Millennials may be giving operators the most food for thought when it comes to adapting to the shifting foodservice landscape, but Gen Z is poised to bite off more and more market share. Born between 1995 and 2012, the Gen Z population is projected to reach a peak life stage for restaurant patronage by 2024.1
Given millennial demand for bold, adventurous flavor profiles and eclectic culinary experimentation, more chefs and operators are focusing on menu innovation in hopes of driving a higher check average.
Restaurant operations always seem to be serving up generous helpings of menu innovation as they dig deeper into a market hungry for bold flavor profiles and new taste experiences. Add wellness, local sourcing and sustainability trends to the mix and you have a robust recipe for culinary ingenuity that can help feed the consumer appetite for a more holistic foodservice approach across segments.
The promise and potential of technology have whetted the appetite of foodservice operators for exponentially greater efficiency and higher margins. In fact, tech has triggered a feeding frenzy of interest as industry professionals strive to keep pace with the latest advances and innovations.
As each new year nears, industry experts and research analysts serve up a smorgasbord of foodservice trends and offer insights into what to expect in the coming months. So how did the prognostications pan out in 2019? Reviewing a few overarching trends could provide valuable food for thought.