• Brand New Trend? Wireless Charging Pads

    1/23/15  |  By: Doug
    Starbucks is at the forefront of a new trend aimed at attracting new customers and making repeat visitors feel more welcome than ever. The company is now giving the wireless pad charger a trial run in some of its stores. If the pad proves as popular as test studies indicate, it's likely to spread quickly throughout the restaurant industry. With phones, tablets, laptops and other devices using more power than ever, their use causes a huge drain on most batteries. Hence, the most...
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  • The Sourcing Integrity Trend

    9/26/14  |  By: Doug
    Food trends are not much different from music trends and fashion trends. New ones pop up with striking regularity, and old ones are discarded like an outdated pair of jeans. Like music and fashion trends, many food trends that come into vogue don't have a lot of staying power. Consider the dozens of juicing diets that have come and gone and the plethora of variations on the low-carb phenomenon, each claiming to be the panacea that melts off weight forever.   Few have been taken...
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  • Farm to Fork Grows Up

    2/7/14  |  By: Doug
    One of the most exciting restaurant trends of recent years is well on its way to becoming a classic. Although the farm-to-fork dining movement has its long roots in Alice Water's Chez Panisse , its presence on the more mainstream culinary scene didn't really appear until several years ago when Ms. Waters began contracting with area farms to provide local vegetables and meat. These days, it's not at all unusual to see a quintessential American farmhouse flanked by vineyards on a...
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  • Flavor Trends for the Restaurant Industry in 2014

    12/26/13  |  By: Doug
    Restaurant owners looking to revamp their menus in 2014 should be aware of several different trends that are influencing what flavors customers will be seeking most in the New Year. Whether you own a white tablecloth restaurant, a catering company, a breakfast diner, café or food truck, expect to see these flavor trends influence your menu offerings in the months to come. 1.   Chili Peppers One of the most popular ingredients to place on your ingredient order list is...
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  • Technology Drives Customers To Their Favorite Restaurants

    4/22/14  |  By: Doug
    Handheld technology has changed restaurant management. Restaurant owners see their patrons using their devices during much of the dining experience. Savvy owners realize that integrating technology into the dining experience is another way to advertise and lock in loyal clientele. Free WiFi   People are visibly uncomfortable when they can’t connect to their email or social media accounts. As data plans skyrocket in price, more patrons are looking for free WiFi outlets...
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  • Trends in Restaurant Food Cost

    2/6/13  |  By: Doug
    Every year restaurant owners try to anticipate the trends for the coming year. Although we’re already into February, it seems timely to take a look at some of the trends in restaurant food costs and the causes behind them. Costs are Rising A number of factors are conspiring to drive costs higher. Rising energy prices affect the costs down the line, and particularly impact the transportation costs involved in bringing food to your restaurant. As new healthcare rules come...
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  • Restaurant Industry Continues to Rely on Sales and Discounts

    2/25/14  |  By: Doug
    Restaurant Industry Continues to Rely on Sales and Discounts The global economic downturn has finally started to let up, and many industries, including the restaurant industry, have begun to bounce back. Restaurants continue to look for methods to attract more customers in order to accelerate their growth.   These methods frequently include heavily discounting their menus or offering special promotions on specific days. Either way, the end result for the consumer is the same:...
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  • Pre-paid Dinner Reservations Grow in Popularity

    6/30/14  |  By: Doug
    An interesting trend is creating a buzz throughout the restaurant industry, and it is not the latest super-food. This trend is taking the idea of a dinner reservation a step further by allowing patrons to purchase literal “meal tickets.” In a sense, the idea is similar to that of buying a concert ticket.    This concept as it pertains to the restaurant industry is not entirely new. In 2005, former hotel concierge Pascal Riffaud recognized diners’ frustration...
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  • Healthy Options Finding Their Way Into Most Restaurants

    10/25/13  |  By: Doug
    Healthy eating has always been something prized by Americans, at least in theory, but it hasn't been until recently that the specific type of healthy eating that we're seeing today became widely available across a wide spectrum of restaurants. Formally the province of small niche markets, a healthy eating trend that includes a focus on local, fresh, and unique foods has gone mainstream. Cooking is finally being recognized as an art, and chefs as artists. This trend stems from a number of...
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  • Four Emerging Restaurant Industry Trends

    5/29/13  |  By: Doug
    Maintaining a competitive advantage in the restaurant industry often requires spotting the trends before everyone else does. Each season brings with it new trends and cuisines, and this year a lot of attention has been placed upon international cuisines and fusions of popular dishes from other countries. Here are four trends you can put to work in your restaurant to stay ahead of the game: Mediterranean Crosses the Atlantic A Mediterranean approach to cuisine has been popular in a...
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  • Technology Fuels Restaurant Industry Operations

    8/2/13  |  By: Doug
    Restaurant patrons in the United States aren’t just hungry for food, they are hungry for technology. According to a recent survey by the National Restaurant Association, 32 percent of Americans are ready to leave their wallets at home and pay for their meals with mobile devices at full-service restaurants. The quick-service dining experience could also benefit from mobile technology since 40 percent of adults would enjoy using smartphone apps to place their orders. A similar...
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  • Four New Dessert Trends Restaurant Customers Love

    4/16/14  |  By: Doug
    From old-fashioned pie a la-mode to serendipitously succulent concoctions, desserts have long been a mainstay of both casual and five-star restaurants. Until recently, however, desserts were typically a generously sized slice of something sweet served on a saucer. Changing consumer dietary needs and preferences have created revolution on the restaurant dessert scene. Let's looks at a few ways in which end-of-the-meal delectable delights have evolved. Mini Desserts Fueled by...
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