Food production and its impact on restaurants

By Devon Graham Food production is a vital part of the foodservice industry, from the farm to the table, and the challenges that producers are facing can directly impact the restaurant’s menu, inventory, and customer satisfaction. Whether you are dealing with small-batch producers or larger companies, supply chain issues continue to plague the foodservice industry. […]

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 […]

How restaurants are addressing continued supply chain disruption

As supply chain management issues persist, disruptions, delays, and rising costs continue to make it difficult for many restaurants to manage. Many operators have made changes to their businesses to address these issues, from menu adjustments to a larger supplier list to automation, and more. But some have found that delivery is helping them save […]

The challenge of real estate inflation for franchises

Among the continuing supply chain delays, staffing shortages, and elevated food costs, many QSRs and restaurant chains are struggling with real estate inflation. As chains look for the best locations to open new franchises, rising real estate costs are making it difficult for some franchises to expand. According to Peter Saleh, managing director and restaurant […]

Off-premise dining continues to help restaurant revenues grow

As the seasons change, and restaurants get ready to open their patios and continue to fill their tables, off-premise dining is still in hot demand. Takeout and delivery helped many restaurants survive the pandemic and get back on their feet afterward, and it will continue to help the industry grow well into 2023. It seems […]

Making the most of your inventory management

These days, amid labour shortages, inflation, and supply chain disruptions, it’s more important than ever to get a handle on the things you can control, like inventory management. Managing your restaurant’s inventory efficiently could have a major effect on your bottom line. Effectively managing your inventory means streamlining purchasing, monitoring storage, and efficiently using your […]

Smart farm-to-table: how agritech innovations could revolutionize the supply chain

By Adrian Johansen To say that the last few years have been challenging for the restaurant industry would be a gross understatement. Restaurateurs have endured a global pandemic, protracted lockdowns, and now a seemingly intractable supply chain crisis. It has been a lot to endure, and far too many promising establishments have not survived. The […]

How supply shortages impact menu engineering

Sustained supply shortages are just one of the challenges that still continue to plague restaurants in North America, and the effects of that crunch are felt in everything from menu prices and options to staffing. Anissa Mandell Chance, SVP of Supply Chain at Focus Brands, the parent company of brands including Schlotzsky’s, Cinnabon, Moe’s Southwest Grill, […]

Assessing the public’s trust in Canada’s food supply

Over the past two decades, Canadian consumers have shown an increasing interest in the country’s food supply, including where their food comes from, how it is produced, the environmental impacts of that production, nutritional composition and health benefits, and more. This has only intensified during the pandemic, and a new report from Nourish Food Marketing […]

How to keep track of your restaurant equipment & inventory

By Erin Wagner Restaurants contain a wide range of equipment used for cooking, storing, and handling foods, and this equipment requires regular maintenance to remain in good working condition. Tracking restaurant inventory and equipment remains a challenge for most establishments. Some businesses do not pay much attention to proactive maintenance programs, and that leaves facilities […]