Emerging Trends

The latest foodservice industry trends, insights and innovations

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college students

Here's how FSDs are engaging students with their operations—and what they're looking to do so in the coming year. 

working on laptop

A university marketing specialist shares some tips for cultivating a successful online prescence and using it to your advantage.

the state of hunger

Operators weigh in on hunger and new ways they're tackling it. Read on to see how operators are bringing more to the table to address the hunger needs at schools.

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.


The desire for quick, quality meals is here to stay. Here are three key areas c-stores will be tackling next that noncommercial operators need to keep in mind.

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. 


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