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.
Looking for flavorful culinary concepts to add international flair to your menu mix? Go east for a feast of ideas and inspiration.
Comfort foods stand the test of time because they feed a perennial need for gratifying flavor experiences that offer respite from everyday cares and concerns. Survey data shows that 78% of consumers surveyed (84% of millennials) snack for a sense of comfort.1 What’s more, a majority say snacks are just as important to their mental (71%) and emotional (70%) well-being as their physical well-being.
Two ex-Googlers are going big with a new concept that could challenge the small mom-and-pop shops from which it takes its name. Bodega has arrived, and it could help drive the digitized gentrification and automation of foodservice.
Trendsetting millennials know exactly what they want when it comes to snack foods. We’ve posted about the four distinctive types of millennial snackers, and this large consumer group continues to inspire trends.