Foodservice operators who are hungry for sales can always count on cookies. In fact, the beloved baked goods staple raises so much dough at limited service restaurants, cookies are the segment’s most menued dessert item.
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
As changing demographics transform the foodservice landscape, elevating menus to reflect America's diverse culinary influences takes center plate. Demographic shifts serve up opportunities for foodservice operators to pay homage to a broad spectrum of heritages. Insights into consumer segments are increasingly important as the market's appetite for ethnic culinary inspirations continue to grow.
Let’s face it: Small plates are a big deal. Quick, sharable and flavorful, they fill a need that traditional meals leave empty.
Bakery products continue to make a lot of bread for retailers and foodservice operators who rely on them to help feed the bottom line. In fact, bakery products compose 2.1% of the U.S. gross domestic product—about $311 billion in total economic output.1