Prominent restaurant chains withstanding pandemic

The 50 largest restaurant chains were able to withstand the pandemic far better than smaller chains or independents, according to Technomic’s 2021 Chain Restaurant Report. Sales at the 500 largest restaurant chains in the U.S. declined more than eight per cent last year, according to the report. Chain restaurants closed fewer locations than expected and gained […]

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, […]

Ghost kitchens begin to arrive in Canadian big-box stores

The hot restaurant concept of ghost kitchens are spreading like wildfire. By Tom Nightingale It’s well-established by this stage that ghost kitchens are the new hot concept born out of — or at least accelerated by — the COVID-19 pandemic. The first ghost kitchen appeared in New York in 2013. It was already growing steadily […]

Specialty Food Association reveals Winter Fancy Food Show trends

Press Release Doing good for the planet and its people led the trends as the Specialty Food Association’s Trendspotter Panel emerges from the 44th Annual Winter Fancy Food Show, held in San Francisco, CA, January 13-15. Armed with the 2019 Trends Preview, the Trendspotter Panel combed through over 90,000 products to identify the current and emerging trends within […]

Trendspotting at the Specialty Food Association’s Summer Fancy Food Show

Press Release Over 200,000 products awaited the Specialty Food Association Trendspotter Panel at the 64th Annual Summer Fancy Food Show. Held June 30 to July 2 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, the show encompassed six football fields worth of specialty food and beverages. Members of the panel were armed with predictions from earlier in […]

Spring menu trends to keep an eye on as the weather heats up

By Aaron Jourden Spring has officially sprung, giving chains and independent restaurants leave to launch fresh new concepts and push the trends that will help define 2018. Below, we highlight some of the standouts to watch on Canadian menus. Thin and Flat Demand for lighter options, texture contrasts, authenticity and new ethnic ingredient experiences are […]

Unique ingredients give pasta a healthy makeover

By Sean Moon Long the go-to meal for doting Italian grandmothers, spaghetti-loving kids and comfort-food aficionados, pasta has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years. Today, the use of pasta in Canadian restaurants is less influenced by Nonna and more by such modern factors as clean-eating, plant-based or gluten-free diets and a world of unique […]