Innovation will be key for the Canadian sandwich category to win back sales from at-home occasions

Technomic’s newly released 2018 Canadian Sandwich Consumer Trend Report reveals a growing preference for making sandwiches at home rather than purchasing them from foodservice

CHICAGO, May 25, 2018: While 61% of Canadian consumers eat sandwiches on a weekly basis, the percentage of away-from-home sandwich purchases has declined since 2016. This is primarily due to the affordability and ease of preparing sandwiches at home, as Canada experiences a sluggish economy and rising menu prices at restaurants amid a decrease in commodity prices for sandwich ingredients. Less variety may also be a factor, with many consumers seeking more variety as there are fewer sandwich offerings available at the Top 200 restaurant chains now than in 2016, according to Technomic’s 2018 Canadian Sandwich Consumer Trend Report.

“As the economy bounces back, consumers may trade back up to foodservice for sandwich occasions. In the meantime, offering innovative yet affordable sandwiches that consumers can’t easily replicate themselves, through specialty or unique ingredients or preparation methods, may help entice consumers who want to break up their routine or treat themselves” states Anne Mills, senior manager of consumer insights at Technomic. “Brands will need to find the right balance of innovation for their core customer base. Younger consumers seek more ethnic options, while older consumers prefer classic sandwich varieties.”

Key takeaways from the report include:

  • 61% of consumers eat sandwiches at least once a week either at home or away from home
  • 34% of consumers’ sandwiches are purchased away from home, down from 42% in 2016
  • 30% of consumers and 39% of millennials want restaurants to offer more sandwiches with new or unique flavours

Compiling findings from nearly 1,000 consumer responses, as well as menu and industry data from the Ignite database, the comprehensive 2018 Canadian Sandwich Consumer Trend Report serves as a guide for foodservice operators and suppliers to help them better understand how consumer usage, attitudes and preferences toward sandwiches are evolving and to identify key areas of opportunity.

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