Embrace spring at your restaurant

As winter winds down, it’s time to start planning what spring looks like at your restaurant. With more hours of daylight, warmer weather, and more local, seasonal ingredients available, entice guests to visit to get the most out of spring. Spring cleaning Since the pandemic, studies show that 95 per cent of consumers want as […]

Trend watch: Dandelion, salsa macha, charcoal

By Katie Belflower In our latest edition of Trend Watch with Technomic, we are focusing on three current top menu trends across Canada, showcasing some of the restaurants that are creatively and successfully adding these items, flavours, or ingredients to their menus. This edition focuses on dandelion, salsa macha, and charcoal. Dandelion Dandelions are hardy […]

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 […]

How will restaurant guests be spending their money in 2024?

As inflation continues into next year, consumers will continue to shift their spending habits, adjusting how they use their dollars for dining. According to Canada’s Food Price Report, 80.3 per cent of Canadians are expecting food prices to continue to rise. A recent study conducted by the Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University in partnership […]

Restaurants are seeing an uptick in early dining traffic

Consumer habits come and go, and as work schedules remain flexible and consumers are cost-conscious, early dining seems to be a trend that’s picking up speed. Although many QSRs are finding success with late-night dining, adding this daypart to their offerings, there has also been significant recent growth in earlier visits. With reservations for five […]

2024 brings comfort and function to menus

We’ve seen many menu changes come to pass over the last few years, and as we head towards the end of the year, it’s time to take a look at what trends are ramping up for 2024. From flavours and ingredients to the customer experience, next year’s menus offer more nostalgia, global influences, and more. […]

A look at today’s restaurant landscape

Although there have been many challenges over the last few years, restaurants continue to recover from labour shortages, inflation, and supply chain interruption. With 51 per cent of restaurants operating at a loss, continued rising costs are challenging operators and consumers alike, as businesses and customers try and find balance between today’s revenue and spending. […]

Snack sales are on the rise as consumer spending shifts

Consumer habits are shifting and while meals are still important, of course, many customers have prioritized snacking as part of their daily lives. 29 per cent of people say that the last snacks they consumed were a meal replacement, with 74 per cent of people replacing at least one meal with a snack on a […]

Will 2024 bring relief to restaurateurs?

The past few years have seen record-breaking inflation, unrelenting labour shortages, and continuing supply chain disruption, as the foodservice industry strives to recover. With some improvement in these conditions recently, is there relief in sight for restaurateurs in the coming year? The first step in looking ahead is understanding the major obstacles and pinpointing potential […]