- 70% of adults say that they choose a restaurant based on the availability of healthy options – and this applies to the whole family, as healthy kids’ meals are rocking the restaurant market. The National Restaurant Association suggests promoting healthier options for children by adding colorful fruits and vegetables, limiting refined grain products and serving healthy beverages like sparkling water in six-to-eight-ounce portions.
- 12 teaspoons of granulated sugar is the recommended daily limit that should be consumed according to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. As more and more people are looking for free-from, clean label products, they will be seeking out alternative options like brown rice syrup, honey or stevia.
- 257% is the staggering rise in new vegan product claims in the last year. Therefore, more and more restaurants are seeing a need to craft dishes without animal proteins and products; as going meatless is no longer restricted to just Mondays or to vegetarians!
What’s the Buzz?
The color craze is upon us, so serving up the whole spectrum in a variety of innovative ways will be key to enhancing consumers’ dining experiences. from black burger buns and charcoal-colored lemonade to pastel ice creams and bright beet powder in red velvet cake, you can expect that consumers will be reaching for their smartphones to document every hue used in your colorful creations on their social media accounts.
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.