September 20, 2023 The changing of the seasons is a great time to switch up your menu, adding fall flavours and comfort foods your customers crave. Creating a seasonal menu means that it’s temporary (to be changed with the next season) so it also encourages your guests to visit you and try the menu before it disappears. You ...Read more about this post
September 13, 2023 Just as the holiday season approaches, restaurants are seeing an uptick in catering requests from their customers. Although the demand for catering has been recovering steadily since the pandemic, some restaurant chains have seen as much as a 43 per cent increase in this sector over last year.
As restaurants get ready to add catering to ...Read more about this post
September 7, 2023 By Brandon Thorsell
As restaurants maintain safety standards and practices by checking temperatures, cleaning up spills, and sanitizing stations, there may be weak spots in your building that allow pests to enter and nest as they look for accessible food sources.
Without a grasp on how and why these animals enter your commercial kitchen, you could be ...Read more about this post
September 6, 2023 By Damon Shrauner
In the ever-evolving culinary industry, AI-driven kitchen automation is emerging as a transformative force, reshaping the traditional paradigms of food preparation and service.
As the demands for efficiency, consistency, and evolution continue to rise, the convergence of automation and AI is not only redefining the way kitchens operate but also reimagining the entire dining ...Read more about this post
August 24, 2023 As the summer comes to a close and cooler weather arrives, fall’s unofficial favourite flavour – pumpkin spice – is finding its way onto menus earlier and earlier. While fall doesn’t actually arrive until September 23, some QSRs are using back-to-school to launch their fall LTOs in the late summer, starting with the launch of ...Read more about this post
August 21, 2023 As supply chain management issues persist, disruptions, delays, and rising costs continue to make it difficult for many restaurants to manage. Many operators have made changes to their businesses to address these issues, from menu adjustments to a larger supplier list to automation, and more. But some have found that delivery is helping them save ...Read more about this post
August 10, 2023 From the menu to the experience, guests have an expectation when they visit your restaurant. Are you delivering on that expectation? Do you know what your guests want from your restaurant? Datassential’s mid-year trend report gives us a look at what diners value most when they go out to eat these days, as we proceed ...Read more about this post
August 9, 2023 By Matt Parkin
In the bustling world of restaurant management, the sight of long lines forming at your establishment can evoke mixed emotions. On one hand, you might be filled with pride in the success of your business and the traffic that you’re seeing. On the other hand, feelings of stress and fear can emerge from ...Read more about this post
August 8, 2023 Pop culture is making its way into every facet of our lives, and restaurants are no exception. From the movies to social media trends to “secret hacks,” pop culture may just have a place in your restaurant marketing. If you’re looking to get attention for your restaurant, consider a trendy approach.
Think about putting movies ...Read more about this post
August 3, 2023 Social media and food go hand in hand as foodies search for recipes, post pics of their dishes, and connect with like-minded diners globally. Does your marketing plan include a social media strategy? If not, it’s time to get social! These platforms can help you reach an untapped audience, announce news, engage with your customers, ...Read more about this post
August 2, 2023 By Katie Belflower
In the crowded foodservice world, standing out from the competition is vital. A key element in attracting and retaining customers is nailing down your restaurant concept and creating a menu that reflects your brand. In each edition of Technomic’s Concepts to Watch, we highlight three restaurants that are showing innovation and inspiration across ...Read more about this post
August 1, 2023 As restaurants continue to look for creative ways to get ahead in today’s economy, some operators are adding surcharges to the bill. While many diners balked at rising tipflation earlier this year, surcharges may be easier to swallow, as the industry starts to make changes for the better.
Typically, the surcharges look like a line item ...Read more about this post
July 21, 2023 By Katie Belflower
How are cocktails faring, as inflation continues, and what trends are hitting menus this year? Although alcoholic beverage item counts are still not back to pre-pandemic levels, with an 8.3 per cent decline on menus since Q1 of 2020, mentions are up 5.2 per cent on menus in the past year, revealing that ...Read more about this post
July 20, 2023 Diners love desserts! In fact, Datassential’s latest report shows that 95 per cent of people have had sweets within the last week, and 63 per cent of consumers have indulged within the last 24 hours. This course, of course, is not a new concept, but 45 per cent of operators saw a rise in dessert ...Read more about this post
July 18, 2023 As more and more Canadians return to the office, breakfast is gaining momentum for commuters. QSRs are benefiting from increased morning traffic that’s ramping up breakfast sales and boosting their bottom lines. 34 per cent of Canadians don’t want to cook breakfast for themselves, and 40 per cent say they eat outside the house in ...Read more about this post