Tag Archives: Food Trend

Cheese and Charcuterie

cheeseplate

Charcuterie has become a mature trend that continues to appear on menus across the country as more consumers have become familiar with its many facets. Charcuterie works! Great charcuterie is an excellent display of quality handcrafted meats and artisanal cheeses rich in umami for an intense culinary experience. Adding it to any menu only requires two basic skills; procuring the ...

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5 Ways to Include Snacks on Your Menu

Pizza Snack

Who wants to look at empty tables? While snack menu items aren’t meant to replace  meals, they help fill the seats for those in-between mealtimes. Here are six important snacking areas, plotted on all points of the indulgent-to-healthy  spectrum that are truly “all for all”: midmorning, happy hour, late-night, snacks, gluten-free and vegetarian. 1. MidMorning French Toast Cups: Draw in ...

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7 Ways to Snack in Style

metal snackware

As snacks are becoming more mainstream, add a special flare with these Snack Menu Serviceware Items. Here are our top picks for your tabletop. 1. Conical Baskets These have an awesome way of making less look like more. Pile in kabobs, fries, and other finger foods to create an appetizing array of food but with less negative space. You can ...

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The Snack Culture

Snack Trend

It’s called grazing. Or snacking. And Americans are developing a chronic case of it. But this nontraditional eating habit is more than a phase. Snacks are perfectly sized and priced for today’s slow-moving economy, changing employment landscape, healthy-eating awareness, and of course, hunger. While some worry snack culture will negatively affect lunch and dinner profits, others are reaping the benefits ...

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4 Salad Toppings That Add Nutritional Value

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The best salads are those that have toppings with a mix of textures—crisp, soft, crunchy, colorful, salty, or sweet. At the same time, consumers are learning that the more toppings on a salad, the more calories it packs. The good news is that you don’t need to stick with a bland salad. Certain toppings can be both a great source ...

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Do Salads Matter?

Salads

Consumer trend reports from 2014 reveal insights into consumer preferences for salad. According to a news release from Technomics, more than 43 percent of consumers strongly agree that  they visit certain restaurants specifically because they enjoy the salads those restaurants offer. Other Findings: 60% of consumers say it is important that salad be bundled with other items. Consumers want to ...

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Are You Capitalizing on the Popularity of Salads?

salad popularity

These days, healthy eating isn’t just talk. Many food operators have noticed that the scales have tipped in the last 18 months as guests actively scour for healthy—yet delicious—menu options. This is not a dining trend, but rather a lifestyle change that has taken root in many American households due to the spread of food education via the Internet and ...

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The Menu Adoption Cycle of Cheese

Menu adoption cycle of cheeses

Each cheese you use is at a particular stage on the Menu Adoption Cycle. Do you know what these stages are? It is important to understand the characteristic differences of each stage. Trends in the adoption stage, for example, are likely to continue growing, as they have (just) begun to gain broad support. Those in the inception stage, meanwhile, are ...

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Tips to Reduce Food Waste

Reduce Food Waste

Nose to tail cooking has been heralded by influential chefs for the last several years—now the focus has expanded to the rest of the menu, fresh produce in particular. Root to stalk, compost cooking, vegetable offal…whatever you call it, it’s good for business…and the planet. Using more of any ingredient reduces food waste and lowers food and trash costs. When ...

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Don’t Miss the Boat on Fish Tacos

fish taco trend

Last year, Technomic reported that the incidence of fish tacos on restaurant menus was up 22.5%. Restaurant Hospitality says that you are missing the boat on a key profit opportunity if you’re not selling fish tacos at your casual or midscale restaurant. They are one of the hottest restaurant trends. Customers love them because they are loaded with fresh and ...

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