Food Focus

  • Concept Watch: Banh Mi Boys, 49th Parallel, California Sandwiches

    November 26, 2021
    By Katie Belflower RestoBiz and Technomic have linked up again for Concept Watch to highlight three standout restaurant concepts on show in Canadian foodservice right now. This month, the focus is on Banh Mi Boys, 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters, and California Sandwiches and how each is standing out from the crowd in Canadian foodservice. Source: Banh Mi Boys website Banh Mi Boys Instagram: ...
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  • Canadian trends: Looking ahead to 2022 in foodservice

    November 19, 2021
    By Aimee Harvey and Katie Belflower The past two years brought unforeseen challenges to the foodservice industry, leaving many operators scrambling to adapt. With that experience under their belt, operators will go into 2022 more readily settling into solutions for these challenges while priming for some that have yet to emerge. What are some of the ...
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  • Many more Canadians saying no to meat during pandemic

    November 18, 2021
    Sustainability is a growing concern for Canadian consumers, and one way that is manifesting itself is through an increasing desire to steer clear of meat — or at least to have the choice to do so. A new survey from Impossible Foods conducted by members of the Angus Reid Forum, found that one-quarter (24 per cent) ...
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  • OpenTable & Air Canada name Canada’s Best New Restaurants

    November 3, 2021
    On the 20th anniversary of the two companies’ collaboration on the annual pre-eminent list of top restaurants across the country, OpenTable and Air Canada have named Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2021. A press release says year’s list showcases culinary talent as inclusive and diverse as the Canadian community. It adds that Canada’s culinary talent has preserved ...
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  • Trend Watch: Lovage, umeboshi, barberry

    October 28, 2021
    By Katie Belflower We’re firmly into fall 2021 already and menus across Canada are looking as always to adapt to the most recent menu trends in foodservice. RestoBiz and Technomic’s latest edition of Trend Watch focuses on three hot-ticket items that are in vogue in Canada right now: lovage, umeboshi, and barberry. Lovage A perennial plant most often found in ...
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  • Gen Zs, millennials driving growth of plant-based foods

    October 27, 2021
    The popularity of plant-based foods has been growing in recent years, and Gen Z and millennial consumers are likely to continue pushing that growth. That’s according to a recent report from The NPD Group, which found that the consumer demand for these beverages and foods for in-home meal prep has continued throughout the pandemic. Both dairy ...
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  • Technomic report shows Canadian burger cravings

    October 26, 2021
    The burger has long been a much-craved-for food item in Canada and beyond, and that doesn’t appear to have been changed by the pandemic. Technomic’s new Global Menu Category Report illustrates what consumers in Canada and beyond are looking for in their burger options late in 2021. Prominent among the report’s conclusions is that Canadians seem to ...
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  • Whole Foods Market highlights top 10 trends for 2022

    October 20, 2021
    Whole Foods Market global buyers and experts have unveiled their top 10 anticipated food trends for 2022 in the retailer’s seventh-annual Trends predictions. According to the predictions, made each year by a Trends Council, buzz-less spirits, yuzu, Reducetarianism and functional beverages made with prebiotics and botanicals are among the food influences expected to rise in popularity in the ...
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  • How Canadian foodservice has been forever changed

    October 18, 2021
    By now, it seems undeniably apparent that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed Canadian foodservice forever. According to Restaurants Canada’s Foodservice Facts 2021 report, that view is shared by 76 per cent of operators across the country. On the positive side, foodservice sales are rebounding. In July 2021, there was only a five per cent difference shortfall in ...
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  • Concept Watch: Sula, Notre Boeuf de Grace, Pizzeria Libretto

    September 28, 2021
    By Katie Belflower Technomic’s latest Concept Watch for RestoBiz highlights three standout restaurant concepts on show right now in Canadian foodservice. This month, the focus is on how Sula Indian Restaurant, Notre Boeuf de Grace, and Pizzeria Libretto are standing out from the crowd with a remarkable restaurant design and the latest menu trends. Via Sula Indian Restaurant website Sula Indian ...
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  • Le Burger Week celebrates record-breaking 10th anniversary

    September 27, 2021
    Le Burger Week, the annual celebration of Canada’s biggest and best burgers, held its milestone 10th anniversary earlier this month, adding a second week to the event for the first time ever. From September 1-14, Le Burger Week, presented by Saputo and Sysco and delivered with DoorDash, rolled out across the nation. Fittingly, the supersize 10th ...
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  • Trend Watch: Calamansi, fennel pollen, fiddlehead

    September 1, 2021
    By Katie Belflower Another summer is drawing to a close, but the need for boldness and innovation in restaurants never wanes. Keeping up-to-date with the very latest in food and menu trends is a vital part of any chef and restaurant operator’s job. RestoBiz and Technomic’s latest edition of Trend Watch focuses on three menu trends that are ...
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  • Canadian restaurant menu prices rose 3.1% in July

    August 30, 2021
    Menu prices at restaurants in Canada were 3.1 per cent higher in July 2021 than they were a year ago, reports Restaurants Canada. This represents the largest increase since January 2019, and is over three times the magnitude of the rise in food prices at grocery stores, which climbed by 1.0 per cent. Since January 2019, menu ...
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  • Pushing to fuel a pandemic breakfast resurgence

    August 23, 2021
    Amid statistics suggesting that the way in which consumers eat breakfast is evolving, major brands are launching high-octane breakfast marketing campaigns. They include Kellogg Canada, which is kicking off a decade-long marketing campaign as part of a strategy to get more consumers eating at the start of the day again. The “We’re For Breakfast” initiative focuses on ...
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  • Mislabelled seafood remains a big problem in Canada

    August 11, 2021
    A new “DNA investigation” by Oceana Canada has found that the presence of mislabelled seafood products is still a big problem in Canada. The charitable organization, part of an international advocacy group dedicated to ocean conversation, carried out a new study in cities across Canada where it has previously sampled seafood from grocery stores and restaurants. The new study ...
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