Ways restaurateurs can select the right foodservice distributor: Op-Editorial

Restaurant owners find themselves in a better bargaining position, but some of the biggest considerations in selecting the right distributor partnership have become more complex. Competitive pricing, reliability, distributor perks, convenience and industry know-how are reflective of some of the most important considerations…Independent restaurants will outpace chain sales growth by nearly double (independents to grow +4 to +5 percent vs. chains’ +2 to +3 percent growth).

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Three protein trends being tapped for successful product development

…Asian Island foods, a trend identified by Chicago-based consultancy Technomic. It has propelled Asian Island chicken on menus. At the same time, consumers are looking for protein alternatives to meat and are driving an interest in the creation of more food products and menu items that tap the nutrition and appeal of pulses and plant-based proteins.

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Eatery Pulse TV debuts Swizzle Chill

The Eatery Pulse TV News Network debuted its most exciting and energetic web boradcast to date in Swizzle Chill TV. Catch the latest episodes by subscribing on YouTube or to our mailing list at susbscribe.swizzlechill.com:

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D.C. restaurants adopt the gluten-free trend

Gluten-free (GF) foods, typically consumed by those with celiac disease, wheat allergies, and gluten sensitivity, have seen a 36 percent sales growth rate from 2010-2015, according to Packaged Facts. Entirely devoted to GF treats, Virginia-based Happy Tart bakery has locations in Alexandria, Falls Church, and Del Ray (currently under renovation). Cakes, crepes, cookies, cupcakes, macarons, and fresh bread.

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What are the next top global flavors for restaurants to tap?

“Thai, Indian, Korean and North African Influences are hot right now and are breaking through into foodservice in the form of sauces, spirces and proteins,” she says…Technomic, a Chicago-based foodservice research film and consultancy, has also presented Southeast Asia as a source of flavor trends.

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Restaurants leverage the popularity of organic foods

The organic food industry has grown rapidly in recent years and the growth trajectory continues to rise, as organic ingredients begin to find a place in the broader feel-good food trend. The industry has recently reached $50 billion dollars in annual total organic product sales and is predicted to continue growing rapidly, with average growth in the double digits for the past five years…The D.C. metro area is a hub for innovative restaurant operators who have already capitalized on this surge of interest in organic ingredients, with local favorite restaurants Sweetgreen and Founding Farmers emphasizing the role of organic

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P.F. Chang’s introduces new bowl-centric lunch menu and cocktail lineup

P.F. Chang’s new “wok-fired” lunch bowl menu will comprise selections that include the Bibimbap, Chiang Mai Noodle Bowl, Tokyo Udon Noodle Bowl. In addition to these chef-inspired bowls…Sparkling Blossom: Grey Goose Vodka, St.-Germain Elderflower liqueur, Blushing Geisha, Red Dragon, Japanese Old Fashioned

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The feel-good food megatrend continues to gain momentum

The feel-good food movement is gaining overwhelming traction and it has permeated the national conversation about eating and dining…respondents primarily identified healthy food as that which has healthy components or is clean label (“free from”). Nearly 30 percent categorized healthy food as having healthy components or nutrients, ranking that as the #1 definition. Almost 15 percent indicated food that is free from “artificial ingredients

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