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Menu Innovation Elation: Elevating Menus Helps Lift Sales

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

It can seem a tall order for foodservice operators to thrive these days. Innovate or evaporate is a suitable mantra, given tight margins, rising labor costs and insistent consumer demand for speed, convenience and exciting new flavor experiences.

A prime example of the shifting foodservice landscape, the rise of subscription meal kits has delivered a blow to the bottom line, siphoning off $5 billion in market share1 and encouraging consumers to eat in and bypass takeout. And in-store meal kit sales from traditional retailers are surging too, jumping 26.5% last year to $154.6 million.2 Spending on meal kits is picking up speed at a rate 3x faster than other channels.2

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Topics: Technology, Millennials, Restaurant Operations, Snacking

On Course: Restaurant Operations Cook Up A Promising Future

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

Ups and downs may be par for the course for independent restaurants, but now they seem to be happening simultaneously.

According to the NPD Group, a leading provider of industry analysis and advisory services, independent restaurants are expected to spend about $39 billion with foodservice manufacturers and broadline distributors this year—even though unit count dropped 3% in fall 2017 versus a year earlier.1

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Topics: Technology, Millennials, Restaurant Operations, Snacking, Trends

Convenience Accelerated: Foodservice Technology Fast-Tracks Sales

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on May 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Consumer demand for convenience seems to be picking up more and more speed in the foodservice industry. According to Mintel’s Foodservice Trends 2018, a quarter of consumers surveyed are dining out because they just don’t have the time to cook at home.1 What’s more, the shift away from traditional office environments to a remote workforce could help drive demand for all-day dining and delivery, especially with nearly one in 10 survey participants dining out to work remotely.2

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Topics: Technology, Millennials, Restaurant Operations, Trends

The Lowdown on High Tech: How Foodservice Innovation Feeds the Bottom Line

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Mar 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

As competition heats up, labor costs rise and demand for quick, convenient snack and meal options grows, operators across segments are turning to technology for solutions. The faster and more efficiently they can serve customers, the more robust the bottom line is likely to be. High tech, higher check average, lower costs seems a suitable mantra for foodservice operators in the digital age.

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Topics: Technology, Restaurant Operations, Trends

Fast Casual and Fast-Food Chains Shift Sales into High Gear (Part 1)

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

In the age of grab-and-go, when millennials demand foodservice operators cater to the need for speed in their busy lifestyles, self-service kiosks seem to be just what the foodservice customer ordered. Grab-and-go was bound to give way to tap-and-go, an even-more-streamlined ordering process for the $230 billion fast-food industry, where young customers are putting ever-greater emphasis on “fast.”1

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Topics: Technology, Millennials, Restaurant Operations

Go East, Young Man: Snacking Trends Surge in Asia

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Oct 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM
Life, liberty and the pursuit of snacking have always been a big deal in America. But Asia is rapidly becoming the land of opportunity for the foodservice industry and snack manufacturers as economic, technological and cultural transformations open markets and new business horizons.

A case in point is the Asia Pacific region. In the second offering of Food Industry Asia’s Lunch Series held in Singapore last year, global market intelligence agency Mintel identified four overarching trends that it anticipates will help drive food and drink consumption in the region in the coming years.1 Gleaned from the work of more than 100 Mintel analysts with a global reach across the food, drink and foodservice industries, the trends were parsed in a presentation by Avanthi Ravindran, senior trend and innovation consultant at Mintel South-East Asia and India.1 

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Topics: Technology, Snacking, Trends

Foodservice Trends 2017: Change Tops the Menu

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Feb 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

2016 was a whirlwind of on-the-go snacking, clean label watching, better-for-you branding and millennial menu-innovation mania. No surprise, then, that those in the know forecast flux for the new year.  

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Topics: Technology, Millennials, Trends

Cooking Up Successful Email Campaigns

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Sep 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM

A feast of devices and digital marketing channels has created a feeding frenzy for marketers hungry to reach new customers and retain existing ones. As we explored in “Marketing on the Menu,” digital marketing is a must-or-bust proposition for today’s restaurant operations. To keep pace with a digitally accelerating marketing environment filled with digitally savvy consumers, you need to capitalize on the foodservice trend of tapping into tech and get a handle on what it brings to the table.

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Topics: Technology, Millennials, Promotions, Marketing, Loyalty, Mobile

Marketing on the Menu: How to Put Promotions into Motion

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Aug 23, 2016 8:00:00 AM

photo-post_62.jpegBefore you can whet people’s appetite for your menu, you need to grab their attention—and that involves marketing. But with so many promotions circulating through today’s amazing array of marketing channels, from social (a huge smorgasbord in itself) and mobile to print and broadcast—it’s hard to keep pace with trends and zero in on what works best.

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Topics: Technology, Millennials, Promotions

E‑Commerce: A Feast of Opportunities and Challenges

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Aug 16, 2016 2:40:21 PM

For foodservice operators hungry for growth and higher margins, riding the e‑commerce wave can be very appealing. But understanding e‑commerce, its potential and pitfalls, is essential if you don’t want to come up empty, or worse, in a hole of wasted time and money.

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Topics: Technology, Trends, Marketing

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