Technomic Finds Millennials’ Adult Beverage Choices Evolving as They Mature

Millennials are highly engaged individuals that continue to combine adventure and increasingly sophisticated tastes in adult beverages. Nearly three in 10 adults in the U.S. are Millennials and of legal drinking age. The sheer size of the Millennial generation, (born between 1977 and 1992), makes it a crucial demographic for the adult beverage industry. Part […]

Spiked Milkshakes Add Novelty to Adult-Beverage Menus

Adult milkshakes may not be new to the market, but operators are taking them in exciting new directions. Building on a trend that went mainstream in the wake of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Brews’ successful 2012 rollout of beer-fueled milkshakes, many operators have been focusing much of their adult beverage menu development on adult […]

Global Beer Play, Domestic Impact?

The recent buzz about a potential takeover of SABMiller by Anheuser-Busch InBev is prompting much speculation about the impact this could have on the global beer market. It’s likely that such a deal would set off a worldwide chess game among brewers and beverage companies as both entities seek to divest certain businesses to avoid […]

Fast-Casual Restaurants Enhance Catering Programs

Fast-casual restaurants are elevating their catering programs to increase sales. Catering and delivery services are becoming essential to eateries looking to grow within the fast-casual segment. This year, operators have introduced catering to new markets, tested delivery service, updated menus and launched catering promotions: Native Foods Café and Donatos Pizza are growing their catering programs. […]

Opportunity Exists for Fast Casuals to Boost Lunch Sales

We already know that fast-casual chains’ sales growth outpaces that of its industry counterparts, but data taken from Technomic’s recently published Value & Pricing Consumer Trend Report along with the 2014 Lunch Consumer Trend Report suggests there may be one daypart where these chains can do even better: lunch. The Value & Pricing Consumer Trend Report […]

Familiarity would breed sales growth for ethnic foods

More Canadian consumers likely would be eating interesting ethnic food and flavours—if only they knew what they were missing. I’m not passing judgement on their lacking a taste for adventure; I’m citing a key finding of the Canadian Ethnic Food & Beverage Consumer Trend Report. According to the study, unfamiliarity with ethnic foods is the […]

Bacon Maximizes Menus

Consumers continue to crave bacon. The protein is dynamic since it can be offered during all dayparts through a number of food combinations from breakfast sandwiches and bacon-topped doughnuts to deli sandwiches and even tacos. Technomic MenuMonitor data shows that bacon was the second most-menued protein on c-store breakfast sandwiches in the second quarter. In […]

Demand For High-Quality and Better-For-You Burgers Will Lead to Continued Growth in the Better Burger Space

Burgers remain a staple in consumers’ diets, with consumers eating an average of 3.7 burgers a month, finds Technomic’s Canadian Burger Consumer Trend Report. Competition is high and the still emerging fast-casual burger segment will have to contend with rising commodity prices and the growing list of “better burgers” offered at lower prices by quick-service […]

The Modern Makeover of Classic Desserts

Classic desserts are finding their way back onto contemporary menus. While extravagant treats have their appeal, many chefs are focusing on traditional fare like donuts, cupcakes, and pies. Nostalgia is impacting offerings as well, with high-quality versions of childhood favorites on the rise, such as “pop tarts” and ice cream sandwiches. Firecakes, an artisanal donut […]

Movie-Themed Marketing

Restaurant chains are utilizing partnerships with theatre operators and production studios to introduce movie-themed deals. Some of these promotions are serving as a way for restaurant chains to take advantage of the hype surrounding particular box-office hits. Other chains are giving away movie tickets with meal purchases to help boost both value perception and sales. […]