Beverages: Coffee & Tea Trends
• Nitro Coffee – Nitro added to cold brew to create a creamy mouthful.
• Harvest to Cup – Coffee houses will focus on the entire process of making coffee, including using waste/byproducts (e.g., Starbucks Cascara Latte).
• Adult Coffee Beverages – More coffee cocktails.
• Functional Teas – Teas packed with health benefits (e.g., energy boosting, etc.).
So What: Coffee and tea remains a high margin, innovative category that will drive foodservice sales and guest traffic.
Bakery: Benchmarking 2017 Retail Bakery Trends
So What: Benchmarking retail bakery trends are always a great way to develop new bakery items in foodservice (e.g., carriers, desserts).
Snacks: Healthy Future
So What: It is important to recognize that snack foods are evolving from traditional favorites (salty) to healthy and represent a huge opportunity for the food-away-from-home channel.
Produce: Salad Power
So What: Salads have become a menu stable. In addition, salads can be customized and delivered in a bowl, two important consumer attributes.
Dairy: Butter Innovation
So What: Butter as an ingredient with a dash of innovation (e.g., flavor) represents a new area of menu differentiation (e.g., utilized in conjunction with breakfast items) for creative operators.
Consumerism: Campbell Soup Trendscape Report
So What: The big question most food experts are now trying to answer: “Is seaweed the new kale?”
Consumerism: Bonus 2017 Trends
• Wellness – The rise of boutique health. Exhibited in S.F., a plethora of beverages and snacks (low carb, savory and frozen).
• Personalization/Indulgence – Includes global flavors.
• Faster shopping – Convenience, convenience, convenience!
• Consumers in Training – Children will be given more decision-making power.
So What: In addition to food & beverage innovation based on the latest health and wellness trends, global flavors and the demand for convenience, Perrino & Associates believe that it will be important to better understand what young consumers (children) are thinking since they are going to have a major impact on the future of foodservice.
Technology: Mobile Consumers
So What: We now live in a mobile first world. Accordingly, train your employees and provide them with the resources needed to keep up with all the latest mobile technology including data analytics.