Menu Trends

  • Diners expect smaller portion sizes as inflation continues

    May 5, 2022
    A new survey from back-of-house restaurant management software company MarketMan has found that three-quarters of Americans believe restaurants will cut down on portion sizes as inflation continue. Responding to the survey, 74 per cent of Americans said they think operators will manage increasing food costs by cutting portion sizes while charging customers the same price, and ...
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  • Trend Watch: Sake kasu, amba, devil’s club

    April 28, 2022
    By Katie Belflower Our latest edition of Trend Watch with Technomic highlights three menu trends that are being seen across Canada right now, and how Canadian restaurants are utilizing them to unique and great effect on their menus. Sake kasu Japanese paste-like condiment sake kasu is derived from the sake brewing process. Since it is a by-product of ...
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  • Diners willing to pay premium for sustainable takeout

    April 21, 2022
    Sustainable food is increasingly a focus of discussion for the food industry and the general public, and it seems it is top of mind for diners when it comes to ordering takeout, too. According to Deliverect data cited by Restaurant Dive, more than four in 10 (43 per cent of) diners would be willing to pay ...
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  • Rise in food prices shows no sign of halting soon

    April 21, 2022
    There is no relief on the horizon for restaurants, their patrons, or grocery shoppers amid continuing high inflation and rising food prices. Statistics Canada has released its latest look at how prices have changed on a year-over-year basis, comparing March 2022 and March 2021, and it does not make for light reading. We already know that inflation ...
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  • Concepts to Watch: Burgoo, Uniburger, Sidewalk Citizen

    March 31, 2022
    By Katie Belflower Technomic is constantly keeping abreast of the latest and greatest in Canadian restaurants, and its latest Concepts to Watch highlights three more standout restaurant concepts on show right now. This month, the focus is on Burgoo, Uniburger, and Sidewalk Citizen. Source: Burgoo website Burgoo Facebook: 1,890 likes | Instagram: 6,748 followers | Twitter: 3,142 followers Locations: 4 (Vancouver, B.C.) Concept ...
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  • In brief: the state of the Canadian menu in 2022

    March 23, 2022
    Technomic recently released its annual State of the Canadian Menu 2022 report, highlighting growing ingredients, dishes, drinks, and flavours on menus across the country as well as trend predictions for this year. With pandemic-driven challenges continuing in 2021, operators adopted new strategies and found fresh solutions to these challenges. Looking at the past year in review ...
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  • How much more expensive are food prices becoming in Canada?

    March 21, 2022
    We were warned, and now we’re seeing it happen. Food prices in Canadian grocery stores are soaring, and the trend only looks set to continue. Late in 2021, the annual Food Price Report predicted that Canadian food prices would likely increase by between five and seven per cent in 2022, which was the highest increase predicted ...
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  • 7 ways professional design can help your restaurant in 2022

    March 18, 2022
    By Mark Plumlee Over the past two years, thousands of restaurants have shut down across the country. Others have shut down their brick-and-mortar stores and moved to a permanent takeout model. In the place of restaurants that shut down, many new ones have sprung up to take their place. We’re left with an industry full of newcomers ...
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  • Vegan pasta and vegan flour markets expected to show strong growth

    March 16, 2022
    The markets for vegan pasta and vegan flour are expected to grow significantly over the next few years, according to reports from Future Market Insights. The growth in both markets is propelled largely by an increasing preference for plant-based ingredients in food products. Affluent millennials in particular have been the central driver of the worldwide shift ...
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  • Perfecting your online menu experience

    March 15, 2022
    Never has nailing your customer experience been more important. That certainly applies to your online menu at a time when off-premises consumption has become such a staple of the foodservice industry. In a recent webinar titled “Ensuring Great Menu Experience”, Paytronix’s Chris Zeigler talked through how operators can perfect their online menu experience. At the outset, he ...
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  • What are the fastest-growing food items on Canadian menus?

    March 9, 2022
    Technomic‘s latest Industry Insights report has shed light on the fastest-growing food items on Canadian menus over the past year. Leading the way with 150 per cent growth year over year is burgundy wine, with the beverage being served at both fine dining restaurants and contemporary casual dining restaurants. Also in the beverage bracket, hard seltzer is ...
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  • Trend Watch: Birch syrup, kosho, candy cap

    March 2, 2022
    By Katie Belflower Our latest edition of Trend Watch with Technomic highlights three menu trends that are being seen across Canada right now, and how Canadian restaurants are utilizing them to great effect. Birch syrup Birch syrup is made from birch sap and produced in much the same way as maple syrup, but has a complex and distinctly ...
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  • North America to lead ready-to-drink coffee market growth

    March 1, 2022
    The global ready-to-drink coffee market is set to witness growth at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.3 per cent and is anticipated to reach a valuation of around US$42.3 billion by 10 years from now, according to new research. The report from Future Market Insights notes that while some of this growth can be ...
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  • Why menu refinement is becoming the name of the game

    February 28, 2022
    By Tom Nightingale Restaurants have faced far more than their fair share of potentially crippling challenges over the last two years, from forced closures to supply chain woes, rising costs across the board, and staff shortages. In response, they have taken to trying out numerous mitigating measures, from temporary outdoor seating to strategic menu price increases to ...
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  • US menu prices take their highest leap in 40 years

    February 11, 2022
    One rather inevitable effect of the strains on the food industry has been rising costs and higher menu prices, and the consequences have been spectacular. Amid a landscape of stretched supply chains, climate change, a labour crunch, and other factors, restaurants have been raising their menu prices to offset the resulting unprecedented spike in food ...
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