Small plates, big opportunity

The left side of the menu may finally be ready for its closeup. So-called because of the traditional placement of appetizers, small plates and sides opposite entrees and desserts on the right, these littler offerings understandably have long played supporting roles to most restaurants’ main attractions. However, Technomic’s new Starters, Small Plates & Sides Consumer […]

Additive-free burgers grow in Canada

Now, more than ever, consumers are paying attention to what goes into their food. Public scrutiny is intensifying over additives and their impact on health. Consumers are turning to “health-halo” labels like organic, all-natural and sustainable to feel good about what they eat. In fact, research from Technomic’s 2015 Canadian Burger Consumer Trend Report reveals […]

Premium Goes Beyond the Beef

Increased demand for burgers in the past several years combined with a dwindling beef supply have resulted in higher prices that are forecasted to increase even further. Consumers are feeling the effects: 51% say they have noticed that burger prices have increased over the past year, according to Technomic’s 2015 Burger Consumer Trend Report. Operators […]

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 […]

Imported Wine Opportunity

Imported table wine volume declined in 2014, and the 2015 outlook is similar, according to our soon-to-be-released 2015 WineTAB report. Imported wine has struggled in recent years, while domestic wine continues to grow. Various factors are contributing to the import segment’s performance, including the challenges faced by some leading brands. With per capita wine consumption […]

Students Prioritize Social and Environmental Responsibility

College and university students are critical to the foodservice industry, as their time-starved schedules lead them to rely heavily on foodservice, both on and off campus. Indeed, Technomic data reveals that 75% of restaurant operators strongly agree that college and university students are highly important to their foodservice operation.  When looking to appeal to this […]

Build-Your-Own Drives Industry Growth

Today’s younger consumers are more entitled, involved and engaged with controlling the food they order and eat at restaurants. That includes greater control over the kitchen. Today’s service models have moved the back of house into the front of house, giving customers more interaction and insight into what happens as their food is made. In […]

Craft Beer: Keep Up or Commit?

Discussing how to craft a craft beer menu during an educational session at the recent BAR15 event at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago, Vice President of Beverage at Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries Stuart Melia posed a crucial question to the audience, “Are you just keeping up or making a statement?” Faced with the recent […]

Millennials Propel the Tech Revolution

In just a few years, technology at restaurants has evolved from a novelty into an expectation for consumers. As technology can no longer be overlooked as a key element of the guest experience, we have revised the 60+ attributes tracked in our Consumer Brand Metrics (CBM) program to include several new ones related to technology. […]

Canadians Call for More Nutritional Information on Menus

Consumers’ desire to be more informed about health and nutrition extends beyond reading nutritional labels at grocery stores. Many Canadians today indicate that health and nutrition influence the items they order at restaurants, as cited in Technomic’s latest Canadian Consumer Update Report. Additionally, parents are especially conscious of health when ordering on behalf of their […]