Technomic Predicts 2016 Restaurant Trends for the U.K.

What’s the outlook for the U.K. foodservice industry? After identifying the top emerging trends in the U.S. and Canada, leading food research and consulting firm Technomic zeroed in on the U.K. market and sees these five trends impacting restaurants in the coming year: Trend 1: Fast-casual fever. The U.K. is due for a fast-casual revolution. […]

Darren Tristano Appointed President of Technomic

Winsight, LLC (“Winsight”), a business-to-business media and information company specializing in the convenience-retailing, restaurant and noncommercial foodservice industries, announced today that it has appointed Darren Tristano as President of Technomic. Winsight acquired Technomic, a provider of primary and secondary market information and advisory services to the food industry, in August.  Tristano joined Technomic in 1994 […]

Profitable Franchisees Propel Fastest-Growing Restaurant Brands

Technomic report shows appeal to high-caliber operators, not just consumers, crucial to expansion Restaurant chains aiming to expand their national footprints even more through franchising should continually focus on the unit economics within the footprint of each store. This increasingly profitable business model will then entice growth-minded franchisees with an increasingly profitable business model. The […]

Technomic’s Consumer 4Sight Group Takes a Deep Dive into Gen Z Foodservice Usage Patterns

Gen Zers’ engagement with technology and “foodie” behaviors make them some of the savviest consumers ever The next generation of American consumers is ethnically diverse, tech-savvy and on the move. Technomic’s Special Topics Study, GEN Z: Decoding the Behaviors of the Next Generation, finds that they are discerning consumers, driven mainly by flavor, and that […]

Technomic Spotlights Five Food Trends for Canada’s Restaurant Industry in 2016

Heading into 2016, what’s on the horizon for the Canadian foodservice industry? Leading food research and consulting firm Technomic sees these buzzworthy food and restaurant trends making a big impact in the coming year: Trend #1—Oktoberfest all year. Canadian diners are now embracing the food and drink of the Bavarian fall festival year round. There’s […]

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 […]

Challenged by Per Capita Consumption, Beer Industry Realizes Nominal Growth

Beer remains the most frequently consumed alcohol type and the largest adult beverage industry, but is challenged by ongoing declines in per capita consumption, according to Technomic’s 2015 BeerTAB Report. The overall beer industry grew slightly in 2014 (0.4%), an improvement over 2013. However, category performance within the industry was varied-craft and imported beers are […]

Technomic’s Take: 2016 Food Trends

The U.S. restaurant industry is evolving in profound ways, according to Technomic. The nation’s leading food research and consulting firm lays out 10 trends that may prove transformational in 2016, ranging from menu tweaks to technological and social upheavals. Technomic’s consultants and experts base their annual predictions on site visits in trendsetting cities plus interviews […]

Innovative Desserts Can Boost Check Averages and Drive Off-Peak Traffic

Restaurants can seize opportunity to indulge diners’ appetites for new flavors at meal’s end Consumers love dessert: 63% indulge at least once a week. While most customers tend to favor standard sweets like cookies, cakes and pies, many seek to finish their restaurant meals with something new, according to Technomic’s Dessert Consumer Trend Report. The […]

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 […]