Optimizing your gift card strategy

By Mo Chaar The holidays are looking a little different this year: Canadians are feeling the affordability crunch, and a recent holiday gift card survey revealed that inflation is affecting nearly three-quarters (74 per cent) of consumer holiday spending. With the holiday season nearly in full swing and with one-third of restaurants in Canada operating […]

‘Tis the season for holiday dining

As restaurant traffic revs up for the holidays, now’s the time for operators to focus on maximizing those revenues with a strategy that will take them through until next year. Creating unforgettable experiences is one way that restaurants can stand out from the crowd this season and work on building loyalty from their guests. But […]

Using gift cards to up your restaurant sales

Gift-giving can happen all year round, of course, but typically sales for gift cards start to ramp up from here on out. November and December traditionally make up about 50 per cent of gift card sales for the year, so this is the perfect time to look at how you plan to up sales through […]

Canadian menu prices to remain steady through the holidays despite continuing inflation

As inflation continues to climb in Canada, restaurateurs are looking for ways to keep their dining rooms full and their profit margins high. With supply chain shortages and skyrocketing prices for items like lettuce, it can be a challenge to balance a superior customer experience with a healthy bottom line. Unfortunately, food costs have already […]

Sweet and savoury seasonal flavours are trending on restaurant menus

The holidays are right around the corner and many restaurants are already getting into the spirit with LTOs featuring their favourite seasonal flavours. This trend seems to be arriving earlier each year, with large chains kicking off the season as early as October. With 54 per cent of operators saying that LTOs are a central […]

Seasonal hiring best practices

By Karen and Ross Horton It’s the most wonderful time of the year – time when business is booming. Thanks to the influx of spending and time spent by consumers out of the house running errands and shopping, restaurants face a busy season and a need for additional workers. With so many seasonal jobs available, […]

Tim Hortons’ annual #WarmWishes campaign returns, encouraging everyday acts of kindness in support of local youth

Spread #WarmWishes and cheer through good deeds this holiday season. Tim Hortons is encouraging guests to give back in-restaurant and online in support of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. Press release Tim Hortons is encouraging Canadians to get into the spirit of giving with the return of its annual #WarmWishes campaign. Through small everyday acts of kindness, Guests […]