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Did you know that there are now 80 million Millennials in the U.S.? This group of individuals born between 1982 and 2000 now outnumbers the Baby Boomers — previously holder of the title, “Largest Generation Ever”– and makes up a full quarter of the nation’s population, according to the United Census Bureau.
Transforming one-time consumers into loyal restaurant customers is a key to success for most businesses. This holds particularly true for restaurants, and yet can be even harder to achieve due to the challenging combination of the increasingly competitive industry and today’s informed, empowered diners.
How popular are food trucks these days? Smithsonian Magazine recently declared America to be a “ food truck nation.” According to Mobile-Cuisine, meanwhile, there are currently 4,130 food trucks in the US generating annual total revenue of $1.2 billion — a 12.4 percent increase over the past five years.
The National Restaurant Association declared “sustainable seafood” to be number nine on its list of the “Top 20 Food Trends” for 2016. Also making the cut? “Locally sourced meats and seafood,” as well as “environmental sustainability”.
All three add up to one major takeaway for forward-thinking restaurant owners and managers. If you’re not aiming to show off your commitment to serving up sustainable seafood, you’re falling short of fulfilling some key requirements among today’s diners.
From digital menus to data security, an abundance of tech trends continues to disrupt the restaurant industry. But how do you know when to get on board or wait out what may be a passing fad or flop?
Let’s take a closer look at one of the most popular trends sweeping the restaurant world: third-party food delivery, along with four reasons why getting on board with this innovative enterprise may make smart sense for your establishment.
Every mathematician’s favorite holiday is quickly approaching! Yes, we’re talking about Pi Day, the annual celebration of the world’s most famous mathematical ratio. But while Pi Day — observed every March 14 — may be about math to some people, to others it’s about something much more delicious: an excuse to indulge in flaky, fruity, nutty, chocolaty, or cream-filled pie.
Remember the days when simply serving up a delicious meal — along with the well-executed customer service to go with it — was enough? While delicious food and good customer service are still very much part of the equation, the stakes are suddenly higher.
With the confetti barely cleared from the streets and 2015 a not-so-distant memory, millions of people turn their thoughts to something else every January 1: New Year’s resolutions.
If your goals for the year ahead include eating better, you’re not alone. In fact, losing weight and getting fit; eating healthier and dieting, and drinking less are all among the most commonly made — and commonly broken — resolutions, according to Time Magazine.