Anything can be a snack as we become a nation of snack grazers

How often do you snack? Do you find yourself snacking more than you used to? If so, you’re in good company. Technomic’s 2016 Snacking Occasion Consumer Trend Report, shows that though snack consumption has been on the rise since 2012, the last two years have marked a particularly notable growth; 83% of consumers in 2016 […]

Top 500 Results Are In: LSRs Win Big

Results from our recently released 2016 Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report reveal a powerful story of sales growth and comebacks at many leading restaurant chains. Total Top 500 sales grew 5.0%, up from 4.2% growth in 2014 and 3.5% growth in 2013. The limited-service segment drove much of this success, charting a 5.5% sales increase […]

How Shifting Health Priorities Will Change Foodservice in 2016

Per tradition, health is a foremost consideration in the New Year. But it’s not just in January that consumers are prioritizing foodservice health. Consumers are increasingly concerned about transparency—what’s in their food and where it came from—and operators and suppliers are feeling the heat. Technomic called out modernization of the supply chain as a 2016 […]

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 […]

Java fiends rejoice: breweries experimenting with coffee in specialty beers

Operators are brewing beers with premium coffees to add a significant boost of flavor and warming sensation that’s especially appealing during the colder months. The natural tastes of roasted dark malts complement the bitterness of coffee, making coffee-infused beers flavorfully complex. Breweries are giving coffee beers an upscale treatment, modernizing this trend with the use […]

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 […]

Drink Delivery Dilemma

Minibar, DrinkFly, Drizly, Thirstie, BrewDrop, Saucey, SWILL—these cleverly named services promise on-demand delivery of adult beverages in various markets across the country. In August, online retail behemoth Amazon joined the fray, adding spirits, wine and beer to the list of items offered through its Prime Now service. The alcohol delivery service is only available in […]

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 […]

Supermarket Foodservice

Upscale grocery stores are consistently improving the quality and variety of prepared food and made-to-order meals. Some consumers might not believe that a restaurant-quality meal could be made in a supermarket, but the versatile grocery store format actually helps operators to capitalize on industry trends. Consumers have been vocal about their desire for “real” and […]

Retail Foodservice Primed to Steal Share From Restaurants

Technomic’s Canadian Retailer Meal Solutions Consumer Trend Report shows that Canadian consumers increasingly view retail foodservice as offering higher quality, fresher, and more unique and healthful food than its fast-food restaurant competition. Due in part to increased focus on fresh prepared food at retail outlets and the expansion of these offerings to new retail channels, we estimate […]