Food Focus

  • 5 food holidays to celebrate in December, from comfort food to champagne

    December 1, 2022
    By Megan Prevost This month is jam-packed full of holiday cheer already, but just in case you’re looking for a little bit more to celebrate before the end of the year, we’ve got five more food holidays in December for you! Featuring a food holiday at your bar or restaurant is a great way to drive traffic ...
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  • How helping your community this season can boost sales

    November 30, 2022
    As the holidays draw nearer and gatherings become more popular, a sense of community becomes even more important for your customers and for your business. While December is often a busy month with catering and parties, you can limit any lulls by hosting an event that helps your community. 77 per cent of consumers say that ...
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  • Concepts to Watch: Craft Beer Market, Waves Coffee House, Press’d Sandwich Shop

    November 29, 2022
    By: Katie Belflower Making a name for yourself means offering your customers something that is unique to your restaurant. In the most recent edition of Concepts to Watch, RestoBiz and Technomic focus on three unique restaurant concepts that stand out in the Canadian foodservice industry. This month, Craft Beer Market, Waves Coffee House, and Press’d Sandwich Shop are ...
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  • A seasonal menu can benefit your business

    November 28, 2022
    Winter is on the horizon and as seasons change, so should your restaurant. Heating replaces your air conditioning, your patio closes or is revamped, and your menu gets a makeover with a seasonal spin.   John Moody, co-founder and Chief Strategist of Restaurant365, writes that getting the winter crowd through your doors doesn’t have to be ...
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  • Upcycling food waste for sustainable packaging

    November 25, 2022
    Food waste is a growing global concern for the foodservice industry and beyond, and upcycling has emerged as a way to work toward balance. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, over one-third of all food produced is wasted or lost, translating to 2.3 million tonnes of edible food being wasted ...
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  • Top 5 books for restaurant owners

    November 24, 2022
    By Megan Prevost Many professional fields provide opportunities to grow through the pursuit of outside research and books. Taking a little time to read up on your work can pay back huge dividends in performance, but often this doesn’t ring true for fields where experience is king. Experience is the best teacher in many arenas, and this ...
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  • Creating a functional outdoor winter dining experience

    November 23, 2022
    Canadians love their patio season, so creating an outdoor winter dining experience is great for your bottom line. For a successful winter experience, you need to decide whether to make your patio a working winter space or whether creating something new is more your style. Using your existing patio With 49 per cent of full-service operators planning ...
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  • Restaurants think pink and beyond for 2023 menus

    November 18, 2022
    As the holiday season starts to ramp up and the end of 2022 draws nearer, what can restaurants expect to see trending in 2023? From flavours to colours, next year’s menus are expected to focus on comfort foods, fermenting, and all things pink.  According to Technomic, we can look forward to several new food trends emerging ...
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  • Ghost kitchens are evolving as restaurant challenges continue

    November 17, 2022
    Ghost kitchens popped up during the pandemic as a creative way to keep kitchens open when dining areas were closed. But as the demand for off-premise dining continues to hit record highs, the ghost kitchen concept is evolving. They began as a kind of a mystery, with many ghost kitchens opening in secret locations, allowing customer ...
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  • Finding a way to raise your restaurant’s profit margin

    November 15, 2022
    As inflation continues, it may be tempting to raise menu prices to offset costs and maximize your margins, but there’s another way. Rather than increasing what you charge, get creative with cutting costs to raise your profit margin.   Improving your profit margin means you need to know your current numbers. While your gross profit margin ...
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  • Mixologists head to the kitchen for inspiration

    November 14, 2022
    What’s trending in the world of mixology? Crafting cocktails is a specialized skill set, combining creativity and practicality. These days, unconventional inclusions are topping the trends, as mixologists save SKUs and make the most of their available ingredients.   Technomic’s latest trend report shows that Canadian mixologists are bringing their cocktails into the kitchen, with a ...
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  • Canadian consumers have a taste for sweet treats

    November 14, 2022
    As consumer habits continue to shift and off-premise dining remains a popular option, desserts and sweet treats are making their way onto more and more takeout orders. According to the 2022 Online Ordering Trends report from Restaurants Canada, this is an ongoing trend, with baked goods taking top spot in the delivery and pickup category for ...
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  • How inflation has impacted Canadian Thanksgiving

    November 10, 2022
    The ever-increasing food prices are affecting Canadian households across the board, from grocery shopping to family celebrations. Going into Thanksgiving, Canadians were looking at this year’s holiday a little differently, with 88 per cent expecting to be impacted by inflation and 18 per cent expecting to spend less than last year. From turkey to sides, prices ...
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  • Can dynamic pricing work for your restaurant?

    November 4, 2022
    As Canadians continue to face inflation and the possibility of a recession, many restaurants are looking to recoup costs without abruptly raising menu prices. Dynamic pricing could be the answer. What is dynamic pricing? In simple terms, it’s the idea that prices fluctuate across the board on a schedule several times a year. While this still ...
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  • Restaurant catering picks up speed as employees return to work

    November 3, 2022
    As businesses continue to recover from the pandemic and employees return to work, the demand for restaurant catering is on the rise. According to ezCater, corporate catering booking sales were up 185 per cent last month over January 2022. That looks set to continue through 2023, too, as businesses resume in-person client meetings, book corporate lunches, ...
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