Foodservice News Archive

  • OpenTable lists Canada’s most beloved restaurants for 2022

    December 7, 2022
    Canadian eateries receive some well-deserved recognition from OpenTable in the recently-released list of the Top 100 Most Beloved Restaurants in Canada for 2022. The list features restaurants offering experiences of al types, from fine dining to budget-friendly, highlighting 48 restaurants in Ontario, 23 in Alberta,18 in British Columbia, nine in Quebec, and one in New Brunswick.  These ...
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  • Lactalis Canada Foodservice joins Canadian Culinary Federation as National Dairy Partner

    December 7, 2022
    Lactalis Canada Foodservice – a division of Canadian dairy leader Lactalis Canada – and the Canadian Culinary Federation, Canada’s national association of professional chefs and cooks, are pleased to announce a new national partnership aimed at delivering excellence in foodservice. As the exclusive National Dairy Partner for the Canadian Culinary Federation, Lactalis Canada Foodservice will ...
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  • 2023 sees food prices rising even higher

    December 5, 2022
    As consumers and restaurants continue to struggle with record-high food prices, there’s no end in sight for Canadians. Even though the Bank of Canada has helped to lessen some of the causes of food inflation, but global factors like gas prices and the value of the Canadian dollar will play a part in what happens ...
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  • How are restaurants handling the on-going food shortages?

    December 2, 2022
    The ongoing inflation and supply chain issues are sending many restaurants scrambling to edit items from their dishes and re-jig their menus to manage food shortages. According to Restaurants Canada, 96 per cent of restaurants have been affected by this issue, struggling to balance cost and menu design with guest expectations. With things like romaine lettuce ...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sweet and savoury seasonal flavours are trending on restaurant menus

    November 22, 2022
    The holidays are right around the corner and many restaurants are already getting into the spirit with LTOs featuring their favourite seasonal flavours. This trend seems to be arriving earlier each year, with large chains kicking off the season as early as October. With 54 per cent of operators saying that LTOs are a central part ...
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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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  • 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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  • The hospitality industry gets a break from the federal government

    November 9, 2022
    As the hospitality industry continues to struggle with labour shortages and inflation costs, rising credit card fees have further challenged the industry. The federal government has pledged to step in, however, to help provide some relief. As part of their 2022 fall economic statement, the federal government has committed to enter into negotiations with the credit ...
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  • Consumers still want to dine out, even amid recession concerns

    November 7, 2022
    As the holidays approach and so does the possibility of a recession, there are mixed reviews on predicted restaurant traffic.   Dining in restaurants is on the decline for people with lower incomes. In this year’s second quarter, one of four diners bringing in less than $45,000 per year didn’t eat out at all. That being ...
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  • 2022’s Culinary Federation National Annual Conference

    November 7, 2022
    By Ryan Marquis, Culinary Federation National President June was an exciting month, with 200 chefs, cooks, and culinary partners gathered in Saskatoon for the first Culinary Federation National Annual Conference since 2019. We were thrilled to be back in person to Reset, Reconnect, and Revive the culinary industry through networking, education sessions, product showcases, culinary competitions, ...
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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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  • Sustainability matters to today’s Canadian consumers

    October 18, 2022
    Sustainability is a hot topic for Canadians and it is becoming increasingly important to consumers, with 45 per cent looking to increase their sustainable behaviour. Recently, consumers were asked to rate the importance of restaurants making sustainable choices. Results were steady across the board, with QSRs (at 57 per cent), fast casuals (at 56 per cent), ...
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