Mashups Disrupt Menus

Mashup food items are currently at the center of menu innovation, especially at the QSR level. These mashups cause quite a stir in the press and are often backed by large publicity and multimedia campaigns. Most are limited-time offers or test items but some are launched as permanent menu items. They are meant to garner […]

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 […]

How Fast Casual Can Win Hispanic Consumers

Restaurants cannot ignore the growing Hispanic population and the spending power these consumers hold. Understanding the needs and how to reach these consumers is crucial for any foodservice operation. Specific areas of opportunity exist in fast casual that could help entice Hispanic consumers to spend their foodservice dollars in the segment. Since 2013, Hispanic consumers’ […]

Technomic Tube Vlog Reveals Generational Foodservice Preferences

Because consumers of all ages visit foodservice venues daily, having a solid understanding of how generational preferences differ is essential for success in today’s competitive market. To help industry leaders stay abreast of how each generation views and approaches foodservice, Technomic has created a new video blog series on its YouTube channel, dubbed “Technomic Tube.” […]

Targeting the Hispanic Foodservice Consumer

Efforts to appeal to the fast-growing Hispanic population in the U.S. are heating up. Late last year, Pizza Hut announced it’s launching a Spanish-language version of its website, and KFC debuted a new family-focused ad campaign for its Favorites Buckets to target the Hispanic market. Last June, Dunkin’ Donuts launched a new Twitter handle, @DunkinLatino, […]

McDonald’s Shakes Up Menu with Kale

Kale’s rise on the menu in Canada initially took root in the full-service restaurant arena. But the dark leafy green’s popularity is now growing across segments, with McDonald’s in Canada rumored to be introducing kale in three salads. We’ve written recently about kale’s popularity on Canadian restaurant menus, but McDonald’s move is bigger than kale. […]

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 […]

Canadian Restaurants Still Crazy About Kale

Kale has transitioned from being a center-of-the-plate accompaniment to taking a starring role in dishes, in part because it’s famously high in nutrients. Restaurant operators are adding in various flavours to elevate kale’s taste while touting the health benefits of the leafy green. Mentions of kale on Canadian menus have grown 33% in the latest […]

Fast Casuals Add Options Kids Enjoy, Parents Approve

Fast-casual restaurants’ reputation for healthy, high-quality food and its status with Millennials should make the segment top-of-mind for family dining-out occasions. Technomic’s latest menu data shows that some fast casuals are stepping up their kids’ menus in ways consistent with their values and positioning to capture these occasions. Technomic MenuMonitor data for the first quarter […]

One-Size-Fits All Is Out: How Consumers Vary by Market

Many restaurants are starting to adopt a more localized approach to menu development, marketing and operations to develop targeted strategies and offerings. Tailoring the experience to consumers in a particular market begins with understanding the local consumer. To that end, Technomic’s Consumer Brand Metrics program allows operators and suppliers to filter consumer brand tracking data […]