Menu Trends

  • Concepts to Watch: Michel’s, Angry Dragonz, Bubble World

    October 4, 2022
    By Katie Belflower Attracting attention for your restaurant is crucial in offering something unique to your customers. In the latest edition of Concept Watch, RestoBiz and Technomic focus on three key restaurant concepts from Canadian foodservice. This month, we are highlighting Michel’s Bakery Cafe, Angry Dragonz, and Bubble World and showcasing how these restaurants are expanding Canadian ...
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  • How restaurants are adjusting their menus to stay viable

    October 3, 2022
    Confronted with labour shortages, inflation, supply-chain stretches, and other operational challenges, restaurants are having to find a variety of ways to adjust their business model to stay attractive to consumers and stay viable within a competitive industry. Many of those changes have come on menus. Toast’s first Voice of the Restaurant Industry survey found that one-third ...
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  • 5 food holidays to celebrate in October, from tacos to chocolate

    September 29, 2022
    By Megan Prevost It’s almost October, so you know what that means: fall goodies, Halloween decorations and candy, and of course, pumpkin spice everything. But how do you choose what items to showcase or what specials to run? Sometimes there are just too many delicious foods to feature. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered. Every month is packed ...
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  • Beverage demand from consumers drives takeout and delivery menus

    September 28, 2022
    We’ve seen many changes to consumer preferences since the pandemic, and beverage demands are the latest addition to this list, driving a shift in restaurant delivery and takeout menus. With the growth of third-party takeout and delivery orders up 63 per cent from pre-pandemic days, this is an important market to consider. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic ...
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  • How to incorporate the trendiest ingredients into your bowls

    September 26, 2022
    Food bowls have become popular in recent years, with 35 per cent of Canadian restaurants now featuring either a savoury or sweet bowl option for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Many consumers are looking for healthy, value-conscious meals, and food bowls fit the bill. Beautifully simple, bowls typically include a base, a protein, complementary toppings, and ...
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  • Pumpkin spice season is leading the early charge into fall

    September 9, 2022
    It used to be that pumpkin spice and fall-related flavours arrived on the shelves just before Thanksgiving, but these days, retailers have been capitalizing on these seasonal offerings since as early as mid-August. As 54 per cent of operators said that limited-time offers (LTOs) are a central part of their business, they plan to release ...
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  • Trend Watch: Ssamjang, daisy buttons, banana ketchup

    September 1, 2022
    By Katie Belflower Each edition of our 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. Ssamjang Ssamjang is a spicy, paste-like condiment used in Korean cooking. It is made from fermented soybean paste, red chile paste, ...
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  • 5 food holidays to celebrate in September, from guacamole to cheeseburgers

    August 26, 2022
    By Megan Prevost It’s that time again! Time to start planning the next month’s events and specials for your restaurant menu. If you’re having a hard time brainstorming ways to increase revenue in the month of September, consider celebrating food holidays! These holidays are simple and easy to plan for and have the potential to draw ...
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  • The fall flavours that could define the season in 2022

    August 22, 2022
    Fall is right around the corner and along with cool mornings and cozy sweaters comes this year’s newest fall flavours. Not a pumpkin spice fan? Not to worry, as this year’s top picks include something delicious for everyone. As you’ve probably noticed, many restaurants and retailers are signalling the end of summer, introducing their fall lineups ...
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  • Canadians are looking for healthy, value-conscious menus

    August 18, 2022
    As diners return to their favourite restaurants and we try to adopt a more “business as usual” approach, how will restaurant menus need to change to reflect growing demand and new trends? Technomic has gathered some interesting data highlighting which menu items have gained the most popularity from pre-pandemic to today. Topping the list with the most ...
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  • Australian lamb is a rising star with chefs and diners in Canada

    August 18, 2022
    Are you looking to add a tasty, versatile, and sustainable protein to your menu? Australian lamb is impressing chefs and diners worldwide. Free from additives, pasture-raised, and humanely sourced, it’s a great source of iron, zinc, omega-3, and B vitamins – and don’t forget its clean, delicious taste.   For Australian farmers, it’s all about heart. ...
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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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  • Fast-food breakfasts are getting a sweet makeover

    August 16, 2022
    Two of Canada’s biggest fast-food restaurants are finding their sweet spot, adding some new and exciting items to the most important meal of the day. With the $27 billion fast-food industry ranking second in the Canadian market, and up to 40 per cent of Canadians eating on the go, this trend could prove to be ...
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  • Protecting your bottom line with plant-based purchases

    August 15, 2022
    By Riana Topan Plant-based purchases may be the key to cost savings for restaurants. With food prices alarmingly high and threatening already-narrow profit margins, food service owners and operators are struggling to find ways to contain costs. According to Restaurants Canada, the price of food at grocery stores rose by 10.1 per cent between June 2021 ...
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  • Consumers say plant-based diets are here to stay

    August 15, 2022
    How has the pandemic affected consumers and their everyday diets? A Packaged Facts consumer survey suggests that many consumers made the shift to plant-based diets during the pandemic. While this may have seemed like a temporary step, the survey shows that 30 per cent of participants are still eating more fruit and vegetables than they ...
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