Kristin Menas

Kristin Menas is an Associate Editor of Canada and Adult Beverage at Technomic Inc. in Chicago. She is responsible for writing, editing and analyzing content for the company’s newsletters and reports, which cover the Canadian foodservice market, U.S. adult beverage industry and convenience-store sector. She also contributes editorial content for Technomic’s Digital Resource Library, MenuMonitor and Digital Resource Information Knowledgebase (DRINK).

Chicken Flocks to Canada’s Limited-Service Segment

As burger and pizza concepts continue to saturate the limited-service segment, chicken concepts are beginning to take off in Canada. Whereas many chains are expanding menus to suit a variety of tastes, menus at chicken concepts are focused and limited, building a strong sense of specialization and differentiation. Operators are picking particular chicken preparations and […]

Waste Not, Want Not: Food Waste in Canada

Reducing and eliminating food waste is increasingly important to the foodservice industry, not only for its social and environmental benefits, but also economically. According to the Toronto Food Policy Council, over $30 billion of food is wasted in Canada each year, which is approximately 40% of the food produced yearly. So, what can operators do? […]

Classic Sandwich Shops Get a Gourmet Update

In Canada, classic sandwich shops are entering the modern age. Cropping up across the country are restaurants focused entirely on providing premium sandwiches to a trendy clientele. At these eateries, menus are focused to guarantee sandwich quality; store footprints are small and adaptable to suit high-traffic areas; and units offer a contemporary look and feel. […]

Canada’s bar and restaurant scene undergoes a tiki revolution

There’s an unmistakable revival of the tiki bar in major cities across Canada. Operators are opening up contemporary versions of these once-tacky 1970’s drinking outposts. This next wave of island-inspired bars features quality rum-based drinks and authentic food in exotic, fun environments. In Toronto, the foodservice scene is observing a particularly booming industry of independent […]

Canadian foodservice industry faces the challenges of a dropping loonie and rising food costs

Just this month, the Canadian dollar dropped to an unprecedented low, reaching 69 cents U.S. for the first time in about a decade. Some forecasters even predict the value of the loonie will continue to drop as much as 10 cents to reach a record low of 59 cents U.S. by the end of the […]

Java fiends rejoice: breweries experimenting with coffee in specialty beers

Operators are brewing beers with premium coffees to add a significant boost of flavor and warming sensation that’s especially appealing during the colder months. The natural tastes of roasted dark malts complement the bitterness of coffee, making coffee-infused beers flavorfully complex. Breweries are giving coffee beers an upscale treatment, modernizing this trend with the use […]

Apple craze continues with ciders, flavors in adult beverages

Although apple is a staple during fall, we are seeing the flavor emerge year-round in adult beverages. Much of this popularity can be attributed to the growth of the hard cider segment, which is grabbing the attention of both consumers and adult beverage companies. However, beyond cider, major players in the industry are also investing […]

Spiked Milkshakes Add Novelty to Adult-Beverage Menus

Adult milkshakes may not be new to the market, but operators are taking them in exciting new directions. Building on a trend that went mainstream in the wake of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Brews’ successful 2012 rollout of beer-fueled milkshakes, many operators have been focusing much of their adult beverage menu development on adult […]

Unique Garnishes Add ‘Wow’ Factor to Cocktail Menus

The latest way that restaurants and bars are flexing their creative muscles is through unique adult beverage garnishes. Preparation is key to specialty cocktails and taking the time to create an intricate or handcrafted garnish can impress guests. Visually, garnishments can add a pop of color, a change of texture or an exciting “wow” factor […]

Cocktail Customization Appearing on Drink Menus

Consumers want customizable options when it comes to foodservice, and this interest is spilling over into adult beverages as well. Restaurants and bars are adding create-your-own specialty cocktails to menus, offering customers the ability to build a drink they are far more likely to enjoy. Customizable specialty cocktails often spotlight pre-selected, non-alcohol ingredients, but encourage […]