Here we take a look at the fastest-growing ingredients found on Canadian kids menus over the latest year-over-year period.

As an ingredient, pork increased 31.3% on kids menus in a yearlong period. Pulled pork, in particular, is an increasingly popular ingredient in barbecue offerings. However, operators are introducing a wide variety of pork items for kids, especially Mediterranean-inspired items, such as pork souvlaki, pork skewers and gyros.

Jasmine rice is primarily being offered as a healthier side for kids entrees. Some chains, such as The Boathouse, offer it as a side option for any kids dish. Other chains pair it with equally healthy entrees, namely grilled chicken and salmon.

Up 20% in the latest year-over-year period, berry also makes the list of fastest-growing ingredients on kids menus. Health has a lot to do with this growth, as berries provide antioxidants and other health benefits, particularly on breakfast items. Operators are adding berries to waffles, granola, cereal and fruit-forward drinks.

Author

Kristin Menas is the Associate Editor, Canada & Adult Beverage at Technomic Inc. in Chicago. She is responsible for writing, editing and analyzing foodservice-related content with a focus on the Canadian market. Technomic provides foodservice clients with the facts, insights and consulting support they need to enhance their business. Its services include publications and digital products, as well as proprietary studies and ongoing research on all aspects of the food industry. For more information, visit www.technomic.com.