Ginger Gets Edgy: Craft Cider Heats Up with Ginger’s Peppery Punch

Riding on the coattails of craft beer, craft cider‘s star is certainly on the rise. Millennials’ away-from-home consumption increased 5% since 2012, with hard cider representing approximately 1% of the total beer category. But in a booming market of 426 hard cider producers, how does one stand out in a crowd? The Bacon and Beer […]

No End to the Bacon Trend

Even with health and wellness trends top-of-mind with consumers, indulgent bacon continues to provide opportunities for innovation and appeal to menus. Innovation can be built on preparation, spice profiles and mixing the salty, smoky and savory flavor of bacon with sweet and hot. There seems to be no end to the bacon trend, and we […]

The Digital Disruption of the Foodservice Supply Chain

The North American foodservice supply chain remains surprisingly entrenched in a bygone era; one in which the absence of published prices, uniform product codes, and scanner data puts independent operators at a marked disadvantage to their wholesale-distributor suppliers. While operators can combat the system’s complexity by joining a group purchasing organization (GPO) or shopping at […]

Innovative Beverage Options Increasingly Drive Restaurant Visits, finds Technomic

A fifth of today’s consumers (21 percent, up from 16 percent in 2012) say that beverages play a very important role in deciding which restaurants to visit for meals. This increase is primarily driven by consumers aged 18-44, who tend to use beverages for a wide variety of occasions, including snacks and social visits. Operators […]

Time to Accept Reality—and Find Ways to Grow

Five years after the Great Recession, U.S. restaurant growth remains slow. Technomic’s new forecast shows sales growing one percent after inflation in 2014, just as they did in 2013. (We are seeing some movement of consumer dollars from one segment to another—fast-casual restaurants are still gaining market share while sales remain soft for most casual-dining […]

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 […]