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Protein Power! The Future of Protein Alternatives in Foodservice

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Apr 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Given the heightened awareness of the importance of better-for-you and functional food options, it makes sense that demand for protein alternatives would grow exponentially during the pandemic.

As we reported in our 2021 Foodservice Trends: A Look at the Road Ahead report, 78% of consumers would like restaurants to menu more food and beverages with functional benefits.1 The consumer appetite for functional foods is robust, with 61% of those surveyed saying they're either extremely or very interested in them.1

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Topics: Trends, Better-for-You, Vegan, Vegetarian, Flexitarian, Plant-Forward, Foodservice Industry, Sustainability, Health & Wellness, COVID-19, Coronavirus

A Feast from the East: Asian Influences Add Flavor to Foodservice

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Mar 30, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Looking for flavorful culinary concepts to add international flair to your menu mix? Go east for a feast of ideas and inspiration.

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Topics: Trends, College & University, Creative Inspiration, Flavors & Ingredients, Culinary, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Fast-Casual Restaurant

Restaurant Revenue Reimagined: Pandemic Dishes Out Disruption

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Mar 16, 2021 8:00:00 AM

As COVID-19 set in with swift and sweeping repercussions across the restaurant industry, operators found themselves scrambling for solutions to salvage sales. Rapid reaction and the need for speed replaced research and development.

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Topics: Trends, Menu, Menu Strategy, Sales & Profitability, Operations, Drive-Thru, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Fast-Casual Restaurant, Off-Premises

Easy Does It: Restaurants Find Comfort Food Sales Satisfying

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Mar 9, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Comfort foods stand the test of time because they feed a perennial need for gratifying flavor experiences that offer respite from everyday cares and concerns. Survey data shows that 78% of consumers surveyed (84% of millennials) snack for a sense of comfort.1 What’s more, a majority say snacks are just as important to their mental (71%) and emotional (70%) well-being as their physical well-being.

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Topics: Trends, Foodservice Industry, Menu Strategy, Recipes, Culinary, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Fast-Casual Restaurant

Snacking Comes of Age: Understand Generational Preferences to Position Your Menu for Success

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Feb 25, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Snacking has become increasingly popular in recent years—and shows no signs of slowing down. 

In 2018, 80% of consumers snacked at least once a day.1 Two years later, 88% of adults surveyed for Mondelēz International’s 2020 State of Snacking™ report said they were noshing between meals just as much as—or more than—they did in 2019.2

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Topics: Millennials, Trends, Promotions, Marketing & Communications, Side Dishes, Quick Service Restaurant, Appetizers/Snacks, Snack, Gen Z, Gen X, Baby Boomers, Gum & Candy, Single-Serve, OREO, Dessert Ingredients, Foodservice Industry, Menu, Consumer, Demographic, Flavors & Ingredients, Menu Strategy, Retail, Operations, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Fast-Casual Restaurant, Branded Ingredients, Mashups, Flavor Profiles, Personalization, Consumer Behavior, Value, Indulgence, Customization, Limited Time Offers (LTOs)

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See how you can leverage 2020’s top trends to help tailor your menu for today’s evolving tastes.
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