Sauces allow operators and consumers alike to customize dishes and impart unique flavours. In fact, 49% of consumers indicate that sauces added by the chef are an appealing way of imparting flavour to food.* The sauces showing growth on Canadian menus reflect industry trends, with many adding bold or global flavours to dishes.
As chicken sandwiches continue to grow on menus, so too does regional favourite Nashville hot sauce (+56%), which appears most often on Nashville hot chicken sandwiches. As the fastest-growing sauce, Nashville hot reflects consumers’ gravitation toward bold, spicy flavours. This is also demonstrated through the increase of chipotle barbecue sauce on menus (+27%), a heat-forward alternative to traditional barbecue sauce.
Source: Technomic Ignite Menu data, Q4 2020-Q4 2021
Global sauces are on the rise on menus as well, with operators appealing to the 44% of 18- to 34-year-olds who indicate they would like more restaurants to offer foods that feature globally flavoured sauces.** This is shown by the growth of Indian butter chicken sauce (+39%), a spiced tomato and butter curry; spicy Italian arrabbiata sauce (+16%), made with garlic, tomatoes and dried red chiles cooked in olive oil; and French mignonette sauce (+39%), which is typically made with shallots, cracked pepper and vinegar and served with oysters.
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