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

The ingredient seeing the most growth on sandwiches is chorizo. Not only does this protein offer a bit of heat, but it also appeals to consumers’ growing interest in ethnic cuisines, such as Mexican.

From a health perspective, operators are also introducing whole-wheat wraps as an option for sandwiches. Using a “whole-wheat” callout can highlight the ingredient as a better-for-you alternative to traditional flour tortillas or heartier breads.

The increase in lobster on sandwiches can be directly linked to the growing popularity of lobster rolls. Canadian operators are spotlighting a number of American regional cuisines, including this New England favourite. Beyond lobster rolls, restaurants are using lobster to add an upscale appeal to other sandwiches, such as The Pickle Barrel’s Lobster Grilled Cheese with Brie and Swiss cheeses.



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