Emerging Trends

The latest foodservice industry trends, insights and innovations
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.

back to college

Several trends are poised to impact college and university foodservice in the 2017-18 school year. Here, FSD dives into a handful such as labor concerns and more...

fidget spinner
While they may be a nuisance to parents, restaurants are finding an unexpected use for trendy fidget spinners. Check out how this chef is showing off the new technique.
waste lettuce trash

Operators are redoubling efforts to turn food scraps into inventive dishes and drinks. Here are a few unique solutions to the waste problem.

people eating at counter

Restaurants have had to adapt or be left behind by a changing industry. Here are five trends that can help operators efficiently keep pace with diners’ modern demands....

college kids eating

While there was plenty of delicious food to be found during NACUFS’ annual conference in Nashville, FoodService Director’s top finds included a number of operational...


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