More Canadian SMBs struggling to pay rent

A new report has found that 43 per cent of all small business owners in Canada reported they could not afford to pay their rent in June. Alignable’s June Rent Report notes that figure was up four per cent from May amid record rising inflation. More than half (55 per cent) of Canadian small business owners […]

Health, environmental consciousness driving plant-based demand

Consumers’ physical health goals and concerns about the environment continue to be the leading factors in driving demand for plant-based food. That’s according to the new “2022 Plant-Forward Opportunity” report from Datassential in collaboration with The Culinary Institute of America, Food for Climate League, and the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative. The research found that more than one in […]

Revealing Canada’s top trending international cuisines

Canada is a notoriously multi-cultural country, and that is certainly reflected in the international cuisines that are on offer from coast to coast. Online restaurant reservations provider OpenTable has revealed its 2022 list of Canada’s top trending international cuisines. With Canada’s population growth and cultural diversity, it comes as no surprise that 136 types of international […]

Many diners keen on metaverse, but restaurants must mitigate

The rapid evolution of technology has long been redefining restaurant consumers’ concept of “normal”. Think the move from laminated print menus as a standard to QR codes or ordering kiosks. Now, the next stop may well be the metaverse. A new Paytronix and PYMNTS Report, The Digital Divide: Technology, The Metaverse, and the Future of […]

Canadians’ demand for cheese growing despite rising cost of dairy

Canadians are still showing high demand for cheese and related products despite an unprecedented rise in the cost of dairy goods. Over the decade between 2010 and 2020, Canadian cheese consumption increased by 15 per cent, according to Statista data reported by Canadian Grocer. Statista has noticed significant gains in the time since 2020, too, […]

Complaints about short-staffed restaurants surging in 2022

New data from Yelp has shown that diners are returning to restaurants in droves, flocking to dining rooms in 2022 as the memory of heightened pandemic fears and restrictions fades. That has brought its own problems, though, as complaints about short-staffed restaurants have soared. The new state of the industry report found that customers have […]

Restaurant sales have exceeded pre-pandemic levels for the first time

Restaurant sales in Canada surpassed their pre-COVID-19 levels for the first time since the pandemic began in March, according to Statistics Canada. New data shows that Canadian bar and restaurant sales increased by 6.5 per cent monthly in March to $6.8 billion, reports the Canadian Press. Year-over-year, sales were up 35 per cent compared with […]

Guess who’s coming to dinner? (Plus breakfast and lunch)

By Asad Amin No, this title is not the opening to a classic Sidney Poitier remake, although one does exist. It regards the new diner who visits restaurants after a two-year hiatus. It’s not that nobody ordered from foodservice through the pandemic, but considering our lives are very different now than in 2019, there are […]

DoorDash releases 2022 online ordering trends report

The restaurant industry has dramatically changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and online ordering trends such as delivery and takeout continue to see massive growth worldwide. In Canada, off-premises consumption has experienced 27 per cent year-over-year growth in same-store orders, according to DoorDash. The delivery company and Restaurants Canada have partnered up to […]

How is restaurant chains’ recovery manifesting?

You’ll have heard this before by now, but the pandemic has changed the restaurant industry forever. Datassential’s fourth annual Firefly 500+ restaurant report highlights many of these core shifts, such as restaurant chains focusing on key markets and unit growth rather than simply sales. The food industry market research and insights company’s Samantha Des Jardins […]