Darren Climans

Foodservice Consultant

Author Profile

Darren Climans is a foodservice insights professional with close to 20 years' experience partnering with broadline distributors, CPG suppliers, and foodservice operators. His practice is to understand issue-based decisions by taking a data-driven approach to strategic decision making.

ARTICLES BY THIS AUTHOR

10/18/2022

Milking it

From flavour explosions to plant-based and BFY offerings, innovation is redefining this key c-store category.
07/19/2022

Consumers have a growing taste for plant-based confection

Research highlights growth, as manufacturers rise to the occasion.
04/19/2022

Zero sugar replacing diet in the beverage aisle

The category is undergoing a major makeover, as manufacturers compete for a piece of the growing zero-sugar drinks segment.
02/14/2022

Refrigerated snacks are hot

Are you ready for the chilled snacking trend?
12/13/2021

Don't be chicken: Plant-based poultry is the menu trend to watch

The target for 2022 and beyond is likely to be chicken. Plant-based chicken may not be everywhere yet, but there are indications of increased competition in this space and market penetration.
09/28/2021

No ordinary Joe

While finance experts like to critique the daily coffee spend. After 18 months at home, consumers (even those working from home) are ready to splurge.
09/13/2021

Meals are for squares

In Canada, and nearly universally now around the world, the frequency and variety of snacking is going up. Are your snack aisles ready?
06/21/2021

Cold comfort

During the pandemic, consumers sought security in frozen foods, with ice cream and frozen novelties leading the way
04/05/2021

Frictionless convenience: C-stores + vending machines offer a winning combination

Rather than ‘if’, the question for c-store operators in the future will be ‘what’ and ‘when’ to add. Be prepared to move quickly to adopt vending technology when the market is established.
10/18/2019

The convenience industry is ground zero for cannabis-infused product innovation

"Greenfield" refers to a virgin market yet to be commercially exploited. From a business perspective, it’s elusive and appealing because of how infrequently it occurs, as well as the potential for windfall results.