It’s Pumpkin Spice Season

It’s October, which means Halloween decorations are up, the leaves are changing color, and pumpkin spice has once again dominated menus as the favorite seasonal flavor. According to Technomic’s MenuMonitor, Pumpkin Spice menu incidence increased 42% in non-alcoholic beverages since last year, revealing that customer demand is as strong as ever. Starbucks, Panera Bread, Dunkin […]

Retailers Get Fancy with Prepared Foods

Canadian retailers have been stepping up their game to gain occasions from on-the-go families looking for a healthy meal. We’re seeing retailers improve the consumer experience by making their dine-in areas a destination for fresh prepared foods at a time when competition is growing more intense. Overall, retailer meal solutions (RMS) purchases are more frequent […]

New Faces Compete for Canada’s Fresh Prepared-Food Sales

Canada’s retail foodservice market grew 3.3% in 2014, and further gains are on the horizon as more established retailers continue to revamp and expand fresh-food offerings to battle newer entrants that are advancing in the space. But who are these newer entrants and what effect might they have? Drugstores Before the merger of Loblaw’s with […]

Channel Wars Challenge Operators

Here’s a little “name that channel” exercise: Beyond the sushi station, soft drink fountain area and the large merchandiser filled with prepared salads and sandwiches, adjacent to the take-and-bake pizza display, stands a six-shelf unit filled with wine. Four shelves hold red and white wine bottles, two hold sparklers, including six-packs; bottles of sangria are […]

Satisfying On-the-Go Canadian Consumers

Attendees at Technomic’s recent Canadian Foodservice Planning Program learned about a number of important topics in the Canadian foodservice landscape, among them the rising popularity of grab-and-go foods. Today, 31% of Canadian consumers say they’re buying more restaurant-type food and beverages from retailers. Why? The most popular response, provided by 45% of consumers, was less […]

How Canadian C-Stores Can Win More Meals-on-the-Go

When you have a late-night craving or desperately need coffee, is a fast-food restaurant or a convenience store (c-store) more likely to come to mind? If you’re like most consumers, you’d probably say a fast-food restaurant. In fact, in Technomic’s latest Canadian Future of LSR and Canadian Convenience-Store Foodservice Consumer Trend Reports, 58% of consumers […]

Small Bites Are a Big Deal at Convenience Stores

Consumers are buying more snacks from convenience stores, thanks not only to their demand for when-I-want-it and where-I-want-it options, but also to c-store brands’ innovative new offerings. According to Technomic’s new Convenience Stores Market Intelligence Report, more than half of consumers (55 percent) who purchase prepared foods from c-stores at least once a month visit […]

On-Campus Canadian Foodservice: Two Key Opportunities for Growth

Canadian colleges and universities have been boosting interest in on-campus foodservice through fresh, high-quality fare. While these efforts have had a positive impact on visitation, meal plan enrolment is faltering. Just 21 percent of students participate in their school’s meal plan, a decrease from 30 percent of students polled in 2011, signaling a need for […]

Retail Rising

Fast casual may still be a darling of the foodservice world—appropriately enough, given that the category’s top 150 chains grew sales 13.1 percent in 2012—but retail foodservice is a rising and dynamic player that demands attention. The retailer meal solutions segment grew to $37 billion in sales in 2012 from $35 billion in 2010, according […]

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 […]