Restaurant Industry 2017 – Predictions for the New Year

The beginning of the year is a good time to look at industry trends and predictions. Smart foodservice operators know that constantly reading consumers and adjusting strategies is the key to build a long-term business.

The Sugar Foods marketing team wants to help you identify the trends that face the restaurant industry so you can position yourself for success. The restaurant industry saw sales decline last year… how to turn momentum around? Here are some predictions for 2017:…

Definition and Benefits of Packaging Reduction Strategies

Courtesy of the EPA-

Packaging and containers account for a significant portion (23 percent) of the municipal solid waste stream in the United States, equal to about 39 million tons per year.6 As with wasted food, there are many benefits to reducing the amount of wasted packaging, including:
• Cost savings from:
• Purchasing less packaging materials, and
• Avoided disposal of packaging materials.
• Environmental benefits by avoiding:
• Transportation energy and emissions from packaging production and waste transport,…

2017 Coffee Trends – It’s All About Growing Demand

Coffee. Who would have ever believed (other than Howard Schultz of Starbucks) that the once simple beverage would blossom into a multi-billion-dollar industry with more flavors, complexity and popularity than just about any other drink out there?

Today, everyone wants a piece of the caffeinated action – from the small corner coffee shop to the largest conglomerate — even Coca-Cola is investing as an alternative to its declining soda sales.…

‘Tis the Season for Being Thankful

Thanksgiving is around the corner marking the beginning of another holiday season. Thanksgiving is the most American of holidays. In addition to its origin near the founding of our country, Thanksgiving is everyone’s holiday. The celebration is not geared to a religious event, historical figures, or war remembrance – it is for all Americans.

As foodservice professionals, we will take this time to scrutinize the year’s successes and failures and look forward to a new year in which we can …

Sweeteners Offer Healthier, Low-Calorie Alternative

Millions of times a day, consumers throughout the world perform the same exercise around ordering that morning cup of coffee:  They reach into the sweeteners caddie to pick through the different colored packets and select their sweetener of choice.

“Sugar and cream” with coffee has turned into a full slate of options:  Not only are there different sweeteners, but the cream choices have mutated into a refrigerator full of milks and creamers (but that’s another story).

The sweetener world is …

Pancakes and Espresso for Dinner? All-Day Breakfasts are the Rage

Raise your hand if you love having pancakes, French Toast, bacon, eggs and hash browns for dinner? Please, keep them up if you know your customers want more breakfast for dinner, too.

You are not alone. Serving breakfast for dinner is one of the hottest trends in foodservice this year.

That is why biggies, like McDonald’s, have tripled its all-day breakfast selection and Hardee’s has seen breakfast sales, now accounting for more than 50 percent of its overall sales. At …

“Waste Not, Want Not” – Restaurants Adopt the Zero Waste Movement

If you have a restaurant, no matter where you stand on global warming and climate change, recycling, food waste, composting, and just reducing your carbon footprint in some small way, every day, is a noble, feel-good gesture.

Of course, the hope is that consumers will notice and dine there more often, but going green also has bottom line implications: Buying local, reducing packaging, and cutting back on waste can result in savings and economic efficiencies. This is especially true for …

The Importance of Third Party Certifications

Food manufacturers are constantly searching for ways to tout their products and services.

Most participate in trade shows and maintain compelling websites. They make sure their logos and contact information are on all the packaging, correspondence, business cards, and emails.  Some are active on social media platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and possibly YouTube. A few may even advertise on Google and in trade publications, and a couple may have public relations companies to handle media relations and …

Environmental Words Matter – Compostable, Biodegradable, Recyclable

As consumers become more aware of their environmental role in sustainability, education is important so that consumers, restaurants, and distributors promote the right products and the best behavior.

When it comes to the environment, world opinion always teeters between half-empty and half-full. Businesses see the opportunity with the half-full crowd and are churning out mountains of what they claim are “eco-friendly” products.…

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