Restaurant chains such as Sizzler and Subway are joining the parade of roving gourmet kitchens that started with Kogi two years ago.Familiar restaurant names are starting to show up in the parade of brightly painted food trucks jostling for customers.
By Graeme Hamilton
MONTREAL – The food truck operated by Dispatch Coffee is about the last place you would expect to encounter a fire-breathing capitalist. Co-owner Chrissy Durcak would rather talk about the sustainable farms where her beans are grown, the artisanal roaster with whom she has partnered and the composting of the disposable dishes served to customers.
By Drew Handy:Consumers in the United States are demanding increasingly niche and high value added food products. The food revolution in the United States stretches from the explosive growth of portable food trucks that cover the urban landscape, the tilt of menus across the spectrum of restaurants toward gourmet or niche items, and the growth of gourmet food and kitchen supplies at retail establishments.
Colonel Sanders may evoke visions of deep fried chicken in a bucket, but KFC is hoping his brand clout will help woo a younger, burrito-loving crowd to an entirely new restaurant concept from KFC Canada.
The purveyor of the fat-engorged Double Down sandwich will debut its new banner, KFC Select, next month in Toronto, aimed at consumers drawn to fresher fast food fare from Subway and so-called “fast casual” chains like Mucho Burrito and Chipotle Mexican Grill.
With increasing frequency I see articles on how robots are taking jobs once held by humans. Typically I batch a few of them up for comments, and I have a new set now.
Last week, on the manufacturing front I reported "Baxter" the Robot Out to Get Your Minimum-Wage, No Benefits, Part-Time Job, Because He's Still Much Cheaper; Fed Cannot Win a Fight Against Robots.
Alpha the Custom Burger Flipping Robot
Thanks to the efforts of the Food Network, many Americans have become familiar with the gourmet food truck craze taking root in many cities across the United States. What they might not know is that the economics of doing business is really behind the phenomenon. Compared to operating a restaurant at a fixed location, food trucks:
"In keeping with an exploding North American trend, the appetite for truck grub is increasing in Toronto: over 300 food trucks are licensed to operate, and many trendy ‘gourmet food truck’ businesses have sprung up in the greater Toronto area in the past year or two, offering everything from fish tacos to maple-bacon doughnuts.