Trends
Simcoe, Ont. – Sandwiches: from butternut squash to tandoori chicken offerings, this classic lunch order has gone from traditional to trendy. Egg salad and ham and cheese are now relics of the past, replaced with creative new combinations that incorporate “superfood” ingredients for added health benefits. Julie Fitz-Gerald reports for Bakers Journal. | READ MORE
Simcoe, Ont. – Check out the pilot episode of Canadian Pizza This Week, a short news video highlighting trends, innovation in pulse-flour pizza dough and an upcoming Tips & Techniques demonstration video featuring pizza chef Roberto Vergalito.
Toronto – Eataly, the international Italian food emporium that blurs the line between supermarket and restaurant, will open its first Canadian store in Toronto next year in partnership with the Weston family. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Chicago – Pizza consumption in the United States is trending at its highest level in four years and showing growth for pizza-focused concepts, according to a report from research firm Technomic.
Canadians created a strong impression at Pizza Expo 2016, making their mark in the International Pizza Challenge, at education sessions and around the show floor.
With immigration behind two-thirds of Canada’s population growth from 2012 to 2013, it’s not a great leap to anticipate growing customer demand for toppings associated with the many culinary cultures that make up the mosaic that is Canada. In fact, the taste for adventure is so common these days among all cultures that U.S. trend watcher Baum+Whiteman has a name for it: “restless palate syndrome.”
Toronto – Where do Canadians like to eat and how are their dining habits shaping the country? Marketing research firm BrandSpark International conducted a national survey of more than 8,500 Canadians about which quick-service restaurants they frequent and how their dining habits are shaping the country and restaurant menus.
Toronto – Craft beer and microbrews remain atop Restaurants Canada’s 2016 Canadian Chef Survey, with charcuterie and ethnic sauces not far behind. Alternative pulse proteins, ethnic cheeses and house-made artisan pickles are among the emerging food trends.
Trend watching can be a guessing game but it’s easier to predict future consumer behaviour if you follow demographic trends.
Running a pizzeria in Canada today is as challenging as ever.
Innovative pizza chefs across Canada are letting their creativity shine as they experiment with colour-enhancing ingredients, nutrient-packed seeds, flavourful herbs and flour born of ancient grains.
Toronto – Some of the major trends predicted for 2016 aren't so much about the food we eat but about how we get it and how, and how much, we pay for it, CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Washington – Locally grown produce, natural ingredients and chef-driven fast-casual concepts are among trends pinpointed by the National Restaurant Association in its latest forecast.
Vancouver – German pizza, or flammkuchen, is being cooked up at the Vancouver Christmas Market and its giving the better-known Italian kind a run for its money. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
New York – PETA has been working with businesses to expand their meat- and dairy-free options, and now there are 37 chains with locations in Canada and the United States that offer vegan-friendly pizzas. The Huffington Post reports. | READ MORE

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