Menu Trends

  • Spice up your menu this Valentine’s Day

    February 7, 2022
    By Sydney Ahmadian Valentine’s Day is one of the most profitable days of the year for restaurants. But what are customers looking for this year? Platforms like TikTok and Instagram continually popularize specific ingredients and flavours, giving restaurants a golden opportunity to piggyback on large holidays. Marketing these trendy ingredients can be a great way to grab ...
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  • A trending taste for natural wine

    February 3, 2022
    By Sylvia Tomczak Temperamental, inconsistent, and wild. It isn’t surprising that with descriptions like these, natural wine has managed to captivate a whole new (and youthful) audience of drinkers. Bursting through every mainstream media outlet at the moment, these sediment-sprinkled bottles of raw wines are often found on the shelves of funky, niche bottle shops across Canada, ...
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  • Diners turning away from fried foods

    February 2, 2022
    Restaurant diners are increasingly turning their noses up at fried foods, according to a new industry report. Black Box Intelligence’s latest pulse report says that guest sentiment for fried foods has declined since the start of the pandemic at both limited- and full-service restaurants. The greatest decline in fried food’s appeal to diners was in limited-service ...
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  • Concepts to watch: Dinesty, Buono, Dic Ann’s

    January 28, 2022
    By Katie Belflower RestoBiz and Technomic’s first 2022 edition of Concept Watch highlights three restaurant concepts on show in Canadian foodservice and what makes them stand out from the crowd. This month, the focus is on Dinesty Dumpling House in B.C., Toronto’s Buono, and Quebec QSR Dic Ann’s. Source: Dinesty Dumpling House website Dinesty Dumpling House Facebook: 855 likes | Instagram: ...
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  • Demand for red meat wanes as customers look elsewhere

    January 17, 2022
    The rates of meat consumption and consumer demand for red meat are declining in Canada due to a combination of factors including shrinking household incomes, soaring prices, and the struggles of the restaurant industry. A new report from Farm Credit Canada (FCC) explains that many consumers are cutting back on more expensive meals, many of which ...
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  • Meal kits: are they a passing fad or here to stay?

    January 11, 2022
    Ready-to-make meal kits have surged in popularity during the pandemic with indoor dining off the table for so much of the last two years. The question now is whether they will endure. A new Canadian study by Empathy Inc. in partnership with Vividata suggests that, while the appeal of these kits varies based on demographic, the ...
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  • Trend Watch: Koji, nasturtium, berbere

    January 4, 2022
    By Katie Belflower Another year for Canadian foodservice will bring many changes, but what will remain the same is the focus on the latest and greatest menu trends across the country. As always, RestoBiz and Technomic’s latest edition of Trend Watch focuses on three items that operators and chefs are looking to include on their menus. To kick ...
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  • Forecasting global restaurant trends for 2022

    December 6, 2021
    By Aaron Jourden The world has faced nearly two years of disruption and uncertainty, cautious optimism and unexpected challenges. As we enter another year, the pandemic continues to loom large, informing operations, planning, decision-making, and forecasting of restaurant trends for operators and suppliers alike. And yet, with so much uncertainty still in the air, it finally ...
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  • Concept Watch: Banh Mi Boys, 49th Parallel, California Sandwiches

    November 26, 2021
    By Katie Belflower RestoBiz and Technomic have linked up again for Concept Watch to highlight three standout restaurant concepts on show in Canadian foodservice right now. This month, the focus is on Banh Mi Boys, 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters, and California Sandwiches and how each is standing out from the crowd in Canadian foodservice. Source: Banh Mi Boys website Banh Mi Boys Instagram: ...
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  • 2021 Canadian restaurant online ordering trends

    November 23, 2021
    After a challenging couple of years, restaurateurs have learned how to adapt to keep their doors open and their businesses thriving. The rise of off-premise dining and third-party delivery point to online ordering as a key component of engaging today’s customers with the convenient, fulfilling experiences they crave.  A new report by DoorDash, 2021 Restaurant Online ...
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  • Canadian trends: Looking ahead to 2022 in foodservice

    November 19, 2021
    By Aimee Harvey and Katie Belflower The past two years brought unforeseen challenges to the foodservice industry, leaving many operators scrambling to adapt. With that experience under their belt, operators will go into 2022 more readily settling into solutions for these challenges while priming for some that have yet to emerge. What are some of the ...
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  • Many more Canadians saying no to meat during pandemic

    November 18, 2021
    Sustainability is a growing concern for Canadian consumers, and one way that is manifesting itself is through an increasing desire to steer clear of meat — or at least to have the choice to do so. A new survey from Impossible Foods conducted by members of the Angus Reid Forum, found that one-quarter (24 per cent) ...
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  • Trend Watch: Lovage, umeboshi, barberry

    October 28, 2021
    By Katie Belflower We’re firmly into fall 2021 already and menus across Canada are looking as always to adapt to the most recent menu trends in foodservice. RestoBiz and Technomic’s latest edition of Trend Watch focuses on three hot-ticket items that are in vogue in Canada right now: lovage, umeboshi, and barberry. Lovage A perennial plant most often found in ...
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  • Gen Zs, millennials driving growth of plant-based foods

    October 27, 2021
    The popularity of plant-based foods has been growing in recent years, and Gen Z and millennial consumers are likely to continue pushing that growth. That’s according to a recent report from The NPD Group, which found that the consumer demand for these beverages and foods for in-home meal prep has continued throughout the pandemic. Both dairy ...
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  • Technomic report shows Canadian burger cravings

    October 26, 2021
    The burger has long been a much-craved-for food item in Canada and beyond, and that doesn’t appear to have been changed by the pandemic. Technomic’s new Global Menu Category Report illustrates what consumers in Canada and beyond are looking for in their burger options late in 2021. Prominent among the report’s conclusions is that Canadians seem to ...
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