Menu Trends

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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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  • Pizza trends in Canadian restaurants

    October 25, 2011
    Pizza trends in Canadian restaurants By Linda Strachan October 25, 2011   Getting a slice of the action It seems everyone has their own opinion about what makes a great pizza. Maybe that’s why there are more than 8,000 pizza restaurants across Canada.* That makes for plenty of choices, and a lot of tough competition. However the pie is smaller than ...
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  • Eight dos and don’ts for menus

    September 30, 2010
    By Diane Chiasson It’s a well-known fact in the restaurant and foodservice industry that your menu is your most effective marketing tool. Your menu not only needs to be interesting enough to draw customers into your operation, but it also needs to create opportunities for you to get those customers to spend as much as possible. Don’t ...
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