Waste Not, Want Not: Food Waste in Canada

Reducing and eliminating food waste is increasingly important to the foodservice industry, not only for its social and environmental benefits, but also economically. According to the Toronto Food Policy Council, over $30 billion of food is wasted in Canada each year, which is approximately 40% of the food produced yearly. So, what can operators do? […]

Brunch Gets a Boost in Canada

Brunch is on the rise in Canada, with significant help from the casual-dining segment and younger diners. In recent months, we have seen weekend brunch menus pop up at a number of Top 200 chain restaurants, including Original Joe’s Restaurant & Bar, Turtle Jack’s Muskoka Grill and Il Fornello. Here we will delve deeper into […]

Should Chipotle Bet On Better Burgers?

On Wednesday, Chipotle confirmed that it may add a better-burger concept to its portfolio. The new addition would stand alongside Chipotle’s other fast-casual spinoffs, ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen and Pizzeria Local, setting the stage for growth beyond Mexican food. Despite its recent health-related setback, Chipotle continues to be a very successful company thanks largely to […]

Get Noticed: How to Attract Restaurant Investors

Concepts no longer have to achieve $200 million in sales to attract investors. Private-equity firms are increasingly seeking to invest in smaller emerging concepts featuring winning menus, service formats and footprints. For example, several emerging fast-casual chains received multi-million dollar investments in 2015 despite operating fewer than 10 units, including Melt Shop, Honeygrow and MAKE […]

Foodservice Distribution 2.0: Algorithms Optimize the Value Chain

The $268 billion foodservice supply chain is competitive and efficient with the notable exception of how business is transacted between independent operators and their suppliers. Technomic research and observations reveal that foodservice distributor sales representatives (DSRs) spend most of their workday visiting accounts to collect orders, in large part because the prevailing business model and […]

Mixing and Matching with Value

For quick-service restaurants in particular, price point and value perception are driving influences for many patrons’ visits. Value menus, like the Dollar Menu & More at McDonald’s, are a classic way of cementing value perception at chains. However, many operators are employing new ways to provide value while appealing to consumers’ desires for choices and […]

Classic Sandwich Shops Get a Gourmet Update

In Canada, classic sandwich shops are entering the modern age. Cropping up across the country are restaurants focused entirely on providing premium sandwiches to a trendy clientele. At these eateries, menus are focused to guarantee sandwich quality; store footprints are small and adaptable to suit high-traffic areas; and units offer a contemporary look and feel. […]

Is McDonald’s Turning the Corner?

For the first time in two years, McDonald’s saw positive same-store sales in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2015. The fourth-quarter comparable sales results, released at the end of last month, surpassed expectations even further, jumping 5.7% for U.S. stores from a year earlier. Subsequently, stock prices reached an all-time high in February, […]

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 […]