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 […]

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 […]

Fast Casual’s Healthy Dose of Reinvention

Perceptions of better health have always weighed in fast-casual restaurants’ favor, which is probably why more brands are renewing their focus on healthfulness in the hopes of restarting or accelerating sales growth. R.J. Dourney, the chief executive and largest franchisee of Così Inc., said precisely that in a recent interview with Nation’s Restaurant News, calling […]

Fast-Casual Drinks to Your Health

Fast casual continues to pull customers from traditional fast-food joints with its positioning in fast and better-for-you fare. The healthfulness of fast casual can be extended to beverage programs to raise check averages and potentially increase beverage-only purchases. According to Technomic’s most recent Beverage Consumer Trend Report, three in 10 fast-casual consumers bought a beverage […]

Restaurants Offer Help with 2015 Resolutions

It’s that time of year when little evidence remains of the holiday season. Crumbs are all that’s left of holiday treats; decorations have been packed back from where they came. All that lingers are the bloat and extra pounds of indulgence. It’s January, and for many Canadians, that means time for resolutions and goals. Often […]

How Healthy Eating Is Evolving in Canada

Health remains a hot topic of discussion in Canadian foodservice. While some may think there is already an abundance of healthy foods and beverages in Canada, Technomic’s recently published Canadian Healthy Eating Consumer Trend Report reveals that consumers continue to demand healthful items. However, their behaviour and attitudes toward healthy eating are evolving. Over the […]

New FDA Rules: Menu Labeling for Margaritas and More

Alcohol beverages’ inclusion in the final FDA rules released last week regarding calorie information on foodservice menus took many in the adult beverage and restaurant industries by surprise. To date, alcohol has been excluded from the nationwide regulations that are part of the Affordable Care Act, but in the public comment phase of the process, […]