Category Archives: Food Trends

What’s Brew? Discover the Latest Coffee Trends

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With more than half of American adults drinking coffee everyday, satisfying the needs of daily drinkers is a constant challenge for the coffee industry. Boring brews fall flat with consumers now accustomed to more complex coffee beverages. In an attempt to stay ahead of the coffee curve, the industry is enticing new and repeat java drinkers to fuel up with these new coffee trends:

  • Showcase Baristas – The hard work behind your brew is no longer going unnoticed. Companies are counting on reliable, experienced baristas to make the difference in their customers’ morning cups of coffee. Within the past few years, coffee competitions have grown in scope, helping to glamorize the important role of a barista as well as test their skills.
  • Gourmet Beans – Instead of opting for a low-quality blend of beans, many brewers are stepping up their coffee game in big ways. Using environmentally-friendly coffee cups, obtaining beans from ethical sources, and supporting local coffee shops all go into brewing the modern cup of coffee. Other businesses are even adding an extra shot of caffeine or using ice cubes made of coffee to give their brews a bigger punch.
  • Origin & Flavors – While regional differences for coffee beans give each blend a unique taste, companies are now highlighting these subtle nuances right on their menu boards. Instead of brief descriptions, each cup of coffee is given character with a full explanation of its origin and various tasting notes. Some brewers are even encouraging drinkers to experience the coffee blend’s unmasked flavor by sipping without the sugar and creamer.
  • Spiked Beverages – The popularity of spiked brews and coffee cocktails has been on a steady rise the past couple of years. With subtle nuances and sophisticated flavors, each different coffee bean and roast gives mixologists the opportunity to experiment with unique coffee concoctions. These adult coffee brews are now being added to specialty beverage menus to attract new customers.

Offering Delivery Service

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Over the past few years, the demand for food delivery service has increased with customers’ want for easily accessible foods. With trending mobile apps and online delivery options at a variety of food locations, offering delivery service to customers can increase your profit margin significantly. However, before offering a food delivery service at your establishment, ask yourself these four questions to make sure you are prepared.

1.       Why should I consider adding a delivery service?

Delivery has been a growing trend since millennials have become a dominating force in the world. Millennials are dining out more often than previous generations and want their food options to be quick, convenient, and readily available.

 2.      How can I get food to my customers?

When offering delivery service, there are several different methods you can use to get your food products to your customers. Using routes with daily delivery or the traditional back-and-forth delivery method gives customers their meals based on demand and when ordered directly. These delivery methods are best for lower volume applications. However, you can utilize pick-up locations for delivering large quantities of food to a specific location, like a gym or school.

 3.      What software do I need to start a delivery service?

Consider adding a delivery option to your POS systems and mobile ordering. These systems can track and record delivery orders. Utilize online map technology to plan out the best routes for your drivers to conserve gasoline and cut delivery time.

 4.      Who should I hire onto my team for delivery?

When deciding whether to hire independent drivers or hourly employees, consult your local labor laws before making a decision. However, much of the decision relies on the amount of dependability and supervision you want over the drivers. Hiring hourly employees gives them the opportunity to be fully trained, wear the company uniform, and also entitles them to employee benefits. In contrast, hiring independent drivers creates more inconsistency in the labor force, but allows them to be paid by delivery drop instead of per hour.

The Grocerant Evolution

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Grocery stores are beginning to compete with fast casual and fast food establishments by introducing their new concept of the “grocerant” in select locations. This new dining phenomenon began catching traction when supermarkets converted small parts of their stores into full-service restaurants. The new grocerants attract attention from guests who enjoy the convenience of dining before or after hitting the grocery aisles.

The addition of grocerants began as an extension of in-store delicatessens, but have since expanded into full-size eateries with waiters and waitresses. The meal availability at grocerants differs by location and includes various cuisine types, such as pizza, fresh-made sushi, and even full bars. Billions of guests dine in grocerants every year and take advantage of the convenient eateries during their shopping trips, making this growing trend a profitable avenue for supermarkets.

As a result of the new grocerants, the lines between supermarkets and the restaurant industry have become blurred. Because of the increasing popularity of grocerants, stand-alone restaurants have stepped up their serving techniques to remain competitive, like changing marketing tactics or revamping menu offerings. Keep your own foodservice establishment versatile with the growing trend of grocerants by researching the competition in your area and adjusting your business practices to remain profitable.