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Good To Know: 2017 Foodservice and Menu Trends

By: | 0 Comments | On: January 31, 2017 | Category: Good To Know, Trending Now

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As at the start of every year, it’s the season for food trend predictions. Here are some of the ones we found most compelling: NRN’s food editor Bret Thorn’s trend forecast for 2017 Datassential’s Mike Kostyo lists 15 ingredients to watch Restaurant Business with a nice summary of the top... more

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Trending Now: Food and Flavor Predictions for 2017

By: | 0 Comments | On: January 31, 2017 | Category: Trending Now

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Here in the Barilla test kitchen, we couldn’t help but notice that the annual onslaught of food trend predictions from the experts and pundits over the past few months are even crazier than usual. Everyone has an opinion about what we will or should be eating in 2017! Each year... more

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Trending Now: Healthy Dining 2016

By: | 0 Comments | On: April 25, 2016 | Category: Trending Now

With menu labeling now officially in place with a final FDA rule – and compliance required by May 6, 2017 — the healthy dining landscape has evolved considerably since the Affordable Care Act was first passed in 2010. Restaurant operators and consumers are in a different place economically, with unemployment... more

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Trending Now: Food and Flavor Predictions for 2016

By: | 0 Comments | On: February 1, 2016 | Category: Trending Now

You’d have to be living under a rock to miss the barrage of food trend predictions from the experts and pundits over the past few months. You may have seen that it’s the year of the cucumber! And it’s also the year of the pulse! (Pulses are lentils, beans and... more

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Trending Now: Kids Menus 2.0

By: | 0 Comments | On: November 13, 2015 | Category: Trending Now

Research studies are showing what operators have been noticing for the past several years; that families with kids just aren’t dining out as much as they used to. A recent report from Mintel showed that 41% of parents say they are preparing more food at home than the year before.... more

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Trending Now: Pasta in Non-Italian Applications

By: | 0 Comments | On: August 25, 2015 | Category: Trending Now

A recent category report on pasta in foodservice by leading research firm Mintel showed that the biggest area of growth for pasta on menus is in applications outside of the Italian segment. On the one hand it’s probably not surprising, since pasta is already pretty much mandatory at any Italian... more

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Demand for the Mediterranean Diet

By: | 0 Comments | On: May 14, 2015 | Category: Benvenuti to the Barilla Test Kitchen, Trending Now

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Consumers and Operators alike are Hot for the Mediterranean Diet The chefs have spoken: 83% of chefs polled in the most recent NRA/ACF culinary forecast called out Mediterranean cuisine as either a “hot trend” or perennial favorite. There are several reasons for this consistent growth. Mediterranean cuisine is becoming more... more

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Trending Now: Food and Flavor Predictions for 2015

By: | 0 Comments | On: February 5, 2015 | Category: Trending Now

Each new year brings a fresh flurry of food trend predictions from the experts and pundits. They weigh in on everything from the next “it” foods (e.g., tacos are the food of the year; ugly root vegetables are the new kale), to macroeconomic and social psychological factors impacting consumer behavior.... more

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Trending Now: Keeping Italian Relevant with Regional Dishes

By: | 0 Comments | On: December 27, 2014 | Category: Trending Now

Columbus Day this year marked 520 years since Italian culture first hit the shores of the Americas. It may surprise you that in 2014 Italian is still the #1 ethnic cuisine in the US by a wide margin. Menu incidence is more prevalent for Italian than the next five ethnic... more

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