Technomic experts highlight the 5 Ps of menu innovation

At the US National Restaurant Association Show last week, experts from Technomic offered advice on how to best tailor a menu to encompass trending flavours and combinations and appeal to consumers’ desire to try new things when dining out. Ultimately, the conclusion was that menu innovation doesn’t require a huge menu overhaul if new options […]

Canadian foodservice’s midterm trend report

By Katie Belflower At the start of the year, amid what was still significant COVID-19-related turmoil and evolving restrictions and operations, Technomic mapped out a predicted trend report for the Canadian foodservice industry. Now, five months into 2022 and after so much has changed (again) in the industry and beyond, Technomic has compared its new […]

Bowl value meals & spicy sauces trending; take-home meals, cheese declining: Technomic

Technomic’s latest Ignite Canadian menu data report found that while the like of bowl value meals, spicy sauces, and lighter alcoholic beverages are trending strongly year over year, cheese and straight spirits have notably declined. The Ignite data noted declining overall year-over-year counts in entrees (-4 per cent), appetizers (-2 per cent), and sides (-5 […]

Independent restaurants leaning on virtual brands

A new collaborative report between Grubhub and Technomic has found that four in 10 (41 per cent of) independent restaurants currently operate virtual brands to leverage persistent demand for delivery from consumers. Generally offering low capital costs and a world of opportunity, virtual brands are all the rage right now, from offering delivery-only channels to […]

Trend Watch: Sake kasu, amba, devil’s club

By Katie Belflower Our latest edition of Trend Watch with Technomic highlights three menu trends that are being seen across Canada right now, and how Canadian restaurants are utilizing them to unique and great effect on their menus. Sake kasu Japanese paste-like condiment sake kasu is derived from the sake brewing process. Since it is […]

Is it time to bet on the allure of the bar?

A recent State of On-Premise webinar from Technomic highlighted how restaurants are refining their operations at the bar to boost traffic and sales as part of their pandemic recovery. In many areas, both casual dining and full-service restaurants are seeing a slow return to high volumes, and Techonomic explained how some operators are concentrating on […]

Concepts to Watch: Burgoo, Uniburger, Sidewalk Citizen

By Katie Belflower Technomic is constantly keeping abreast of the latest and greatest in Canadian restaurants, and its latest Concepts to Watch highlights three more standout restaurant concepts on show right now. This month, the focus is on Burgoo, Uniburger, and Sidewalk Citizen. Burgoo Facebook: 1,890 likes | Instagram: 6,748 followers | Twitter: 3,142 followers Locations: […]

Gas prices are a new thing for restaurants to worry about

New reports have assessed the impacts of soaring gas prices in America on the cost of food and the levels of spending in restaurants. While the data focuses on the U.S. specifically, much of it can be applied to Canada, where the price of fuel has also jumped in recent months due to factors including […]

In brief: the state of the Canadian menu in 2022

Technomic recently released its annual State of the Canadian Menu 2022 report, highlighting growing ingredients, dishes, drinks, and flavours on menus across the country as well as trend predictions for this year. With pandemic-driven challenges continuing in 2021, operators adopted new strategies and found fresh solutions to these challenges. Looking at the past year in […]

What are the fastest-growing food items on Canadian menus?

Technomic‘s latest Industry Insights report has shed light on the fastest-growing food items on Canadian menus over the past year. Leading the way with 150 per cent growth year over year is burgundy wine, with the beverage being served at both fine dining restaurants and contemporary casual dining restaurants. Also in the beverage bracket, hard […]