How is restaurant chains’ recovery manifesting?

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 […]

Edmonton proving a popular test market for US chains

US restaurant chains looking to take their first steps into the Western Canadian market are focusing on testing the waters in Edmonton. In recent months, numerous food and beverage chains such as P.F. Chang’s, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, California Pizza Kitchen, and convenience store giant 7-Eleven are focusing on the Albertan city as a launchpad for […]

How technology will turn chains into independents

By Rich Quintyn In all corners of our current economy, technological advances are bringing about more seamless experiences and increased levels of productivity. Many former challenges of geography, transportation and business have been reduced or eliminated as our society pushes forward new innovations. The restaurant industry is no different, with technology having a significant impact […]

Ontario’s menu labelling law check-up

By Eric Mayzel and Noah Leszcz On January 1, 2017, Ontario’s menu labelling legislation, the Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015 (the “Act”) came into force. The Act requires that foodservice businesses with 20 or more locations operating in the province under the same name, or a substantially similar name, display calorie information for standard food […]