Emerging Trends

The latest foodservice industry trends, insights and innovations
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While the multiple-choice questions on FoodService Director’s annual census surveys are a great way of gathering data on trends, Managing Editor Dana Moran has always been rather partial to the open-...
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The nonprofit features service workers on college campuses in man-on-the-street-style Facebook interviews.
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Reading is a cornerstone of professional development for Angela Haney, director of student nutrition for Los Lunas Schools in New Mexico.

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Current menu trends weren’t the only takeaways attendees of FSD’s 2017 MenuDirections conference went home with. Here are six predictions for the future of...

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There’s no end in sight to the food hall trend, but as competition expands, new concepts are growing beyond the standard formula to build diner interest.

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Sodexo this month unveiled its list of 10 trends impacting workplaces worldwide during 2017. Here are a handful that pertain particularly to FSDs, and how some operators...

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While the industry may not be quick to adopt ultra high-tech advances such as robots, there's innovation happening on the equipment front, with suppliers trying to make...

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Throughout this issue, we’ve highlighted stealable ideas in all realms of noncommercial foodservice, from protein-focused sides to legalized marijuana.
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Global chains are rolling out new food and drink packaging. Check out three recent stealable examples of how global chains are making their packaging stand out.

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Although noncommercial foodservice is brimming with stealable ideas, innovation can also come from industry outsiders. Here are three potential pools to tap. 

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