What are your restaurant customers looking for?

It’s often hard for restaurant owners to determine what their guests are looking for, going through a trial-and-error process that can be costly and frustrating. What are customers looking for on your menu? According to Datassential, they are looking for global inspiration and sustainability. Global flavours You’ve added new, exciting, on-trend items to your menu, […]

BBQ Food Price Index

Study compares the cost of BBQ favourites in over 50 countries worldwide, and the number of hours at minimum wage to afford various cuts in each location Switzerland has the highest beef prices in the world, at 149.3 per cent more expensive than the average worldwide cost. India, Ukraine, Brazil and Colombia have the least […]

Evolving trends spur demand for fish and seafood

By Laura McGuire Trending seafood and fish dishes are giving many Canadians cause to dine out. Some of these items, like poke bowls and seafood boils, hail from different U.S. regions, while others such as conservas originate from farther regions of the world. What’s driving fish and seafood innovation? One catalyst is consumers’ increasing need […]

What’s trending during the bustling lunch daypart?

By Renee Lee Canada’s restaurant industry brings in $80 billion in sales every year, according to recent data. Changes in consumer behaviors, such as moving away from eating three square meals a day (Nestle Canada’s “Evolution of Eating in Canada” symposium revealed that many Canadians are grazing throughout the day and focusing on snacking) or […]

For ethnic variety or better-for-you choices, finger foods fit the bill

By Laura McGuire There’s something that makes finger foods hard to resist. Perhaps it is the breaking from the formality of utensils, or maybe it is the often-indulgent positioning associated with these offerings. It could also be that finger foods come in such varied shapes and sizes—ranging from poppable snack bites to more substantial handhelds. […]

Mintel announces five global food and drink trends for 2018

Press release Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, has announced five key trends set to impact the global food and drink market over the coming year. In 2018, expect to see transparency and traceability for all, regardless of their income. From ingredient scares to political bombshells, self-care has become a priority for many and one […]

Foodservice traffic grows in every global market outside of U.S. in second quarter

Quick service segment and delivery services were key drivers of global visit growth Press release With the U.S. being the exception, foodservice markets across the world realized various degrees of visit growth in the quarter ending June this year, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company. European markets continued their solid, if unspectacular, recovery; […]

Cakes offer tradition with a twist to please diners

By Sean Moon As a dessert staple, cakes have been a favourite on restaurant menus and family dining tables for generations. While the basic ingredients and traditional recipes have not changed much over the years, for those looking for exciting new flavours, health-conscious options and value-added dessert offerings, many diners and foodservice operators are finding […]

The global foodservice market improved in the third quarter despite economic and social turmoil

Press release The global foodservice industry held steady in the third quarter and performed better than the previous quarter in spite of strong headwinds — an earthquake in Italy, a terror attack in France, a potential recession in Canada, concerns over the impact of Brexit, and two years of a deep recession in Brazil, reports The […]

OpenTable helps Canadians take a seat at the global dining table

Press release Enabled by OpenTable, local language bookings at more than 38,000 restaurants around the world open up a truly global dining network for Canadians to explore OpenTable, the world’s leading online restaurant booking platform, has announced new functionality that will enable diners to search, discover and make reservations at restaurants across the globe in […]