The Evolving Definition of Healthy

The last two years have seen a transformation in America’s opinion of what is considered healthy eating. Consumers will start applying the new definition of healthy in earnest as the holidays end and New Year’s resolutions kick in. Evidence from our most recent Healthy Eating Consumer Trend Report shared below indicates exactly how healthy eating […]

Plant-Based Menus Are Not a Passing Fad

Canadians can expect more veggies on their plates in the coming years thanks to growth of so-called plant-based restaurant concepts—those that offer contemporary vegan and vegetarian fare to a growing audience of consumers who avoid meat, at least on occasion. Restaurants are showcasing more veggies as a main attraction, sometimes with full menus devoted to […]

Canadian Diners Sweet on Dessert Concepts

Dessert-focused concepts are a force to be reckoned with in Canada. In the past few years, the country has observed a significant growth in concepts focused entirely around a single dessert, ranging from doughnuts to sweet Belgian waffles to creatively topped soft serve. Here, we will take a look at some noteworthy concepts fueling this […]

Summer Flavour: Salted Caramel

According to Technomic MenuMonitor data, mentions of salted caramel are up 25.6% in the latest year-over-year period. We have observed a noteworthy boom in menu items featuring salt and caramel flavour pairings on chain menus this summer, ranging from beverages to desserts. Below are some salted caramel offerings recently introduced to chain menus. Montana’s BBQ […]

5 Ways Expanding Dayparts Can Help Boost Sales

Consumers are growing more flexible in terms of when and how they seek and consume food and beverage, as demonstrated by the rise of snacking, small plates, all-day breakfast and on-demand delivery. Restaurants keeping a pulse on the foodservice industry are likely already expanding their dayparts in an effort to maximize their sales. Here are […]

The Evolving Pizza Occasion

As we reported a couple of years ago when we published our last Pizza Consumer Trend Report, the pizza landscape was evolving — and this still holds true.  We highlighted the growth of fast-casual pizza, and this continues to be one of the biggest stories in both pizza and across the foodservice industry as a […]

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 […]

Topped Fries Take Over the Menu

According to Technomic’s MenuMonitor database, menu mentions of loaded fries grew by 12.5% and poutine is up 22%, both in the latest two-year period. Fries are serving as a popular format for operators to flex their culinary creativity. This classic dish is getting topped with everything from spicy peppers to indulgent proteins to specialty sauces. […]