Trend watch: Restaurant menu items to look out for in September 2020

By Sophie Mir As ever, Canadian restaurants continue to strive to keep up with customer demands and seasonal trends. With summer slowly but surely turning into fall, we’ve broken down three developing menu trends you’ll see across the country this autumn. Oat Mylk Soy, almond and coconut mylks have been on menus for a while, […]

Trend Watch: Bourbon BBQ, plant-based pizza and elk

By Sophie Mir As is the norm these days, plant-based proteins continue to steal stomach share from their meaty counterparts, and the options available have crashed past burger boundary onto pizzas. But while Beyond Meat and its competitors are gaining traction, premium, out-of-the-ordinary elk, as in the massive deer stalking North American forests, is increasingly […]

Winning Pair

The FSR segment is losing ground to quick and limited-service restaurants, but creative, value-driven beverage programs can help arrest the trend By Sophie Mir Full-service restaurants are struggling to flourish in today’s foodservice market. In fact, according to Technomic’s 2019 Top 200 Canadian Chain Restaurant Report, both full-service location and sales growth have slowed down […]

Technomic report finds starters and small plates well positioned to grow in popularity

Press Release With consumers’ desire for innovation increasing and snacking becoming more of a habit, mealparts such as starters, small plates and sides are well-positioned to gain share of stomach. Technomic’s 2019 Starters, Small Plates & Sides Consumer Trend Report explores how these mealparts can help foodservice brands maximize existing opportunities and overcome potential challenges. […]

The Newest Consumer(s): There’s more than just one kind of cannabis user

By Gregory Furgala Canada has a new demographic — officially, at least. With legal cannabis widely available, consumers who partake now constitute a new set of data points, providing business owners, restaurant operators included, new insights into understanding and catering to them. Market research firm Technomic is amongst those exploring the category. For the first […]

Technomic study finds value increasingly tied to food quality and service

Press Release Value remains a vital component in the path to purchase, with 76 per cent of consumers saying it’s a very important factor when deciding where to dine. Technomic’s 2019 Value & Pricing Consumer Trend Report reveals that roughly one-quarter of consumers say their definition of value has changed over the past two years, […]

Burgers rising in price faster than other menu items: Technomic

Press Release Burgers are often thought of as being more affordable than other menu items, but as prices continue to rise at a faster rate than the average entree, this view may start shifting. Notably, these price increases are true across a variety of burger types, including bacon cheeseburgers, veggie burgers and specialty burgers. Technomic’s […]

Technomic shares latest trends and top growth concepts at National Restaurant Association Show

Press Release The National Restaurant Association Show closed out a successful 100th anniversary in Chicago on May 18-21 with numerous prominent sessions, speakers and events. In addition to educational sessions and Ask the Expert slots, Technomic presented the featured keynote, “Winning at the Restaurant Business: Insights from the Top 500.” Using research and data points […]

One Trend, Three Ways: The new wave of non-alcoholic drinks

By Sophie Mir Non-alcoholic drinks remain a top mealpart at Canadian restaurants. Per Technomic’s Ignite menu data, almost all Canadian operators (99.4 per cent) menu non-alcoholic beverages. (If not menued, then they’re almost certainly available.) According to Technomic’s 2018 Canadian Beverage Consumer Trend Report, beverage consumption from foodservice has remained steady over the past two […]