What’s Next in Spicy Foods on Technomic’s Flavor Lifecycle

It’s no secret that spicy is an incendiary menu flavor right now. Technomic’s Flavor Lifecycle, which tracks flavors on their journey from innovation to ubiquity, shows many mature staples: Buffalo, chile, jalapeño, Cajun. But it also shows us what’s likely to come next. Menu categories see wide variation in flavor innovation. Aji amarillo, a South […]

Fast-Casual Spring Menu Items Bring the Heat

Spicy flavors are here to stay, driven by the men and younger consumers who prefer them. As temperatures rise outside, fast-casual restaurants are bringing the heat to the menu as well. The “spicy” callout is still growing on fast-casual menus, up about 3% from the first quarter of 2014 to the first quarter of 2015, […]

Fast Casual Finds Menu Inspiration on Bourbon Street

New Orleans’ joie de vivre is finding expression in boldly flavored, Bourbon Street-inspired menu items at fast-casual restaurants. Menu selections that take their culinary cue from the Big Easy have gained share at fast-casual, quick-service and full-service chain restaurants in February, according to Technomic’s latest monthly MenuClips briefing. Spicy Cajun flavors and savory Creole preparations […]