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Consumers Love Asian Appetizers

Consumers Love Asian Appetizers

A recent Technomic report confirms what most operators probably already know - that consumers LOVE globally influenced foods. In fact, most have eaten them within the past month!* Here are a few fun facts about global cuisines: They’re most explored during lunch (34%)...

Craveable Latin Flavors are Ideal for On-the-Go

Craveable Latin Flavors are Ideal for On-the-Go

Consumers’ eating habits are evolving. Instead of the traditional “three square meals,” today’s consumers are more and more likely to eat several smaller meals or snacks across all dayparts. This means that easy access to...

Classic Italian is Ideal for Takeout and Delivery

Classic Italian is Ideal for Takeout and Delivery

As delivery and takeout dining continue to remain popular with foodservice consumers, operators are always on the lookout for easy ways to keep attracting current and new customers. Changing pandemic travel restrictions help boost interest in the top three favorite...

Score Big This Fall with Craveable Appetizers

Score Big This Fall with Craveable Appetizers

Entrée salads really hit their stride in summertime, with new salad introductions peaking in the warmer months to take advantage of fresh vegetables and greens1.

Datassential recently reported that salads are the number one item on lunch menus, even outranking…

Fried Vegetables Offer Menu Versatility

Fried Vegetables Offer Menu Versatility

As popular as fried vegetables and fried cheese are among restaurant customers, it just makes sense to use them in as many creative ways as possible, including side dishes, appetizers, and toppings. Fried vegetables are up 37.5% over the past four years on the menus...

Shareable Appetizers Give Customers the Fun They Crave

Shareable Appetizers Give Customers the Fun They Crave

With many states and municipalities easing restrictions on restaurant dining, customers are eager to get back to enjoying dine-in meals with family and friends. As the industry gradually gets back to normal post-COVID, restaurants are increasingly considering the...

Fried on Fresh

Fried on Fresh

Entrée salads really hit their stride in summertime, with new salad introductions peaking in the warmer months to take advantage of fresh vegetables and greens1.

Datassential recently reported that salads are the number one item on lunch menus, even outranking…

Hot Ideas for Your Cinco de Mayo Menu

Hot Ideas for Your Cinco de Mayo Menu

Holidays like Cinco de Mayo tend to stir up demand for festive Mexican favorites. Party packs, sampler platters, and other volume positioning are logical ways to present limited-time offers (LTOs). Put together a mix-and-match sampler of mini-Mexican appetizers like...

Save Time and Labor with These 7 Items

Save Time and Labor with These 7 Items

Using ready-to-eat (RTE) products in your restaurant operation is a great way to save time and labor back-of-house as the industry continues to recover from the impact of COVID-19. In 2020, the virus led to the closure of 17% of restaurants (or about 110,000...

What are Foodservice Consumers Craving in 2021?

What are Foodservice Consumers Craving in 2021?

As we move into 2021 with cautious optimism, 68% of consumers say they are “very excited to dine in” at restaurants again once they feel it’s safe. Technomic reports that industry sales declined by about $267 billion in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During that...

Culinary Trends For the Year Ahead

Culinary Trends For the Year Ahead

Plant-Based Options are the Rage in 2021 One culinary trend often goes hand-in-hand with another; and in 2021, the popularity of plantforward foods is a perfect match for the global flavors customers are craving. More than half of consumers believe restaurants should...

The 3 Most Popular Appetizers of 2020

The 3 Most Popular Appetizers of 2020

Even with all the changes restaurants experienced in 2020, some things stayed the same. In operations throughout the industry, salads, soups, and wings remained the most commonly menued appetizers. Salads Salads were on appetizer menus in 83.6% of restaurants in 2020....

Update Your Menu for Success Now and in the Future

Update Your Menu for Success Now and in the Future

If 2020 had been a “normal” year, many restaurant operators would be expanding their menus or even opening additional locations. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a wrench into nearly everyone’s plans. The virus has had a massive impact on foodservice, with...

3 Tips on Choosing Your Frozen Foods Supplier

3 Tips on Choosing Your Frozen Foods Supplier

Foodservice operators learned through COVID that working with trusted suppliers who are willing to assist them through even the toughest circumstances are vital to their survival. Many food processors dealt with their own plant closures due to COVID outbreaks, raw...

There’s More to Mozzarella Sticks Than Cheese

There’s More to Mozzarella Sticks Than Cheese

One of the most popular menu items at restaurants and sports bars throughout the country is a basket of hot, fried mozzarella sticks. Up 3.6% over the past year to 12.7% menu penetration1, mozzarella sticks could be the item your operation is missing. The most...

5 Ways to Explore the World of Fusion Foods

5 Ways to Explore the World of Fusion Foods

We tend to think of fusion foods as a relatively new trend, ushered in by celebrity chefs and the food truck boom of recent years. The truth is, foods that blend culinary worlds have been around for centuries. The most well-known example of a “fusion” dish actually...

Fried Pickles—Comfort Food with a Modern Twist

Fried Pickles—Comfort Food with a Modern Twist

Like many food legends, the history of the fried pickle is murky at best. However, the most common tale places the credit on an Arkansas drive-in around 1963. As the story goes, the eatery’s owner looked across the street at the local pickle factory, and in a burst of...

An Amazing Menu is Crucial to Restaurant Success

An Amazing Menu is Crucial to Restaurant Success

Many people dream of opening a restaurant. Serving beautifully plated food to smiling, happy customers; getting involved in the community; being financially successful … it’s like something out of a movie. But as the saying goes, “If it was easy, everyone would do...