Growth in Saturated Coffee Segment

The coffee café market is well saturated, especially thanks to segment leader—and leader of Canada’s foodservice industry as a whole—Tim Hortons. Coffee cafés will be forced to battle this market saturation by tapping into new strategies, including international expansion, retail product development and licensing, and new and expanded occasions. The last of these three is […]

Innovative Beverage Options Increasingly Drive Restaurant Visits, finds Technomic

A fifth of today’s consumers (21 percent, up from 16 percent in 2012) say that beverages play a very important role in deciding which restaurants to visit for meals. This increase is primarily driven by consumers aged 18-44, who tend to use beverages for a wide variety of occasions, including snacks and social visits. Operators […]

Restaurants Transform Soft Drinks into ‘Hard’ Drinks

The big soda manufacturers and their new-age dispensers that let guests customize their drinks to their unique specifications using any of number of flavors are not the only beverage innovators in the business today. Restaurants and bars are wise to consumers’ desire for soft drinks with unique flavor profiles, and have created alcohol beverages that […]

Beverages: The Battle Between Shrinking Menus and Demand for Variety

Over the past few years, many new, innovative non-alcohol beverage offerings have emerged. Coca-Cola and Pepsi have both introduced machines that allow consumers to not only choose from a wide variety of drinks, but to also customize their beverage. We’re also seeing more housemade and dessert-like beverages, not to mention the growth of juice concepts. […]

Mock Trial: U.K. Restaurants Differentiate with Alcohol-Free Cocktails

As they continue to innovate on the menu, U.K. restaurants are looking at their drinks offerings to differentiate their brands. Technomic has seen a 26% year-over-year increase in the number of mocktails, or original adult-focused beverages without alcohol. These potables offer something special for guests who choose not to have a cocktail or for those […]

Creative Beverages Refresh Summer Menus in Canada

Canadian restaurant operators are looking to original, craveable beverage choices this summer to spur between-meals traffic and lift check averages. The number of nonalcohol beverages on menus at Canadian chain restaurants in Technomic’s MenuMonitor online database nudged up 0.2% from Q2 2013 to Q2 2014. This is notable because nearly every other mealpart, from sides […]

At Midyear, Technomic Sees Six Trends Emerging

Technomic, the nation’s leading foodservice research and consulting firm, has identified trends emerging for the second half of 2014, including hot peppers and sauces beyond Sriracha, barbecue flavors in QSR handhelds, and classic snack brands incorporated into new menu offerings. Technomic brings together the best judgments of its consultants and editors to periodically identify and […]

Quenching Thirst at Canadian Limited-Service Restaurants

Here’s one thing every restaurant operator can likely agree upon: beverage purchases are a great way to improve check averages. But how does this play out among Canadian consumers at limited-service restaurants? Coffee Fuels Fast-Food Visits It’s no secret that Canadians love their beverages. Anyone who has seen the drive-thru line at Tim Hortons could […]

Fast Casual Aims for Better Beverage Selections

Better burgers, better burritos, better beverages: In their efforts to stand out from quick-service competitors with high-quality, out-of-the-ordinary menu offerings, fast-casual restaurants are working to elevate their non-alcohol drinks selection. So far in 2014, fast-casual concepts have added distinctive new choices such as a house-made cranberry ginger soda (4food in New York City), Fentimans Botanical Sodas (a […]

New Year’s Resolutions for Fast Casual

I dine at fast-casual restaurants frequently—both big national chains and local upstarts—and I’m always eager to try new concepts in this dynamic segment of the restaurant industry. In my fast-casual travels in 2013, I had some great dining experiences, from feasting on impressively authentic-tasting Southern barbecue in the middle of the Midwest to creating hearty, […]