Maia Chang is a Research Analyst at Technomic, Inc. in Chicago. She works on the firm’s Consumer Trend Reports, a series of annual studies that provides operators and suppliers with a comprehensive guide to the menu and consumer trends impacting various restaurant segments and menu categories in the U.S., Canada and U.K.

Anything can be a snack as we become a nation of snack grazers

How often do you snack? Do you find yourself snacking more than you used to? If so, you’re in good company. Technomic’s 2016 Snacking Occasion Consumer Trend Report, shows that though snack consumption has been on the rise since 2012, the last two years have marked a particularly notable growth; 83% of consumers in 2016 […]

What’s in a name?

It seems like every day, there’s a new flavour or flavour combination being introduced, from Ben & Florentine’s Brie & Blueberries French Toast to the Works Gourmet Burger Bistro’s Reese’s PBC burger (featuring Reese Peanut Butter Cup-stuffed patties). As the population becomes more multicultural and is exposed to a wider range of flavours, operators are […]

Dine Out for No Kid Hungry

If you visited a restaurant this past September, you may have seen orange signs decorating your favorite restaurants. Do you remember why they were there? September is Dine Out for No Kid Hungry month, and restaurants participating in the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry fundraiser decorated their walls with these orange signs. During the […]

Additive-free burgers grow in Canada

Now, more than ever, consumers are paying attention to what goes into their food. Public scrutiny is intensifying over additives and their impact on health. Consumers are turning to “health-halo” labels like organic, all-natural and sustainable to feel good about what they eat. In fact, research from Technomic’s 2015 Canadian Burger Consumer Trend Report reveals […]

Full-Service Restaurants Face Fast-Casual Competition

Canadian full-service restaurants—family-style, traditional casual-dining and upscale casual-dining restaurants—face increasing competition as other parts of the foodservice industry are meeting consumers’ changing needs and expectations. Technomic’s 2015 Canadian Future of FSR: Family & Casual Dining Consumer Trend Report investigates which segments are stealing share of stomach by asking consumers to consider alternatives to full-service occasions. […]

First Impressions Matter at Full-Service Restaurants

It’s no surprise family-style and traditional casual-dining restaurants continue to struggle following the Great Recession. Many factors are working against these segments—a shrinking middle class, increasing interest in the new and different, and competition from the up-and-coming fast-casual segment, to name a few. Due to this onslaught of challenges, full-service restaurants (FSRs) are taking a […]

How Canadian C-Stores Can Win More Meals-on-the-Go

When you have a late-night craving or desperately need coffee, is a fast-food restaurant or a convenience store (c-store) more likely to come to mind? If you’re like most consumers, you’d probably say a fast-food restaurant. In fact, in Technomic’s latest Canadian Future of LSR and Canadian Convenience-Store Foodservice Consumer Trend Reports, 58% of consumers […]

Bakery and Coffee Cafés: Price vs. Value

The growth of bakery and coffee cafés easily outpaces that of the overall restaurant industry. Indeed, 53% of 18- to 34-year-olds surveyed for our latest Bakery & Coffee Cafe Consumer Trend Report visit bakery cafés at least weekly, and 64% of the same age group visit coffee cafés as often. Still, in an uncertain economy, price […]

Let’s Do Dinner

Dinner is often considered the primary meal of the day, tending to be more leisurely and an ideal time to connect with friends and family. This inherently links dinner to the idea of “the experience.” Indeed, Technomic’s 2014 Canadian Dinner & Late-Night Consumer Trend Report reveals that 51% of consumers choose to dine out for […]