Have we seen the death of the takeout lunch?

For decades, many restaurants and food retailers have done great business at lunchtime, due in no small part to the vast influx of workers stepping out of their office and into a foodservice establishment, whether that is full-service, quick-service, or grocery store. That daypart, naturally, was near-eradicated during the height of the pandemic given the […]

Canadian restaurant count fell by 5,000 in 2020, reports NPD Group

Recent data from The NPD Group has found that the Canadian restaurant count fell by 5,000 during 2020. Before the pandemic, there had been around 66,000 Canadian restaurant units since 2016. Then, 2020 happened. The NPD Group data reports the industry lost 5,000 units, a decline of eight per cent, last year. Independent restaurants lost […]

Nearly half of Canadians plan to imminently return to indoor dining

With lockdowns and other COVID-19 restrictions beginning to lift across Canada and vaccine rates continuing to climb, more and more patrons are ready to return to indoor dining. According to data from The NPD Group, nearly half (46 per cent) of Canadians plan to physically eat at a restaurant, bar, or coffee shop in light […]

Digital takeout orders predictably soar during pandemic

It will come as little surprise to most that the number of digital takeout orders has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic. But new research from the NDP Group has lifted the lid on just how big the spike has been. Digital ordering was a life-saving avenue for many restaurants and foodservice operators across North America […]

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 […]