Consumers are eating out more
Beyond ready-to-eat trends, Technomic’s also reported a sales rebound to pre-pandemic levels for Canada’s top 200 chain restaurants. According to the report, the top 200 chain restaurants hit $40 billion in 2022, adding more than $5 billion in sales volume during the year and surpassing comparable levels from 2019.
Compared to 2021, annual sales jumped by 15%, from $34.7 billion.
The report sites high inflation as a key factor in elevating sales growth during the year, with industry-wide menu pricing at limited- and full-service restaurants growing nearly 8% during the year.
[Read more: “Food prices show signs of slowing: Study”]
New menu item trends
Technomic also looked at the latest trends among new menu items, which could make great additions to your c-stores foodservice offering. Canadian menus added many new items in the first quarter of 2023, here are some of the trends from Technomic:
- Vegan poutine
- Cured fish
- Salads featuring sunchokes
- Pizza topped with potatoes
- Poached ingredients
- White chocolate mousse
- Infused cold foams
- Pistachio Lattes