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Fastest-Growing Sandwich Ingredients

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,…

Fastest-Growing Ingredients on Kids Menus

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…

Fastest-Growing Flavours on Pizza

Here we take a look at the fastest-growing flavours found in pizza on Canadian menus over the latest year-over-year period. A few cheeses make the list, including provolone and fresh mozzarella. These mild, but creamy varieties can add some extra cheesy texture to a pizza, but without the risk of…

Fastest-growing specialty cocktail flavours

This month, we look at the fastest-growing flavours in specialty drinks on Canadian adult beverage menus. The percentages below represent growth experienced in a year-over-year period. Multiple herbaceous flavours made the list of fastest-growing specialty cocktail flavours in the latest year-long period. Basil, for example, grew by 50%. Mint is…

Top restaurant soups

Supporting increased consumer interest in Asian cuisines, Technomic’s MenuMonitor finds that Asian soup is the top type of soup by a significant margin. Popular flavours in these offerings are coconut, lemon, spicy, miso and lemongrass. Second on the list, soup of the day is a popular option on Canadian menus,…

Add popular chicken entrees to your menu

Top Chicken Entrees Flavours of various ethnicities are not only proliferating on menus, but are becoming an increasingly popular choice among diners. Looking at chicken entrees specifically, we can see that Asian is the most common variety of chicken dish on Canadian menus, by a significant margin. Varieties like sweet-and-sour, ginger, tandoori and…

Innovative menu planning

Innovation Innovation: what does it mean for restaurateurs? The dictionary says: “Innovation is a new idea, more effective device or process. …The term innovation can be defined as something original and more effective and, as a consequence, new, that “breaks into” the market or society.” Do you think your innovation…

Most popular side dishes on Canadian menus

Breads, by a slight margin, are the leading side dishes on Canadian menus, according to Technomic MenuMonitor data. Looking closer, we can see that options like bread sticks, garlic bread and toast are popular. However, we are also seeing non-traditional breads like naan, roti, pita and kulcha proliferate. Also on…

Making memorable meetings for your guests

As a Global Culinary Trendologist, I watch for future food trends and help my clients apply them to restaurant menus and food products. Business meetings and events held at your restaurant create opportunities to showcase your business too. How to take this year’s hottest food trends and turn them into…

Popular Asian bowl ingredients

Chicken is the top ingredient in Asian bowl entrees, according to Technomic’s MenuMonitor database. This protein lends itself well to a variety of sauces and flavours, such as curry, soy sauce, teriyaki and sweet-and-sour. Chicken is also commonly known and enjoyed by consumers, making it a safe bet on menus. Acting…