Thinking Inside the Box: Meal kits are relatively new to foodservice, but quickly gaining traction

By Vince Sgabellone Few questions are as enduring or universal as “what’s for dinner?” For the last several decades, the answer typically fell into one of two categories: stay in or eat out. As technology continues to disrupt the way we eat, however, we now have more options than ever before when it comes to […]

Convenience and culture combine to create the modern lunch daypart

By Robert Carter Is it lunch time yet? A common question echoed across the globe by billions of hungry people as the middle of their day nears. And for most of these hungry people, lunch represents the second meal of the day. In Canada, by the time lunch hour comes around, most of us will […]

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; […]

Why food quality trumps service in driving business growth

By Tyler Baks Any restaurant owner knows there is a lot to think about when it comes to driving growth and staying relevant in today’s increasingly competitive foodservice landscape. In order to increase traffic and build loyalty, operators need to deliver on excellent service, value for money and great-tasting food, while ensuring the atmosphere is […]

Top foodservice operators recognized at 2017 Foodservice Summit

Press release On May 9 at its annual Foodservice Summit in Toronto The NPD Group, a global information company, recognized five top operators in the foodservice space. The NPD Consumer Choice Awards were presented to operators with notable increases across five respective categories, including: Fast, Efficient Service, Food Quality, Good Value, Overall Experience, and Healthy […]

Technology opens up new opportunities for operators

By Tyler Baks Today’s foodservice consumers are looking beyond food. They are looking at more than just innovative meals and menu items, past healthy alternatives, and the ambiance and the environment – all of which have become the norm, the standard cost of entry for any operator within the Canadian commercial foodservice marketplace. In today’s […]

New report explores how food and beverage consumption is changing

Eating Patterns in Canada (EPIC) provides an in-depth look at what’s truly important to the Canadian consumer when eating in and out of home Press release The NPD Group and Nielsen have joined together to provide an unparalleled view of Canadians’ “share of stomach.” Eating Patterns in Canada (EPIC) is the definitive source for detailed information on eating […]

Lunch and growth opportunities in the foodservice industry

By Tyler Baks The Canadian commercial foodservice industry has experienced many changes over the past 10 years. Today’s successful restaurant chains have had to adapt to changing consumer behaviour, enhanced menu offerings, technology influences and shifting preference on the time of day consumers are visiting restaurants. Most consumers consider restaurants as a dinner destination as […]

Total Canadian restaurant industry visit growth will remain stalled in 2017 but QSR traffic will see uptick

Press release Canadian restaurant industry traffic will remain stalled in 2017 in much the same manner it did in 2016, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company.  The New Year will bring little to no traffic growth for the total Canadian foodservice market.  Quick service restaurants (QSRs), however, will increase visits by an […]