Survival of Full Service: How the Segment Needs to Fight for Growth

In last month’s Foodservice Digest column, we discussed the growth of limited-service chains in 2015 — fast-casual chains in particular. The foodservice landscape has shifted in favor of LSRs, and full-service chains are losing market share as a result. While FSR legacy brands are particularly struggling to recoup losses, a handful of notable FSR chains […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reaching for Relevance

As 2015 draws to a close, a number of iconic adult beverage brands are feverishly implementing strategies to reinvigorate sales in the new year. Captain Morgan’s launch of Cannon Blast in September positions the brand to appeal to the Fireball Cinnamon Whisky crowd, while Bacardi USA is targeting Millennials with a new advertising campaign that […]

2016: A Happy New Year On-Premise?

Restaurants, bars, hotels, nightclubs, fast-casual – the on-premise is a diverse and vibrant channel in the alcohol industry. Where’s it headed? Good question. Its growth trajectory is fairly reliant on consumers’ comfort level with discretionary spending, but their desire to relax, socialize, indulge and explore also plays a key role, as our recently released BarTAB […]

Brands Increasingly Drive Adult Beverage Orders

When I think of beer, I think of 312 and Yuengling, and when I think of rum, I think of Captain Morgan. These are the brands that I order when dining out. Brands are synonymous with our favorite alcohol drinks, no matter what our particular preferences are. Recent research from Technomic’s Trends in Adult Beverage […]

Ginger Gets Edgy: Craft Cider Heats Up with Ginger’s Peppery Punch

Riding on the coattails of craft beer, craft cider‘s star is certainly on the rise. Millennials’ away-from-home consumption increased 5% since 2012, with hard cider representing approximately 1% of the total beer category. But in a booming market of 426 hard cider producers, how does one stand out in a crowd? The Bacon and Beer […]

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 […]

Drink Delivery Dilemma

Minibar, DrinkFly, Drizly, Thirstie, BrewDrop, Saucey, SWILL—these cleverly named services promise on-demand delivery of adult beverages in various markets across the country. In August, online retail behemoth Amazon joined the fray, adding spirits, wine and beer to the list of items offered through its Prime Now service. The alcohol delivery service is only available in […]

Challenged by Per Capita Consumption, Beer Industry Realizes Nominal Growth

Beer remains the most frequently consumed alcohol type and the largest adult beverage industry, but is challenged by ongoing declines in per capita consumption, according to Technomic’s 2015 BeerTAB Report. The overall beer industry grew slightly in 2014 (0.4%), an improvement over 2013. However, category performance within the industry was varied-craft and imported beers are […]