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Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Signs Franchise & Development Agreement to Debut in Canada
Fast-casual restaurant concept Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers® announced today the signing of a Master Franchise and Development Agreement in Canada to begin growing Freddy's footprint across nine of Canada's provinces excluding Quebec, marking the brand's entry into the country. Led by veteran franchisees Jim Werschler and Gregg Most of North 49 Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, the deal is part of the brand's latest efforts to strategically expand across target markets throughout North America as new operators join its attractive franchise model. The Master Franchise and Development...
Canadians Unwilling to Give up Dining out, Vacation, & Streaming TV Service Despite Strong Inflation
A new Service Line Warranties of Canada (SLWC) survey of Canadian homeowners examined the impact inflation is having on the Canadian home with almost 90% of respondents reporting that inflation is impacting their household budget. More than 60% said that the higher prices that have resulted from inflation has caused them to put off home repairs, renovations or upgrades.
The survey also looked at what Canadians are most willing to give up – or conversely, least willing – to help balance their budgets. Dining out, vacation, and streaming...
Canada's Restrictions on Poultry and Birds from the United States
The below information is intended for travelers and cross-border shoppers only. It does not apply to commercial shipments of products or by-products that enter Canada with documentation from official veterinarians from the United States. Commercial importers should refer to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) for more information.
Due to the occurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), the CFIA has restricted the import of fresh, raw, or unprocessed poultry products or by-products from any U.S. state currently experiencing an outbreak...
Canadian Restaurant Industry Begins Its Steady Recovery in the Second Quarter of 2022
Dine-in restaurant visits grow by triple-digits
With the COVID public health restrictions lifted early in 2022, the Canadian restaurant industry began recovering from the steep declines it experienced during the pandemic lockdown periods. The industry finished the second quarter ending June with physical and online visits up 17% compared to a year ago, 2% below the traffic level in the second quarter of 2019 before the pandemic, reports The NPD Group. Restaurant customer spending, which, in addition to increased visits, reflects higher costs, grew by...
2022 Canadian Foodservice Trends: Midyear Update
Forecasting the Future
Canada’s pre-pandemic $95 billion foodservice industry was battered by sales losses of nearly 29% as we entered 2021. While COVID-19-related restrictions—influenced by new caseloads and the looming impact of virus variants—may directly affect consumer visitation and behaviour in 2022, current Technomic research shows that the new year will also bring an upswing in the Canadian industry’s sales and overall performance. According to our latest data, Canada’s foodservice sector is expected to reach $74.8 billion, reflecting roughly a 21% increase over 2021 and just 3%...
Consumer Visits to Canadian Restaurants and Foodservice Outlets Nearly Back to Pre-Pandemic Level
Foodservice industry traffic in Canada reached near pre-pandemic levels in May, missing the mark by just 1% versus May 2019, reports The NPD Group. Consumer visits to restaurants and other commercial foodservice outlets increased by 16% this May compared to a year ago.
Driving the May traffic growth was a 321% gain in dine-in foodservice visits compared to a year ago. However, even with the triple-digit growth, dine-in visits, which were hit hardest by pandemic-related restrictions, are still 28% below May...
Pent-up Demand for Restaurant Dining in Canada Continues in April
Canadians made 75 million more foodservice visits in April compared to a year ago
Canadians made 75 million more foodservice visits this April than last year when most of the country was still in lockdown, reports The NPD Group. Online and physical visits to restaurants and other commercial foodservice outlets increased by 18% in April 2022 compared to a year ago, although still 10% below the pre-pandemic level in April 2019. Consumer spending at foodservice outlets, which reflects higher food and operational costs, is...
Canadian Restaurants Enjoyed A Robust Return of Customers in the First Quarter
Full service restaurants benefitted from the pent-up demand to dine out
The Canadian foodservice industry continued to show promising recovery in the first quarter of 2022 compared to last year’s same quarter, reports The NPD Group. Physical and online visits to restaurants and commercial foodservice outlets increased by 18% in the first quarter compared to the same quarter last year, when traffic declined by 9% due to indoor dining restrictions. Consumer spending in the quarter grew by 27% compared to a year ago when spending declined by...
Where's The Bacon? Wendy's Launches Breakfast Nationwide in Canada Today
Today is the day morning routines change forever with Wendy's® craveable breakfast menu launching nationwide in Canada, served from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.* To celebrate the launch, Wendy's is giving customers one less reason to hit snooze with a FREE hot cup of their soon-to-be favourite coffee all day long at participating locations through May 29.** Customers will not want to miss out because for the first time ever, Wendy's is serving a new signature medium-roast coffee blend uniquely crafted for Canadian customers...
Lineage Logistics Expands Footprint in Canada Through Latest Acquisition
Lineage Logistics announced the acquisition of VersaCold Logistics Services, a Canadian cold chain solution provider from TorQuest Partners (“TorQuest”) and its co-investment partners, The Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (“IMCO”) and OPTrust on April 13.
VersaCold was founded in 1941 and has grown to run 24 temperature-controlled facilities comprising 114 million cubic feet of storage and 361,000 pallet positions. Its network spans nine provinces and features facilities in some of the key metropolitan markets in the country.
