Foodservice operators are busy sorting through a mixed bag of opportunities and challenges as states reopen and dining rooms resume service. But while there’s been a feeding frenzy of attention focused on the commercial sector, noncommercial dining is also undergoing a transformation.
Commercial foodservice wasn't alone in having to shutter on-site dining services and shift to off-premises meal solutions in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Noncommercial sectors such as K–12 foodservice also got a crash course in how to cope with a seismic disruption to their systems.
Restaurant operations always seem to be serving up generous helpings of menu innovation as they dig deeper into a market hungry for bold flavor profiles and new taste experiences. Add wellness, local sourcing and sustainability trends to the mix and you have a robust recipe for culinary ingenuity that can help feed the consumer appetite for a more holistic foodservice approach across segments.
The promise and potential of technology have whetted the appetite of foodservice operators for exponentially greater efficiency and higher margins. In fact, tech has triggered a feeding frenzy of interest as industry professionals strive to keep pace with the latest advances and innovations.
Let’s face it: We could all use a little schooling when it comes to taking advantage of the opportunities for increased sales and customer loyalty that the back-to-school season presents. Providing healthy options is a hot trend across the foodservice industry, and schools are no exception to the rule.