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The Fast-Casual Format is Flaming Hot

The Fast-Casual Format is Flaming Hot

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Last Published: 12/10/2018

The Fast-Casual Format is Flaming Hot

Quick-service, fresh foodservice moves into acute care operations.

The NPD group forecasts that quick-service locations are among the only restaurant styles that will see significant growth in 2018. Acute care facilities are embracing the fast-causal trend in their operations, doing more customizable, restaurant-style cooking. Patrons can customize their own noodle bowls, salads and burgers, choosing their own proteins and toppings. Fast-casual restaurants are using order-and-pay kiosks more frequently, and the acute care industry has followed suit. One California hospital has a self-order kiosk that allows customers to access their past food orders and customize their meal choices.

Determine if a self-order kiosk would be a feasible or profitable dining solution at your acute care facility. If so, stock it with grab-and-go items that consumers can use to quickly customize their meals. Having options like fresh-cut, prepackaged vegetables, dips like hummus, and proteins like nuts and cured meats allows customers to customize their own tasting boards.

Bowls continue to top industry trends. Feature a bowl station at your hospital, going beyond the salad bar concept with options like a grain bowl station or broth bar. One fast-casual restaurant chain in the Northeast starts with options like grains, rice, broth and greens, then allows customers to choose tasty accompaniments ranging from ahi tuna to falafel and gorgonzola to cheese crisps.

Comfort foods continue to be popular in acute care, as patients want to heal with foods that make them feel good. A BYO nacho station or BYO macaroni and cheese bar are just two solutions that perfectly align with this trend.

Want more ideas for your hospital or senior living facility? Download entegra’s 2018 Top Ten Trends Paper for the Acute Segment.

Entegra Procurement Services regularly publishes blog posts on food trends and innovations in food services. Entegra is more than a group purchasing organization (GPO): Our team of procurement specialists implement strategic sourcing to bring the most value to your business. We help our clients, in many segments ranging from the healthcare supply chain to restaurant supply, to cut costs and consolidate their portfolios.

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