Transparency, affordability & sustainability top food priorities for Canadians

Canadians are keen to see improvements to the country’s food infrastructure, and their key focuses are on transparency, affordability, and sustainability. That’s according to new research from the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity’s (CCFI’s) 2021 Public Trust Research Report, which shows that the proportion of Canadians who felt Canada’s food system is headed in the right direction has […]

Technomic report shows Canadian burger cravings

The burger has long been a much-craved-for food item in Canada and beyond, and that doesn’t appear to have been changed by the pandemic. Technomic’s new Global Menu Category Report illustrates what consumers in Canada and beyond are looking for in their burger options late in 2021. Prominent among the report’s conclusions is that Canadians […]

How Canadian foodservice has been forever changed

By now, it seems undeniably apparent that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed Canadian foodservice forever. According to Restaurants Canada’s Foodservice Facts 2021 report, that view is shared by 76 per cent of operators across the country. On the positive side, foodservice sales are rebounding. In July 2021, there was only a five per cent difference […]

Outdoor dining demand has been driven up by Delta variant

New data from the U.S. National Restaurant Association has shown how the delta COVID-19 variant drove up the demand for outdoor dining. In a September 2021 survey fielded by the Association, 78 per cent of operators said their restaurant experienced a decline in customer demand for indoor on-premises dining in recent weeks, as a result […]

Second Harvest shares Canada’s Invisible Food Network report

Canada’s largest food rescue organization, Second Harvest, and Value Chain Management International have released a new report titled “Canada’s Invisible Food Network”. The report found that there are over 61,000 non-profit organizations in Canada providing food at no or low cost to people in need, compared to the 15,344 grocery stores in this country. If you […]

Food companies ranked in Canada Animal Welfare Scorecard

Global non-profit organization Mercy For Animals has released the inaugural Canada Animal Welfare Scorecard, the first report to rank Canada’s major food companies on their animal welfare practices. The report scores 40 well-known retailers, restaurants, and other companies including the likes of Loblaws, Sobeys, Metro, Walmart, Nestlé, Tim Hortons, and A&W. It ranks them on […]

Consumers demanding more ordering and loyalty options

Restaurant customers want to use multiple ordering and purchasing options and restaurants must respond if they are to capture more business, finds a new report from Paytronix. The Delivering on Restaurant Rewards: The Value of Multichannel Ordering Options report from Paytronix and PYMNTS also recommends that restaurants should reimagine their loyalty engagement strategies and expand […]

Diversity in foodservice lags behind other industries, finds report

Despite efforts to improve diversity in foodservice, the industry is still lagging behind many other sectors, as well as its own targets, according to a new study from Deloitte and The Food Industry Association (FMI). The report found that while 68 per cent of food and beverage companies are training their employees on diversity and […]

8 out of 10 Canadian restaurants still barely surviving

The latest survey from Restaurants Canada has found that eight out of 10 surviving Canadian restaurants are still barely scraping by, nearly 18 months into the pandemic. According to the latest data drawn from the study conducted in July: Over half (55 per cent) of restaurant operators said they are still operating at a loss […]