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.
Employee turnover hurts. Not only does it create staff shortages, but it also costs restaurants significant amounts of money each year to advertise, interview, and train new employees, in addition to the cost associated with decreased efficiencies when new crew members are learning the job.
Today’s consumers demand more menu variety than ever before, but they also want to know that the foods they are eating are nutritious. They are looking for fresh foods that are not highly processed and offer clean labels without additives or preservatives.
Bluberries are not just for desserts. In fact, they make perfect additions to salad dressings. This Blueberry Balsamic dressing is filled with the flavor of blueberries, thyme, balsamic vinegar, and honey.
Cheese is a staple of the culinary world, and for good reason—its uses are virtually unlimited. This simple ingredient can be used to create savory comfort classics, to add a classy touch to final products, or to stand alone in an appetizer tray or as a light, yet satisfying dessert.
Restaurants, more than most other businesses, face challenges when the economy shifts—particularly in terms of labor. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the hospitality industry’s current turnover rate is 73 percent, while the national unemployment rate is at its lowest in a decade at 4.
7shifts, which is working to transform scheduling, communication, and labor-cost control for more than 1 million restaurants in North America, announced on Aug. 31 that it has secured US$3.5 million in funding from Tandem Capital and existing investor Relay Ventures.