Tips from the Menu Experts

Like most consumer-facing businesses, foodservice has a seasonal rhythm. Moving into the year-end holiday season, chefs, operators and suppliers are thinking about winter LTOs as well as menu introductions for 2016. So this is a good time to share key insights from presenters at Technomic’s recent conference for subscribers to our MenuMonitor database, which tracks […]

Technomic’s Take: 2016 Food Trends

The U.S. restaurant industry is evolving in profound ways, according to Technomic. The nation’s leading food research and consulting firm lays out 10 trends that may prove transformational in 2016, ranging from menu tweaks to technological and social upheavals. Technomic’s consultants and experts base their annual predictions on site visits in trendsetting cities plus interviews […]

Wine Industry Growth Slows as Competition Heats Up, Finds Technomic

Brands and suppliers vie for share of increasingly fragmented wine market Following strong volume growth earlier in the decade, the wine industry’s upward trajectory continues, but the rate of growth has decelerated. In 2014, total wine volume rose 1.0 percent, and projections for 2015 and beyond call for a similar pace of industry expansion, according […]

Irish for More than a Day

Everyone’s Irish today, and like good Irishmen, many will dutifully be imbibing Irish whiskey. Calls for the spirit spike around the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, but Irish whiskey is holding strong to its designation as the fastest-growing spirits category. Its rate of expansion appears to have slowed, but the growth is off a larger base; […]

State of the Alcohol Beverage Industry 2015: Small Is Big

The early results from 2014 tell a very clear story about the dynamics at play in the alcohol industry: The small are getting bigger, and the big, for the most part, aren’t. Beer held its majority share of total alcohol volume, but another year of overall decline resulted in beer again ceding some share to […]

Technomic Spots Five 2015 Food Trends for Canadian Restaurants

What’s ahead for the Canadian foodservice industry? Leading food research and consulting firm Technomic sees these transformative food and restaurant trends playing a key role in the coming year: Trend 1. Menu Boards Slim Down We know that consumers today want variety and customization when dining out. But there’s a separate and developing movement towards […]

Technomic’s Take on 2015 U.K. Food and Restaurant Trends

What’s ahead for the U.K. foodservice industry? After weighing in on the top emerging trends in the U.S., leading food research and consulting firm Technomic shifted its gaze to the U.K. market and sees these transformative food and restaurant trends for the coming year: Trend 1. Alternative Diet Focus The forthcoming allergen labelling requirements will […]

2013: Another Turbulent Year for the Restaurant Industry

Looking ahead begins with a glance back to see where we’ve been and what direction we’re heading. As we bid farewell to 2013, let’s pause to review key developments. Strikes for a $15 minimum wage find a receptive audience. Fast-food workers’ walkouts demanding higher pay have spread to 100 cities. The industry says doubling federal […]