Emerging Trends

The latest foodservice industry trends, insights and innovations
Technomic has identified consumer trends likely to shape the restaurant industry in 2016. Here is what the Chicago researcher has identified as the top trends to expect.
What’s happening in the streetside channel of the business could cross over to noncommercial facilities.
Evolution in the restaurant industry means newer baby boomer retirees are bringing higher expectations with them to senior living facilities.
But Generation Z students rarely segment their campus lives in such a neat and tidy way. That’s one reason Colgate University expanded to 24-hour service.
Though perks like free lunches get millennials' attention, what they really value is open communication, collaboration and support, Fortune reports...
lunch tray k12
Niche.com in November released a list of the top-ranked K-12 foodservice programs. The rankings are based on both average district expenses per student.
the lunch witch book
Deb Lucke provides a bit of levity for FSDs in her latest graphic novel, “The Lunch Witch,” which compares making potions to lunch ladies cooking.
Gen Z is a year into its college invasion. There are more millennials in the workforce today, surpassing both Gen X and baby boomers, who are retiring.
The Den
Here are six restaurant concepts and formats that crept onto our radar in 2015—and that noncommercial operators in all segments will want to scout for stealable ideas.
Sad Santa
We asked noncommercial operators to share their requests for Santa that would benefit the industry in 2016.

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