Menu Trends

  • Celebrating August’s best food holidays

    July 18, 2023
    If you’re in the mood to celebrate, August offers some unique holidays your restaurant guests can enjoy! Celebrating food holidays gives your restaurant something to promote, a new way to get guests interested in your menu, and a fresh reason for customers to visit. Here are some of the food holidays you can celebrate at your ...
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  • Making long weekends work for your restaurant

    July 17, 2023
    Canadian diners love to get out and celebrate, and long weekends are the perfect way to get guests out to your restaurant. From LTOs to patio events to fun festivities – and more – use long weekends to fill your seats and make the most of your margins. There are a few steps you can take ...
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  • Get your kids’ menu to the next level

    July 14, 2023
    For most restaurants, families are a big part of the guest demographic, so it’s important to address all members of the family for an elevated experience. Making the kids happy – while keeping parents happy – is the name of the game in becoming a family’s favourite place to dine out. Studies show that about ...
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  • Make the most of your summer LTOs

    July 12, 2023
    During some of the busiest months in the foodservice industry, many fast-food restaurants are upping their game with summer specials to boost their sales and get extra attention for their restaurants. Using LTOs to attract interest in the menu, bring in larger groups, and build customer loyalty is a solid strategy for restaurants looking to ...
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  • Playing the long game with LTOs

    July 7, 2023
    Many restaurants are looking for alternate ways to increase revenues and summer LTOs may offer that opportunity. The very nature of LTOs is to offer something for a short period of time, but how can restaurants capitalize on these promotions long-term? 7 out of ten consumers have chosen LTOs in the last month, so we know ...
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  • Restaurant prices remain on the rise

    July 7, 2023
    With so much talk in the media about inflation and rising food costs, many restaurants have increased their menu prices to try and offset their costs. Just how much have prices gone up for consumers as operators have raised rates to try and recoup some of the losses felt over the last few years? According to ...
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  • Trend Watch: Green strawberries, chrysanthemums, and aloe beverages

    July 6, 2023
    By Katie Belflower This month’s edition of Trend Watch with Technomic takes a look at some of the unique menu trends being featured across Canada. We are highlighting green strawberries, chrysanthemums, and aloe beverages, and including some of the restaurants that are successfully showcasing these items on their menus. Green strawberries Trending at independent restaurants are green strawberries, ...
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  • Desserts are your menu’s sweet spot

    June 30, 2023
    Making the most of your menu means adding desserts to the mix. 21 per cent of diners say that they’ve eaten dessert in the last 24 hours, but studies show that number is actually closer to 63 per cent. Following the trends and appealing to demand are the tricks to making desserts the star of your ...
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  • Online ordering remains a reliable source of restaurant revenues

    June 28, 2023
    Even as patios are filling up for the summer, online ordering continues to be an important revenue generator for restaurants. Diners want to eat out, but they also want the convenience of enjoying their favourite dishes from the comfort of their own homes. According to Paytronix, online orders have nearly tripled since the pandemic, so ...
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  • Factoring complexity scores into your menu

    June 23, 2023
    Creating dishes that appeal to your guests is crucial to the success of your business, but how do complexity scores factor into your menu? Complexity scores represent a rating for the level of difficulty associated with the items on your menu, and once you start looking at those scores, you’ll find ways to up your ...
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  • July food holidays to celebrate at your restaurant

    June 22, 2023
    Summer is the perfect time to celebrate food holidays, get people excited to be out on the patio, and draw in a new seasonal crowd. You can go big with décor and entertainment, or you can scale down to include just a few feature items on your menu. Celebrating food holidays is a great way ...
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  • How to make your patio more profitable

    June 19, 2023
    Now that patio season is in full swing, it’s time to focus on how it can raise your revenues. 77 per cent of diners say they prefer to dine outside when given the chance, so making it a space that enhances your restaurant experience will get those tables filling up. As you add seating and staff, ...
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  • Why non-alcoholic beverages are a must for your menu

    June 15, 2023
    Making sure your menu features non-alcoholic beverages is a must for summer, however, non-alcoholic beverages are a hit all year, including fancy hot drinks, slushies, milkshakes, and more. Consumers typically see these items as a way to treat themselves, so it’s a great way for restaurants to up those cheque totals. Each category of non-alcoholic beverages ...
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  • Late-night hours could help boost restaurant revenues

    June 13, 2023
    Many restaurants are looking for creative ways to maximize profits, reaching outside of their regular offerings to appeal to more guests and step away from the competition. While some restaurants are decreasing their hours to accommodate labor challenges, others are headed in the opposite direction, adding late-night options instead. RELATED: Shifting consumer spending and its effect ...
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  • Add catering to your restaurant’s roster

    June 12, 2023
    As many restaurants branch out to help with higher margins, consider the profitability of catering to raise revenues for your restaurant. In the fall of 2022, catering orders rose 184 per cent over the previous January, making it clear that as employees continue to return to the office, companies are looking to host events and ...
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