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Looking at mid-year menu trends with Technomic’s Lizzy Freier

Here’s how menus are adapting to supply chain challenges, labor shortages and consumer preferences as we approach the halfway mark of 2022.

Menu analyst Lizzy Freier, director of menu research & insights at Technomic, keeps a close watch on food and drink trends at the Top 500 restaurant chains and independent restaurants.

During her recent presentation at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, she recapped the novel trends that are shaping menus as we move into the second half of 2022. Based on Technomic data, four Ps define the current state of menu innovation: Pivots, Preparations, Proteins & Plants, and Personalization.

Lizzy Freier
Lizzy Freier

Freier also offers up a fifth P—Predications—that can help operators plan the next six months and beyond. Listen as she shares the latest trends that can help drive business and delight guests.

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