Rethinking Refranchising in the Restaurant Industry

Over the past few years, refranchising has been a big theme in the restaurant industry. Chain executives reason that they can generate cash from sales, spread risk and reduce capital expenditures while retaining most of the potential future profits. And without day-to-day operational responsibilities, they can focus on marketing the brand. So they have gone […]

Unique Garnishes Add ‘Wow’ Factor to Cocktail Menus

The latest way that restaurants and bars are flexing their creative muscles is through unique adult beverage garnishes. Preparation is key to specialty cocktails and taking the time to create an intricate or handcrafted garnish can impress guests. Visually, garnishments can add a pop of color, a change of texture or an exciting “wow” factor […]

Imported Wine Opportunity

Imported table wine volume declined in 2014, and the 2015 outlook is similar, according to our soon-to-be-released 2015 WineTAB report. Imported wine has struggled in recent years, while domestic wine continues to grow. Various factors are contributing to the import segment’s performance, including the challenges faced by some leading brands. With per capita wine consumption […]

Forecasting the Future of Fast Casual

It’s no secret that fast casual has experienced a remarkable amount of growth, attracting an increasing number of players to the segment. So what’s next for this powerhouse segment within the industry? Well, if the fast-casual sector has a natural growth limit, we’re not seeing it yet, but what we do see are some challenges […]

Fast Casual Takes Early Lead in Technology Race

Fast casual, the clear standout segment of the restaurant industry for the past decade, has had several advantages contributing to its growth and to its gains in market share at the expense of quick-service and casual-dining brands. Consumers have been drawn to fast casual’s service, ingredient quality and price point, and now, with the latest […]

Mashups Disrupt Menus

Mashup food items are currently at the center of menu innovation, especially at the QSR level. These mashups cause quite a stir in the press and are often backed by large publicity and multimedia campaigns. Most are limited-time offers or test items but some are launched as permanent menu items. They are meant to garner […]

Students Prioritize Social and Environmental Responsibility

College and university students are critical to the foodservice industry, as their time-starved schedules lead them to rely heavily on foodservice, both on and off campus. Indeed, Technomic data reveals that 75% of restaurant operators strongly agree that college and university students are highly important to their foodservice operation.  When looking to appeal to this […]

Nutella Mania Spreading in Canada

According to Technomic’s MenuMonitor, mentions of Nutella on menus have increased 60% in the latest two-year period. This trendy hazelnut-chocolate spread is being seen across the menu, used in everything from baked goods to flavoured coffee drinks to milkshakes. In the past few months, numerous chains introduced offerings spotlighting the popular ingredient. Here are a […]

Five Takeaways from Technomic’s Top 200 Canadian Chains Report

The Top 200 Canadian chain restaurants, ranked by sales, continued their growth trajectory in 2014, increasing sales by 4.4% and adding units at a rate of 2.1%. This year’s Technomic rankings welcomed 14 newcomers to a list that boasts a total of $31 billion in sales. During a recent webinar, we explored top trends and […]

Build-Your-Own Drives Industry Growth

Today’s younger consumers are more entitled, involved and engaged with controlling the food they order and eat at restaurants. That includes greater control over the kitchen. Today’s service models have moved the back of house into the front of house, giving customers more interaction and insight into what happens as their food is made. In […]