How inflation has impacted Canadian Thanksgiving

The ever-increasing food prices are affecting Canadian households across the board, from grocery shopping to family celebrations. Going into Thanksgiving, Canadians were looking at this year’s holiday a little differently, with 88 per cent expecting to be impacted by inflation and 18 per cent expecting to spend less than last year. From turkey to sides, […]

How strategic labelling can increase your plant-based sales

By Makayla Dewit Imagine that you sit down at a restaurant, examine the menu, and see these two choices listed: low-fat vegan pasta and lemon-pesto rotini with fried capers. Which sounds more appetizing to you? It is almost certainly the second one. This example highlights the importance of thoughtfully labelling food and menu items to […]

Canadians get creative as rising food costs continue

As Canada’s food costs continue to rise with no end in sight and rumours of an impending recession, consumers are looking at ways to best stretch their dollars. In the last 12 months, three out of four Canadians have changed the way they buy food to try and offset the increased costs.   The recently […]

Gas prices are a new thing for restaurants to worry about

New reports have assessed the impacts of soaring gas prices in America on the cost of food and the levels of spending in restaurants. While the data focuses on the U.S. specifically, much of it can be applied to Canada, where the price of fuel has also jumped in recent months due to factors including […]

Restaurants can capitalize on soaring consumer confidence

By Asad Amin I am a devout foodie. My weekend plans, at times, revolved around which new restaurants had opened in the city or which old haunt I had been craving for a while. Over the past year-and-a-half, that shifted to takeout, delivery, and very few dine-in occasions. As soon as my family and I […]

Lower revenue forecast for industry – but wait; there’s good news, too!

By Jeni Marinucci Let’s be honest; the news isn’t great. Word comes this week that the restaurant industry may be facing its lowest revenue growth year since 2011, according to a recent report released by The Conference Board of Canada. The report, “Canadian Industrial Outlook: Food Services—Winter 2017,” which can be read in its entirety […]