“Our acquisition of VersaCold represents yet another...
As Soon As Pandemic Restrictions Lifted, Canadians Flooded Back Into Restaurants
One of the most predictable behaviours that emerged over the past two years of the pandemic is Canadians will flood into restaurants as soon as restrictions lift, which happened in February, reports The NPD Group. Online and physical visits to Canadian restaurants and foodservice outlets increased by 17% in February compared to February 2021, when traffic declined by 23%. Despite the double-digit increase in visits, commercial foodservice traffic remains -9% below the pre-pandemic level in February 2020, according to NPD’s continual tracking of the Canadian foodservice industry...
Digital Foodservice Ordering Continues to Accelerate in Canada
Digital foodservice ordering has been among the lifelines for Canadians throughout the pandemic. Although digital foodservice ordering was growing before the pandemic, the pandemic accelerated its growth, reports The NPD Group. Over the last two years, digital orders for carry-out and delivery from restaurants and other foodservice outlets have increased by 155%, according to NPD’s continual tracking of the Canadian foodservice industry.
Ordering through mobile apps represents the bulk of digital orders. In January 2022, mobile app orders represented 75% of all digital foodservice orders. 20% were internet orders, and 5%...
Chipotle Launches Pollo Asado in the U.S. and Canada
Chipotle Mexican Grill today announced its all new Pollo Asado is available at restaurants in the U.S. and Canada for a limited time. Pollo Asado is grilled fresh in Chipotle's kitchens using classic cooking techniques to build bright, craveable flavor. The protein is available at participating locations and via the Chipotle app, Chipotle.com, and third-party delivery partners.
An Entirely New Chicken Experience
Chipotle's first chicken menu innovation in its 29-year history, Pollo Asado's elevated flavor profile offers a new take on your go-to order. Grilled fresh and...
Canada Raises Tariffs on Russian Goods; Closes Ports to Russian Ships Following Ukraine Invasion
The Canadian government is responding to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by dropping its Most-Favoured-Nation Tariff (MFN) treatment and closing its ports to Russian ships, a move that will hurt Russia’s pockets.
According to Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, Canada has issued the Most-Favoured-Nation Tariff Withdrawal Order (2022-1), removing Russia and Belarus’ MFN treatment, as announced on March 3...
Wendy's Announces Breakfast Launch in Canada
Today, Wendy's® announced that breakfast will be available in all Wendy's restaurants across Canada this spring, entering a new daypart to offer Canadians what they deserve: a breakfast that does not cut corners. Say goodbye to dry English muffins, stale breakfast sandwiches, and see-through bacon, and wake up to a craveable made-to-order breakfast paired with a meticulously crafted cup of custom blended coffee made specifically for Canadian customers. From freshly cracked Canadian eggs on every sandwich, to savoury Applewood smoked bacon, freshly-cooked in every restaurant every day and biscuits...
COVID Restrictions Thwarted the Canadian Foodservice Industry’s Expectations for a Strong Recovery
The Canadian foodservice industry entered 2021 hopeful that the industry could get back on track. The recovery seemed like it was heading in the right direction in the third quarter — with vaccination rates high, COVID infections low, and restrictions lifted, reports The NPD Group. Consumers were anxious to return to their favorite restaurants, and online and physical visits were within just five percentage points of where they were in the same quarter before the pandemic. But the onset of the omicron wave and the return of restrictions suppressed...
Ghost Kitchen Brands Opens U.S.-Based Wow Bao to Locations Across Canada
Technomic Releases 2022 Foodservice Predictions for the U.S., Canada and Global Markets
Technomic released three whitepapers uncovering 2022 foodservice predictions for the U.S., Canada and global markets. Navigating labor constraints, supply chain challenges and shifting consumer behaviors, operators will focus on adapting strategies and finding new innovative solutions.
Overall, Technomic predicts that industry recovery will continue in 2022, forecasting that the U.S. will surpass its 2019 sales level and Canada will be just 3% shy of pre-pandemic sales levels. From menu restructuring to rethinking the guest experience, operators across regions will reconsider priorities aligned with...
Kraft Heinz Announces Intention to Combine U.S. and Canada Businesses to Form the North America Zone
The Kraft Heinz Company announced today that it will combine its U.S. and Canada businesses to create the North America Zone, which is expected to be effective in the second fiscal quarter of 2022. The move is meant to advance the global food and beverage leader’s long-term, sustainable growth plans—which were first outlined at its Investor Day event in September 2020—by bringing increased agility to its innovation agenda, operations, and go-to-market approach. The Company’s U.S. and Canada businesses...
Maple Leaf Foods Announces National Bacon Month in December
Maple Leaf Foods today declared December as National Bacon Month, a time to celebrate what Canadians have made clear in new polling: bacon is unquestionably one of Canada's favourite foods. The Canadian producer of top-quality natural pork bacon products released an array of sizzling new facts and statistics to mark the beginning of National Bacon Month and the leadup to National Bacon Day on December 30.
The results are in: Canadians are 'hog wild' over bacon!
Bacon's story dates back to 1500 B.C in China, where pork belly was...
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