Trends
I have yet to meet anybody who won’t be glad to see the backside of 2016. The world appears to be scared and angry and – politics aside – to agree it’s time to drop the mic on this wacky year. Travel has been negatively impacted by social unrest and terrorist attacks. Investors don’t seem sure as to whether they are happily anticipating a Trump presidency or not.
Canada and the United States – French company Paline debuted its self-serve Pizza ATM at Xavier University back in August, and since then the company says that businesses and colleges located in 20 states and Canada have inquired about getting their own. Grub Street reports. | READ MORE
London, Ont. – Breakfast is front and centre in McCormick & Company's 2017 Flavour Forecast, which highlights adventurous breakfast options, versatile eggs, and peppery foods as food trends to watch.
Windsor, Ont. – Longtime Windsor pizzeria Sam’s Pizzeria & Cantina has been declared the winner of a good-natured contest held by a downtown Windsor cannabis lounge to crown the top pizza in the city. The Windsor Star reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Artisanal jerky, craft-style fizz and Jewish cuisine are just a few of the food trends to watch heading into the New Year, according to THP's 2017 Flavour & Trend Forecast.
Chicago – Demand for natural beverages will grow as Canadians become more health-conscious, according to a new report from Technomic Inc.
I love the printed word. I like the feel of the paper, the look of different fonts, the way they complement photos and graphics. I enjoy perusing a good menu from outside of a funky new restaurant or at a table with a glass of wine and promising aromas coming from nearby tables.
Mountain View, CA – Zume Pizza in California has robots and algorithms working to address various delivery and efficiency issues. Along with other companies, it is putting technology to use. NPR reports. | READ MORE
New York – Last fall, the Canadian Pizza Show saw Carlo Raillo wow Canadian Pizza's Chef of the Year judges with his pumpkin spice crust pizza. This fall Cosmopolitan magazine is lauding a pumpkin spice pizza created by a New Jersey pizza lover. | READ MORE
Vancouver – Virtuous Pie, a plant-based pizza and ice cream restaurant that features house-made dairy-free cheeses and all topping prepared in house, is now open in Vancouver's Chinatown. Vancouver Metro reports. | READ MORE
Israel – A recently published book on workplace motivation recounts an experiment involving employees at a factory in Israel, in which a voucher for free pizza was the choice of most employees over a cash bonus or rare compliment. New York Magazine reports. | READ MORE
Chicago – Different age groups have different motivations, needs, and wants when it comes to dinner, and these are as varied as their taste in music, suggests a recent generational study published by The NPD Group.
In January 2012, Brandi Cowen wrote an interesting article that identified pizza trends in Canada. As I look over the list, I see familiar themes. Here’s a look at three of those trends – local food, fresh and healthy and innovation – that have not only stood the test of time but gained ground over the last five years.
When singer Adele released her much-anticipated music video, Hello, there was the expected buzz about the song and the production. What wasn’t expected was the chatter about the fact she called her long-lost love on a flip cellphone. Good heavens! Flip phones haven’t been in vogue for 10 years. It’s a reminder of how quickly technology becomes obsolete.
In the restaurant business, the term “limited service” usually means diners won’t be served at a table but must come to the counter.

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