Technomic Spotlights Five Food Trends for Canada’s Restaurant Industry in 2016

Heading into 2016, what’s on the horizon for the Canadian foodservice industry? Leading food research and consulting firm Technomic sees these buzzworthy food and restaurant trends making a big impact in the coming year: Trend #1—Oktoberfest all year. Canadian diners are now embracing the food and drink of the Bavarian fall festival year round. There’s […]

Retro Cocktail Conundrum

Ahhh…the ’70s. The era of shag-carpeted fern bars where the groovy types slugged back Harvey Wallbangers. Creamy drinks were also in—Mudslides, Pink Ladies, Grasshoppers—as were citrusy Amaretto Sours and Kamikazes. Bearing sometimes outlandish monikers, many of these libations delivered punches of familiar, almost comfort-food flavors such as orange, peach and vanilla (along with heavy cream), […]

Spirits: a Story to Tell

Consumers are increasingly interested in the origins of spirits, particularly whiskeys, and the process by which they are made. As a result, micro-distilleries are leading a trend toward transparency within the spirit industry, reflecting a very similar sourcing trend in the foodservice industry. That transparency is timely, as three brands—Tito’s, Maker’s Mark and Jim Beam […]

Channel Wars Challenge Operators

Here’s a little “name that channel” exercise: Beyond the sushi station, soft drink fountain area and the large merchandiser filled with prepared salads and sandwiches, adjacent to the take-and-bake pizza display, stands a six-shelf unit filled with wine. Four shelves hold red and white wine bottles, two hold sparklers, including six-packs; bottles of sangria are […]