Retail Foodservice Primed to Steal Share From Restaurants

Technomic’s Canadian Retailer Meal Solutions Consumer Trend Report shows that Canadian consumers increasingly view retail foodservice as offering higher quality, fresher, and more unique and healthful food than its fast-food restaurant competition. Due in part to increased focus on fresh prepared food at retail outlets and the expansion of these offerings to new retail channels, we estimate […]

Chicken Is the Top Choice for Centre of the Plate

From beef to pasta to sushi, there is no shortage of options for the centre of the plate, and consumers enjoy a wide range of options. Not surprisingly, chicken is the most popular protein measured in Technomic’s Canadian Centre of the Plate Consumer Trend Report; beef and pork round out the top three proteins. Chicken’s […]

Channel Wars Challenge Operators

Here’s a little “name that channel” exercise: Beyond the sushi station, soft drink fountain area and the large merchandiser filled with prepared salads and sandwiches, adjacent to the take-and-bake pizza display, stands a six-shelf unit filled with wine. Four shelves hold red and white wine bottles, two hold sparklers, including six-packs; bottles of sangria are […]

Satisfying On-the-Go Canadian Consumers

Attendees at Technomic’s recent Canadian Foodservice Planning Program learned about a number of important topics in the Canadian foodservice landscape, among them the rising popularity of grab-and-go foods. Today, 31% of Canadian consumers say they’re buying more restaurant-type food and beverages from retailers. Why? The most popular response, provided by 45% of consumers, was less […]

Starbucks After Dark

The announcement last week of a national expansion of the Starbucks Evenings program—which involves offering beer, wine and small plates after 4 p.m. at select locations—raises the bar on the competition for the on-premise drink occasion. Tested in one Seattle location in 2010, Starbucks Evenings began expansion in 2012. Currently, 26 stores in six markets […]

Taking Cues from Tesco

U.K. supermarket giant Tesco makes for an interesting case study in how foodservice brands can position themselves at the leading edge of important consumer trends. And at a time of heightened competition for consumers’ attention—and their food and beverage spending—restaurants and retailers would do well to consider how the Cheshunt-based super-chain is aiming to show that it’s attuned to what […]

Adult Beverages Year-End Trend Alert

Anyone who’s involved in or who follows the adult-beverage industry knows the fourth quarter is all-important. From Halloween to New Year’s Eve, opportunities abound to drive traffic, sales and profits. At retail, the holiday season sees sales spikes for many categories, and store operators are now preparing to satisfy consumers eager to load up on […]