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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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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Three beverage trends to watch in 2018

Three of the most exciting new healthy beverage trends for 2018…Healthier ingredients in drinks, juices, shakes, and smoothies…already enjoying massive popularity due to testimonials from health food advocates and social media influencers, juices and smoothies are the rage.

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Restaurant design trends emphasize, light, comfort, social aspects of dining

With the competitive landscape so challenging for restaurants, the design and comfort of restaurants is more crucial than ever.

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Restaurant tech adoption, consumer preferences ambiguous, but opportunities abound

AlixPartners: 42 percent of Millennials see tech as influential in deciding whether to patronize a restaurant…top two technologies for restaurants online ordering and Wi-Fi

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