Race for Adventurous Consumers Tightens Between Flavor-Forward LSRs, FSRs

There is a real return on investment for any restaurant putting forth the effort to identify the next big ingredient or flavor—and it’s more than just street cred in food magazines and TV segments. Two in five consumers say they are more likely to visit a restaurant that offers new or innovative flavors. For a […]

Specialty Segments to Supercharge Fast Casual’s Momentum

The fast-casual segment has had a remarkable run of sales and unit growth the past 10 years, enjoying broad success in familiar menu categories like Mexican, sandwiches and burgers. But the salad days for specialty fast-casual brands and their burgeoning segments—like build-your-own salad, Mediterranean, pizza and barbecue—are just beginning, and their development likely will sustain […]

Targeting the Hispanic Foodservice Consumer

Efforts to appeal to the fast-growing Hispanic population in the U.S. are heating up. Late last year, Pizza Hut announced it’s launching a Spanish-language version of its website, and KFC debuted a new family-focused ad campaign for its Favorites Buckets to target the Hispanic market. Last June, Dunkin’ Donuts launched a new Twitter handle, @DunkinLatino, […]

Mexican Authenticity on Canadian Menus

Most of your customers are probably familiar with Cinco de Mayo. What’s not as well known is the fact that the holiday celebrates Mexico’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, not the country’s independence. In fact, Mexico’s Independence Day is celebrated September 16. In celebration of the holiday, and because […]

Top Trending Mexican Menu Items in the U.K.

Burritos and enchiladas led the way as Mexican-influenced menu movers in the U.K. from Q4 2012 to Q4 2013, Technomic’s MenuMonitor database finds. Both the menu incidence of these items and the number of U.K. restaurant and pub operators offering them rose by double-digit percentages during that time. Burritos, the top trending Mexican entrée, saw […]

Mexican Cuisine Trends in Canada: Tacos Take Charge

Mexican-influenced cuisine continues to gain ground in Canada. As we noted in a prior commentary, Mexican limited-service restaurants constituted one of a handful of restaurant segments to post nominal sales growth of at least 3 percent in Canada for 2012. In fact, according to Technomic’s Top 200 Canadian Chain Restaurant Report, Mexican LSRs in Canada […]

Hitting a High Note with Hispanic Foodservice Consumers

As America’s largest minority group, Hispanic consumers currently comprise 17 percent of the total U.S. population, a proportion that is expected to increase to 31 percent by 2060. In addition, they wield strong influence in the foodservice sector. Their impact is apparent in the fact that Hispanic-inspired cuisines (most notably, Mexican fare) continue to be […]

U.K. Sandwiches Take on Global Twists

When choosing a sandwich, most consumers will naturally gravitate toward traditional favourites with familiar builds and flavours. But those strong preferences are not stopping some operators from getting creative with sandwich preps. Today’s menu development for sandwiches increasingly calls for ethnic inspiration; thus, globally influenced sandwiches are emerging. Here, we offer a look at Asian-style […]