Brunch Gets a Boost in Canada

Brunch is on the rise in Canada, with significant help from the casual-dining segment and younger diners. In recent months, we have seen weekend brunch menus pop up at a number of Top 200 chain restaurants, including Original Joe’s Restaurant & Bar, Turtle Jack’s Muskoka Grill and Il Fornello. Here we will delve deeper into […]

Canadian Beverage Occasions Rely on More Than Health Factors

Beverages have always been an integral component of the foodservice industry. In recent years, an increasing focus on health has been pushing operators to create better-for-you beverages, such as whole-fruit smoothies. Technomic’s MenuMonitor shows fruit smoothies have grown by 40% on Top 250 Canadian limited-service restaurant menus since 2012. Additionally, we are seeing beverage concepts […]

A Social Summer for Fast Casual

The videos of friends pouring ice-water on their heads continue to fill my Facebook feed. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised $93 million so far for the ALS Association to fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease and has been this summer’s social-media phenomenon. Fast-casual chains have been having their own social-media fun this summer. Here are […]