Thursday, 16 October 2014 19:02

Put a twist on tradition with holiday desserts

1There’s no question that the holidays bring out more people, and Darren Tristano, Technomic executive vice president, says that higher foot traffic for shopping means a likely increase of sales for restaurants.

“If shoppers are going in and out of stores, they’ll stop at a restaurant. For many, it’s a part of the holiday shopping tradition,” said Bonnie Riggs, restaurant analyst, NPD Group.

And while some look to traditional favorites, many consumers see the holidays as a time to celebrate with something special...

Comfort3The forces that shape the dessert landscape---sharing, individual sizing, artisan, bar desserts, new flavor combos---enter the market, make an impact and evolve or move on. But one market trend seems to always be there to hang its halo on favorite desserts-nostalgia.

The favorites that people grew up with are selected over and over again. Flavor & The Menu says consumers equate classics with comfort and that familiarity builds trust. It is one of the reasons you cannot go wrong with dessert options like that include classics like OREO®. In fact, according to Datassential Menu Trends, OREO® is the #1 brand on dessert menus* and has roughly 3 times the menu penetration of the next most popular brands. (Read more)...

Monday, 15 September 2014 22:04

The great pumpkin tops this season’s craves

PUMPKIN CRANBERRY BASH cropped  2As the weather begins to hint at autumn, your customers start to hunger for comforting, hearthside flavors reminiscent of reunions and feast tables.

In fact, says QSR magazine, fall flavors are showing earlier than normal. “They’re popping up across the industry, even before the season has officially begun.“

Fall food and beverage flavors lean heavily on pumpkin, caramel apple and apple. According to Lizzy Freier, editor at foodservice consulting firm Technomic, Pumpkin is clearly dominating"...