6 Ways to Keep Your Restaurant Profitable During Tough Economic Times

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Dec 28, 2018 3:26:00 PM

“Be consistent.” “Be hands-on in there, every day of the week.” “Don’t take your customers for granted.”

Those are just three suggestions in a treasure trove of “recession-busting” advice offered by Flanagan district sales managers Andre Butler, Shayne Keary, and Nancie Lillie.

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Topics: Maximize Profits

Let's Talk Turkey

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Dec 11, 2018 12:02:00 PM

It’s no surprise that the three most popular turkey items on Canadian menus are wraps, club sandwiches and burgers.

Although these favourite dishes are enjoyed by many, why not surprise your guests with a festive turkey dish that embraces the heartiness of the holiday season. 

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Topics: Get Seasonal, Ingredient Spotlight, Ontario, Recipes

Meet Sandra Vos, Ontario Beef Farmer

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Dec 6, 2018 4:00:18 PM

Unlike many farmers, Sandra Vos is not only a first-generation farmer having purchased a farm that belonged to her uncle’s family in 2001, but as a trained nurse, Sandra is a farmer as her second career.

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Topics: Ontario, Carve Premium Ontario Beef

5 Reasons Why Gift Cards Should Be Top of Your Restaurant's Wish List

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Nov 26, 2018 11:30:00 AM

If it is in fact true that it is better to give than receive, then gift cards must be at the top of a restaurateur’s wish list. These simple plastic cards could be an important marketing tool—and revenue generator—at this busiest of commercial periods on the calendar.

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Topics: Get Seasonal, Maximize Profits, Featured

Recipe: Mediterranean Chicken Supreme

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Nov 2, 2018 11:40:00 AM

The simple, fresh flavours of sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, lemon, oregano, garlic and basil come together to create a special make-ahead entrée that will impress a variety of guests.  

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Topics: Recipes, Grille & Galley Gourmet

Fall Flavours

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Oct 25, 2018 10:05:00 AM

With fall brings the feeling of new beginnings and fresh starts. The shift from warm to cool innately inspires dishes of comfort and depth. While flavour preferences and trends may not vary much from the summer months, main ingredients and their applications are a whole lot heartier.

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Topics: Keep Up With Trends

Foodservice Disruptor: The Meal Kit Trend

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Oct 11, 2018 9:45:00 AM

Like the plethora of phone apps and the massive retail presence that is online ordering via organizations like Amazon, Netflix, Uber and Just Eat, meal kits are out there and slowly becoming a potential disruptor to the bricks-and-mortar restaurant industry. They answer a simple question asked by consumers: “Can I stay at home and have a great meal?”

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Topics: Marketing Your Restaurant, Maximize Profits

Boost Your Bottom Line with Pluck's Premium, Local Ingredient Teas

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Sep 25, 2018 11:15:37 AM

“Tea lovers unite! Demand great tea!”

It’s a rally cry from Jennifer Commins for a restaurant beverage that is seeing growth – and still has great potential to boost margins. The Toronto-based Commins, who founded and operates Pluck Tea, has a childhood steeped in the calming, relaxing beverage.
 
“I had British parents who loved tea,” Commins says. “I drank four cups a day growing up." 

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Topics: Ingredient Spotlight, Menu Makeover, Ontario

Martin's Crispy Apple Chips

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Sep 18, 2018 8:34:28 AM

Martin's Family Fruit Farm is pillar in the Waterloo Region community, known for their homegrown, orchard fresh apple varieties and passion for the apple industry.

Martin's always had a keen imagination. It was only a matter of time before they came up with a new way to enjoy their world-famous apples: a pure and simple idea to offer apples disguised as chips

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Topics: Ingredient Spotlight, Menu Makeover, Ontario, Recipes, Canada

Share Plates and New Tastes

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Sep 17, 2018 1:55:00 PM

Your diners are looking for creativity and new taste sensations by sharing plates like tapas, cheese and dessert selections. Technomic reports that 47% of consumers who eat small plates strongly agree that they are more likely to try new flavours on small plates than in entrées.

According to the Canadian Snacking Nation 2016 study by Ipsos, more than two-thirds of all consumption occasions occur outside of traditional meals.

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Topics: Keep Up With Trends, Maximize Profits

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