We can’t help but feel it—a surging wave of summer vibes after two years of pent-up passion for all the flavors and fun of a season associated with good times and great tastes. The rollback of restrictions is sure to release the foodservice floodgates as menu innovation makes the most of a season of opportunity for sizzling sales.
Desserts can be a big draw—a third of consumers say they sometimes visit a restaurant specifically because of one it offers.1 Yet historically, only 35% of operators have included frozen treats on their menu.2
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Food and beverage subscription programs may be going from feast to famine as the foodservice landscape shifts again.
After a surge of sales earlier in the pandemic, for example, the meal-kit segment has become a Pandora’s box of challenges now that rising food costs, supply chain snafus and returning restaurant traffic have resulted in a steep falloff of subscriptions.1
Driven by a need for nourishment, distraction and other factors,1 in recent years, snacking has become somewhat of a national pastime.
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As the chicken sandwich wars continue to reach new heights, it was inevitable that they would dovetail with another major foodservice trend: plant-based chicken. Protein alternatives in the category could rise fast in the pecking order of chicken sandwiches, given high demand for foods that are both flavorful and functional—a combination that COVID-19 has brought to the front burner of foodservice.