2021 Canadian restaurant online ordering trends

After a challenging couple of years, restaurateurs have learned how to adapt to keep their doors open and their businesses thriving. The rise of off-premise dining and third-party delivery point to online ordering as a key component of engaging today’s customers with the convenient, fulfilling experiences they crave.  A new report by DoorDash, 2021 Restaurant […]

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 […]

How food retail and grocery are changing

Ryerson University’s Brookfield Institute has released a report detailing key ways in which the food retail and grocery industries are changing amid the backdrop of COVID-19. The new report, “Shake-up in Aisle 21: Disruption, Change and Opportunity in Ontario’s Grocery Sector,” concludes that the food retail and grocery industries are transforming at greater speed and […]

Predicting post-pandemic food consumption trends

A new report from Deloitte assesses what the future could look like beyond the pandemic when it comes to Canadian food consumption trends. “The conflicted consumer: 2021 food consumer survey” report concludes that beyond the COVID-19 pandemic “food retailers will need to continue demonstrating authenticity, empathy, transparency, and genuine commitment to their communities, the wider world, […]

Assessing which pandemic food trends will stick

Many new pandemic food trends have been formed during COVID-19. But how of them will be sticking around? Data and tech company Numerator has tried to assess just that in a new COVID Buyer Habit Index aimed at understanding the “stickiness” of new consumer buying behaviours. The analysis examines pandemic food trends in major categories including alcohol, […]

The long view: How COVID-19 is reshaping the Canadian foodservice industry

By Sara Burnside Menuck Amid sweeping new measures aimed at containing the COVID-19 outbreak in Canada, the foodservice industry is seeing unprecedented impacts. From Canadians being recommended to self-isolate, avoiding public spaces and gatherings of more than 50, and restaurants and bars being ordered to close dining rooms, offering delivery, takeout and drive-thru only, it’s […]

A rear-view reflection on foodservice trends for 2020

By Matt Rolfe For many foodservice operators and owners, 2019 brought more challenge and change to their options than ever before. A simple Google search about the health of our industry yields dozens of articles referencing the restaurant apocalypse. In times of extreme flux, some operators and leaders adapt and change, while others do their […]