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Staying Afloat: The Sustainability Movement in Canadian Seafood

Between April and November 2017, 12 of the world’s 450 right whales died in Canadian waters. A further five were found entangled in fishing gear, still alive. In response to these events, and following third-party audits of fishing areas across the east coast, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) announced in…

Fastest-Growing Flavors on Salads

Here we look at the fastest-growing ingredients on salads on Canadian menus in the latest year-over-year period. As salad consumption decreases*, many operators are looking to healthful and global influences to entice consumers. Ahi is seeing the most growth, increasing 50.0%. Not only does this light protein further the health…

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…