How full-service restaurants are redefining autumn menus – and leveraging seasonal offerings in a profitable way
At a special International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) presentation by Qualisoy, Datassential’s Colleen McClellan shared consumer dessert trends
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The changing restaurant landscape doesn’t just impact restaurant owners looking for their next concept. It also influences the cuisines consumers become more familiar with and expect from any chef’s menu.
According to our 2019 College & University Keynote Report (which includes data and insights from 120 C&U operators and 1,000 current students), nearly half of today’s students consider themselves foodies, motivating on-campus dining concepts to evolve.
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RTD cocktails in 2019 have changed from the overly sweet ones of yesteryear. They now run the gamut from health-conscious hard seltzers (low in sugar and calories) to boozy classics that freeze well (manhattans, negronis, martinis) to hand-crafted drinks
Fewer than 1% of bar and restaurant menus include the highball, and only 22% of consumers 21 or over have tried it, the brand notes, citing food industry research firm Datassential
“If you look at menus, you can predict food trends at restaurants and at home,” Li said.
The supply hiccups may be a sign of how eager companies are to expand market share as demand soars for meat alternatives and startups that make the products increasingly go national.
Classic toppings get global makeovers
It’s happened with kale, avocado and cauliflower: Fresh produce trends move through a menu cycle in an established pattern of inception, adoption, proliferation and ubiquity.
Players in this category have spent the past few years evolving their food offerings beyond the stereotypical, hours-old hot dogs on a roller grill and the effort is likely eating into quick-service restaurants’ market share.
From candy to kombucha to our national mood, acidity is everywhere.
Now brands are finding inventive ways to help satisfy consumers’ cravings for sweets and incorporating healthful adds.
The tangy Argentinian steak sauce is rapidly gaining ground with American diners.
Luckily, layering textures has gotten a lot easier lately with the rise of numerous on-trend spice blends that add both flavor and texture to menus.
Half of restaurants menu seasonal dessert varieties or flavors, according to Datassential’s 2019 Dessert Keynote report.
Though this product still has a clear line to the original Soylent drink, Soylent Squared brings chewable fare back to its product portfolio.
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On menus, tortilla chips have grown — 8 percent in the last four years — and Kostyo predicts a 3 percent growth in the next four years.
It’s not just your imagination. Just about every fast-food chain, from McDonald’s to Carl’s Jr. to Burger King, is introducing more bacon items to their menus.
About 70 percent of fast food transactions happen at the drive-thru, Ashbrook said, and this is the first major innovation a chain has undertaken to improve that experience.
Datassential’s menu trend shows that 50.8% of U.S. restaurants offer avocado plus guacamole on their menus, an increase of 26% since 2008.
Mike Kostyo, trendologist and senior publications manager at Datassential, agrees rules have gone out the window.
Consumers say they’d like to eat more fish and shellfish
Whether you’re an operator or manufacturer, you should be concerned with how products are packaged.