With their ever-shifting foodservice needs and expectations, customers continue to redefine dining experience. And this year, it will involve even less eating out and more off-premise and on-the-go orders; less restaurant waste and more sustainable options. Even non-food retailers are getting in on the action and so are robots and drones. What does this mean for the industry?
Are you an owner who wants to stay on top of the game? Maybe you’re a customer curious about what’s going down in 2018. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. Check out the top 3 foodservice trends of 2018 to know what’s hot in the industry right now and find out why people are loving it!
It’s a smorgasbord of new options for owners and managers. Restaurant equipment is getting slimmer, sleeker and more useful with time. 2018 will be a huge year for technological innovation in the back of the house. Check out these top 3 restaurant equipment trends of 2018 and stay in the loop.
From beautifully colored hardcopy menus to electronic and online menus, menu designs have tremendously changed over the years. All these changes on design, layout, appearance, and types of pictures are meant to solve customer complaints and improve the general service delivery. Are you ready for news?
Snacking has long been a part of American cuisine. Bite-size and small portion foods help to fill out the day in between our standard meal times, and many opt to snack as a way to indulge rather than sustain. The Millennial generation has further fueled the demand for snacking options, and restaurants who choose to forego these small-portion dishes can be missing out on a large chunk of profit.
Watching trends in foodservice is key to staying ahead of the game. In fact, we blog weekly about different ways to freshen your menu to keep up-to-date with the latest trends! A group of patrons who are having a big hand shaping the foodservice industry are college-aged millennials. With around 52 million millennials accounting for 13 billion visits and $73 billion dollars in foodservice establishments in 2010, it pays to take their heed and spend the effort and time in investing in their preferences.
Revolutionizing the foodservice industry, consumers are driving restaurant owners to be creative while paying close attention to the upcoming year’s trends. Based on consumer surveys and site visits, here are some trends to keep an eye on for 2015.
2015 is a whole new year, and you may be considering a swath of new and trendy ways to cater to your customers. As it were, many restaurants are tapping into the ‘restaurant kiosk’ fad which allows customers to self-serve and order without the help of employees.
We all know the general feeling towards Millennials - that it’s the generations of ‘me’. So it might surprise you that research from The NPD Group has found that Millennials in fact put their kids first.
A massive urban farming project has been proposed for the city of Detroit's Eastside in an effort to revitalize the city and make use of the more than 100,000 vacant plots of land that are currently vacant, reports The Detroit News. While many feel that the initiative has the potential to bring thousands of jobs and hundreds of new businesses to the area, residents remain suspicious and doubtful of the project's success.
The rapid growth in the mobile food truck industry over the past two years has brought an important question to the surface: Are food trucks a fad, or are they here to stay? With such a rapid and successful growth, many are waiting for what they believe is the necessary and instantaneous rapid decline. While many see quick succession as requiring a time restriction, the fact of the matter is that food trucks might actually be making a permanent niche in the food market! Balancing on the threshold between fad and routine, let’s take a look at food trucks and their impact on the restaurant biz.
President Obama’s Climate Action Plan aims at transitioning traditional methods of energy use into sustainable and environmentally-friendly sources, and the EPA is following alongside these goals by releasing proposals to cut back on many of the common HFC refrigerants that are in use today.
A set deadline for December 2015 was causing restaurant owners nationwide to scramble. The deadline indicated the date for which restaurants would need to provide nutrition information about every menu item to their customers. While some restaurants may have had an easy time with this new regulation, many smaller businesses and supermarkets were realizing that the looming deadline was likely to not be met. Now, the deadline has been moved back a year to December 2016 to give businesses extra time to plan and execute.
The recent surges in growth and success of fast-casual restaurants has certainly reshaped the structure of restaurant dining in recent years. Investors can’t get enough of the trend - and rightly so. The fast-casual sector has certainly earned its place as a high-demand stock, and investors wisely acted by purchasing even small fast-casual chain restaurants knowing they’re likely to succeed. But economy trends are pointing to a pitfall that may befall the fast-casual fad, and that’s the ‘bubble’. Is the fast-casual bubble about to burst?
Many chain restaurants already have branch restaurants within airport terminals to cater to customers on-the-go. These smaller versions of parent establishments tend to use less equipment and a smaller conjugated menu in order to ensure quick service, efficient workflow, and customer satisfaction that one would expect from the larger brick-and-mortar establishment.
Part of staying ahead of the game when you’re running a foodservice establishment is following trends and capitalizing on new and unique ingredients and flavors. Just recently, Oregon State University researchers stumbled upon what may be the newest fad in the industry: seaweed that tastes like bacon.
The fall season is upon us, and while the weather may still be warm, restaurants are already planning their fall menus. In fact, fall is one of the most specialized seasons in terms of flavors that can draw crowds. The jokes about ‘pumpkin flavored everything’ have a well-rooted base in truth, and those who forego fall flavors in their menus are also missing out on a huge chunk of seasonal profits. The flavors of fall are ever evolving, and this year we may see more of the savory and less of the sweet.
Keeping on top of the latest trends in the industry is what keeps your restaurant profitable, as you’re able to cater best to what customers want today. Here are some different ways to respond to the taste trends of your customers.
April was a successful month, at least for three quarters of the restaurant industry. The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index’s boost from these numbers shows a promising summertime start for restaurants nationwide, and many are feeling the morale increase as profits continue to steadily climb. An optimistic outlook for growth brings with it some new considerations for restaurants who may have been struggling in the past winter season.
Despite the many different types of food and drink that establishments serve, there are really only two types of restaurants- a chain eatery that has other locations nationwide, and a mom-and-pop store that only has a few local shops.
The London 2012 Olympics promises to be an exciting time for the United Kingdom. Athletes and fans from all over the world will descend upon the British city for a few weeks at the end of the summer, and many new facilities will be completed in time to offer a variety of services to these people. Since every visitor is going to need to eat, many new restaurants are being built by international corporations.
The Rotary Club has awarded prizes to homeowners who opted for modern themes this year in their 11th annual "Home of Distinction" Tour, reports San Louis Obispo's The Tribune. Special emphasis seemed to focus on everyone's favorite room: the kitchen.
When business is booming, many companies look to spend more on improving their efficiency. For culinary establishments, this means purchasing restaurant equipment that can help chefs perform everyday tasks such as preparing food and keeping drinks cold.
If you’ve been following the 2015 trend lists, you know that fire-roasting as a method of food preparation is one of the top three. Using the live fire of wood- and charcoal-fired indoor grills and ovens not only adds a little bit of excitement to the kitchen, but it also enhances the smoky flavors of your menu items.