Robots Take On Restaurants

Rising labor costs, labor shortages and concerns over quality have motivated both technology companies and food entrepreneurs to get serious about robotics in food service. As automation quickly moves into the restaurant industry, robots are improving quality and production in the kitchen and helping with service at the front of the house. The following are … Continue reading “Robots Take On Restaurants”

Restaurants Go for the Green

With chefs increasingly using local ingredients and extolling the benefits of farm-to-table dining, many restaurants have begun to incorporate a “green” theme into their restaurant décor. Walls and islands of greenery that feature ivy, flowering plants, fresh herbs and vegetables are appearing in restaurants across the country. These green spaces make patrons feel like they … Continue reading “Restaurants Go for the Green”

Pop-Up Restaurants Take Root

If you’re thinking about trying a new menu concept and want to enlist trendsetters as evangelists for your restaurant brand, you may want to consider producing a “pop-up” restaurant event. These unique dining experiences attract trendy influencers who use social media and make restaurant recommendations to their friends. The concept of temporary dining experiences originated … Continue reading “Pop-Up Restaurants Take Root”

The Hottest Menu Trends in 2017

Just when you think you’ve tasted it all, along comes new menu trends. A wide range of taste sensations are hitting restaurants across the nation. Some old favorites are taking a new turn, such as the re-emergence of traditional French cuisine and new variations of pasta dishes. Meanwhile, Korean and Filipino cuisines are quickly gaining popularity. … Continue reading “The Hottest Menu Trends in 2017”

Meal Kits Go Mainstream

Meal kit services have grown substantially in recent years in large urban areas. These kits contain pre-measured, pre-cut and pre-washed ingredients with easy recipes buyers can cook at home. U.S. sales for meal kit delivery services were estimated at $1.5 billion in 2016, and the segment is expected to grow into a multibillion-dollar market by … Continue reading “Meal Kits Go Mainstream”

Can I Pay With My Phone?

  If you haven’t heard that question from customers yet, you will — and soon. Mobile wallet payments are beginning to catch on, first with millennials and now more broadly with all consumers. The volume of U.S. in-store mobile payments is expected to reach $75 billion in 2016 and jump to $503 billion by 2020.[1] … Continue reading “Can I Pay With My Phone?”

Food Delivery Bumps into Drive-Thru

Consumer patterns are shifting dramatically from drive-thru to home delivery, according to a recent study by the NPD Group.[1] Food delivery has expanded beyond traditional pizza and Asian food options to include gourmet restaurant fare, burgers, healthy and local specialties, full service and fast casual options. Food delivery traffic excluding pizza delivery is up 33% … Continue reading “Food Delivery Bumps into Drive-Thru”