Sipping on Sweet Summer Beverages at Canadian Chains

As summer quickly approaches, operators are re-examining their beverage menus for innovation opportunities with seasonal limited-time offers. Restaurants are rolling out heat-busting iced and frozen drinks. We are seeing everything from creamy, candy-flavoured shakes to iced teas to healthy frosty frappes. Here are a few noteworthy beverage LTOs recently added to menus: Coffee Culture Cafe […]

Java fiends rejoice: breweries experimenting with coffee in specialty beers

Operators are brewing beers with premium coffees to add a significant boost of flavor and warming sensation that’s especially appealing during the colder months. The natural tastes of roasted dark malts complement the bitterness of coffee, making coffee-infused beers flavorfully complex. Breweries are giving coffee beers an upscale treatment, modernizing this trend with the use […]

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 […]

Coffee Cafés Perk Up in Canada

Coffee café chains that appear in the Top 200 Canadian Chain Restaurant Report registered a 5.6% sales increase and a 4.5% unit increase in 2013. The segment’s sales and unit performance exceeded the total Top 200 chains’ growth rates by 1.4% and 1.7%, respectively. Despite Tim Hortons being the largest coffee café player in Canada, […]

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 Restaurants Roll Out Holiday Menu Items

Let the peppermint parade begin: Fast-casual restaurants are hoping favorite holiday flavors will tempt consumers this winter. And this year, the chocolate-mint cookies, mochas and shakes are joined on seasonal menus by savory limited-edition breakfast sandwiches, indulgent baked pastas and assorted layered-flavor treats. As we’ve discussed before, seasonal menus offer an ideal opportunity for operators […]

Coffee War Heats Up in Canada

This week, Tim Hortons announced it’s testing a new dark-roast coffee blend in two markets. It’s a significant move for the No. 1 restaurant chain in Canada as it looks to stave off competition from McDonald’s, Starbucks and other rising coffee players. And in a beverage market where new product introductions are dominated by frozen, frothy […]

Adult Coffee Drinks with a Fruity Twist

At a time of year when consumers expect cinnamon, nutmeg and peppermint to flavor limited-time adult coffee drinks, we see an interesting trend emerging in recent menu additions at leading restaurant chains and independent eateries. Fruit flavors—which are growing in popularity in all sorts of adult beverages as well as grown-up non-alcohol beverages—are making their […]