U.S. Food Market Outlook 2019: Four key trends, according to Packaged Facts

Press Release What’s in store for the food industry in 2019? Market research firm Packaged Facts predicts “disruptive innovation” that will shake up years of subtle stagnation in the mature food industry and spur growth over the foreseeable future. In U.S. Food Market Outlook 2019, the latest edition of its best-selling series, Packaged Facts examines “disruptive […]

Trend Watch: Sour lemons, sweet desserts and all things house-made

By Sophie Mir With summer drawing to a close, restaurants are ringing in the seasonal turn by getting back to basics. Lemon-based sauces and dressings are showing up on menus more frequently, while old-school favourites are provoking nostalgia trips and, operators hope, a corresponding wave of social media support. And while house-made dish components are any […]

Trend watch: Plant-based burgers, almond milk and candy-spiked classics

By Sophie Mir Once-unorthodox ingredients are increasingly going mainstream, and are getting better every day. These days, plant-based burgers are, for lack of a better word, genuinely meaty substitutes, while almond milk has become a ubiquitous substitute for dairy, and now features everywhere dairy used to. There’s still room for old-school indulgence though; some quick service […]

Concept Watch: Rolltation, SMAK and Buco Pizzeria & Vino Bar

By Sophie Mir In this edition of Concept Watch, we highlight a trio of trend-setting restaurant concepts that are changing the way Canadians eat. Here’s a look at the characteristics and menu offerings that make these restaurants unique: Rolltation Locations: 4 (Toronto) Concept characteristics: A Toronto-based, limited-service emerging chain highlighting customizable and hybrid sushi options. […]

What’s trending during the bustling lunch daypart?

By Renee Lee Canada’s restaurant industry brings in $80 billion in sales every year, according to recent data. Changes in consumer behaviors, such as moving away from eating three square meals a day (Nestle Canada’s “Evolution of Eating in Canada” symposium revealed that many Canadians are grazing throughout the day and focusing on snacking) or […]

Cakes offer tradition with a twist to please diners

By Sean Moon As a dessert staple, cakes have been a favourite on restaurant menus and family dining tables for generations. While the basic ingredients and traditional recipes have not changed much over the years, for those looking for exciting new flavours, health-conscious options and value-added dessert offerings, many diners and foodservice operators are finding […]

Oysters: The perfect ocean delicacy for your menu

By Sal Battaglia Oysters have been a staple for restaurants in major cities across Canada for many years. But with the delicious mollusc on trend right now, it’s a menu item that almost any restaurant can serve. Whether it’s a “buck-a-shuck” or pairing the oyster with the proper wine, vodka or whiskey, being in Canada, […]

THP reveals the hottest food trends for 2017 in second annual Flavour & Trend Forecast

Press release Artisanal jerky, craft-style fizz and Jewish cuisine are just a few of the food trends to watch heading into the New Year, according to THP’s 2017 Flavour & Trend Forecast. The Toronto-based agency, along with its in-house team of culinary experts, is releasing its anticipated list for the second year in a row. “Whether […]

Menu trends to watch: Healthy bowls, pickling and honey

By Kristin Menas Below we will highlight some of the leading menu trends to watch on Canadian menus. Healthy bowls About the trend: Bowls are serving as a popular format to highlight better-for-you ingredients like superfoods At quick-service and fast-casual concepts Smoothie bowls are a booming health trend Bowls eliminate the need for hearty starches […]