Lizzy Freier

Managing Editor

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Lizzy Freier is a managing editor at Technomic, a Winsight Company, with a focus on menu trends. Lizzy covers trending flavors, ingredients, dishes and preparations for food and beverage at independent restaurants, emerging chains and top chain restaurant brands. She has also analyzed global trends. She has presented at numerous conferences in the U.S. and Canada on menu trend development for restaurant operators, manufacturers and distributors.

Lizzy studied English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently resides in Chicago.

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18 flavors influencing today's menus

These on-the-rise ingredients are set to pop on trendsetters' radar.


Flavor trends get saucy

Keep your menu ahead of the curve by tapping into up-and-coming tastes.

See how flavor preferences break out among demographic groups.

Cooking demos aren’t doing it for most consumers, but these five things are. 

Operators are finding ways to balance higher pork costs with increased demand for the protein.

Winter beverages spotlighting mint, mocha, eggnog and berries are commonplace as limited-time offers and at holiday events. So what’s newly trending this season?  

These eight food and drink forces shaped menus this year.

These are the fastest-growing flavors in today's trending dishes.

See which 10 chains are most meeting consumers’ morning cravings. The chains are ranked from in order of the percentage of diners who say the items are craveworthy.

Chicken entrees from Asia are particularly seeing an increase in menu mentions. Here are three chicken dishes seeing growth on menus, according to Technomic’s MenuMonitor.

See the toppings and crust types that are peaking on this indulgent favorite.

Find out which 10 restaurant chains are winning with chicken that consumers say they can't get anywhere else. The chains are ranked from 10th to first.

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