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CRIS Highlights Competition Strategies in Challenged Market

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TORONTO — Competition is creating new challenges in today’s restaurant industry, as owners fight for their share of traffic and react to emerging segments, reported experts at the fifth-annual Canadian Restaurant Investment Summit (CRIS), held yesterday at the Eaton Chelsea hotel in Toronto.

Fast-Casual Continues to Win Customer Attention

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TORONTO — The fast-casual category is continuing to steal market share, and, according to a new study from the NPD Group, consumers are now choosing between food freshness/menu variety and speedy service/value pricing when determining what type of restaurant to patronize.

Canadians Can Now Experience Chipotle’s Vegan Burritos

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DENVER — Chipotle Mexican Grill is bringing “Sofritas” to Canada. This vegan tofu filling will be served in its Toronto and Vancouver stores starting Monday, according to Canadian Business.

Fast-Casual Restaurants Are Creating New Competition

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The term “fast-casual” has been an industry buzzword in Canada for a few years now, just as it was in the U.S. at the...

GE Survey Predicts Incoming U.S. Concepts, Increased Competition

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MONTREAL — Competition is heating up for foodservice operators north of the border who are dealing with a incoming supply of U.S. fast-casual chains...

Boston Pizza Opens Fast-casual Site At SAIT

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CALGARY — Boston Pizza has opened its first fast-casual location at Calgary’s SAIT Polytechnic Institute. “Boston Pizza is excited to bring SAIT’s students...

Technomic: LSRs Post Top Foodservice Sales

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CHICAGO — It’s little surprise to hear, but limited-service chains (LSRs) are leading the commercial foodservice industry, according to data from the Chicago-based research...

Technomic: Better Burger Segment Continues To Grow

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CHICAGO — Just when you thought better burgers had reached a peak in sales, Chicago’s Technomic has released data showing fast-casual burger chains grew...

Williams Fresh Café’s Healthy Resolutions Program Helps Canadians Get Fit

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BRANTFORD — Williams Fresh Café is helping Canadians with their new year’s resolutions to trim down, by introducing new low calorie meals, as part...

Forecasting 2012 Canadian Foodservice Trends

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CHICAGO — Technomic, a Chicago-based research firm, has identified six Canadian foodservice trends for 2012. The six trends include a return...