Menu Design

  • How the new CFIA labelling regulations can affect your operations

    May 16, 2024
    By Hannah van Teylingen The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada are stepping up their game with new food labelling regulations that are planned to kick in by 2024 and 2025. In today’s health-conscious world, these new regulations aim to enhance transparency, encourage smarter food choices, and make sure everyone – from foodies to ...
    Read more about this post
  • Using fresh ingredients to freshen up your menu

    May 9, 2024
    Canadians have such a short growing season that taking advantage of fresh, seasonal ingredients only makes sense. By incorporating ingredients that are in season, chefs can use produce at its most flavourful to enhance their dishes, support local farmers, and reduce the restaurant’s carbon footprint. 59 per cent of diners say are more likely to ...
    Read more about this post
  • 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 ...
    Read more about this post
  • 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. ...
    Read more about this post
  • Coffee: what’s the buzz all about?

    April 19, 2024
    While coffee may not be your top source of revenue, the growing popularity of coffee drinks can help build your restaurant’s bottom line. Studies show that nearly three-in-four Americans drink it every day and 36 per cent drink three to five cups daily, so an opportunity exists for restaurants to increase profits. How can operators ...
    Read more about this post
  • 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, ...
    Read more about this post
  • Creating a sustainable menu for your restaurant

    April 10, 2024
    As sustainability continues to be a top priority for consumers, many are looking to frequent restaurants and businesses that align with their values. While many restaurants are focused on reducing waste, using greener suppliers, and lowering their carbon footprint, a sustainable menu is a win-win for your guests and your business. Restaurant benefits Giving your guests what they ...
    Read more about this post
  • Cheers to this year’s top beverage trends

    April 8, 2024
    Spring has officially arrived, so let’s celebrate with this year’s top beverage trends! While some of the popular choices from last year continue to dominate diner demand, 2024 offers a few new directions for restaurateurs looking to broaden their beverage menus to get creative and build a buzz. Alcoholic beverages make up about 21 per cent ...
    Read more about this post
  • Is breakfast making a comeback?

    March 18, 2024
    Restaurants have typically relied on commuters for breakfast sales, however, with fewer people going into the office, this daypart has seen a significant drop in recent years. But with remote job listings down over 20 per cent over the last six months, will sales start to come back as more people head to the office? ...
    Read more about this post
  • 2023’s trends help operators craft 2024 menus

    March 12, 2024
    Taking a look at menu trends can help restaurateurs plan for this year, address diner demand, and craft menus that maximize profitability. Technomic’s recent report takes a look at the last quarter of 2023 to give some insight into what’s trending on menus year-over-year. Menu item counts have continued to increase in every mealpart, even as ...
    Read more about this post
  • Trend watch: Dandelion, salsa macha, charcoal

    March 1, 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 focuses on dandelion, salsa macha, and charcoal. Dandelion Dandelions are hardy perennial weeds bearing ...
    Read more about this post
  • Menu trends: 2024’s best buzzwords

    February 12, 2024
    Fads come and go and taking note of the top trends on your menu can help you stay relevant, get attention, and reach a new audience. This not only means staying in the know about crave-able flavours and sought-after dishes, but incorporating popular buzzwords can help you make the most of your menu. What are the ...
    Read more about this post
  • Meeting sustainability goals with a menu makeover

    February 6, 2024
    By Riana Topan Amidst increasingly dire warnings about the fate of our planet, and more frequent reminders about the consequences of climate change in the form of wildfires, floods, and tornadoes, the urgent need to address the global environmental crisis feels more real than ever before. Thankfully, so does the foodservice industry’s remarkable power to make ...
    Read more about this post
  • Why menu engineering is a must for restaurants

    January 19, 2024
    By David Hopkins Menu engineering is one of the most crucial yet often overlooked aspects of restaurant operations. Restaurateurs place so much value on a menu’s taste, ease of execution, and customer satisfaction that they may forget to engineer for profit. Few restaurants understand the importance of properly pricing and costing out their menus and the ...
    Read more about this post
  • Trend Watch: Mushroom toast, cedar cocktails, aji panca

    January 11, 2024
    By Katie Belflower In the first edition of RestoBiz and Technomic’s Trend Watch for 2024, we take a look at some of the top trending dishes and ingredients, spotlighting some of the restaurants featuring them on their menus. This edition focuses on mushroom toast, cedar cocktails, and aji panca. Mushroom toast Trending at independent restaurants is mushroom toast, ...
    Read more about this post