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 […]

Forecasting the Future of Fast Casual

It’s no secret that fast casual has experienced a remarkable amount of growth, attracting an increasing number of players to the segment. So what’s next for this powerhouse segment within the industry? Well, if the fast-casual sector has a natural growth limit, we’re not seeing it yet, but what we do see are some challenges […]

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 […]

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 […]

Canadians Hail the Caesar on Drink’s National Day

On May 14, Canadians celebrated the first-ever holiday commemorating Calgary’s possible role in creating what some consider Canada’s national adult beverage: the Caesar. Word spread about the day on social media with #NationalCaesarDay and the holiday’s own website, where there was speculation about the drink’s origin. According to the website, the most popular theory is […]

Craft Beer Continues to Flourish at FSRs

American Craft Beer Week just ended May 17, and a variety of craft beers were highlighted to celebrate this growing adult beverage movement. In honor of this festivity, let’s take a closer look at how the craft beer trend is shaping up at leading full-service restaurants. Last month, we wrote about the proliferation of craft beer […]

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, […]