Recovering visits from vegetarian customers
In a mature Canadian foodservice market, I’ve seen many operators successfully carve out traffic and/or cheque growth with a regular program of menu innovation. Some of the best success has been...
The upside of a down Canadian dollar
The falling price of oil has dragged the Canadian dollar down with it, which brings mixed blessings for restaurateurs across the country. The oil-rich provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland...
It’s a crude world: The fall of oil prices
In a mere seven months, the price of oil has plummeted. Prices have more than halved from US$107 a barrel last June to less than US$50 this January – and they could stay low for the next couple of years.
The shrinking footprint of Canadian restaurants: Openings and closures of units in 2014
Last year, the Canadian restaurant footprint shrunk at a rate never before seen by The NPD Group Canada. Our ReCount® service has been tracking restaurant unit openings and closures since the turn...
The steady increase of off-premise traffic to restaurants
People are starved for time. They have less time to cook, or don't want to cook. As a result, off-premise traffic to restaurants has steadily increased in recent years.