Small Plates Will Continue to Rise in Popularity, Replacing Traditional Mealparts

Evolving foodservice usage and behavior drives left side of menu opportunities, Technomic Inc. study finds. Though some foodservice consumers still view the left side of the menu (LSM)—particularly starters, small plates and sides—as “extras,” the LSM is uniquely positioned to serve consumers’ shifting dining needs. According to Technomic’s Starters, Small Plates & Sides Consumer Trend […]

Leveraging the Left Side of Canadian Menus

Consumers’ dining habits are changing. They no longer necessarily eat three square meals a day but rather snack or eat smaller meals throughout the day. Consumers want whatever they want, whenever they want it. Changes in dining habits go beyond mealtimes, though. Nowadays, restaurants aren’t just places people visit for meals, but also for entertainment, […]

Craveable Potato Side Dishes on Canadian Menus

Hot potato, indeed: Potatoes in all forms—fried, mashed, sautéed and more—are among the fastest-growing lunch and dinner side dishes on Canadian menus. According to newly posted third-quarter menu data in Technomic’s MenuMonitor database, potato side dishes saw their Canadian menu appearances rise in the third quarter of 2013 over not just the previous quarter but […]

Leveraging the Left Side of the Menu

We’re seeing a lot of movement from the Left to the Right, but it’s not in the political sphere—it’s on the menu. And it’s pushed by consumers’ shifting eating and dining behavior. Today’s consumers no longer structure their daily consumption around three square meals, but increasingly graze and snack throughout the day. They use restaurants […]

Technomic Study Reveals Growth Trends for Starters, Small Plates and Sides

The lines have been blurring between restaurant dayparts and dining occasions. As a growing population of snackers changes their eating-out behavior, consumers are doing a lot more mix-and-match dining. These days, an appetizer can be a snack, and a trio of small plates can make up a meal. Foodservice consumers are looking for chances to […]

Why Consumers Love Small Plates

Small plates are a big hit with consumers, but for reasons that may elude many chains. Restaurant operators often tout small plates as shareable sample portions, but according to Technomic’s 2013 Starters, Small Plates and Sides Consumer Trend Report most consumers order them for individual consumption. Consumers say that only about 41 percent of small […]