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  • Put your restaurant on the podium during the Olympics

    July 12, 2024
    Olympic fever has begun and it’s a great time to get guests excited for fun festivities, themed menus, and original events. Here are just a few of the ways you can celebrate the Olympics with your restaurant community: Host Olympic viewing parties for like-minded fans to gather and cheer on their favourites. Offer a themed menu to add ...
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  • Energy drinks continue to gain momentum on menus

    July 11, 2024
    As operators try and come up with innovative menu items to attract attention and boost traffic, some coffee shop chains have recently added energy drinks to their caffeinated beverage lineups. Studies show that about one-third of grocery shoppers repeatedly buy energy drinks, with the sales of caffeinated beverages rising 73 per cent from 2018 to ...
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  • Effective marketing strategies to boost your restaurant sales

    July 9, 2024
    By Dawn Castell In the competitive restaurant industry, standing out and attracting customers requires a well-executed marketing strategy to increase sales, enhance brand visibility, and foster customer loyalty. Create a strong, comprehensive marketing approach to promote your restaurant effectively and drive sales growth. Understanding your market and setting goals Before diving into specific marketing tactics, it’s crucial to ...
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  • Trend Watch: Acidic cocktails, breakfast poutine, senposai

    July 2, 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 covers acidic cocktails, breakfast poutine, and senposai. Acidic ingredients in cocktails Operators are spotlighting ...
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  • Elevating your restaurant business for success

    June 24, 2024
    By Dawn Castell Running a successful restaurant isn’t just about serving great food, it’s about creating memorable experiences, building a loyal customer base, and mastering the art of hospitality. Whether you’re a seasoned restaurateur or just starting out in the business, here are key strategies to elevate your restaurant and achieve lasting success. Craft a unique dining ...
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  • What’s driving adult beverage trends?

    June 23, 2024
    By Katie Belflower Adult beverage mentions are up 7.5 per cent on menus in the last year, with specialty drinks just edging out that overall number at 7.8 per cent growth. Many of the classic drink options are growing in popularity, with margaritas (+ 41 per cent) and martinis (+ 45 per cent) among those increasing ...
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  • The impact of food delivery on fast-food offerings

    June 20, 2024
    By Jose Chavez In the rapidly evolving culinary landscape, the rise of delivery food services has had a profound impact in reshaping the way we think about fast-food. Gone are the days when fast-food simply meant a quick bite at a local diner or drive-thru. Today, the convenience of ordering through an app and having a meal ...
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  • How employee uniforms can impact your restaurant brand

    June 18, 2024
    In the highly competitive restaurant industry, every element of your establishment plays a role in shaping your brand, image, and customer perception. From the moment that guests walk through your doors, they start forming opinions about your business. The clothes your staff wear can affect customer perception, establish a professional image, enhance brand recognition, and contribute ...
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  • Concept Watch: Naan Kabob, Eggspectation, Mandy’s Salades Gourmandes

    June 11, 2024
    By Katie Belflower Standing out from the crowd is vital in today’s competitive landscape. We’ve teamed up once again with Technomic for this month’s Concept Watch, where we highlight three restaurants that are showing innovation and inspiration across the country. This edition focuses on Naan Kabob, Eggspectation, and Mandy’s Salades Gourmandes. Naan Kabob Platter Image Source: Naan Kabob Instagram ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Celebrate June’s best food holidays at your restaurant

    May 15, 2024
    There’s so much to celebrate in June, with food holidays that spotlight both sweet and savoury options. Give your guests something new to try, get everyone feeling festive, and expand your menu with a few of this month’s favourites – and you just might attract some new guests, too. Create a following for your festivities with ...
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  • Give your beverage menu a glow-up with summer’s top trends

    May 12, 2024
    With patio season in our sights, it’s the perfect time to take a look at your beverage menu and see where it can be spruced up. From cocktails to mocktails, choose trendy ingredients, interesting garnishes, and pretty presentation to take your drink menu to the next level. 84 per cent of consumers think that restaurants ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Handwashing and the foodservice industry

    May 6, 2024
    Handwashing has always been a vital part of food safety and hygiene in the foodservice industry, with even more attention placed on that importance in recent years. Studies show that restaurant employees wash their hands about one-third of the time that they should, but frequent and proper handwashing protects diners from cross-contamination, limits the spread ...
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  • Keeping bugs off your restaurant patio

    May 2, 2024
    Patio season is around the corner as Victoria Day approaches, and there is nothing more annoying for guests than an evening on the patio, full of swatting away mosquitoes and wasps. While you can’t eradicate the bugs completely, there are steps you can take to give your guests a (nearly) bug-free experience. RELATED: Planning ahead for ...
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