Foodservice News Archive

  • How is restaurant chains’ recovery manifesting?

    May 24, 2022
    You’ll have heard this before by now, but the pandemic has changed the restaurant industry forever. Datassential’s fourth annual Firefly 500+ restaurant report highlights many of these core shifts, such as restaurant chains focusing on key markets and unit growth rather than simply sales. The food industry market research and insights company’s Samantha Des Jardins recently ...
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  • Technomic experts highlight the 5 Ps of menu innovation

    May 24, 2022
    At the US National Restaurant Association Show last week, experts from Technomic offered advice on how to best tailor a menu to encompass trending flavours and combinations and appeal to consumers’ desire to try new things when dining out. Ultimately, the conclusion was that menu innovation doesn’t require a huge menu overhaul if new options ...
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  • What do Canadian diners want from technology in restaurants?

    May 19, 2022
    When it comes to the foodservice industry, consumer trends have rapidly and significantly evolved over the course of the pandemic. One development that has proven it is here to stay, however, is the integration and use of technology in restaurants. Technology has been there to ease restaurants’ concerns, from labour shortages to changing dining operations to supply ...
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  • Revealing Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining in 2022

    May 17, 2022
    Leading online restaurant reservation provider OpenTable has named its 100 Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining in Canada just in time for the unofficial kickoff to patio season: Victoria Day long weekend. Data shows that Canadians are storming back to restaurants and patios, with May reservations up 61 per cent compared to pre-pandemic 2019. This year’s list, ...
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  • Should menus display food’s carbon footprint information?

    May 16, 2022
    What should a good menu include? The names and prices of dishes are a given, and other menus often display other details such as a description, dietary information such as calories, and the source of local products. But what about food’s carbon footprint? A team of researchers at Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg in Germany are ...
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  • Why cooking oil could cause surging menu prices

    May 16, 2022
    Restaurants are already grappling with numerous crises that are causing pressures on menu prices, from climate change to the lasting effects of COVID-19 to the devastating effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on food production. In recent months, cooking oil has been adding to the maelstrom. Global cooking oil prices have been rising since the ...
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  • Assessing the public’s trust in Canada’s food supply

    May 16, 2022
    Over the past two decades, Canadian consumers have shown an increasing interest in the country’s food supply, including where their food comes from, how it is produced, the environmental impacts of that production, nutritional composition and health benefits, and more. This has only intensified during the pandemic, and a new report from Nourish Food Marketing has ...
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  • Toronto food scene ranked as world’s most diverse

    May 16, 2022
    The Toronto food scene is often hailed for its breadth and its diversity, and a recent analysis has named it the most diverse in the entire world. Thanks to its large blend of cultures and ethnicities, Canada’s largest city is home to a hugely diverse range of international foods on offer. New data research from meal box ...
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  • Kraft Heinz’s latest green step: paper ketchup bottles

    May 13, 2022
    Kraft Heinz is on a continuing quest to go green and the company’s next big step is to introduce paper ketchup bottles. The food giant has teamed up with Pulpex, a sustainable packaging technology company, to create a paper-based, renewable, and recyclable Ketchup bottle made from 100 per cent sustainably sourced wood pulp. Pulpex is a collaboration between ...
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  • Quebec restaurants want looser foreign worker rules to ease labour shortage

    May 12, 2022
    Quebec’s restaurant and hospitality industry is asking the federal government for help in easing its labour shortage, calling for the loosening of foreign worker rules in time for the summer season. This summer, with open restaurants and COVID-19-related restrictions at their lightest since the pandemic began, is expected to be the busiest season for foodservice and ...
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  • US full-service menu prices see record inflation

    May 12, 2022
    Full-service menu prices in the U.S. rose 8.7 per cent in April year-over-year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is the segment’s highest increase since data was first collected in 1997. Overall, the food away from home index rose 7.2 per cent year over year, while the price of quick-service products grew seven per ...
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  • Montreal Economic Institute suggests alternative to Canada’s zero plastic waste policy

    May 12, 2022
    The Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) has questioned the federal Canadian government’s zero plastic waste policy, suggesting that it is in opposition to current and potential plastic industry innovations. At the end of 2021, the Government of Canada published its proposed Single-Use Plastics Prohibition Regulations and Guidance for Selecting Alternatives to the Single-Use Plastics in the Proposed Single-Use Plastics ...
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  • Connecting chefs in need with cooks of the future

    May 12, 2022
    The culinary industry has been struggling with staffing through the pandemic, but the Culinary Federation is doing all that it can to help ease the pain. The Federation’s Toronto branch recently held an exciting ice-breaker networking event at Shalit Foods Inc. in downtown Toronto with the goal of connecting chefs who are looking for more staff ...
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  • Flanagan Foodservice named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 9th year running

    May 10, 2022
    Flanagan Foodservice has been named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the ninth year in a row, retaining its Platinum Club designation. Flanagan was recognized for its overall business performance and sustained growth with the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation. The award is also a reflection of the company’s innovation, commitment and dedication to ...
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  • The Michelin Guide for restaurants is finally coming to Canada

    May 9, 2022
    The famous Michelin Guide, widely considered to be one of the highest authorities on fine dining around the world, is launching in Canada for the first time with a new Toronto guide. Mayor John Tory announced on April 10 that the French company will publish a guide for Toronto, according to the Toronto Star. Tory was ...
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