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

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

Our Ontario: Local Food

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Mar 21, 2017 10:50:32 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

Pizza: A Fresh Perspective

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Feb 28, 2017 11:10:46 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.

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

Breakfast Sales Boost

Posted by Flanagan Foodservice on Feb 3, 2017 12:00:15 PM

Face it: breakfasts can be ho-hum.

The first meal of the day, the meal with which we literally “break” our “fast” of the previous eight hours while we have slept, is, many nutritionists tell us, the most important meal of the day.

While it continues to be the fastest growing daypart, foodservice establishments should start to wake up and see breakfast with fresh, new eyes (eyes recently rubbed awake after a good night’s sleep), especially at this traditionally slower time of the year.

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Topics: Marketing Your Restaurant, Maximize Profits, Menu Makeover

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