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.
As each new year nears, industry experts and research analysts serve up a smorgasbord of foodservice trends and offer insights into what to expect in the coming months. So how did the prognostications pan out in 2019? Reviewing a few overarching trends could provide valuable food for thought.
Today’s fast-paced lifestyle calls for quick eats, making smaller bites a big deal. With 6 in 10 adults surveyed globally preferring to eat many small meals throughout the day instead of a few large ones,1 snackable menu options have become a must for operators looking to boost business.
Delivery may be the revenue engine du jour, and it may even be here for the long haul, but bumps in the road show it’s no one-way street to success. Instead of a shortcut to sales, delivery has proven to be a challenging segment to navigate.
The eyes have it! Social media has become a feeding frenzy for visually interesting culinary concepts. Starbucks Unicorn Frappucino may be the quintessential example of a concept that the eyes couldn’t help but drink in. The neon purple and blue concoction—so snap-worthy in its rich, colorful, almost confectionery appearance—seemed ready-made for the age of Instagram, where it generated 155,000 posts over the short course of its April 19-23, 2019 run dates.1