Aimee Harvey is an Editor at Technomic, Inc. Since 2003, she has delivered insights to Technomic products, including newsletters and trend-tracking reports, and has been a contributing editor for industry trade magazines. She currently provides menu analysis and trend forecasts for the firm’s Consumer Trend Reports series.

Canada’s Retail Foodservice Reveals Growth and New Opportunities

The retailer meal solutions (RMS) category continues to thrive in Canada. In fact, it’s a foodservice segment that has revealed incremental growth of 1.3 percent, according to 2012 Technomic industry calculations. Shifting behavior and patronage is pushing this prepared-foods sector forward, as 42 percent of today’s consumers report purchasing RMS four times or more per […]

Understanding the Influence of Income on Restaurant Visits: Working Consumers

Note: This is the last of a three-part series sharing insights from Technomic’s Influence of Income Consumer Trend Report. Our first two posts examined Affluent and Middle-income consumers. Consumers make very different restaurant choices depending on their household income, the number of people relying on this income, and the cost of living in their area. This was particularly evident […]

Understanding the Influence of Income on Restaurant Visits: Lower- and Upper-Middle Consumers

Note: This is the second of a three-part series sharing insights from Technomic’s Influence of Income Consumer Trend Report. Our first post examined Affluent consumers. How does income and affluence impact restaurant choices? The answers involve more than money and how much consumers are willing to spend. In our research for our new Influence of Income Consumer […]

Restaurant Beverages: Lap Up the Latest Consumer Insights

Beverages are an integral component of today’s foodservice industry. For operators, they act as a high-margin add-on that can help increase check averages. For consumers, they enhance the overall dining experience by providing an added element of flavor, health or functionality to a meal, or can serve as a snack or meal replacement. In compiling […]

Understanding the Influence of Income on Restaurant Visits: Affluent Consumers

This is the first of a three-part series sharing insights from Technomic’s  Influence of Income Consumer Trend Report.  People make very different choices based on what they can afford, including their choices and priorities in restaurant visits. To take a closer look at these preferences, we embarked on new research which confirmed that consumer attitudes […]