Youth Movement: A&W CEO Susan Senecal is ushering a classic Boomer brand into the modern era

By Gregory Furgala If you live in a major city in Canada, you might’ve noticed that, a few years ago, new A&W restaurants started popping up downtown. They looked polished. Tall refrigerators chilled and displayed A&W’s iconic glass root beer mug; messaging on the walls spoke to A&W Canada’s new ingredients guarantee, which promised hormone […]

It’s Always Snack Time: Lunch is giving way to all-day grazing

By Asad Amin  Formal meal times are giving way to low key, all-day grazing. Over the past five years alone, trends observed by the Ipsos Food and Beverage Group indicate that snacking is becoming an increasingly ingrained consumption behaviour amongst Canadians. Reported snack occasions across all venues, in-home and out-of-home, currently account for 67 per […]

The New Influencers: Why Boomers are changing foodservice

By Divakar Raju While we tend to assume foodies are Instagramming Millennials, there are other important players leading the charge in the evolution of food culture. Boomers are huge influencers, and they lend their clout to different areas as they retire. According to StatCan, 5,000 Canadian Boomers are retiring each week. A boom that once represented […]

How does your marketing strategy measure up?

By Kamron Karington Millennials – the largest spending demographic the planet has ever seen – are coming your way. Maybe. Shunning big houses and fancy cars, they’re flush with disposable income and spend more money in restaurants than any previous generation. They seek out fresh ingredients, organic and local. They value community, authenticity, and prefer […]

Millennials are disrupting your business – What can you do about it?

By Jo-Ann McArthur The face of food is being dramatically reshaped right before our eyes. All signs indicate 2018 will be “The Year of Disruption” in the food and beverage industry. This disruption is driven largely by millennial consumers, who now outnumber Boomers. How will these macro forces affect the restaurant business? And, can you […]

Millennials are most responsible when it comes to drinking and driving: study

Higher percentage of Millennials serving as designated drivers while an aversion to social media shaming has a positive impact on Millennials choosing to drink less Press release Canadian Millennials between the ages of 18 and 34 are the country’s most responsible age group when it comes to drinking and driving, according to a recent study […]

All-day breakfast is increasingly popular – and restaurant owners need to pay attention

By Jeni Marinucci Breakfast for dinner has long been a favourite meal for many, and it seems the restaurant sector is now recognizing the financial benefits to our shifting tastes: both by expanding options on breakfast menus and increasing the length of time they serve them. Tim Hortons notably extended their breakfast hours last year […]

Breaking down the anemic FSR market in Canada

Press release According to the NPD Group, a leading global information company, it’s been a particularly challenging few years for Full Service Restaurants (FSRs) in Canada. Overall, traffic at FSRs has declined year over year, down 141 million visits compared to 2012.  Dollars are also down on the year and have been relatively flat since […]

Foodservice opportunities in the Canadian retail market

Foodservice expectations, millennial eating habits and online food delivery are just some of the factors impacting the foodservice industry across Canada By Rebecca Melnyk One new trend in commercial property management, specifically retail operations, is incorporating foodservice into bricks-and-mortar stores to discourage guests from shopping online. This pairing of two industries is becoming a more […]