The Future of Food Tech

When looking toward the future of tech in the food industry, it’s easy to imagine that robots will soon take our orders, we’ll pay for meals through voice or face recognition, and that most deliveries will be ferried to customers via drones. But this ignores real-world barriers, including regulation and shifts in public interest. Operators […]

Compete Globally by Getting to Know the Local Consumer

With the recent downturn in restaurant traffic in the U.S., some operators are looking for creative ways to reenergize their business. Of these operators, those with an international presence would do well to know the changing wants and needs of restaurant goers abroad. Diners in Europe only purchase 22% of their meals away-from-home, while those […]

Plant-Based Menus Are Not a Passing Fad

Canadians can expect more veggies on their plates in the coming years thanks to growth of so-called plant-based restaurant concepts—those that offer contemporary vegan and vegetarian fare to a growing audience of consumers who avoid meat, at least on occasion. Restaurants are showcasing more veggies as a main attraction, sometimes with full menus devoted to […]

Are We Facing a Restaurant Recession?

The Top 500 restaurant market is in a slump right now. With the lead dining brands’ same-store sales visibly lagging this past second quarter, some analysts and reporters are even using the phrase “restaurant recession.” At reporting chains, year-over-year same-store sales only increased half of a percentage point in quarter two, the slowest growth seen […]

Canadian Diners Sweet on Dessert Concepts

Dessert-focused concepts are a force to be reckoned with in Canada. In the past few years, the country has observed a significant growth in concepts focused entirely around a single dessert, ranging from doughnuts to sweet Belgian waffles to creatively topped soft serve. Here, we will take a look at some noteworthy concepts fueling this […]

Brand Image Strongly Influences Brand Performance

Free burritos, transparent food safety improvements, loyalty incentives — none of these attractive initiatives seem to be able to resuscitate Chipotle’s tanking sales. Since the fast-casual chain’s E.coli and norovirus problems last fall, Chipotle has reported three straight quarters of double-digit same-store sales declines. In its second-quarter financial results released last month, Chipotle announced that […]

Tech Trend in Canada: ‘Gotta Catch ‘Em All’

Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm. After its initial U.S. launch, the gaming app quickly topped Twitter in daily users and began engaging users for a longer amount of time each day than leading social media apps, including Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. The game has experienced similar success since its Canadian launch on […]

How to Appeal to Generation Z

One of the biggest challenges facing restaurant brands today is how to capture the attention of Generation Z diners and how to keep them coming back. Restaurant chains want to build brand loyalty with Gen Z and create lifelong customers. This column will provide a sketch of Gen Z using insights from our recently updated […]

Summer Flavour: Salted Caramel

According to Technomic MenuMonitor data, mentions of salted caramel are up 25.6% in the latest year-over-year period. We have observed a noteworthy boom in menu items featuring salt and caramel flavour pairings on chain menus this summer, ranging from beverages to desserts. Below are some salted caramel offerings recently introduced to chain menus. Montana’s BBQ […]

5 Ways Expanding Dayparts Can Help Boost Sales

Consumers are growing more flexible in terms of when and how they seek and consume food and beverage, as demonstrated by the rise of snacking, small plates, all-day breakfast and on-demand delivery. Restaurants keeping a pulse on the foodservice industry are likely already expanding their dayparts in an effort to maximize their sales. Here are […]