Emerging Trends

The latest foodservice industry trends, insights and innovations
convenience store

In a world that finds restaurants testing drone deliveries and supermarkets developing meal kits, the convenience store comes of age in noncommercial and beyond.


Here's how convenience stores are shedding their grungy gas station image and stepping up their visual appeal that's all about freshness, customizability and quality.

girl on tablet

Operators are using social media tools to interact with diners in instantaneous, engaging ways. Here are three ways to use existing online options to garner feedback.


Birdcall leans into tablet ordering. Birdcall is a just-launched Denver fried chicken concept that all but replaces front-of-house staff with a handful of tablets. 

salad bar

New DIY bars continue to go beyond the typical salad and taco offerings as operators introduce fresh ways for diners to assemble and customize their meals. 

college students

Check out the standout food programs in the C&U segment, as ranked by review site Niche. 

cu boulder fstec
The university's foodservice operation was named Tech Accelerator of the Year, an honor recognizing the foodservice industry’s outstanding user of technology. ...
tech innovation
The university and other winners of a tech accelerator award are using technology to revolutionize their business models and reshape the customer experience.
food hall

Here’s a look at several concepts that might have the mojo to break out beyond the food hall format...

hoots the hybrid

Hooters is trying a new model with counter-service ordering plus a full-service bar and dining area. The restaurant was nearly full 15 minutes after opening.


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