Category Archives: Food Trends

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.

Catering Trends

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In order to remain relevant in the catering industry, staying up to date on the latest trends is essential. Consider incorporating these growing catering trends into your daily routine to keep your serving strategies successful.

1.       Special Diets

Catering to special diets, such as gluten-free, carb-free, or vegan, can help keep your customers satisfied. Consider adding special diet options on the menu which can be special-requested or ordered in advance before the event.

 2.      Interactive Stations

Instead of just leaving customers to mill over the buffet in awe, caterers are now making their serving stations more interactive. This effort includes providing historical background on the dishes, offering a diverse selection of toppings, and including more action-oriented stops, like live carving stations.

 3.      Food & Drink Pairings

The trend towards smaller, more indulgent meals is on the rise. Instead of offering large selections and huge platters, caterers are trending towards smaller options, like carefully selected food and drink pairings. This growing catering trend includes serving delicate hors d’oeuvres with clever wine pairings to enhance the subtle nuances in the flavors.

 4.      Serve Local

The demand for locally-sourced produce, poultry, and other foods doesn’t end in the brick and mortar store locations; these local products are now being included on catering menus. Adding local foods can help enhance your menu and allow you to command a higher price point for your catering services.

Incorporate these tricks into your catering services to remain versatile in the industry and provide the best guest experience to your customers.