Food Focus

  • Put your restaurant on the podium during the Olympics

    July 12, 2024
    Olympic fever has begun and it’s a great time to get guests excited for fun festivities, themed menus, and original events. Here are just a few of the ways you can celebrate the Olympics with your restaurant community: Host Olympic viewing parties for like-minded fans to gather and cheer on their favourites. Offer a themed menu to add ...
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  • Level up your menu with innovative condiments

    July 4, 2024
    In order to offer bold flavours, many operators are giving classic condiments and sauces a makeover for a trendy take on menu additions. This approach allows restaurants to incorporate a broader range of ingredients, offer something fresh and new on the menu, and stand out from the competition. Mayonnaise-based condiments are having a moment on menus. ...
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  • Trend Watch: Acidic cocktails, breakfast poutine, senposai

    July 2, 2024
    By Katie Belflower In our latest edition of Trend Watch with Technomic, we are focusing on three current top menu trends across Canada, showcasing some of the restaurants that are creatively and successfully adding these items, flavours, or ingredients to their menus. This edition covers acidic cocktails, breakfast poutine, and senposai. Acidic ingredients in cocktails Operators are spotlighting ...
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  • QSR combos are driving traffic with value

    June 21, 2024
    As more consumers make cuts to their discretionary spending, many operators are looking for ways to increase traffic and boost the bottom line. While more value doesn’t always mean cheaper pricing, some operators are creating combos and LTOs to stand out and offer more to their customers. Most recently, McDonald’s announced a new lineup of five-dollar ...
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  • The impact of food delivery on fast-food offerings

    June 20, 2024
    By Jose Chavez In the rapidly evolving culinary landscape, the rise of delivery food services has had a profound impact in reshaping the way we think about fast-food. Gone are the days when fast-food simply meant a quick bite at a local diner or drive-thru. Today, the convenience of ordering through an app and having a meal ...
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  • Celebrate June’s best food holidays at your restaurant

    May 15, 2024
    There’s so much to celebrate in June, with food holidays that spotlight both sweet and savoury options. Give your guests something new to try, get everyone feeling festive, and expand your menu with a few of this month’s favourites – and you just might attract some new guests, too. Create a following for your festivities with ...
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  • Keeping beef on the menu doesn’t mean sacrificing your sustainability goals

    May 7, 2024
    By Bob Lowe Climate change is impacting our societies, our natural world, and our children’s futures. We all want to be part of the solution, and some have suggested that one way the foodservice sector could improve its impact is by replacing beef dishes with plant-protein options. My view as a rancher is that, both on the ...
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  • Trend Watch: Camelina, balsamic pearls, beet jam

    May 1, 2024
    By Katie Belflower Our monthly edition of Trend Watch with Technomic highlights three menu trends that are gaining popularity across Canada right now and looks at how Canadian restaurateurs are successfully incorporating them into their menus. This month’s edition features camelina, balsamic pearls, and beet jam. Camelina Some operators are featuring camelina in a variety of dishes on ...
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  • QSRs are diversifying their menus to draw in a broader customer base

    April 30, 2024
    Many restaurateurs are getting creative with their menus, adding new items, focusing on fresh flavours, and targeting new markets as they continue to compete for attention. Over half of restaurants plan to add LTOs to the menu this year, to up perceived value, and offer guests something new to try and a reason to visit. ...
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  • Embracing ethnic and global flavours on your menu

    April 29, 2024
    By Nandini Roy Chadry Today’s consumers are on the lookout for sophisticated and exotic cuisines infused with unique ingredients and bold flavours. With the rapid movement of people from one part of the world to another, the need for traditional food items that they are used to consuming is rising. This has created a massive market ...
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  • Spring’s swicy trend hits beverage menus

    April 24, 2024
    This season’s “swicy” trend, a mashup of sweet and spicy flavours is making its way onto beverage menus. According to research, the pairing of sweet and spicy flavours is up 38 per cent from last year on menus, with hot and honey flavours added to everything from chicken wings to burgers to beverages. Recently, Starbucks released ...
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  • 5 food holidays to celebrate in May

    April 17, 2024
    There is plenty to celebrate this spring, from Cinco de Mayo to Mother’s Day, but what about adding some creative food holidays to your restaurant celebrations? Featuring a food holiday in your bar or at your restaurant is a great way to drive traffic on slower mid-week days, give your regulars another reason to return, ...
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  • Menu hacks and their influence on QSRs

    April 16, 2024
    Restaurants have always created dishes to appeal to their guests, of course, but some QSRs have taken it to the next level, allowing Canadian customers to weigh in with hacks to influence their menus with custom creations. Last fall, Harvey’s launched its first customer-created menu item, adding the Pickle Pickle poutine to the roster, featuring their ...
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  • Offering plant-based proteins is a profitable choice for operators

    April 16, 2024
    By Nandini Roy Choudhury As sustainability continues to drive consumer demand, alternative proteins on menus are starting to become a powerful tool to combat climate change across the globe and boost restaurant bottom lines. Leading companies, stakeholders, and suppliers are steadily investing in the development of new capabilities and resources to address the challenges associated with ...
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  • Sweet summer flavours are already arriving on menus

    April 11, 2024
    Even though spring has just arrived, many restaurants are already looking ahead to summer with seasonal items and LTOs on the menu. From desserts to beverages, many QSRs are adding to their rosters to keep guests excited to try new items and keep cool as temperatures continue to heat up. McDonald’s is caffeinating customers more creatively, ...
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