Restaurants are facing increasing financial strain as states and municipalities pass more legislation around wage and labor practices, healthcare costs grow, and the hospitality labor pool shrinks. At the same time, customers are also becoming more demanding.
Following and setting food trends is critical to the success of a brand, but frequently changing menu offerings or creating dishes that require new, expensive ingredients can put financial strain on the business and increase pressure on busy kitchen staff members.
Breakfast is growing across the entire foodservice industry, especially as all-day breakfast has expanded across both full-service and quick-service concepts. But to drive breakfast business, brands need to stand out from the competition with high-quality, differentiated offerings.
It’s late—too late to still be stuck at work. There you are, tucked away in your office flipping through text messages, bar napkins, and sticky notes to sort out who is available when. You spend hours piecing together a schedule for the upcoming week, then tack your finished product up on the staff room wall.
It’s no secret that beverages are powerful tools for restaurants. Not only do they offer high profit margins, but strong, unique beverage menus also drive traffic. According to Mintel’s research, 45 percent of the time consumers actually choose which restaurants to frequent based on beverage offerings.
Today’s restaurants leaders face growing operational and labor costs, as well as high employee turnover. In addition to these challenges, Datassential’s 2018 Pulse report also lists growing consumer demand for speed and convenience as a top concern among restaurant owners.
Today’s consumers are more demanding than ever, and they settle for nothing less than top-quality ingredients. Proteins are especially under scrutiny as the stars of many dishes. Whether a restaurant serves traditional American cuisine or embraces industry-wide trends, such as ethnic flavors, finding the right protein base is a crucial step in getting a meal right.
With so many restaurant options available to consumers, brands have to find ways to stand out in order to draw in traffic. Add to that the pressure of intense social media scrutiny, and restaurants can’t afford to slip up anywhere.
It’s no secret that consumers love blueberries. In fact, a 2016 Market Opportunity Study by SMS Research found that blueberries are a number one preferred fresh fruit among consumers. But when many people think of blueberries, usually sweet applications come to mind, like pies, cobblers, cakes; or breakfast baked goods, like muffins, pancakes, or scones.
This simple dish only takes 24 minutes to make and features a melt-in-your-mouth blueberry relish. By using this unexpected ingredient, restaurants can give their guests a unique, craveable dish that will keep them coming back for more.