Small plates, big opportunity

The left side of the menu may finally be ready for its closeup. So-called because of the traditional placement of appetizers, small plates and sides opposite entrees and desserts on the right, these littler offerings understandably have long played supporting roles to most restaurants’ main attractions. However, Technomic’s new Starters, Small Plates & Sides Consumer […]

Craft Beer Continues to Flourish at FSRs

American Craft Beer Week just ended May 17, and a variety of craft beers were highlighted to celebrate this growing adult beverage movement. In honor of this festivity, let’s take a closer look at how the craft beer trend is shaping up at leading full-service restaurants. Last month, we wrote about the proliferation of craft beer […]

Alcohol-Infused Desserts Elevate Full-Service Menus

Leading full-service restaurants, particularly casual-dining concepts, are kicking up their dessert menus a notch with boozy sweets. While niche independent dessert concepts serving alcohol-infused cupcakes or doughnuts have been popping up in cities over the past two years, this trend is now making its way onto top chain menus. From baked goods to pudding, Top […]

Tequila on the Rise at Full-Service Chains

Tequila continues to make inroads into American foodservice. In recent years, tequila bars and restaurants with broad selections of tequila have emerged, tapping into the popularity of the spirit that results from the advent of 100% agave and aged expressions. In addition to bars that exclusively offer tequila, the spirit is increasingly appearing on menus […]

Happy Hour Can Add Value to Full-Service Occasions

Full-service restaurants are facing increasing competition from fast-casual and fast-food restaurants as Canadians cut back on spending when dining out. Adult beverage menus and bar dining can be a way for full-service restaurants to differentiate themselves and offer value in a more upscale ambiance. A number of operators already offer food and adult beverage drink […]

New Full-Service Spinoffs Heat Up Competition in Fast Casual

The restaurant industry has been abuzz with the success of fast casual, and full-service restaurants have made their own attempts to get in on the action. Recently, a new crop of full-service restaurants is launching fast-casual spinoffs in the hopes of capturing the increasing number of consumers in search of high-quality, convenient fare at a lower price […]

As Costs Rise, Value Key to Driving Traffic

Falling gas prices and recent news of the Canadian Dairy Commission’s move to reduce prices by 1.8% starting March 1 could be good news for restaurant operators struggling with rising commodity prices and a sluggish economy. But with prices on staples like beef and coffee expected to continue to rise this year, Canadian restaurant operators […]

Full Speed Ahead for U.K. Full-Service Restaurants

Earlier this month, we looked at some of the U.K.’s fastest-growing limited-service restaurant segments, based on data from Technomic’s new Top 100 U.K. Chain Restaurant Report. Now, we turn our attention to those full-service chains that recorded the strongest sales growth in 2013. In contrast to the tepid 2.4% sales growth seen among leading U.S. […]

The State of Fast Casual in Canada

The fast-casual restaurant segment saw strong sales growth of 13.9% in Canada in 2013. Canadians’ use of fast-casual restaurants, however, significantly trails their use of fast-food concepts and lags well behind U.S. consumers’ fast-casual patronage. Those are two key takeaways from Technomic’s new Canadian Future of LSR: Fast-Food and Fast-Casual Restaurants Consumer Trend Report, which […]

Canadians’ Favourite Chain Restaurants Are Sales Leaders, Too

Last week in Toronto, Technomic honoured winners of the 2014 Canadian Consumers’ Choice Awards. These awards recognize Canadian limited- and full-service chain restaurants that consumers rate as standouts in five specific areas of excellence: kid-friendliness, friendliness of service, craveability, availability of healthy menu options and social responsibility. Interestingly, looking at data from Technomic’s new Top […]