2016: A Happy New Year On-Premise?

Restaurants, bars, hotels, nightclubs, fast-casual – the on-premise is a diverse and vibrant channel in the alcohol industry. Where’s it headed? Good question. Its growth trajectory is fairly reliant on consumers’ comfort level with discretionary spending, but their desire to relax, socialize, indulge and explore also plays a key role, as our recently released BarTAB […]

Paying It Forward for the Holidays

Tim Hortons started its holiday campaign last month by outfitting its TimsRunner coffee truck in a specially designed wool sweater. Then about a week ago, the Canadian coffee chain outfitted an entire town. On December 13, residents of Fort Frances, ON, awoke to find red and white yarn strung in trees, along roads and knitted […]

Canadian Consumers Warm Up With Holiday Menus

’Tis the season for holiday offerings at all types of Canadian restaurants. Whether by encouraging an indulgent snack or serving up an entrée that evokes feelings of good cheer, restaurants are in the spirit of promoting holiday-themed limited-time offers. An August poll conducted through Technomic’s Consumer Brand Metrics program shows that Canadian consumers, and young […]

Bars Serve Up Seasonal Spirit with Holiday Movie Cocktails

Combine two beloved holiday traditions—consuming adult beverages and enjoying classic Christmas movies—and what’s the result? Holiday-movie-inspired cocktails, now on offer at several bars that celebrate getting into the seasonal spirit with spirits. Below, we’ve rounded up a selection of drinks that give a nod to both traditional and modern holiday film and TV favorites. As […]

The Value of Holiday Restaurant Traditions

One of my favorite holiday songs is Stevie Wonder’s “What Christmas Means to Me.” (In our hometown of Chicago, we certainly have “lots of snow and ice everywhere we go” at the moment.) And though Stevie Wonder sang about the more traditional markers of December—choirs singing carols, filling the tree with lights—one of the things […]

Add to Your Holiday Gift List

During the holiday season, business doesn’t follow its usual pattern. Lunches may be later—and often need to be quicker—as shoppers take a much-needed rest or rush to both shop and eat during their midday break. Tables at dinner hold large parties of work colleagues and extended families. And moods swing from especially merry to downright […]

U.K. Restaurants Serve up Seasonal Specials

A fish and chip shop in West Midlands is preparing a very special Christmas dinner: fully fried. Chris Christoforou, owner of Hollywood Fish Bar, put together a complete dinner—turkey, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, even Christmas pudding—all of it battered and deep-fried. It’s getting a lot of press, and will likely attract some curious customers. But restaurant […]