Retailers Get Fancy with Prepared Foods

Canadian retailers have been stepping up their game to gain occasions from on-the-go families looking for a healthy meal. We’re seeing retailers improve the consumer experience by making their dine-in areas a destination for fresh prepared foods at a time when competition is growing more intense. Overall, retailer meal solutions (RMS) purchases are more frequent […]

Chicken Is the Top Choice for Centre of the Plate

From beef to pasta to sushi, there is no shortage of options for the centre of the plate, and consumers enjoy a wide range of options. Not surprisingly, chicken is the most popular protein measured in Technomic’s Canadian Centre of the Plate Consumer Trend Report; beef and pork round out the top three proteins. Chicken’s […]

Break-out Bubbly

Champagne and sparkling wine are on a roll lately, outpacing wine overall for a 4.1% total volume increase in 2014, with continued growth underway this year. On-premise, however, the story is quite different: The category barely gained volume, posting a mere 0.4% increase, according to our recently completed study, On-Premise Wine: Opportunities, Challenges and Innovations. Why […]

New Faces Compete for Canada’s Fresh Prepared-Food Sales

Canada’s retail foodservice market grew 3.3% in 2014, and further gains are on the horizon as more established retailers continue to revamp and expand fresh-food offerings to battle newer entrants that are advancing in the space. But who are these newer entrants and what effect might they have? Drugstores Before the merger of Loblaw’s with […]

Channel Wars Challenge Operators

Here’s a little “name that channel” exercise: Beyond the sushi station, soft drink fountain area and the large merchandiser filled with prepared salads and sandwiches, adjacent to the take-and-bake pizza display, stands a six-shelf unit filled with wine. Four shelves hold red and white wine bottles, two hold sparklers, including six-packs; bottles of sangria are […]

Technomic Finds Consumers Feeling More Flush This Black Friday

As the nation moves into the all-important year-end holiday season, Americans are feeling more comfortable about their own finances than they have in years. That’s according to new research from Technomic Inc. and American Express, which finds that 42% of respondents in a poll of 500 nationally representative consumers see themselves as “living comfortably” or […]

Satisfying On-the-Go Canadian Consumers

Attendees at Technomic’s recent Canadian Foodservice Planning Program learned about a number of important topics in the Canadian foodservice landscape, among them the rising popularity of grab-and-go foods. Today, 31% of Canadian consumers say they’re buying more restaurant-type food and beverages from retailers. Why? The most popular response, provided by 45% of consumers, was less […]

Technomic Spots Five 2015 Food Trends for Canadian Restaurants

What’s ahead for the Canadian foodservice industry? Leading food research and consulting firm Technomic sees these transformative food and restaurant trends playing a key role in the coming year: Trend 1. Menu Boards Slim Down We know that consumers today want variety and customization when dining out. But there’s a separate and developing movement towards […]

Technomic Finds Women to be Influential Adult Beverage Consumers

Women’s drink preferences vary by age and ethnicity, and will shape the adult beverage industry The majority of women in the U.S. are of legal drinking age—and they’re increasingly engaged, experimental and educated consumers of spirits, wine and beer. Young and ethnic women, in particular, will shape the future of the adult beverage industry, according […]

Total Food Strategy Proliferates Among Top 500 Chains

More and more Top 500 restaurants are looking to frozen consumer packaged goods (CPGs) in retail to boost revenue and profit. While certain brands such as California Pizza Kitchen and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro have been offering frozen CPGs successfully for years, Chili’s Grill & Bar just entered the retail space this summer. In June, […]