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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Looking Ahead: Top 500 Unit-Growth Forecast

Technomic’s unit-growth forecast for Top 500 chains helps draw a map of what to expect from the chain-restaurant industry as we approach the end of 2015 and move into the New Year. We recently compiled this Top 500 chain unit-growth forecast for 2015 using third-quarter unit counts obtained from public company filings, web collection and […]

Concepts Think Small for Big Success

Think small. It’s a common theme in the foodservice industry at the start of every new year, as patrons make resolutions to get healthy and operators roll out items with smaller portions and fewer calories. Chains like Amsterdam Falafelshop, Blackwood BBQ, Little Big Burger and Tava Indian Kitchen have built their brand on these small […]

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 […]

Meaning Behind Value

Even though the word “value” is so often colloquially used to indicate monetary value, the value equation extends beyond price. If value were based solely on low prices, top box (very good) consumer ratings for limited-service restaurants (LSRs) would be immensely higher than full-service restaurants (FSRs). For those reasons, Technomic’s Consumer Brand Metrics (CBM) program […]

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 […]