Creating a menu to attract restaurant guests

As dining preferences continue to change and evolve, it’s important for restaurants to know what guests are looking for and what attracts guests to their restaurant. Having a standout menu can make or break higher traffic numbers and make the most of your margins. Datassential’s Menu Development Report, Menu Magic 2024 provides insight into what […]

Inflation and the foodservice industry

The last few years have seen a steady and dramatic rise in the cost of food. In January, inflation reached a dramatic 11 per cent, however, global inflation is on the decline, with Germany recording a drop from 22 per cent fourteen months ago to .15 per cent today. Similarly, the United States has seen […]

How does value influence restaurant guest satisfaction?

In today’s inflationary times, consumers are spending their dollars wisely, paying attention to pricing, and weighing where to invest. Restaurants are seeing a drop in visits as guests weigh their purchases, tightening their belts to decrease discretionary spending. However, there is good news for operators: Technomic’s recent webinar reveals some encouraging data to help restaurants […]

How much will the carbon tax and climate change affect food prices?

Inflation has dominated the news and the industry for the last few years, as consumers have seen food prices consistently rise. While we did experience some temporary relief from inflation in February, how much impact will climate change and Canada’s carbon tax impact the industry? Will these factors force restaurateurs to raise their menu prices […]

Creative tips for restaurants to stay ahead in 2024

By Graham Campbell As restaurants across Canada continue to rebound from the pandemic, fewer Canadians are dining out amidst inflation and soaring interest hikes. Restaurant operators are left worried about the rising cost of food and supplies and how much of this burden they can reasonably pass onto customers. With nearly half of Canadian restaurants […]

How will restaurant guests be spending their money in 2024?

As inflation continues into next year, consumers will continue to shift their spending habits, adjusting how they use their dollars for dining. According to Canada’s Food Price Report, 80.3 per cent of Canadians are expecting food prices to continue to rise. A recent study conducted by the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University in partnership […]

A look at today’s restaurant landscape

Although there have been many challenges over the last few years, restaurants continue to recover from labour shortages, inflation, and supply chain interruption. With 51 per cent of restaurants operating at a loss, continued rising costs are challenging operators and consumers alike, as businesses and customers try and find balance between today’s revenue and spending. […]

Will 2024 bring relief to restaurateurs?

The past few years have seen record-breaking inflation, unrelenting labour shortages, and continuing supply chain disruption, as the foodservice industry strives to recover. With some improvement in these conditions recently, is there relief in sight for restaurateurs in the coming year? The first step in looking ahead is understanding the major obstacles and pinpointing potential […]

Diners are looking for memorable restaurant experiences

As the foodservice industry continues to evolve, studies show that there has been a long-term shift in what customers are looking for when they dine out. Whether it’s as a result of the pandemic or has more to do with spending dollars wisely amid inflation, diners are looking for meaningful, lasting experiences from restaurants. Restaurants […]

Restaurants focus on value during continued inflation

As inflation and the higher cost of living persist, consumers continue to prioritize value as the try to save their pennies. Off-premise dining remains a popular choice for consumers. In fact, in-person dining decreased this month by nine per cent, with the last three months seeing a steady decline in guest counts for restaurants. As […]