Snacking trends may evolve, but America’s appetite for snacks continues to feed the bottom line in a big way. The pandemic hasn't slowed our penchant for snacking, though it has changed what we consume—and when, where and how we do it.
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
Given millennial demand for bold, adventurous flavor profiles and eclectic culinary experimentation, more chefs and operators are focusing on menu innovation in hopes of driving a higher check average.
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.
Foodservice is constantly evolving, and each year brings a fresh set of forecasts for what’s new and what’s next. The stakes are high as operators strive to overcome challenges and maximize opportunities.