Go greener with your restaurant’s takeout containers

Consumers are looking to connect with businesses that align with their values and sustainability is top of mind for many diners who want to see greener practices from their favourite restaurants. Studies show that 66 per cent of consumers take sustainability into consideration when making a purchase, and diners are willing to pay up to […]

Sustainability and innovation in restaurant packaging

Sustainability continues to be top of mind in the foodservice industry from using greener products to limiting waste to innovation in environmentally-friendly packaging. Some QSRs are making strides to provide customers with the sustainable solutions they are looking for, paving the way for even more improvement in foodservice sustainability. RELATED: Meeting sustainability goals with a […]

Making your restaurant a Mother’s Day destination

Are you planning a Mother’s Day celebration at your restaurant?  Research shows over half of Canadians (51 per cent) plan on dining out for Mother’s Day this year so it’s a great time to get people in and raise revenues. Mother’s Day brunch is a classic way to celebrate our favourite moms, bringing together families […]

How restaurants can embrace change in the age of the hermit consumer

By Brittain Brown There’s been a noticeable change in consumer habits across Canada in the post-pandemic landscape. Fueled by a rise in ghost kitchens, third-party delivery apps, and surging inflation impacting supply chains, we’ve seen the emergence of a new consumer archetype: the “hermit consumer,” marked by those who prioritize comfort and convenience by ordering […]

Can you improve your restaurant’s online ordering system?

As off-premise dining stays popular among consumers, operators can differentiate themselves and raise the bar on the customer experience with a better online ordering system. According to TouchBistro’s 2024 Diner Trends Report, 31 per cent of Canadians are ordering delivery and takeout every week, and that’s up from 25 per cent in 2022. Today, online […]

Off-premise dining continues to drive restaurant revenues

Even as dine-in traffic continues to pick up, demand remains high for off-premise dining. From delivery to drive-thru, studies show that 43 per cent of full-service restaurants accounted for more off-premise business in 2023 than five years ago, and 26 per cent of operators plan to add more options to their off-premise offerings this year. […]

How restaurants can survive and thrive during the slower season

By Brittain Brown Restaurants are grappling with a unique set of challenges – the confluence of inflation, winter weather, and the post-holiday lull creates a perfect storm, leaving many establishments feeling the financial pinch. Amidst the struggles, this is a chance for restaurateurs to think outside the box and find innovative ways to attract customers […]

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 […]

What’s trending on takeout and delivery menus?

With takeout and delivery still more popular than dine-in restaurant visits, customer tastes have shifted this past year, with consumers embracing unlikely food pairings and strong flavours for their off-premise orders. Food delivery order revenue is expected to grow at an annual rate of 12.3 per cent until 2027, so it’s a market worth examining […]

2024’s top restaurant trends

We’ve seen so much change in the foodservice industry in the last few years, what does 2024 bring to the table? As the industry continues to recover, the labour market grows, and supply chain disruption slows, the competition will be fierce for restaurants to win over customers, boost loyalty, and build up the bottom line. […]