Once dominated by pizzerias, the food delivery market has changed quite a bit over the years. These days, 74% of restaurant-goers agree that more chain establishments should offer delivery1, and off-premise traffic off-premise traffic increased by 26% in the past two years2 across Canada.
More and more consumers are expecting food to arrive at their doors, leaving restaurants to evaluate and reimagine the dining experience – not only within their own four walls, but inside customers’ homes as well.
How can restaurants capture the growing demand for delivery?
Go digital: The people have spoken, and they want digital options. In quick-serve pizza restaurants, 43% of all delivery orders are placed either online or using a mobile app, and the average bill is 17% higher when food is ordered on a digital3 platform. Consider working with a third-party delivery service to attract more customers.
Ingredients: Making delivery-ready dishes is all about using the right ingredients and ensuring that the food retains its form and flavour in transit. This is especially important when working with cheese and dairy products. Pro tip: look for cheese with high milk fat, which is better at maintaining its melt and flow over time, and won’t dry out if it is reheated upon arrival.
We have tons of cheese options that are perfect for meals on the move. Here are a few of our top delivery menu picks.
Fresh Milk that Makes Delivery Easy
When creating a to-go menu, choosing the right food is only half the battle: drinks need to be delivery-friendly too! Our single-serving Milk2Go bottles are a nutritious and convenient addition to any delivery beverage menu, but don’t just take our word for it: 40% of consumers who buy milk said they would purchase this product at a restaurant or café4. Milk2Go does not contain preservatives, and since the bottles are shelf stable, they do not need to be refrigerated for delivery or storage. This item can therefore free up valuable refrigerator space while reducing the risk of expiration and waste.
Arugula Salad with Citrus Chicken Skewers
Woolwich Dairy goat cheese tastes great crumbled on a bed of arugula alongside citrus-seasoned chicken salad skewers. To make sure the salad stays fresh during delivery, pack the cheese and salad dressing in their own separate cups so customers can dress the greens themselves. Our goat cheese is available pre-crumbled, making it easy to use while reducing waste.
Mac N’ Four Cheeses
Mac n’ cheese is a great delivery menu option because it stays hot during its journey. It can also be easily reheated after delivery. Saputo Italiano 4 Formaggi cheese blend offers a delicious, creamy twist for any mac ‘n’ cheese dish, bringing Pizza Mozzarella, Gouda, Parmesan, and Provolone cheeses together in a single easy-to-use blend.
Cheese can add a surprising dose of spice to a dish. We suggest filling a quesadilla with Armstrong Monterey Jack with jalapeño shred cheese and fresh toppings like shrimp, avocado, coriander, salsa, or sour cream. It's an excellent Tex-Mex option for delivery menus that serves up the spicy kick Canadians crave5.
Gourmet Wrap with Brie Cheese
Wraps made with Alexis de Portneuf Brie cheese offer the ideal mix of gourmet flavour and a creamy consistency. This brie pairs perfectly with grilled chicken, asparagus, and prosciutto. Best of all, it stays fresh (never soggy!) during its journey to the customer’s door.
Spicy Salami and Olive Pizza
Restaurants that offer pizza – or are thinking of adding it to their menu – should consider the delicious flavour combination of salami, olives, and Saputo Pizza Mozzarella cheese. Our range of Pizza Mozzarellas cheeses includes Saputo Gold Pizza Mozzarella, Saputo 20% Pizza Mozzarella, and individually quick frozen (IQF) cheese, all of which are great for delivery pizzas.
Cheese and dairy products are a great addition to any delivery menu, for food and beverages alike. You can count on Saputo Foodservice to provide the quality ingredients and trusted expertise you need to find the perfect products for your individual needs.
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1 The Online Foodservice Consumer - US, August 2016
2 Restaurants Canada Foodservice Facts 2018
3 The NDP Group Inc. CREST YE April 2018
4 Milk2Go Opportunity Customer Study - YE November 2014
5 Technomic Food Flash - Feb 2018