Imported Wine Opportunity

Imported table wine volume declined in 2014, and the 2015 outlook is similar, according to our soon-to-be-released 2015 WineTAB report. Imported wine has struggled in recent years, while domestic wine continues to grow. Various factors are contributing to the import segment’s performance, including the challenges faced by some leading brands. With per capita wine consumption […]

Craft Beer: Keep Up or Commit?

Discussing how to craft a craft beer menu during an educational session at the recent BAR15 event at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago, Vice President of Beverage at Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries Stuart Melia posed a crucial question to the audience, “Are you just keeping up or making a statement?” Faced with the recent […]

House Beers Bring Distinction, Depth to Restaurant Menus

Chefs and restaurants are teaming with local brewers to craft house beers that can serve as signature brews. House beers have a long tradition in brewpubs of course, but only more recently have independent and chain restaurants really gravitated toward creating their own beers—attributed in part to the rise of local craft brewers. But why bother […]

Canadians Hail the Caesar on Drink’s National Day

On May 14, Canadians celebrated the first-ever holiday commemorating Calgary’s possible role in creating what some consider Canada’s national adult beverage: the Caesar. Word spread about the day on social media with #NationalCaesarDay and the holiday’s own website, where there was speculation about the drink’s origin. According to the website, the most popular theory is […]

How Fast Casual Can Win Hispanic Consumers

Restaurants cannot ignore the growing Hispanic population and the spending power these consumers hold. Understanding the needs and how to reach these consumers is crucial for any foodservice operation. Specific areas of opportunity exist in fast casual that could help entice Hispanic consumers to spend their foodservice dollars in the segment. Since 2013, Hispanic consumers’ […]

Vodka Still Drives Spirits Market

A beverage trade writer recently interviewed me, asking about the big trends in the spirits market. Timely topic, as I was in the midst of putting the finishing touches on our SpiritsTAB report. My response juxtaposed the recent momentum in American whiskey with the fact that vodka’s growth had slowed to a crawl after several […]

Craft Beer Continues to Flourish at FSRs

American Craft Beer Week just ended May 17, and a variety of craft beers were highlighted to celebrate this growing adult beverage movement. In honor of this festivity, let’s take a closer look at how the craft beer trend is shaping up at leading full-service restaurants. Last month, we wrote about the proliferation of craft beer […]

Alcohol-Infused Desserts Elevate Full-Service Menus

Leading full-service restaurants, particularly casual-dining concepts, are kicking up their dessert menus a notch with boozy sweets. While niche independent dessert concepts serving alcohol-infused cupcakes or doughnuts have been popping up in cities over the past two years, this trend is now making its way onto top chain menus. From baked goods to pudding, Top […]

Cocktail Customization Appearing on Drink Menus

Consumers want customizable options when it comes to foodservice, and this interest is spilling over into adult beverages as well. Restaurants and bars are adding create-your-own specialty cocktails to menus, offering customers the ability to build a drink they are far more likely to enjoy. Customizable specialty cocktails often spotlight pre-selected, non-alcohol ingredients, but encourage […]

Juniper Rising: Gin Makes Gains on Menus

Whiskey may be the spirit getting all the attention lately, but another category with pre-Prohibition roots is making what could be the start of a comeback. Following years of declines, gin volume increased in 2014, according to Technomic’s soon-to-be-released SpiritsTAB report. Though the growth was nominal (0.1%), the change in trajectory is welcome news for […]