Menu Trends

  • Concept Watch: Lovepizza, Union Chicken and Holy Grill

    August 7, 2018
    By Sophie Mir In this edition of Concept Watch, we highlight three restaurants that are making an impact on Canadian diners, including a pair of fast-casuals from Alberta and a new-ish Ontario chicken joint. Below, we look at the characteristics and menu offerings that make these restaurants unique. Lovepizza The Numbers Locations: 2 (Edmonton and St. Albert) Instagram: 11,200 followers | Facebook: ...
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  • Concept Watch: Rolltation, SMAK and Buco Pizzeria & Vino Bar

    June 18, 2018
    By Sophie Mir In this edition of Concept Watch, we highlight a trio of trend-setting restaurant concepts that are changing the way Canadians eat. Here’s a look at the characteristics and menu offerings that make these restaurants unique: Rolltation Locations: 4 (Toronto) Concept characteristics: A Toronto-based, limited-service emerging chain highlighting customizable and hybrid sushi options. Inspired by Toronto’s unique multicultural diversity ...
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  • Spring menu trends to keep an eye on as the weather heats up

    May 18, 2018
    By Aaron Jourden Spring has officially sprung, giving chains and independent restaurants leave to launch fresh new concepts and push the trends that will help define 2018. Below, we highlight some of the standouts to watch on Canadian menus. Thin and Flat Demand for lighter options, texture contrasts, authenticity and new ethnic ingredient experiences are some of the ...
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  • Plant-based eating is mainstreaming, so how can you profit from it?

    May 10, 2018
    By Jo-Ann McArthur Plant-based eating is mainstreaming, and it’s not hippies who are setting the agenda. Instead, Nourish Food Marketing’s 2018 Nourish Trend Report found that the average, non-vegetarian consumer is driving growth. Restaurants have historically introduced the trends and patterns that later manifest themselves throughout the food ecosystem, but this is one area where most ...
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  • Freshii celebrates Moroccan flavours and plant-based protein trends in newest bowl

    May 4, 2018
    Fast-growing health and wellness brand Freshii continues to drive forward its mission — to make healthy food convenient and accessible for all — with the launch of an energizing new bowl. Developed by Freshii’s lead nutritionist and inspired by the flavours of Morocco, Biiblos makes its debut at locations worldwide starting today, only for a ...
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  • Unique ingredients give pasta a healthy makeover

    April 18, 2018
    By Sean Moon Long the go-to meal for doting Italian grandmothers, spaghetti-loving kids and comfort-food aficionados, pasta has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years. Today, the use of pasta in Canadian restaurants is less influenced by Nonna and more by such modern factors as clean-eating, plant-based or gluten-free diets and a world of unique and ...
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  • Restaurant concepts to watch for April

    April 3, 2018
    By Aaron Jourden In this edition of “concepts to watch,” we highlight three restaurant concepts that are making an impact on Canadian diners. Here’s a look at the characteristics and menu offerings that make these restaurants unique: Una Pizza + Wine Instagram: 15,000 followers | Facebook: 2,712 likes | Twitter: 13,000 followers Locations: 3 (Calgary, Saskatoon) Concept characteristics: Casual-dining concept with ...
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  • Convenience and culture combine to create the modern lunch daypart

    March 22, 2018
    By Robert Carter Is it lunch time yet? A common question echoed across the globe by billions of hungry people as the middle of their day nears. And for most of these hungry people, lunch represents the second meal of the day. In Canada, by the time lunch hour comes around, most of us will have ...
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  • Menu trends to watch for March 2018

    March 5, 2018
    By Aaron Jourden Below we will highlight some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus this month. Sweet heat About the trend: Operators are catering to demand for bold and exciting flavour experiences by developing complex sauces and toppings that combine spicy and sweet components. These condiments can be found on new items and LTOs ...
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  • Restaurant concepts to watch in February 2018

    February 5, 2018
    By Aaron Jourden In this edition of “concepts to watch,” we highlight three restaurant concepts that are making an impact on Canadian diners. Here’s a look at the characteristics and menu offerings that make these restaurants unique: Rosemary Rocksalt Instagram: 1,237 followers | Facebook: 1,617 likes | Twitter: 2,175 followers Locations: 5 (British Columbia) Concept characteristics: Bakery-cafe concept offering dense and ...
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  • Six things to remember when designing a new menu

    January 31, 2018
    By Jordan Knox In the restaurant industry, things are always changing and evolving as new restaurants and new products are constantly becoming available. To keep up, restaurants need to consistently update their menu offerings, but what is the best way to do this? For most restaurateurs, changing a menu can be a daunting task that may ...
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  • The future of food – Restaurant trends in 2018 and beyond

    January 25, 2018
    Giving diners some food for thought, RC Show 2018 – Canada’s largest foodservice and hospitality event – presents the top trends you can expect to see on restaurant tables this year. From Neuro-nutrition to floral flavours and even medicinal mushrooms, here’s what will be blooming all over menus: Coffee with a kick – Turmeric syrup and ...
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  • Evolving trends spur demand for fish and seafood

    January 24, 2018
    By Laura McGuire Trending seafood and fish dishes are giving many Canadians cause to dine out. Some of these items, like poke bowls and seafood boils, hail from different U.S. regions, while others such as conservas originate from farther regions of the world. What’s driving fish and seafood innovation? One catalyst is consumers’ increasing need for better-for-you ...
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  • Restaurant menu trends to watch in January 2018

    January 9, 2018
    By Aaron Jourden Below we will highlight some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus this January. Duck About the trend: Operators are showcasing duck in everyday dishes that make the protein more approachable by showcasing it in familiar and craveable preparations. Exotic appeal Not always easy to prepare at home Rich and flavourful protein option Menu Examples: Shoeless Joe’s ...
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  • What’s trending during the bustling lunch daypart?

    December 20, 2017
    By Renee Lee Canada’s restaurant industry brings in $80 billion in sales every year, according to recent data. Changes in consumer behaviors, such as moving away from eating three square meals a day (Nestle Canada’s “Evolution of Eating in Canada” symposium revealed that many Canadians are grazing throughout the day and focusing on snacking) or eating ...
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