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Pop-Up Power: Pop-Up Snack Shops Feed on a Strong Foodservice Trend

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Dec 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Snacking is taking up a commanding space at the table when it comes to food consumption. Survey data shows that snacking gobbles up 50% of all eating occasions,and one in four millennials snack four or more times a day.2 

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Topics: Marketing, Millennials, Snacking, Merchandising

Late Boomers: Baby Boomer-Focused Foodservice poised to Flourish

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Dec 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Marketing, Restaurant Operations, Technology, Trends, Desserts, Millennials

No Retain, No Gain: How Savvy Restaurant Operations Bring Customers Back to the Table

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Nov 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Nothing feeds the foodservice bottom line like loyal customers. As the National Restaurant Association reported, repeat customers account for as much as 70% of a restaurant’s revenue.1 These patrons are also more likely to have a higher check average, given survey data that shows a 60-70% probability of upselling to an existing customer, compared to 5-20% for new ones.2

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Topics: Promotions, Marketing, Restaurant Operations, Millennials, Technology, Snacking

An Appetite for Apps: Digging in to Digital foodservice trends (part 2)

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Oct 30, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Consumers who hunger for the speed and convenience of restaurant apps are occupying an increasingly prominent place at the foodservice table. The market research and analytics firm DMI dubs them “mobile reliants”—millennials who have come of age during the rise of digital connectivity and who eat up the at-your-fingertips features (like mobile ordering and payments) of quick service apps.1

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Topics: Restaurant Operations, Technology, Millennials, Marketing

To Catch a Unicorn: Colorful Foodservice Trend Captures Millennial Market

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Jul 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Leave it to the magic of social media to turn the myth of the unicorn into a dream come true for savvy food and beverage brands and foodservice operators. Unicorn food and beverages—those colorful, Instagram-worthy creations that surprise and delight a vast, visually oriented millennial market—are literally custom-made for the age of social media.

“Unicornification” (typically the act of dying food into a dazzling rainbow of pastels, often with a dash of glitter) has morphed everything from cheesecake, fudge, frappes, milkshakes, toast and cocktails into a shimmery, multicolored feast for the eyes.

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Topics: Marketing, Restaurant Operations, Snacking, Millennials

Meal Kits Offered in Stores Bite into Foodservice Market Share

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Jun 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Meal kits are elbowing their way to a place at the big-box table as major food retailers strive to satisfy the consumer’s hunger for convenient meal solutions.

As reported in our last post on the subject, it wasn't that long ago that meal kit sales broke the $1 billion mark. Now a $2.2 billion business with an expected annual growth rate of 25-30% over the next half-decade,1 meal kits continue to deliver big business for subscription services like Blue Apron and Plated. And, as Albertson’s $200 million purchase of Plated shows, more traditional segments of the food and beverage industry want in.

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Topics: Marketing, Millennials, Restaurant Operations, Trends

Gotta Love It: Social Media Feeds the Need for Menu Innovation

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on May 8, 2018 8:00:00 AM

There’s a lot to love when it comes to social media. Today’s consumers certainly seem to think so. According to data from Mintel, a leading provider of market research, insight and analysis, 93% of Americans are social media users.1

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Topics: Marketing, Trends, Snacking, Millennials

Smart Bites: Limited-Time Offers, Limitless Opportunities

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Apr 24, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Limited-time offers have gone a long way for a long time, and foodservice operators continue to get a lot of mileage out of them as go-to business boosters.

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Topics: Marketing, Millennials, Snacking, Trends, Desserts

Foodservice Wake-Up Call: Cereal Struggles to Bowl over Consumers

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Feb 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM
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Soggy sales are putting a damper on the cereal market, sinking business for some major brands. The popularity of this once-perennial staple has been declining for years as consumer preferences have shifted to better-for-you and grab-and-go breakfast options.

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Topics: Millennials, Trends, Marketing

Restaurant Operations Find Loyalty Programs Financially Rewarding

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Sep 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

More and more restaurant operations are serving up loyalty programs to help drive sales and build customer loyalty.1 As technology-driven innovations such as app-enabled takeout transform the foodservice industry, restaurant loyalty programs are experiencing a surge in popularity worldwide.1

In a poll last year of 6,500 internet users in eight countries, multinational computer technology company Oracle found that 65% of respondents in the U.S. belonged to foodservice loyalty programs.1 The popularity of such programs was highest in respondents from the States, with Brazil (64%) and Mexico (62%) close behind.1 In Great Britain and Australia, more than half of consumers surveyed said they were foodservice loyalty program members.1

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Topics: Loyalty, Marketing, Restaurant Operations

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