Here’s a preview of the insights into Australia’s Top Ten Trends in foodservice, which we’ll be looking at in more detail in the Trend Zone at this year’s Fine Food Australia in September.
1. FOODSERVICE OPERATORS ARE WORKING SMARTER
Foodservice Operators in the Australian market is under continuous financial and operational pressure. Working smarter is the key to success. What are the key behaviours of smart food operators in today’s market?
2. THE RISE AND RISE OF THE HAMBURGER
Hamburgers continue to be reinvented and maintain their top position as the number one flexible food concept. Find out which hamburger options are being tried, what works and which other comfort foods are trending.
3. PROTEIN SUBSTITUTES ARE ON THE MARCH IN AUSTRALIA
Environmental and healthy eating concerns are driving the development of alternative proteins to traditional meat. Over 2,000 US restaurants are now offering new, fantastic meat substitutes made entirely from Vegetable Proteins. They have now arrived in Australia. Will they become popular here and should you offer them on your menu?
4. CASUAL DINING PREVAILS
Casual dining driven by café style dining has grown enormously over the past five years in Australia and is often the first choice for millennials. What is driving this trend and are you doing what you can to meet this demand?
5. MATURE COFFEE MARKET – OR IS IT?
Coffee consumption in Australia has matured but is still very much driving menu and dining choices. Cafés now must compete with more sophisticated, cheaper home and work coffee brewing options. What food and snack choices help you attract consumers back to the café?
6. WHERE DOES MY FOOD COME FROM?
Restaurant patrons are starting to care where their food is sourced and the more interesting the story, the more unique is the dining experience. Food providence is important when avoiding eco or environmentally unacceptable food sources and to make sure that you are getting what you actually ordered and paid for.
7. THERE IS A ROBOT IN MY KITCHEN
Robots are entering all industries and foodservice is no different. The first robots have landed in Australia. What is next? What does it mean to you and your staff? Is it a good thing? Will it really take off or is it a science fiction gimmick?
8. THE TOP 10 APPS FOR FOODSERVICE SUCCESS
Mobile and Web Apps offer low cost technologies that even small foodservice outlets can afford. Everything from online ordering, delivery, customer loyalty programs, menu management, procurement and much more are available for a low monthly fee. What apps make sense for you?
9. FASTEST GROWING MEAL OPPORTUNITIES
We are the best “Eater-Outerers!” Australian eating out habits are unique and different to many other markets. Are you aware of the fastest growing meal options now taking over business meetings?
10. CREATING UNIQUE DINING EXPERIENCES
More than ever, smart restaurants and cafés strive to create a unique eating out experience for their customers in order to differentiate themselves in a competitive market.