...
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  • Crafting culinary comfort: a Q&A with Dan Seidman

    April 26, 2024
    In the realm of culinary creativity, few people can weave together flavours, textures, and communities quite like Dan Seidman can. With nearly a decade entrenched in the world of social media and recipe development, Dan has honed his craft into a delightful fusion of approachability and excellence. Known for his knack for crafting comforting, mouth-watering recipes, ...
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  • Spring’s swicy trend hits beverage menus

    April 24, 2024
    This season’s “swicy” trend, a mashup of sweet and spicy flavours is making its way onto beverage menus. According to research, the pairing of sweet and spicy flavours is up 38 per cent from last year on menus, with hot and honey flavours added to everything from chicken wings to burgers to beverages. Recently, Starbucks released ...
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  • Coffee: what’s the buzz all about?

    April 19, 2024
    While coffee may not be your top source of revenue, the growing popularity of coffee drinks can help build your restaurant’s bottom line. Studies show that nearly three-in-four Americans drink it every day and 36 per cent drink three to five cups daily, so an opportunity exists for restaurants to increase profits. How can operators ...
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  • 5 food holidays to celebrate in May

    April 17, 2024
    There is plenty to celebrate this spring, from Cinco de Mayo to Mother’s Day, but what about adding some creative food holidays to your restaurant celebrations? Featuring a food holiday in your bar or at your restaurant is a great way to drive traffic on slower mid-week days, give your regulars another reason to return, ...
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