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Detailed below are the top hash tag items for National Hot Breakfast Month (February). • Portability – On average, Americans spend about 12 minutes eating breakfast each day and more of those occasions are now on the go. (WSJ) • Breakfast Sandwiches – Dominate number of tweets. Click on the first link below to get the top heart stoppers in American that will spark your innovative juices. • Regionalization – Breakfast all day a given; what consumers eat varies by region.
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On premise foodservice coffee and tea is a $21.6 billion category (Mintel) exhibiting growth, but constantly being challenged by new retail products. Future category innovation: • 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.).
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Unfortunately we discovered during our December Twitter search, BurgerBusiness, our favorite online publication for burger menu and marketing news shut down. Disappointing! Before they closed their site, they did make some predictions (below):
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Sandwiches, a staple in American cuisine strutted their innovations November 3rd on National Sandwich Day. For starters, sandwiches are dominating breakfast menus; not just the traditional breakfast egg sandwiches, try fried chicken on donuts. Global (e.g., Vietnamese Banh Mi) and regional (e.g., Philly Cheese Steak) sandwiches are gaining popularity. Lighter, healthier options are also surfacing especially for the plant-based crowd.
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Traditional desserts are still popular (e.g., cakes, ice cream, etc.). Notwithstanding, chocolate rules! However, non-traditional savory flavored desserts are gaining popularity according to Datassential. Their research also indicates that consumers are indulging in dessert type items between meals as snacks. Consequently, more dessert items are being menued compared to four years ago; 8 to 13 items on 9 out of 10 menus. Frozen, gluten-free, dairy free and ethnic dessert items represent new areas of growth.
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Thanks for consumers’ increasingly sophisticated palates, spicy, sweet and savory flavors are gaining popularity in the beverage category. Baum + Whiteman’s Hottest Food and Beverage forecast indicates that cocktails, as well as coffees, teas and matcha drinks are spicing it up. In addition, consumers are demanding the beverages be healthier, thus made with “cleaner” ingredients; low calorie too.
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