Trends
Chicago – Gen-Xers can now take centre stage as an important customer base for restaurants, according to a study by international information company the NPD Group.
Kingston, Ont. – A group made up of the personal chefs to world leaders and royalty is touring Canada to meet socially, discover trends, discuss food-related issues and promote healthy eating. The Kingston Whig-Standard reports. | READ MORE
Multan, Pakistan – Pakistan's first robot waitresses are serving up smiles for customers at a pizzeria in the ancient city of Multan. The restaurant's owner built the prototypes himself. Phys.org reports. | READ MORE
Kansas City, MI – As the organic, gluten-free, non-GMO and better-for-you trends influence the U.S. pizza market, frozen pizza companies are looking for ways to compete with quick-service, fast-casual and full-service pizza chains and independent pizzerias offering high-quality ingredients and innovative pizza. Baking Business reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – A study of Canadian online shopping patterns by measurement and analytics company Comscore has found Canadians like to order their pizzas with their phones. The top three delivery sites – Dominos, Pizza Pizza and Pizza Hut – all showed year-on-year growth of at least 25 per cent. Mobilesyrup reports. | READ MORE
Orlando, FL – Restaurants and grocery stores will continue to steal ideas from one another, with grocery stores adding more prepared foods and cafés and restaurants adding more retail items both in their own restaurants and on grocery store shelves. This is one of 10 trends explored by Aaron Allen and Associates. | READ MORE
If you’re looking to gain an edge for your pizzeria, an industry event like the International Pizza Expo is a great place to start.
Toronto – Cucinato online food magazine is hosting a Tuscan wine and olive oil tasting event on May 15 at the Market Kitchen, overlooking historic St. Lawrence Market in Toronto.
Chicago – Canadian retailers continue to compete with restaurants for mealtime customers. Grocery stores are improving and expanding their selection of ready-to-eat or ready-to-heat foods and beverages, and consumers are recognizing these improvements, according to a new report from Technomic.
Miami, FL – Two high school sweethearts who tied the knot in December in Miami decided to forgo the traditional wedding cake and served their guests a tiered pizza “cake” instead. The Huffington Post reports. | READ MORE
Chicago – The use of mobile apps, text messages, and the Internet to order food from a restaurant or food-service outlet grew by 18 per cent last year in the U.S. and now accounts for 1.9 billion food-service visits, global information company NPD Group said in a news release.
Vancouver – Bakery, restaurant, food service and grocery chain operators will have a chance to network with suppliers at the Baking Association of Canada’s Bakery Congress 2017 in Vancouver in April.
Mississauga, Ont. – The Restaurants Canada Show, which took place Feb. 26-28 in Toronto, marked Canada’s 150th birthday by celebrating the diversity of Canadian food culture and the unity of the foodservice industry along with its challenges and strengths.
Simcoe, Ont. – To celebrate National Pizza Day on Feb. 9, we submit for your approval the top five reasons independent pizzerias rock!
Chicago – Technomic has identified five themes that will define consumer food-service behaviour in the U.S. this year is a leaning toward modern, unique twists on classic items.
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