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It may have started with sriracha, but the demand for hot and spicy flavors in restaurants and supermarkets continues to grow as consumers demand more heat from a wider variety of sources. Chili peppers and spices from cayenne to cinnamon are bringing the heat to a range of foods and beverages, including main courses, snacks and even alcohol.[…] Continue Reading »

This summer, I had dinner with a friend at a restaurant that focuses on a mix of Peruvian, Chinese and Japanese cuisines. As we perused the menu, we quickly dismissed items we were familiar with and homed in on the more unusual dishes, like skewers of duck tongue and cape gooseberry.

My friend and I — like 25% of consumers in the US — are people who enjoy eating unconventional food.[…] Continue Reading »

From restaurant and retail giants that are household names to small, regional brands that aren’t known throughout the whole industry, subscription services are becoming a big part of the food and beverage space. Services like Amazon Prime and Blue Apron are increasingly finding favor among consumers with busy lives, so what does this mean for the traditional retail and restaurant players and the food industry as a whole?[…] Continue Reading »

More than 2,100 exhibiting companies demonstrated their goods and services to a crowd of more than 63,000 chefs, restaurant owners and other foodservice professionals at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago last week. The show floor was a great place to spot new trends. Several trends from years past — such as gluten-free and spicy flavors — are still going strong.[…] Continue Reading »

At the end of each year, the team at Datassential releases our list of the trends to watch in the upcoming year, leveraging our extensive data from services like Datassential’s MenuTrends, the industry’s most accurate and trusted menu database, and combining it with our expert insight and passion for food trends. Last year we covered everything from European cuisines like German and English to beverage trends, including craft sodas and mocktails.[…] Continue Reading »