Category Archives: Restaurant Industry

Go Green: The Benefits of Eco-Friendly Disposables

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For modern diners, every day is Earth Day.

The growing concern for the environment from patrons has led many foodservice establishments to ditch their plastic to-go containers in favor of eco-friendly disposables. Incorporating these green practices into your everyday routines can have a big impact on your business now and in the future.

Making the switch to environmentally-friendly disposables can help:

  • Protect the Planet – Reduce landfill waste and minimize your environmental footprint
  • Increase Your Profits – Over 50% of customers will pay more for products from businesses that support green initiatives
  • Enhance Your Image – Show the community you care and earn support from local foodies
  • Prepare for the Future – Stay ahead of new foodservice foam bands being implemented across the country

Ready to join the green revolution? Shop our wide selection of eco-friendly foodservice disposables today.

How Gen Z Will Change the Foodservice Industry

GenZ

Making up approximately 26% of the population, Gen Z is impacting the foodservice industry with their busy schedules and desire to connect with the world. On average, Gen Z spends 6 to 8 hours per day online to stay in touch with friends, news, social media, and more through their devices. With the increasing reliability on mobile devices for information and social interactions, Gen Z is causing operators to face new challenges to keep their brands relevant in the future.

Use these helpful tips to adjust your marketing practices for Gen Z and stay ahead of the curve:

  • More Value – Gen Z is defined by the recessionary period they grew up in, making these young patrons more frugal when dining out. Offer low-cost menu options or weekly specials to accommodate their desire to save money.
  • On the Move – Gen Z is constantly on the go and looking for quick eats to match their busy schedules. Try offering smaller portions on your menu and more snacks for grazing between meals.
  • Experiment with Flavor – Known for the adventurous taste buds, Gen Z is not afraid to try outrageous flavor combinations or experimental healthy options. Test out your most inventive creations on this new generation.
  • Get Social – Update your social media pages with short, conversational messages to create a two-way exchange with Gen Z. Be sure to respond to comments and answer questions you receive on your posts to help build relationships with these young consumers.
  • Give Back – Gen Z is looking to make a difference in the world. Team up with local charities or non-profit organizations to promote your philanthropic efforts and create unique menus or campaigns to support the local community.

Recipe: Orange-Chocolate Chip Muffins

Muffins

Muffins are a beloved breakfast staple across the country. But did you know these tasty treats have the power to grow a bigger bottom line for your business?

In the past few years, guests have been willing to spend more to experience upscale menu items, featuring premium ingredients. Since muffins are made with simple core base ingredients, these classic treats are prime targets for menu experimentation. Bakers can easily add in premium ingredients, like dark chocolate, lavender, currants, nut butter, and more.

Whether served for breakfast or dessert, muffins allow your establishment to bake up a bigger personality. Try featuring this easy orange-chocolate chip muffin recipe on your menu today.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp finely shredded orange peel
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line twelve 2 ½-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups; set aside. In a large bowl stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in chocolate pieces. Make a well in the center of flour mixture then set aside. In a medium bowl combine eggs, sugar, milk, orange peel, orange juice, and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened and batter appears lumpy. Spoon ¼ cup of the batter into each prepared muffin cup. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from muffin cups; serve warm.