McDonald’s Makes Moves in Coffee Segment

In December, McDonald’s Canada launched its first standalone McCafé at Union Station in Toronto and announced plans to open a second in the city in 2016. Although the concept saw little success during testing in the U.S., the McCafé brand has been an effective operation in Canada. Since launching its McCafé coffee lineup at restaurants […]

Canada’s bar and restaurant scene undergoes a tiki revolution

There’s an unmistakable revival of the tiki bar in major cities across Canada. Operators are opening up contemporary versions of these once-tacky 1970’s drinking outposts. This next wave of island-inspired bars features quality rum-based drinks and authentic food in exotic, fun environments. In Toronto, the foodservice scene is observing a particularly booming industry of independent […]

How Shifting Health Priorities Will Change Foodservice in 2016

Per tradition, health is a foremost consideration in the New Year. But it’s not just in January that consumers are prioritizing foodservice health. Consumers are increasingly concerned about transparency—what’s in their food and where it came from—and operators and suppliers are feeling the heat. Technomic called out modernization of the supply chain as a 2016 […]

Canadian foodservice industry faces the challenges of a dropping loonie and rising food costs

Just this month, the Canadian dollar dropped to an unprecedented low, reaching 69 cents U.S. for the first time in about a decade. Some forecasters even predict the value of the loonie will continue to drop as much as 10 cents to reach a record low of 59 cents U.S. by the end of the […]

Canadians Favour Flavour

Flavour exploration continues to be top of mind for consumers. Technomic’s recently released 2015 Canadian Flavour Consumer Trend Report shows that 68% of respondents like trying new flavours of food from time to time, and 18% actively seek out new flavours to try on a regular basis. To stay relevant and competitive, operators are busy […]

Looking Ahead: Top 500 Unit-Growth Forecast

Technomic’s unit-growth forecast for Top 500 chains helps draw a map of what to expect from the chain-restaurant industry as we approach the end of 2015 and move into the New Year. We recently compiled this Top 500 chain unit-growth forecast for 2015 using third-quarter unit counts obtained from public company filings, web collection and […]

Java fiends rejoice: breweries experimenting with coffee in specialty beers

Operators are brewing beers with premium coffees to add a significant boost of flavor and warming sensation that’s especially appealing during the colder months. The natural tastes of roasted dark malts complement the bitterness of coffee, making coffee-infused beers flavorfully complex. Breweries are giving coffee beers an upscale treatment, modernizing this trend with the use […]

Reaching for Relevance

As 2015 draws to a close, a number of iconic adult beverage brands are feverishly implementing strategies to reinvigorate sales in the new year. Captain Morgan’s launch of Cannon Blast in September positions the brand to appeal to the Fireball Cinnamon Whisky crowd, while Bacardi USA is targeting Millennials with a new advertising campaign that […]

Concepts Think Small for Big Success

Think small. It’s a common theme in the foodservice industry at the start of every new year, as patrons make resolutions to get healthy and operators roll out items with smaller portions and fewer calories. Chains like Amsterdam Falafelshop, Blackwood BBQ, Little Big Burger and Tava Indian Kitchen have built their brand on these small […]

What’s in a name?

It seems like every day, there’s a new flavour or flavour combination being introduced, from Ben & Florentine’s Brie & Blueberries French Toast to the Works Gourmet Burger Bistro’s Reese’s PBC burger (featuring Reese Peanut Butter Cup-stuffed patties). As the population becomes more multicultural and is exposed to a wider range of flavours, operators are […]