Climate change isn’t limited to the planet. Concern over global warming has turned up the heat on foodservice operators to sharpen their focus on sustainability, and the business climate has shifted to recognize that what’s good for the planet is good for the bottom line.
As two major foodservice trends, robotics and plant-based meat alternatives are playing a pivotal role in paving the way to the future of the industry. International food and restaurant consultants Baum+Whiteman have identified robotics as the trend of the year and include plant-based chicken as another top trend expected to reach new heights in 2022.1
It’s comforting to think that however much the foodservice landscape shifts, comfort food retains its appeal and can be counted on by operators to serve up sales.
There may not be any crystal ball to tell us what the foodservice industry can expect this year and beyond, but there is a feast of research to dig into. So let’s serve up a few juicy morsels that are sure to whet your appetite for what’s on course for the foreseeable future.'
As America’s most-ordered meal at restaurants, burgers bite off a huge chunk of market share. For the year ending June 2021, burgers gobbled up 7.6 billion sales—far more than any other menu item.1 A versatile and reliable business booster, the classic burger is a cash cow that restaurant brands refresh and reinvent with endless culinary ingenuity.