Surviving the Canadian Better-Burger Shakeout

There’s no doubt that American and Canadian chains are competing for better-burger traffic, as popular American restaurant chains, such as Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Fatburger, Smashburger and even now, Carl’s, Jr. and Famous Dave’s, are continuing to make their way into Canadian territory. In fact, it seems as if there is no end to […]

Adding Value Through Convenience

Last week, Domino’s CEO Patrick Doyle said digital ordering now accounts for nearly 40 percent of all of the chain’s transactions. That share has grown by about 5 percent for several years, Doyle said, adding that he eventually expects it to top 50 percent. Doyle made his remarks in speaking about Domino’s second-quarter earnings—which were […]

Retailer Renaissance in Fresh Prepared Foods

Retailer forays into fresh prepared foods (also called retail meal solutions) are not new. For over 20 years, supermarkets and other retailers have tried their hand at offering customers fresh lunch and dinner alternatives. (Breakfast is an entirely different story.) But until the last four to five years, retailer activities were largely ineffective as few […]

Grab-N-Go: An Undervalued Growth Segment?

Lost amidst the excitement of fast casual growth, a small but increasingly important strategy has emerged: grab-n-go menu programs (or simply GNG). Characterized by pre-packaged, ready-to-eat prepared food offered for sale from either a self-service heated or chilled merchandiser with little or no customer preparation required, grab-n-go meal offerings are now key elements of many […]

Packaging Can Make or Break a Takeout Meal

Consumer research shows that it is vital for restaurant operators to work with manufacturers in developing easily portable, leak-proof containers that maintain foods’ quality, taste, freshness and temperature. Also, as consumers become more aware of environmental issues, more of them appreciate efforts to incorporate eco-friendly materials for takeout packaging. Takeout Takeaways When Technomic asked consumers […]

Dine-in, Takeout or Delivery? It Depends Which Generation You Ask…

Consumers make food-related decisions several times a day. But if the decision involves a restaurant, they must also decide whether to dine in or eat elsewhere—a decision that can prompt different answers depending on the person’s age. Dine-in Service Nearly half (48 percent) of all of the food consumers order at restaurants is eaten on […]

Food Trucks on a Roll in the U.K.

A fun, hip dining option in big-city markets like London, food trucks are poised to become highly competitive in high-traffic areas as their presence and popularity increase. Food-truck purveyors connect the appeal of flavourful “street food” to the convenience factor provided by a mobile takeaway format that meets the consumer right where they are. While […]