Once dominated by pizzerias, the food delivery market has changed. Today, 74% of restaurant-goers agree that more chain establishments should offer delivery1. And, across all restaurants in Canada, off-premise traffic increased by 26% in the past two years2.
With consumers increasingly expecting food to come to them, restaurants need to think about the dining experience within their own walls as well as how it extends to the dining rooms of their customers.
How can restaurants capture the growing delivery market?
Go Digital: Give diners digital options — it’s how they want to place their orders. In quick-serve pizza restaurants, 43% of all delivery orders are submitted online or through mobile apps and the average cheque is 17% higher when ordered through digital3. Consider working with a third-party delivery service to attract more customers.
Ingredients: Making delivery-ready dishes is all about using the right ingredients so that the food keeps its form and flavour from the kitchen to the customer’s door. This is especially important when cheese and dairy products are in the mix. Pro tip: look for cheese with high milk fat which will better maintain its melt and flow over time and won’t dry out if it is reheated upon arrival.
We have multiple cheese options that work well for delivery dishes. Here are a few of our top picks to inspire delivery menus.
Arugula Salad with Citrus Chicken Skewers
Woolwich Dairy goat cheese tastes great crumbled on arugula with chicken salad skewers that are seasoned with citrus. To ensure the salad stays fresh during delivery, package the cheese and the salad dressing in their own solo cups so customers can dress the salad themselves. Our Goat cheese is available pre-crumbled, making it easy to use while reducing waste.
Mac n’ Cheese
Mac ‘n’ cheese is a great option for a delivery menu because it stays hot during the delivery journey or can be easily reheated after delivery. Saputo Italiano 4 Formaggi offers a delicious, creamy twist on mac ‘n’ cheese, bringing together Pizza Mozzarella cheese, Gouda cheese, Parmesan cheese and Provolone cheese in an easy to use blend.
Cheese can surprisingly add spice to a dish. A quesadilla featuring Armstrong Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño and fresh toppings such as shrimp, avocado, fresh coriander, salsa or sour cream, is an excellent Tex-Mex choice for delivery menus as it offers the spicy taste Canadians crave4.
Gourmet wrap with Brie Cheese
Wraps made with Alexis de Portneuf Brie cheese offer gourmet taste and a creamy consistency. It pairs perfectly with grilled chicken, asparagus, and prosciutto. Best of all, it will stay fresh and won’t get soggy while in transit to the customer’s front door.
Spicy Salami and Olive Pizza
Restaurants offering pizza or thinking of adding it to the menu should consider the delicious flavour combination of salami, olives and Saputo Pizza Mozzarella cheese. We offer a range of Pizza Mozzarella cheeses including Saputo Gold Pizza Mozzarella Saputo 20% Pizza Mozzarella cheese and individually quick frozen (IQF) all of which work well for delivery pizzas..
Fresh Milk that Makes Delivery Easy
It is important to consider the beverages as well as the food on the delivery menu. Milk2Go single-serving bottles are a nutritious and convenient addition to a delivery beverage menu. In fact, 40% of consumers who buy milk said they would purchase Milk2Go single-serving bottles at restaurants or cafes5. Milk2Go milk does not contain preservatives and the bottles are shelf stable so they do not need to be refrigerated during delivery or storage, freeing up valuable refrigerator space in the restaurant kitchen and reducing the risk of expiry.
Cheese and dairy products are a great addition to any delivery food or beverage menu, and you can count on Saputo Foodservice to offer the quality products and trusted expertise to find the right product in the right format for your business needs.
1 The Online Foodservice Consumer - US, August 2016
2 Restaurants Canada Foodservice Facts 2018
3 The NDP Group Inc. CREST YE April 2018
4 Technomic Food Flash - Feb 2018
5 NDP CREST - Milk2Go Opportunity Customer Study - YE November 2014