Race for Adventurous Consumers Tightens Between Flavor-Forward LSRs, FSRs

There is a real return on investment for any restaurant putting forth the effort to identify the next big ingredient or flavor—and it’s more than just street cred in food magazines and TV segments. Two in five consumers say they are more likely to visit a restaurant that offers new or innovative flavors. For a […]

Foodservice Flavor Lifecycle Accelerates as Ingredient Variety Explodes

Technomic Inc.’s study explores innovation resulting from consumers’ proliferating demand for new, unique tastes Forty percent of consumers say they are more willing to visit a restaurant that offers new and/or innovative flavors, according to the new Technomic 2015 Flavor Consumer Trend Report. Though classic flavors still appeal, consumers are increasingly driven to experiment with […]

IPA’s Hopping Growth

As the Wall Street Journal reported last week, Boston Beer Co. Chairman Jim Koch knows the question on beer industry watchers’ minds: What will be the next IPA? India pale ales have captured the attention especially of craft beer fans and brewers in the past several years, leading observers to wonder what the next flavorful […]

Cinnamon Dials Up the Heat at the Bar

Where’s the fire? Behind the bar and in your glass. The runaway success of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, Canada’s hottest spirits export, is prompting on-premise operators and competing adult beverage suppliers to try to capitalize on consumer interest in red-hot cinnamon flavor profiles. Over the summer, Beam Suntory rolled out Jim Beam Kentucky Fire, which features […]

Fast Casual Aims for Better Beverage Selections

Better burgers, better burritos, better beverages: In their efforts to stand out from quick-service competitors with high-quality, out-of-the-ordinary menu offerings, fast-casual restaurants are working to elevate their non-alcohol drinks selection. So far in 2014, fast-casual concepts have added distinctive new choices such as a house-made cranberry ginger soda (4food in New York City), Fentimans Botanical Sodas (a […]

Home-Style to Hot and Spicy: Flavour Trends for Chicken

U.K. consumers’ poultry consumption outpaces their consumption of other meats, The Grocer reported in April. In addition, a recent Oxford Economics study noted that since 2001, poultry has seen lower retail price inflation in the U.K. than beef, pork, fish and lamb. Given chicken’s health halo as a low-fat protein and its lower price point […]

Technomic’s New Flavor Study Highlights the Importance of Innovation

The most familiar, tried-and-true flavors may have impressive staying power on menus, but Technomic’s most recent flavor findings also signal the need for operators and suppliers to stay on top of flavor trends by reinvigorating classic offerings with new and unique twists. Three-fourths of consumers (73 percent) say that if they try and like a […]