The foodservice industry has certainly evolved over the last several years, and we don't expect that to change any time soon. Just a quick glance on the internet will show you where we were and where we're headed, so take a quick look at some of the 2018 foodservice trends we expect to be the most interesting and most prevalent.
MENUS WILL BECOME MORE COLORFUL AND MORE PHOTOGENIC.
Many of the trends listed in this article are Millennial-driven, and this first one is certainly included. Restaurants are quickly realizing every dish served can wind up on the web. Beautiful plating, colorful ingredients, and photo-friendly lighting are important to leverage the potential of social media platforms like Instagram, or as it's referred to in some circles, "Foodstagram."
TECHNOLOGY AND DATA WILL BECOME MORE AND MORE IMPORTANT.
Another trend somewhat driven by demographics is the use of technology in foodservice. From online grocery services to delivery-only restaurants to point-of-sale ordering, technology is taking over. Look for technology and data to impact menus, foodservice equipment, restaurant design, and ordering. Don't be surprised if your next wine list is an iPad.
ETHNIC FOODS ARE STILL GAINING IN POPULARITY.
One of the great things about living on such a diverse planet is we have a whole range of food traditions and cuisines. Exploring global foods will continue to be popular, but while recent favorites have been Korean and Japanese, for example, look for growth in Asian island and Middle Eastern cuisines. Especially popular will be Filipino and Israeli foods.
LOOK FOR MORE PLANT-BASED FOODS.
This trend is growing for a lot of reasons. First of all, people want to eat healthier. Second, there's a sustainability factor to our eating preferences like there's never been before. And third, we live in an era of culinary innovation and high quality chefs. Whether it's a fine dining vegetarian dish that looks like a painting or a simple hamburger made completely out of vegetables, plants are on the rise.
THE CRAFT BEVERAGE CRAZE IS STILL GOING STRONG.
It started with craft beers, cocktails, and spirits. Now it's spreading into non-alcoholic beverage segments. From sparking water like the trendy LaCroix to craft cocktails made with artisan mezcal to nitro coffee, more and more Americans are looking at beverages as a source of joy, not just a source of water.
Eaton Marketing is thrilled to help Florida foodservice operations stay on the cutting edge with food and beverage trends. To put our knowledge to the test in your operation, schedule a free foodservice equipment assessment today.