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. […]

McDonald’s Makes Moves in Coffee Segment

In December, McDonald’s Canada launched its first standalone McCafé at Union Station in Toronto and announced plans to open a second in the city in 2016. Although the concept saw little success during testing in the U.S., the McCafé brand has been an effective operation in Canada. Since launching its McCafé coffee lineup at restaurants […]

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 […]

Canadians Favour Flavour

Flavour exploration continues to be top of mind for consumers. Technomic’s recently released 2015 Canadian Flavour Consumer Trend Report shows that 68% of respondents like trying new flavours of food from time to time, and 18% actively seek out new flavours to try on a regular basis. To stay relevant and competitive, operators are busy […]

What’s in a name?

It seems like every day, there’s a new flavour or flavour combination being introduced, from Ben & Florentine’s Brie & Blueberries French Toast to the Works Gourmet Burger Bistro’s Reese’s PBC burger (featuring Reese Peanut Butter Cup-stuffed patties). As the population becomes more multicultural and is exposed to a wider range of flavours, operators are […]

Offering a Balance of Unique and Familiar Flavours Key to Ethnic Menu Success

Across Canada, ethnic fare consumption is trending up, specifically among younger consumers. According to the Technomic’s 2015 Canadian Flavour Consumer Trend Report, ethnic fare is a source of exploration and nostalgia for younger diners. However, Technomic’s research reveals that despite significant interest in ethnic flavours and cuisines, unfamiliarity with ethnic ingredients can deter some consumers from […]

Technomic Spotlights Five Food Trends for Canada’s Restaurant Industry in 2016

Heading into 2016, what’s on the horizon for the Canadian foodservice industry? Leading food research and consulting firm Technomic sees these buzzworthy food and restaurant trends making a big impact in the coming year: Trend #1—Oktoberfest all year. Canadian diners are now embracing the food and drink of the Bavarian fall festival year round. There’s […]

Smoke’s is Heating Up

In recent months, the owners of popular Canadian chain Smoke’s Poutinerie announced plans to grow its brand through rapid global expansion and exploration of on-trend foods like indulgent hot dogs and burritos. The chain is one that competitors, particularly those targeting Millennials, should keep their eyes on. Here we will take an in-depth look at […]

Familiarity would breed sales growth for ethnic foods

More Canadian consumers likely would be eating interesting ethnic food and flavours—if only they knew what they were missing. I’m not passing judgement on their lacking a taste for adventure; I’m citing a key finding of the Canadian Ethnic Food & Beverage Consumer Trend Report. According to the study, unfamiliarity with ethnic foods is the […]