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A new study released by the Fluent marketing agency revealed some interesting findings about the expectations of the 20.5 million students enrolled this fall for the QSR restaurants they patronize off-campus.
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By the numbers (NPD): 1.) Breakfast occasions are forecasted to grow 5 percent through 2019; and 2.) Morning snacking (home & away-from-home) has increased 17 percent over the past six years. Consequently, operators are looking to capitalize on breakfast growth thus looking to enhance menu items – signature beverages, protein entrees, seasonal LTOs and ingredients (e.g., sweet & savory sauces). Customization has also become a driving force.
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Coca Cola published the findings of a study that indicated there are 2.5 billion ways to reach beverage consumers per week; 17 guest/life beverage situations. Overall, they concluded beverages drive choices in an estimated 45% of all Away-From-Home eating and/or drinking situations. In addition, hey also analyzed the consumers’ moods and food parings to round out the top 3 choices. Note: Link below to article complete with infographic summary worth reviewing.
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Menu innovation disruption was the spine of foodservice guru Nancy Kruse’s speech – simple ingredients, programmed dieting no longer popular, comfort food, breakfast 24/7 and ethnic experimentation (a.k.a. global flavors). Show Floor Highlights: Non-GMO now is the new gluten-free, plant-based proteins (e.g., aquafaba a chickpea liquid, egg white substitute), flavorful snacks (a.k.a. sweet heat) galore, smoothies 3.0, cooktop technology and on-demand convenience (a.k.a. delivery).
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Updates
2016/06/02
QSR hamburger chains went back to combo meals and consumers responded positively according to new NPD research. Combo meal visits increased by 1 percent for year ending February 2016 versus the prior year. The Big Three were collectively responsible for order increases – an additional 110 million combo meal deal orders; 686 million in total for a rate of 8 percent (year ending 2/16) up from a total of 6 percent (year ending 2/15).
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It is clear that breakfast has gone 24/7, but it now appears one byproduct has been the extensive growth of the breakfast biscuit category – products that are better-for-you (gluten-free) and convenient. More specifically in the foodservice channel, biscuits have gained popularity due to their rising acceptance of being more than just a Southern (regional) comfort food. Biscuit innovation has also resulted in unique flavored carriers for breakfast sandwiches throughout the different regions of the country.
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