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 […]

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 […]

Race for Adventurous Consumers Tightens Between Flavor-Forward LSRs, FSRs

There is a real return on investment for any restaurant putting forth the effort to identify the next big ingredient or flavor—and it’s more than just street cred in food magazines and TV segments. Two in five consumers say they are more likely to visit a restaurant that offers new or innovative flavors. For a […]

Bring It On Home

With the holidays approaching, football and hockey seasons in full swing and temperatures dipping, interest in dining at home is mounting. Operators are looking to reach these at-home diners by introducing value-focused takeaway meals and promotions. Here are a few recent examples: East Side Mario’s launched a Buy One, Take One Home deal. Guests could […]

Innovative Desserts Can Boost Check Averages and Drive Off-Peak Traffic

Restaurants can seize opportunity to indulge diners’ appetites for new flavors at meal’s end Consumers love dessert: 63% indulge at least once a week. While most customers tend to favor standard sweets like cookies, cakes and pies, many seek to finish their restaurant meals with something new, according to Technomic’s Dessert Consumer Trend Report. The […]

Small Plates Will Continue to Rise in Popularity, Replacing Traditional Mealparts

Evolving foodservice usage and behavior drives left side of menu opportunities, Technomic Inc. study finds. Though some foodservice consumers still view the left side of the menu (LSM)—particularly starters, small plates and sides—as “extras,” the LSM is uniquely positioned to serve consumers’ shifting dining needs. According to Technomic’s Starters, Small Plates & Sides Consumer Trend […]

Opportunity Exists for Fast Casuals to Boost Lunch Sales

We already know that fast-casual chains’ sales growth outpaces that of its industry counterparts, but data taken from Technomic’s recently published Value & Pricing Consumer Trend Report along with the 2014 Lunch Consumer Trend Report suggests there may be one daypart where these chains can do even better: lunch. The Value & Pricing Consumer Trend Report […]

Familiarity would breed sales growth for ethnic foods

More Canadian consumers likely would be eating interesting ethnic food and flavours—if only they knew what they were missing. I’m not passing judgement on their lacking a taste for adventure; I’m citing a key finding of the Canadian Ethnic Food & Beverage Consumer Trend Report. According to the study, unfamiliarity with ethnic foods is the […]

Demand For High-Quality and Better-For-You Burgers Will Lead to Continued Growth in the Better Burger Space

Burgers remain a staple in consumers’ diets, with consumers eating an average of 3.7 burgers a month, finds Technomic’s Canadian Burger Consumer Trend Report. Competition is high and the still emerging fast-casual burger segment will have to contend with rising commodity prices and the growing list of “better burgers” offered at lower prices by quick-service […]