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Protein Power! The Future of Protein Alternatives in Foodservice

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Apr 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Given the heightened awareness of the importance of better-for-you and functional food options, it makes sense that demand for protein alternatives would grow exponentially during the pandemic.

As we reported in our 2021 Foodservice Trends: A Look at the Road Ahead report, 78% of consumers would like restaurants to menu more food and beverages with functional benefits.1 The consumer appetite for functional foods is robust, with 61% of those surveyed saying they're either extremely or very interested in them.1

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Topics: Trends, Better-for-You, Vegan, Vegetarian, Flexitarian, Plant-Forward, Foodservice Industry, Sustainability, Health & Wellness, COVID-19, Coronavirus

A Feast from the East: Asian Influences Add Flavor to Foodservice

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Mar 30, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Looking for flavorful culinary concepts to add international flair to your menu mix? Go east for a feast of ideas and inspiration.

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Topics: Trends, College & University, Creative Inspiration, Flavors & Ingredients, Culinary, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Fast-Casual Restaurant

All in Good Time: What Makes for a Winning LTO in 2021?

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Mar 25, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Operators have increasingly turned to limited time offers in recent years to entice customers and spur sales. In fact, Technomic research indicates that LTO launches among the biggest 500 chain restaurant and retail operations grew 64% from 2014 to 2019.1

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Topics: Merchandising, Promotions, Independents, Family Restaurant, Takeout, Quick Service Restaurant, Casual Dining Restaurant, Delivery, National, Custards/Cheesecakes, Cookies/Bars/Snacks, Ice Cream Desserts, Main Dishes, Dessert, Chocolate, CHIPS AHOY!, OREO, Cookies, Dessert Ingredients, Grab-and-Go, Convenience, Foodservice Industry, Menu, Creative Inspiration, Customer Experience, Consumer, Flavors & Ingredients, Menu Strategy, Food & Beverage, Packaging, Sales & Profitability, Drive-Thru, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Curbside Pickup, Fast-Casual Restaurant, Branded Ingredients, Flavor Profiles, Consumer Behavior, Indulgence, Limited Time Offers (LTOs), Dips/Spreads/Sauces, Sandwiches/Burgers, Prepackaged, Nostalgia

Sales Surge: Consumers Dig In to Foodservice Despite Pandemic

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Mar 23, 2021 8:00:00 AM

If there can be a bright side to the pandemic, it’s the resolve and resiliency of the restaurant industry during an astonishingly challenging time. Amid the massive fallout, operators continue to turn the tables and take sales from fizzle to sizzle.

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Topics: Takeout, Delivery, Sales & Profitability, Operations, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Fast-Casual Restaurant, Off-Premises

Restaurant Revenue Reimagined: Pandemic Dishes Out Disruption

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Mar 16, 2021 8:00:00 AM

As COVID-19 set in with swift and sweeping repercussions across the restaurant industry, operators found themselves scrambling for solutions to salvage sales. Rapid reaction and the need for speed replaced research and development.

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Topics: Trends, Menu, Menu Strategy, Sales & Profitability, Operations, Drive-Thru, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Fast-Casual Restaurant, Off-Premises

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See how you can leverage 2020’s top trends to help tailor your menu for today’s evolving tastes.
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