Meeting sustainability goals with a menu makeover

By Riana Topan Amidst increasingly dire warnings about the fate of our planet, and more frequent reminders about the consequences of climate change in the form of wildfires, floods, and tornadoes, the urgent need to address the global environmental crisis feels more real than ever before. Thankfully, so does the foodservice industry’s remarkable power to […]

2024’s top restaurant trends

We’ve seen so much change in the foodservice industry in the last few years, what does 2024 bring to the table? As the industry continues to recover, the labour market grows, and supply chain disruption slows, the competition will be fierce for restaurants to win over customers, boost loyalty, and build up the bottom line. […]

Sustainability is on the menu for many QSRs

Sustainability continues to be at the top of consumer lists as they support their favourite businesses, and restaurants are no exception. Diners are looking for restaurants that are striving to lower their carbon footprints, and they’re even willing to pay up to 10 per cent more in those establishments. What does sustainability look like to […]

As Aussie lamb headlines Canadian menus, sustainability takes centre stage

Australian lamb is gaining momentum on Canadian menus for its taste and versatility, but it’s also impressing diners and chefs with its commitment to sustainability. Many consumers are taking an interest in where their food comes from, aligning with restaurants that echo their values – and they’re willing to pay a premium for sustainable meals. […]

Sustainability practices that restaurants can learn from hotels

By Peter Dougherty Adopting sustainability practices is important for restaurants to stay relevant, and there’s a lot to be learned from hotels. Getting away to a hotel is the ultimate luxury for most people: with the big, comfy bed and crisp white sheets, and leaving towels behind to be “magically” replaced with fresh, clean versions. […]

What are your restaurant customers looking for?

It’s often hard for restaurant owners to determine what their guests are looking for, going through a trial-and-error process that can be costly and frustrating. What are customers looking for on your menu? According to Datassential, they are looking for global inspiration and sustainability. Global flavours You’ve added new, exciting, on-trend items to your menu, […]

Canadian restaurant chains are going greener

As the recent single-use plastic ban takes effect in Canada, more restaurants are going greener, adjusting their practices to reduce their environmental impact, and addressing consumer demand for higher sustainability from the businesses they frequent. RELATED: Sustainability matters to Canadian consumers With 57 per cent of diners looking for more sustainability from QSRs, some of […]

Canada’s plastic ban and its effect on restaurant takeout

Canada’s ban on single-use plastics, covering plastic bags, cutlery, foodservice ware, stir sticks, and straws took effect on December 20. It comes as part of Environment and Climate Change Canada’s effort to achieve zero waste by 2030. Since third-party takeout and delivery orders are up 63 per cent from pre-pandemic days, finding viable alternatives is […]

Diner demand for ethical eating continues

By Riana Topan In Canada, many people may be surprised to learn how few laws are in place to govern the ethical treatment of farmed animals. The federal government regulates how these animals are handled during transportation and slaughter through the Health of Animals Regulations and Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. These apply when animals […]

Upcycling food waste for sustainable packaging

Food waste is a growing global concern for the foodservice industry and beyond, and upcycling has emerged as a way to work toward balance. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, over one-third of all food produced is wasted or lost, translating to 2.3 million tonnes of edible food being wasted […]