Anything can be a snack as we become a nation of snack grazers

How often do you snack? Do you find yourself snacking more than you used to? If so, you’re in good company. Technomic’s 2016 Snacking Occasion Consumer Trend Report, shows that though snack consumption has been on the rise since 2012, the last two years have marked a particularly notable growth; 83% of consumers in 2016 […]

Sipping on Sweet Summer Beverages at Canadian Chains

As summer quickly approaches, operators are re-examining their beverage menus for innovation opportunities with seasonal limited-time offers. Restaurants are rolling out heat-busting iced and frozen drinks. We are seeing everything from creamy, candy-flavoured shakes to iced teas to healthy frosty frappes. Here are a few noteworthy beverage LTOs recently added to menus: Coffee Culture Cafe […]

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 […]

What’s in a breakfast?

I hope you said protein. The morning daypart can be a demanding one in today’s on-the-go society. For this reason, breakfasters are often in a post (or even pre) dawn rush, in need of a quick meal that will fill them up and sustain them through their morning until they can find the time to […]

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 […]

Top 500 Results Are In: LSRs Win Big

Results from our recently released 2016 Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report reveal a powerful story of sales growth and comebacks at many leading restaurant chains. Total Top 500 sales grew 5.0%, up from 4.2% growth in 2014 and 3.5% growth in 2013. The limited-service segment drove much of this success, charting a 5.5% sales increase […]

Brunch Gets a Boost in Canada

Brunch is on the rise in Canada, with significant help from the casual-dining segment and younger diners. In recent months, we have seen weekend brunch menus pop up at a number of Top 200 chain restaurants, including Original Joe’s Restaurant & Bar, Turtle Jack’s Muskoka Grill and Il Fornello. Here we will delve deeper into […]

Should Chipotle Bet On Better Burgers?

On Wednesday, Chipotle confirmed that it may add a better-burger concept to its portfolio. The new addition would stand alongside Chipotle’s other fast-casual spinoffs, ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen and Pizzeria Local, setting the stage for growth beyond Mexican food. Despite its recent health-related setback, Chipotle continues to be a very successful company thanks largely to […]

Foodservice Distribution 2.0: Algorithms Optimize the Value Chain

The $268 billion foodservice supply chain is competitive and efficient with the notable exception of how business is transacted between independent operators and their suppliers. Technomic research and observations reveal that foodservice distributor sales representatives (DSRs) spend most of their workday visiting accounts to collect orders, in large part because the prevailing business model and […]

Mixing and Matching with Value

For quick-service restaurants in particular, price point and value perception are driving influences for many patrons’ visits. Value menus, like the Dollar Menu & More at McDonald’s, are a classic way of cementing value perception at chains. However, many operators are employing new ways to provide value while appealing to consumers’ desires for choices and […]