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 […]

Emerging distribution channels offering new opportunities for restaurants to expand

Press Release While usage of emerging channels is still low overall compared to traditional foodservice segments, strong appeal among younger consumers and continued nationwide expansion by these channels means increased competition for restaurants moving forward. Technomic’s 2019 Emerging Channels Consumer Trend Report explores primary and secondary emerging channels, and covers the unique challenges and opportunities that each […]

Concept Watch: Escondite Cerveceria de Barrio, Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse and Chau Veggie Express

By Sophie Mir A trio of small chains, each purveying a cultural import, marks this edition of Concept Watch. Escondite Cerveceria de Barrio has brought casual Baja-region fare to the fore in Quebec, Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse has introduced churrasco BBQ to Alberta and Chau Veggie Express is capitalizing on consumers growing preference for plant-based cuisine in Vancouver. […]

New Technomic study finds consumption of meatless dishes remains strong

Press Release More consumers now than in 2016 say they are following restrictive specialty diets, Technomic discovered in the 2019 Center of the Plate: Seafood and Vegetarian Consumer Trend Report. While a significant majority of consumers do not follow a specialty diet, those who do are most likely to classify themselves with flexible terms such as “semivegetarian” […]

Concept Watch: The Green Moustache, Vivo Ristorante and Planta

By Sophie Mir In this edition of Concept Watch, we highlight three restaurant concepts that are making an impact on Canadian diners, including a health-focused cafe, an old-school Italian restaurant and a cutting-edge restaurant serving only plant-based fare. Below, we sketch out the characteristics and menu options that have earned these operations their success and acclaim. […]

Who Wants Breakfast? Profiling the breakfast consumer

From the summer 2018 issue of Canadian Restaurant & Foodservice News By Laura McGuire Shifts in consumers’ breakfast habits often present a challenge for operators trying to grow morning sales. But understanding current consumer eating and purchasing patterns at breakfast can help restaurants better connect with guests. Let’s take a deep dive into today’s Canadian […]

Dinner Diversity: Emerging global cuisines find a place at the dinner table

From the winter 2017 issue of CRFN By Dora Meza Dishes with global influences are becoming increasingly popular at the dinner table, more so than during breakfast, brunch, lunch or snacking occasions. Approximately half of consumers are more likely to try ethnic-inspired items or flavours at dinner, according to Technomic’s 2017 Canadian Ethnic Food & […]

Technomic to feature speakers from Amazon and Cracker Barrel at upcoming June conference

Press Release Technomic’s Foodservice Planning Program will host guest speakers from both Amazon and Cracker Barrel as well as release the latest insights from new research studies during the Power of Change conference, being held June 18-20 in Chicago. Tim Stanislaus, enterprise business development leader at Amazon Business, will share the company’s customer-centric approach along with the top industry-wide trends […]