2016: A Happy New Year On-Premise?

Restaurants, bars, hotels, nightclubs, fast-casual – the on-premise is a diverse and vibrant channel in the alcohol industry. Where’s it headed? Good question. Its growth trajectory is fairly reliant on consumers’ comfort level with discretionary spending, but their desire to relax, socialize, indulge and explore also plays a key role, as our recently released BarTAB […]

Technomic Predicts 2016 Restaurant Trends for the U.K.

What’s the outlook for the U.K. foodservice industry? After identifying the top emerging trends in the U.S. and Canada, leading food research and consulting firm Technomic zeroed in on the U.K. market and sees these five trends impacting restaurants in the coming year: Trend 1: Fast-casual fever. The U.K. is due for a fast-casual revolution. […]

Fast-Casual Upstarts Recruit Big-Time Investors for Accelerated Growth

LeBron James has made another monumental decision to switch teams, and while this one did not require a self-indulgent TV special—or cause any of my colleagues from Ohio to burn his jersey—it probably will turn out to be another shrewd move to a winning organization. The basketball star has cut ties with McDonald’s and will […]

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 […]

How Fast Casual Tops Franchise Growth with Better Bottom Lines

Nobody should be surprised that fast casual leads all other industry segments in overall sales growth and unit growth. Observers could plainly see that in Technomic’s Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, or with their own eyes, as the newest restaurants in town are probably fast-casual concepts and are probably packed with a line to the […]

What Fast Casual Gets Right About Burger Trends

The “better burger” segment was already on a roll, but economic factors have begun to exert even more pressure on cheeseburger-focused brands in ways that will favor fast casual over quick service. According to data in the 2015 Burger Consumer Trend Report, total burger consumption appears to have peaked and leveled off since 2013, likely […]

Fast Casual Takes Early Lead in Technology Race

Fast casual, the clear standout segment of the restaurant industry for the past decade, has had several advantages contributing to its growth and to its gains in market share at the expense of quick-service and casual-dining brands. Consumers have been drawn to fast casual’s service, ingredient quality and price point, and now, with the latest […]

Nutella Mania Spreading in Canada

According to Technomic’s MenuMonitor, mentions of Nutella on menus have increased 60% in the latest two-year period. This trendy hazelnut-chocolate spread is being seen across the menu, used in everything from baked goods to flavoured coffee drinks to milkshakes. In the past few months, numerous chains introduced offerings spotlighting the popular ingredient. Here are a […]

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 […]