Metaverse: What it means for restaurants

Metaverse is the next evolution of social media, virtual reality, and the virtual world. Facebook has now been rebranded to the name, “Meta,” and is creating a virtual world through the metaverse. Meta’s (Facebook) founder, Mark Zuckerberg intends for metaverse to be a 3D, virtual space in which people can socialize, learn, and collab withContinue reading “Metaverse: What it means for restaurants”

QR Codes and Digital Menus are Transforming the Restaurant Business

Once the lockdown restrictions were lifted, many people were still concerned about their health and safety when dining at restaurants. This concern caused many restaurants to move towards the widespread use of QR codes and digital menus. Having said that, experts say that this kind of technology will probably still around long after the pandemicContinue reading “QR Codes and Digital Menus are Transforming the Restaurant Business”

Holiday Beverage Trends:
Non-Alcoholic Drinks and Alcohol To-Go

This holiday season, entering into 2022, there may be more people staying home by themselves and not travel as much to visit their families. This means that more people are looking for ways to make their holidays easier. If spending it by themselves or with a small group of people, they may be looking forContinue reading “Holiday Beverage Trends:
Non-Alcoholic Drinks and Alcohol To-Go”

Fall 2021 Food & Beverage Trends

“In 2020, new food and drink line extensions plummeted by 29% versus the prior three-year average in multi-outlet retailers and convenience stores, per an innovation report from IRI.”1 Due to the pandemic, there is a lot of uncertainty of what to expect in the months to come and unpredictability. However, when it comes to fall,Continue reading “Fall 2021 Food & Beverage Trends”

Navigating the Supply Chain in the Restaurant Industry

Since the start of the pandemic, safety measures such as social distancing, lockdowns and mask-wearing have completely changed our understanding of how consumers spend on food. We saw customers stockpiling on groceries and supplies in homes instead of going out to eat, raising retail sales by 29 percent over the previous year (1). Meanwhile, salesContinue reading “Navigating the Supply Chain in the Restaurant Industry”

The 5 Biggest Restaurant Food Trends to Watch in 2021

2020 has certainly been a year like no other for the industry. Through stay-at-home orders and extended shutdowns, restauranteurs had to be nimble and creative, relentlessly searching for new business avenues and strategies to keep their businesses afloat. Now that 2021 is only weeks away, we are making predictions on what the new year willContinue reading “The 5 Biggest Restaurant Food Trends to Watch in 2021”

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”

Menu Development and Business Planning Resources

In the last few months, we have all seen a historical change in how restaurants operate and how restaurants have adapted to the new business environment that is a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In response to the “new normal” and evolving response to Covid-19, the following two guides were developed to assist the restaurantContinue reading “Menu Development and Business Planning Resources”

Catering for Restaurants

Important points to consider before starting a catering program Off-premise catering is undoubtedly a compelling business opportunity for restaurant owners. Aside from boosting revenue, catering can boost business during slow performing times, reduce excess food waste, allow for menu changes, and helps to increase employee retention as they gain new skills and varied tasks thatContinue reading “Catering for Restaurants”

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”

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”

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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