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

How to Make Limited Time Offers Work For You

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Aug 17, 2018 2:24:33 PM

Menu change can be daunting.

But using LTOs (limited time offers) can provide a culinary playground for adding innovation without the commitment. Successfully executing an LTO offers a potential sales lift of as much as 20%, and can bring back old customers while enticing new ones.

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Topics: Get Seasonal, Maximize Profits, Menu Makeover

Going Global

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Jun 29, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Mongolian, guava and coriander topped Technomic’s MenuMonitor as fastest-growing flavours in 2016/17.

For 2018, Technomic is forecasting that “newcomers from across the globe will bring with them exotic recipes and ingredients, spurring fresh inspiration for chefs. Looking at the year to come, specialties like Filipino pancit (noodles) and sinigang (soup), Pakistani roadside bun kebabs and Iranian gheimeh (stew) will flourish.”

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Topics: Menu Makeover

Our Ontario: Flanagan's Local Food Program

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Mar 21, 2018 10:50:00 AM

Since the influential book The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating was published in 2009, the idea of local food has been studied, refined, argued over and embraced. Whatever might be said about local food and the shapes it can take, the concept remains popular and has wide consumer appeal.

“This is not a trend. Local is here to stay,” says Phil Amaral, Territory Manager at Flanagan Foodservice, in defining local.

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Topics: Keep Up With Trends, Marketing Your Restaurant, Menu Makeover, Ontario, Canada

A Fresh Perspective on Pizza

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Feb 28, 2018 11:10:00 AM

At some point before recorded history, somewhere millennia ago, wet mashed up wheat—a rudimentary dough—was flattened and dropped on a very hot rock: it was the first flatbread, our original pizza.

Pizza is a blank canvas that can accept a smorgasbord of flavours and ingredients. Its flexibility is found in a wide range of pizza restaurants, from discount two-for-one slice joints in downtown cores to wood-fired ovens with a roll-over heat of 800-degrees and on to rotating “Merry-Go-Round” Italian bell ovens that also cook pies in a matter of less than three minutes.

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Topics: Ingredient Spotlight, Keep Up With Trends, Menu Makeover

Step Up Your Sandwich

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Oct 24, 2017 10:45:38 AM

Sandwiches–like other versatile items such as salads, burgers, pasta and pizza–are constantly evolving to keep up with seasonality and trends. These appear on menus more often than any other dish.

As of 2017, sandwiches currently penetrate 71% casual dining, 74% midscale, and 69% fast casual operators, according to Technomic data.

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Topics: Keep Up With Trends, Menu Makeover

Menu Engineering: Winning with Local

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Aug 1, 2017 9:00:05 AM

Beautiful plate presentation, smooth operating kitchen staff, and consistent food sales are the dreams of every chef. These days, however, guests are asking for much more than just "hot food hot" and "cold food cold," as the old adage goes. They want to know who cooked their food and where it came from.

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Topics: Marketing Your Restaurant, Maximize Profits, Menu Makeover, Ontario

Top 5 Burger Condiments

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Jun 14, 2017 2:00:56 PM

The leading burger condiment on Canadian menus is mayonnaise, followed by Caesar, mustard, relish and BBQ sauce. Upgrade your burger items with these slight variations to the most popular condiment.

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Topics: Keep Up With Trends, Menu Makeover, Recipes

Capitalize on the Pop-In Take-Out

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Apr 10, 2017 1:00:00 PM

In an increasingly time starved, drive-thru society, time really is of the essence - and perhaps especially so in tougher economic climates when many people are watching their pennies closely. But those same financially prudent folks are opting for quick dinner fixes and have discovered that restaurant-style meals can be taken home to eat. That can be quicker and less expensive for the customer, but it can also mean more money on a restaurant's bottom line.

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Topics: Maximize Profits, Menu Makeover

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