Fried Foods Find Favour at U.K. Restaurants

In an increasingly health-conscious age, all things steamed and baked are in vogue in foodservice. But that doesn’t mean that fried foods, one of consumers’ favourite guilty pleasures, have lost their lustre on restaurant menus—far from it. Several fried treats, ranging from sweet-potato fries to churros, saw growth on U.K. pub and restaurant menus from […]

U.K. Operators Bet on the Bar to Grow Sales

The first four months of 2014 have seen a host of U.K. restaurant and pub operators announcing plans to revamp or refresh their bars, if not launch entirely new bar concepts. The move to adapt to consumers’ evolving adult-beverage tastes, including their heightened interest in craft beer and cocktail programmes, tracks with two trends Technomic […]

Social Media to Sustainability: Preferences and Priorities of Canadian Restaurant Users

How likely are Canadian consumers to engage with restaurants via Facebook? How important to restaurant-goers are issues such as recycling and food composting? Do Canadians really want to see nutrition info on menus nationwide? The latest trend report from Technomic’s Canadian Consumer Brand Metrics research program tackles these questions and more. For restaurant operators, the […]

The Fixe Is In: Cashing In on Multicourse Meals in Canada

Overall menu contraction continued in Canada from Q1 2013 to Q1 2014, new Technomic MenuMonitor data reveals. All menu categories except for kids’ menus showed a decline in the number of items on offer at restaurants, with the largest contractions seen in entrées, appetizers/starters and desserts. When we parse menu categories further, we find one […]

Following the Cash in Fast Casual

Fast casual has drawn significant interest from big-name investors in the past year, with players ranging from Sentinel Capital Partners to Buffalo Wild Wings pouring money into the still-hot segment. And these investors are taking a stake in concepts across menu categories, with premium-pizza places and salad chains alike benefiting. Just so far in 2014, […]

Trending in Fast Casual: A Sandwich by Any Other Name

Later this month, Technomic will release the 2014 Sandwich Consumer Trend Report, with new data and insights on Americans’ sandwich consumption behaviors, attitudes and preferences. As a prelude to that, we wanted to highlight how fast-casual restaurants are serving up interesting global takes on the standard bread-with-fillings format. Fast-casual concepts have established themselves as leaders […]

Tapping Into a Trend: Kegged Cocktails

“Efficiency” doesn’t get a lot of mentions in discussions of the craft cocktail movement—saving time wasn’t the goal of the shift toward offering more thoughtfully crafted, carefully built libations. But efficiency remains a top concern for operators looking to maximize their adult beverage profits, especially in light of the fact that drink sales slowed in […]

Imported Beer Expectation: Growth

All of the recent chatter about craft beer has drowned out good news about a well-established beer category: imported beer. A quick look at recent performance numbers from our State of the Industry Report reveals positive trends: Imported beer enjoyed its fourth consecutive year of volume growth in 2013. Imported beer’s share of total U.S. […]

Eight Sizzling New Speciality Burgers on U.K. Menus

In honour of spring’s arrival and the return—on intermittent days, at least—of outdoor-dining and grilling weather, we’re highlighting an array of savoury new burgers at leading U.K. chain restaurants and burger purveyors. All of the following have either debuted on menus or been announced since February, according to Technomic’s MenuMonitor online resource and the restaurants’ […]

U.K. Restaurants Make Mobile Payment a Priority

More of the U.K.’s largest and fastest-growing restaurant chains are launching mobile payment options, looking to the technology to help them appeal to convenience-seeking consumers. In just the first three months of this year, Greggs, Wagamama and Gourmet Burger Kitchen have debuted mobile payment choices: Greggs debuted a loyalty/mobile-pay programme, Greggs Rewards, that lets guests […]