Our Biggest 5 Restaurant Flavor Trend Predictions

From pumpkin spice to Chile de Arbol, here we dive into the restaurant industry’s top trending flavors and predict the ones that’ll last until 2021. Fall Favorites Fall flavors are dominating the market right now. Yelp’s recent data (from 9/21/2020) shows that searches for pumpkin spice foods were up dramatically from last year: pumpkin spiceContinue reading “Our Biggest 5 Restaurant Flavor Trend Predictions”

Restaurant Business Trends to Follow in 2021

2020 has been quite a learning experience. From social distancing to customers wearing face masks, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced us to new vocabulary and concepts never heard of in the restaurant industry: businesses had to sell grocery items and toilet paper during the quarantine, specialty menu items had to go due to supply chainContinue reading “Restaurant Business Trends to Follow in 2021”

The Future of Restaurant Technology

The AI and tech that will take over the restaurant industry. We previously discussed social distancing and contact-free technology that offered safety solutions during the pandemic. But there’s much more that tech has to offer, especially when it comes to AI being integrated into guest order systems, training, and restaurant operations. Here are some standoutContinue reading “The Future of Restaurant Technology”

Why Now and into 2021 is a Great Time to Buy a Franchise

With all the trouble the pandemic has given the restaurant industry these past couple months, you might be surprised to hear that restaurant franchising opportunities have never been stronger. There are brands that are outpacing the overall industry.  From an interview with Restaurant Business Magazine, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream reported selling 18 franchise agreements thisContinue reading “Why Now and into 2021 is a Great Time to Buy a Franchise”

Restaurant Menu Food Trends of COVID-19

Back in December we did a blog piece on our most anticipated food trends, never knowing what 2020 would bring, what with COVID-19 and the impact the pandemic would have on the restaurant industry. Eight months later and we are looking forward again. Here are some food trends on the spotlight today. Wellness and Immune-BoostingContinue reading “Restaurant Menu Food Trends of COVID-19”

Upcoming Restaurant Tech Trends of the Post-COVID-19 World

The restaurant industry had to adapt to changes in consumer behavior during the COVID19 pandemic, testing out operational innovations and relying on technological solutions that allowed for social distancing and ensuring sanitation (1, 2). But even after the pandemic, sanitation and safety concerns are expected to remain, and the restaurant business model may have toContinue reading “Upcoming Restaurant Tech Trends of the Post-COVID-19 World”

Defining a Post-COVID19 Consumer: What Your Guests Will Look for When They Walk Through Your Doors

by Bora Kang You’ve re-opened your restaurant, congratulations! But much has changed since you’ve last had dine-in guests; consumer spending behavior and eating habits have been reset. Other than your most loyal customers, there is no guarantee that your old guests will return to dine with you while social distancing and other public health recommendationsContinue reading “Defining a Post-COVID19 Consumer: What Your Guests Will Look for When They Walk Through Your Doors”

What’s Packing Your Food? Restaurant Delivery Packaging Trends

A restaurant’s packaging is not just a vehicle for carrying food—it’s a statement that informs customers about your business’s brand and values. According to Technomic, a food industry research firm, 64% of consumers consider high quality packaging an important factor in deciding where to order food (1). And as Alicia McCabe, senior director of FoodContinue reading “What’s Packing Your Food? Restaurant Delivery Packaging Trends”

What’s Next? The Rise of Gen Z Trends

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog posts you’ve probably read what we had to say about millennial food trends in “Our Most Anticipated 2020 Food Trends List.” But what about Gen Z, the so-called digital generation? Born after 1997, research shows that this group will be responsible for up to 40 percent ofContinue reading “What’s Next? The Rise of Gen Z Trends”

Incorporating the “New” Snack Trend

Great news! Snacking has become something we do 24/7. According to Skift Restaurant Megatrends of 2019, “customers are eating whatever they want, and whenever they want it” (1). Whether it is midday snacking or late night eating, “the definition of meals, where and when we have them, is becoming more fluid,” said David Portalatin, VP,Continue reading “Incorporating the “New” Snack Trend”

Our Most Anticipated 2020 Food Trends List

2019 has been fun. We saw the rise of veggie entrees, oat milk, boba tea and new allergy-free foods (1). We saw the growth of veganism, and the amount of sensation the Impossible Burger has generated around plant-based eating. But what comes afterwards? What new food trend would the new year bring?  We’re pitching ourContinue reading “Our Most Anticipated 2020 Food Trends List”

Fall Menu Trends: It’s All About the Comfort

Fall themed menus seem to crop up earlier each year¹, what with Dunkin’s launching their pumpkin and apple cider flavors on August 21, and Starbucks heralding the start of Fall with its pumpkin spice latte and other array of seasonal desserts on August 27th, weeks before the official start of the season. There is noContinue reading “Fall Menu Trends: It’s All About the Comfort”

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