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Canadian Trends and Directions Conference Spotlights Menu Trends

TORONTO — Canada’s foodservice consumers are setting new standards for menu innovation, according to insights from the annual Canadian Trends & Directions Conference, held yesterday at the Westin Prince Hotel in Toronto, where 160 operators and suppliers gathered for a day of learning and networking.

Darden Sells Red Lobster

ORLANDO, Fla. — Months after announcing it was pondering the future of its troubled Red Lobster brand, Darden Restaurants has agreed to sell the casual-dining chain to Golden Gate Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity investment firm, for $2.1 billion.

Tim’s Introduces Espresso-based Coffees

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Tim Hortons’ coffee is getting a giant boost this winter with the introduction of espresso to the menu. The espresso-based coffees...

KFC Promotes Zinger Deal

TORONTO — KFC is offering a “zinger” deal to its customers. KFC fans who “like” KFC Canada on Facebook between Oct. 3 and Oct....

Technomic Tracks Consumer Experience at 100 U.S. Chains

CHICAGO — Technomic Inc., the Chicago-based research firm, has introduced a new program that tracks consumer experiences using 55 different attributes of the leading...

Faster, Cheaper, Better

The QSR segment has confronted battles on multiple fronts but still dominates our Top 100 Work-focused 20-somethings, busy families, active Boomers — virtually every...