The importance of TikTok for restaurants: the clock is ticking

Restaurants are on a constant journey to innovate and broaden their reach, and the pandemic has only intensified this need. When it comes to social media, Instagram and other ubiquitous platforms have led the way in recent years, but TikTok for restaurants is becoming increasingly essential. In a day when TikTok has arguably overtaken Instagram […]

Restaurants identifying university and college towns as prime locations

By Christian Petronio When they are searching for the perfect location to put down the roots of their foodservice business, many restaurateurs want an area that vibrates with energy, vitality, and enthusiasm. University and college towns or districts are becoming increasingly more attractive as the number of students enrolled in Canadian post-secondary institutions continues its […]

Tea and coffee trends: What today’s consumers want

Aside from water, coffee and tea are the most-consumed beverages in Canada. With the market constantly changing and today’s consumers looking for certain things when selecting a beverage, a new report has assessed ongoing tea and coffee trends across the country. A collaboration between Technomic, Restaurants Canada, the Coffee & Tea Association of Canada, and […]

Concept Watch: Sula, Notre Boeuf de Grace, Pizzeria Libretto

By Katie Belflower Technomic’s latest Concept Watch for RestoBiz highlights three standout restaurant concepts on show right now in Canadian foodservice. This month, the focus is on how Sula Indian Restaurant, Notre Boeuf de Grace, and Pizzeria Libretto are standing out from the crowd with a remarkable restaurant design and the latest menu trends. Sula Indian Restaurant […]

Canadians want indoor dining, technology, and to support local

Canadians are looking forward to returning to restaurants as long as safety measures are in place finds the 2021 Discerning Diner Report from Angus Reid and Restaurants Canada. In particular, 89 per cent of Canadians are looking forward to eating out with friends and family, with 64 per cent going so far as to say […]

Trend Watch: Calamansi, fennel pollen, fiddlehead

By Katie Belflower Another summer is drawing to a close, but the need for boldness and innovation in restaurants never wanes. Keeping up-to-date with the very latest in food and menu trends is a vital part of any chef and restaurant operator’s job. RestoBiz and Technomic’s latest edition of Trend Watch focuses on three menu trends […]

Pushing to fuel a pandemic breakfast resurgence

Amid statistics suggesting that the way in which consumers eat breakfast is evolving, major brands are launching high-octane breakfast marketing campaigns. They include Kellogg Canada, which is kicking off a decade-long marketing campaign as part of a strategy to get more consumers eating at the start of the day again. The “We’re For Breakfast” initiative […]

Key Canadian menu trends in summer 2021

Technomic’s recently published Canadian Food & Beverage Takeaways summarized crucial Canadian menu trends from Q2 2021 Ignite Menu data. The pandemic has proved difficult for operators, but the company, which provides regular and detailed breakdown of foodservice statistics and trends in Canada and beyond, says that growing ingredients and gradual recovery to menu item counts […]

Canadian restaurant count fell by 5,000 in 2020, reports NPD Group

Recent data from The NPD Group has found that the Canadian restaurant count fell by 5,000 during 2020. Before the pandemic, there had been around 66,000 Canadian restaurant units since 2016. Then, 2020 happened. The NPD Group data reports the industry lost 5,000 units, a decline of eight per cent, last year. Independent restaurants lost […]

Concept Watch: St-Viateur, OEB Breakfast, Olly Fresco’s

By Katie Belflower RestoBiz and Technomic have teamed up again for Concept Watch to highlight three standout restaurant concepts on show in Canadian foodservice right now. This month, the focus is on St-Viateur Bagels, OEB Breakfast Co., and Olly Fresco’s Salad Bar and how each is standing out from the crowd in Canadian foodservice. St-Viateur Bagels […]