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 […]

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. […]

QSRs take on ‘better burger’ with better-for-you offerings

As health and quality concerns become increasingly prominent among consumers, QSR burger chains are looking to fight off negative health perceptions. Burgers are typically seen as indulgent, with health concerns being a key deterrent for consumption. Consequently, healthful burgers have their appeal; 37% of Millennials say they try to opt for healthful options when ordering […]

Delivery Service Trials

Leading limited-service restaurant chains are trialing or launching new delivery service options in droves, often from a tech-based platform or through a third-party partnership, in order to boost sales and grow this convenience-fueled service. In the last year alone, Dunkin’ Donuts, Taco Bell, McDonald’s and Starbucks trialed delivery service, and Panera Bread Company, Burger King […]

Growth in Saturated Coffee Segment

The coffee café market is well saturated, especially thanks to segment leader—and leader of Canada’s foodservice industry as a whole—Tim Hortons. Coffee cafés will be forced to battle this market saturation by tapping into new strategies, including international expansion, retail product development and licensing, and new and expanded occasions. The last of these three is […]

No End to the Bacon Trend

Even with health and wellness trends top-of-mind with consumers, indulgent bacon continues to provide opportunities for innovation and appeal to menus. Innovation can be built on preparation, spice profiles and mixing the salty, smoky and savory flavor of bacon with sweet and hot. There seems to be no end to the bacon trend, and we […]

McDonald’s Biggest Opportunity: McMuffins All Day or Higher Pay?

McDonald’s recently woke up and smelled the coffee, but I don’t mean the much buzzed-about test of all-day breakfast to begin soon in San Diego. I’m talking about last week’s other big McDonald’s story: its decision to raise the hourly wage for crew members at its approximately 1,500 company-owned stores in the United States. It […]

What Subway’s Sales Decline Says About the Restaurant Industry

Subway’s fall from second-largest restaurant chain to No. 3 in Technomic’s Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, the prevailing story line in a study full of intriguing developments, reveals a lot more than just how one brand is struggling to hold on to its market share. The chain’s 3.3% decrease in estimated annual sales means about […]

Bigger Isn’t Always Better as ‘Better’ Grows Bigger in 2014

Goliaths are getting a little unsteady on their feet, and Davids are flexing their muscles. Technomic’s upcoming 2015 Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report shows that Subway has been dethroned as the No. 2 chain in America, falling to Starbucks—which grew U.S. sales 8.2% in 2014. Starbucks and other beverage chains capitalized on today’s 24-7 snacking […]

How Fast-Food Capitalized on Changing Breakfast Needs

Many consider breakfast to be the most important meal of the day, but the needs of morning consumers are evolving. Fast-food operators have recognized these changes and stepped up to fill the gaps, providing healthy, inexpensive breakfast options for on-the-go Canadian consumers. Although 73% of Canadian breakfast consumers acknowledge that it is unhealthy to skip […]