The K-12 sector — like others in the foodservice industry — has had a rough go this past couple of years as the pandemic continues. During the height of school closures, foodservice directors have had to think through big-picture changes to improve the safety of their operations, while aligning with future goals to offer the students of tomorrow a wider variety of delicious, nutritious food.
Operators adjust their businesses due to labor shortages. SAJJ Mediterranean opens in a grocery store. Portillo’s prepares to debut a pickup-only location. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.
Three years ago, no one would have been able to tell you what a virtual foodservice brand was or what it was for. Today, many people still do not know. And yet, virtual brands continue to pop up all over the industry — so much so that they can be considered their own market segment.
Burgers serve as a staple on many restaurant menus but have received an overhaul by way of more premium meat blends and upscale toppings. Using high-end meat, such as wagyu, is one of the most favored megatrends among consumers, with more than 40% expressing interest, according to Chicago-based Datassential.
Coffee and its offshoot drinks are a cultural staple. Americans drink 400 million cups of coffee per day, making the U.S. a leader in consumption of this beverage. New York-based IBISWorld reports there are 63,630 coffee and snack shops in the U.S. as of 2021, an increase of 2.6% from 2020.
As we look ahead to the new year, what’s trending and what’s coming up in the industry always seem to be top of mind.