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Canada is a burger-loving country. Here’s why…


Burgers remain a staple in consumers’ diets, with consumers eating an average of 3.7 burgers a month, finds Technomic’s Canadian Burger Consumer Trend Report.


By Technomic Inc.


Competition is high and the still emerging fast-casual burger segment will have to contend with rising commodity prices and the growing list of “better burgers” offered at lower prices by quick-service restaurants. Nevertheless, fast-casual burger concepts are poised for further growth due to the continued importance today’s consumers place on premium, customizable and innovative burgers that they consider to be healthier than quick-service options. Further, consumers are willing to pay more for better burgers if they are perceived to be a good overall value.

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“Conveying quality through ‘hand-pressed’ and ‘never frozen’ attributes can satisfy a broad range of need states, while implementing value cuts and non-beef proteins can lower costs,” suggests Deanna Jordan, senior research analyst at Technomic. “Adding variety through toppings and portions can also give consumers more price options.”

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Among the findings:

  • On a weekly basis, 48 per cent of male consumers purchase burgers from restaurants compared to 35 per cent of women.
  • Consumers rank meat quality/taste as the most important burger attribute, followed by price/value for the money, quality/taste of toppings, and quality/taste of the bun.
  • At limited-service restaurants, mushroom & Swiss tops the list of fastest-growing burger varieties since 2013 with a 100 per cent increase in menu-item incidence. Chicken burgers win out at full-service restaurants, growing by 5 per cent.