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Technomic releases its 2018 Canadian Trends Forecast

Company predicts six new hot topics in foodservice for the coming year

CHICAGO, Oct. 24, 2017: The Canadian foodservice landscape will experience significant changes as we head into 2018, with bold menu additions at the forefront of what’s on the horizon. Consumers’ cravings for new flavour pairings and the evolution of alternative diets are helping to shape the menu of the future.

View the full 2018 Canadian Trends Forecast.

According to Technomic’s 2018 Canadian Trends Forecast, innovation on menus isn’t the only thing shaking things up. The tech revolution has played a large part in shaping where the foodservice industry is headed, creating new opportunities for operators to reach their customers in ways they never dreamed of.

“Third-party delivery has brought Canadian operators to the tech forefront,” says Erik Thoresen, principal at Technomic. “Despite hurdles around fees and deliverability of certain menu items, these platforms have opened up new marketing channels for operators and increased their ability to compete within a broader trading area.”

Highlights from Technomic’s Canadian Trends Forecast include:

Putting plants to work. Plants are cropping up across the menu, with veggie noodles, plant milks and indulgent plant-based proteins poised to solidify more prominent placement on menu boards next year.

Indigenous cuisines inspire. Chefs will bring new attention to the foods of the First Nations by shining a light on Canada’s native cuisines.

Delivering convenience. To stay competitive, operators that are quick to perfect their delivery process—maintaining food temperature, quality and friendly service—will excel.

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About Technomic
Only Technomic, a Winsight company, delivers a 360-degree view of the food industry. We impact growth and profitability for our clients by providing consumer-grounded vision and channel-relevant strategic insights. Our services range from major research studies and management consulting solutions to online databases and simple fact-finding assignments. Our clients include food manufacturers and distributors, restaurants and retailers, other foodservice organizations, and various institutions aligned with the food industry. Visit us at

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Winsight LLC is a recognized leader in business-to-business media and information services for the convenience-retailing, foodservice and grocery industries. Winsight has an extensive media portfolio, including five publications: CSP, Restaurant Business, FoodService Director, Convenience Store Products and Grocery Business. Winsight also offers a suite of digital products, including websites, e-newsletters, webinars, video products, mobile and tablet apps, and custom marketing solutions. In addition to more than 12 major EduNetworking conferences and advisory meetings, Winsight also produces seven exclusive, large-scale executive-level conferences: Restaurant Leadership Conference, Global Restaurant Leadership Conference, Outlook Leadership Conference, Convenience Retailing University, FSTEC, MenuDirections and Restaurant Directions. Winsight acquired Technomic Inc., a provider of primary and secondary market information and advisory services for the food industry. For more information on Winsight and its brands, go to

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