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 […]

AI is poised to transform the restaurant industry in 2024

By Daniel Hawes The restaurant and hospitality sectors are in a time of rapid digital transformation due to the widespread introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) into the consumer space.  AI will significantly influence and reshape these sectors, as operators continue to look for ways to streamline restaurant processes and customer interactions, accelerate internal workflows, and […]

What value looks like to today’s restaurant guests

Inflation and food prices remain high on the list of concerns for consumers, and focusing on value is one way that restaurants can get guests’ attention and capture more business. While LTOs, special offers, and reduced pricing are strategies to increase value, there are ways to engage guests and offer more, without compromising your margins. […]

Kitchen equipment monitoring for enhanced operational efficiency

By Madan Kanala In recent years, the landscape of multi-unit food service operations has been plagued by financial volatility. Despite a resurgence in consumer dining habits post-pandemic, these businesses continue to encounter unique hurdles. Escalating food and beverage inventory costs pose significant operational challenges in the kitchen, exacerbating thin profit margins amidst persistent battles against […]

The rise of eatertainment

The foodservice industry has seen many changes in the last few years, but the rise of eatertainment is one trend that looks like it is here to stay. Guests are looking for more from their restaurant visits, and that means adding value with an exceptional experience – that’s eatertainment. While not a strictly new concept […]

Opening a restaurant in 2024

By Dawn Castell Thinking about opening a restaurant this year? Embarking on this exciting new venture brings the thrill of opportunity along with the need for strategic foresight and meticulous planning. In today’s dynamic culinary landscape, success hinges on a foundation built upon data including market insights, innovation, and a commitment to excellence. Aspiring restaurateurs […]

Top tips for minimizing restaurant expenses

By Charli Tanner Everyone is feeling the financial pinch, and with restaurants facing rising food, utility, and labour costs, they are keeping a close eye on their profit margins. Reports at the end of 2023 revealed that rising costs meant one-third of Canadian restaurants were operating at a loss, highlighting the need for reducing expenses […]

Will 2024 be easier for operators?

As we move through the first quarter of 2024, looking back to the final quarter of last year can give us some insight into restaurant success, consumer spending, and what’s trending this year. How did restaurants do towards the end of last year and what can we expect to see this year? While traffic dipped […]

Relying on customer loyalty during economic uncertainty

By Liam Gilmore In a world where inflation is tightening its grip and customers are watching their pennies, QSRs are looking to customer loyalty as a fundamental part of their success, focusing on resilience and adaptability in the face of economic challenges. As menu prices soar to unprecedented heights, businesses must pivot towards cutting-edge loyalty […]