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How to Make Fall a Stellar Dessert Season

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Aug 25, 2022 8:00:00 AM

In fall, as the weather begins to cool, consumers’ appetite for desserts that include warm, toasty flavors starts to heat up.

Restaurants may find customers are seeking sweets such as pies and souffles, featuring autumnal ingredients like cinnamon, ginger, nuts and apples, according to Clarice Lam, Mondelēz Foodservice brand ambassador, contributor to Epicurious and Spruce Eats, and founder of The Baking Bean, a Brooklyn direct-to-consumer bakery specializing in all-natural seasonal sweets.

Consumers want warm and cozy dishes for the fall—flavors that remind them of the holidays and family,” Lam said in an interview with marketing agency The Food Group.

In fact, more than half (53%) of consumers say they’re interested in seasonally influenced desserts.1

The ingredients, trendiness and other aspects, though, can affect how new menu items are received. To ensure any fall desserts you introduce are a sales success, consider weaving in some of the following features.

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Topics: Promotions, Pies/Tarts, Custards/Cheesecakes, Beverages, Ice Cream Desserts, Dessert, Holidays, Seasonal, OREO, SOUR PATCH KIDS, Dessert Ingredients, Creative Inspiration, Branded Ingredients, Flavor Profiles, Limited Time Offers (LTOs), Nostalgia, Foodservice, Shakes/Smoothies/Frozen Beverages, Comfort

Menu Momentum: Limited-Time Offers Bring Mix of Fresh and Familiar to the Table

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Aug 23, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Limited-time offers are a great way to jumpstart sales with signature items that hit the market’s sweet spot. But are today’s consumers hungry for the new or the tried-and-true? Novelty and fresh twists on old favorites are defining characteristics of limited-time offers, but a balanced approach may be the recipe for success, especially when it comes to seasonal menus.

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Topics: Trends, Menu Strategy, Sales & Profitability, Operations, Limited Time Offers (LTOs), Sandwiches/Burgers

Cool It! Summer LTOs Focus on Refreshing Fruit Flavors

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Aug 16, 2022 8:00:00 AM

‘Tis the season—for watermelon. It’s summer, and the indulging is easy with the fruit and vegetable varieties of the season going through their annual growth spurt on menus everywhere. 

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Topics: Trends, Menu, Menu Strategy, Health & Wellness, Sales & Profitability, Operations, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Limited Time Offers (LTOs)

Rising to the Challenge: Restaurant Chains Elevate the Customer Experience In-Store and Online

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Aug 9, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Off-premise channels have surged since the pandemic, conditioning consumers to expect ease and convenience in their foodservice options. But as foot traffic returns and younger consumers begin to raise families, restaurants are revisiting the overall experience they offer to this critical demographic cohort. 

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Topics: Restaurant, Customer Experience, Sales & Profitability, Operations, Restaurants, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Fast-Casual Restaurant, Digital/Online Ordering

Secret Sauce: Less Is More for Successful Restaurant Chains During the Pandemic

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Aug 2, 2022 8:00:00 AM

The resiliency of the foodservice industry has been on full display during the pandemic. As is often the case during challenging times, “leaner and smarter” became a guiding principle for many of today’s major restaurant chains, with sales growth far exceeding unit growth.1 Doing more with less and maximizing profitability while minimizing cost has been the secret sauce to cooking up success under duress. 

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Topics: Loyalty, Sales & Profitability, Operations, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Limited Time Offers (LTOs)

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