As consumer taste evolves, so do foodservice offerings.
As 2016 progresses, industry officials are noticing some food trends that are expected to shape the industry over the coming year.
According to a report from Meat + Protein, five trends have been have been identified by Mintel, and these trends are expected to hit the market in 2016.
The five trends include:
Many consumers are turning to high-protein diets. Alternative protein sources are on the rise, but classic proteins are still popular menu items.
Consumers want restaurant-quality food, and they want it any time of day. Delivery options and novel foodservice offerings are being taken advantage of, even outside of traditional mealtimes.
Messaging versus Marketing
A number of brands are using meaningful menus to engage with their customers, not just for marketing.
Taking Eating to the Extreme
Consumers today have a wide range of interests, and many are being brave when it comes to food options. Consumers are looking for an exciting dining experience.
Mixing Things Up
Not only are consumers finding exciting new dining options, but they are also making brave mixtures at the bar in their cup.
Customization, authenticity and innovation are arising across menus, into the restaurant and onto store shelves as customers taste continues to evolve.