Menu Trends

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  • Specialty veggie-focused dishes allow for culinary creativity and variety

    March 9, 2016
    By Kristin Menas March 9, 2016 Leave a comment The top type of vegetable entrée is the “other vegetable dish” category with 480 listings. This indicates that operators are offering a wide variety of vegetable dishes and getting creative by introducing their own specialty vegetable-focused entrées. Some of the leading types of vegetables spotlighted in the “other vegetable ...
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  • Despite higher prices, meat is still a popular choice

    March 3, 2016
    By Aimee Harvey March 3, 2016 Leave a comment Challenges persist for the meat industry, but restaurants are responding with innovative menu ideas that are creating new avenues for growth. Over the past couple of years, there has been an unmistakable shift in Canada’s meat industry. Commodity costs have increased substantially, fueled by severe droughts and challenging winter-weather conditions. ...
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  • Citrus and berry flavours most popular in specialty adult beverages

    February 18, 2016
    By Kristin Menas February 18, 2016 The leading flavour in specialty adult beverages on Canadian menus is lime. Listed 337 times on Canadian menus on Technomic’s MenuMonitor database, lime is often added to drinks as a complementary flavour. Citrus flavours like lime and lemon, which is also among the top five flavours, add freshness to a drink, ...
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  • Health trends on Canadian menus

    January 7, 2016
    The foodservice industry is adapting to consumer demand for healthy, nutritious food. Ask a dozen people what healthy means, though, and you may get as many different answers. The wide variety of perceptions can cause menu development challenges, but can also ignite exciting ideas and culinary trends. Customer expectation for personalization has expanded beyond steak doneness ...
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  • Watching the trends in sustainable seafood

    November 12, 2015
    Whether it’s succulent lobster from Prince Edward Island, scallops from Nova Scotia, mussels from Newfoundland or spot prawns from British Columbia, Canada is home to some of the world’s best shellfish and seafood. Canadian Restaurant & Foodservice News recently asked several of Canada’s top seafood suppliers and experts to weigh in on the latest developments, ...
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  • Seafood, vegetarian & vegan options provide healthy alternatives and minimize the veto vote, Technomic finds

    July 27, 2015
    Press release While chicken still holds its status as the centre-of-plate star for both consumers and operators, demands are shifting. More consumers are looking past poultry to seafood, vegetarian and vegan options. Utilizing proprietary intelligence and exclusive consumer data, Technomic’s Canadian Centre of the Plate Consumer Trend Report identifies and analyzes menu and consumer trends impacting ...
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  • Is your children’s menu costing you customers?

    July 14, 2015
    By Sandra Brunton As a restaurant owner, you need to have items that appeal to everyone who walks through the door. The kids menu is usually the last thing you think about when you are building a menu for your restaurant, but it shouldn’t be. Think about it this way: These are your future customers — do ...
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  • Five things that contribute to a food-forward town

    May 25, 2015
    By Jordan Knox When I left the city of Calgary for the small town of Kimberley, B.C., I expected that my days of going out for dinner would be limited to a few restaurants with limited selection.  When I arrived my experience was quite the opposite, and with further inspection I found that the town with ...
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  • Ten food and drink trends for 2015

    November 20, 2014
    By Diane Chiasson It’s that time of year again when we all make our lists for what we believe will be the trends for next year. For 2015, expect to see restaurant and foodservice operators go for smaller, fresher, healthier items, and creating everything from scratch. From homemade catsup to house-brewed beer and wine, operators are ...
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  • Canadian diners “fishing” for salmon entrées

    July 4, 2014
    According to Technomic’s MenuMonitor database, salmon is the most popular type of fish entrée on Canadian menus by a significant margin. With 145 appearances on menus, salmon is a fish that is served during all dayparts. For example, Angel’s Diner serves a bagel with cream cheese and lox (smoked salmon) for breakfast as well as ...
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  • Bread brings in the dough as most featured side dish

    April 22, 2014
    Bread tops the list as the most popular type of side dish in Canadian restaurants, with 398 appearances on menus. For breakfast, some of the leading side bread options include bagels, English muffins and toast. Later in the day, breads such as garlic bread, cheese bread and biscuits are ordered as sides to entrées. Other ...
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  • Eight restaurant trends to expect for 2014

    December 10, 2013
    By Diane Chiasson In 2014, expect menus to feature much more sophisticated and adventurous fare, while maintaining a healthy and ethical balance. Also look for bold flavours from around the world, especially the Middle East. Consumers will still be looking for healthier food options featuring more locally-sourced fruits and vegetables. Beverages will also be a big focus ...
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  • Eight food trends to watch for in 2013

    December 4, 2012
    By Diane Chiasson Move over burger bars and head-to-toe meats. It’s time to focus on vegetables! Leafy greens, exotic roots and other locally-grown vegetables are set to take centre stage this year, as our world continues to demand healthier foods. Restaurant and foodservice operators will also be more accommodating to the growing population of vegans, and those ...
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  • Top condiments and proteins in sandwiches on Canadian restaurant menus

    September 6, 2012
    = By Kristin Menas September 6, 2012 Chicken and mayonnaise appear as popular ingredients on sandwiches Top condiments/sauces in sandwiches Mayonnaise is by far the most popular condiment or sauce in sandwiches featured in Canadian restaurants, with 237 appearances in Technomic’s MenuMonitor database. The creamy condiment is extremely versatile and adaptable to a variety of ingredient combinations for sandwiches. Canadian ...
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  • Most popular burgers and top 10 cheeses on Canadian menus

    October 26, 2011
    Trending toward “better burgers” By Laura McGuire October 26, 2011 Most popular burgers on Canadian menus Specialty burgers top the list of Canada’s most popular burgers, according to MenuMonitor data. As Canadians continue to demand “better burgers,” restaurant operators must continually innovate in burger offerings. Specialty burgers allow operators room to differentiate their burger offerings from those of competitors ...
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