Nov 07, 2023
By Jane Brown
Some Canadians are not enjoying the restaurant experience these days amid higher menu prices.
A survey of 5521 people was conducted by the Agri-Food Analytics Lab and found fewer than 30 percent are satisfied after going out to eat.
Agri-Food Analytics Lab Director Sylvain Charlebois says Canadians are noticing three negative factors.
“Skipflation, shrinkflation and the quality of service,” Charlebois explained, “So, smaller portion sizes a lot of people have noticed, portions are much smaller than they used to be. Skimpflation, ingredients are different. A lot of restaurant operators are using cheaper ingredients. And finally, the quality of service, I’ve experienced it, when you see a lot of people in training all of the time, it shows.”
A significant 88 percent of Canadians say they are dining out less to due to higher overall food prices compared with a year ago.
Other findings include 89.7 percent of Canadians have become more budget-conscious when deciding on a restaurant, compared with a year ago.
Eight percent of respondents say they no longer dine out at all.