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For today’s consumers, retailers and operators, solutions that minimize guess work and maximize flavour, convenience and accuracy are in high demand. At home, consumers want to simplify and elevate their meals, choosing retail options that deliver both convenience and global flavour. Additionally, private label options bring familiarity and culinary excitement to a home cook’s repertoire, perfect for easy-to-prepare items like meal kits.
The desire to enjoy foodservice meals at home has amplified since the onset of the pandemic. Maintaining the quality of takeout and delivery is essential, with pre-portioned meals, long hold times and sustainable packaging as key solutions. Curated meal kits (and beyond such as cocktail kits) are another way operators are delivering restaurant-quality experiences to their customers at home.
Back-of-house and front-of-house efficiencies have been key for operators to survive the effects of Covid-19. Chefs are simplifying menus to streamline operations and be able to better predict and control food orders. While talk of robotics has been buzzing for years, operators may find utilizing such machines imperative as restaurants continue to face labor shortages.
Convenience will be found in even more foodservice spaces, with brands and retailers delivering meal solutions through vending machines, pop-ups and branded partnerships.
Wellness attributes will be an area of continued focus within the snacking space as consumers prioritize their mental health.
Technological advances, such as robots and enhanced point-of-sale systems, will serve as ways to optimize operations.
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Alex is a Commercial Chef for Custom Culinary® . He supports foodservice brands by developing new products, sharing trends and giving them ideas! He gained knowledge and experience through his years working in Berlin, New York and Sydney.
Flax & Kale (Spain) is leveraging the induced interest in work lunch delivery due to many people working remotely. They offer multiple packs, one of them composed by a weekly pack of 5 different plant-based ready meals with a juice.
Goldie Boy (Australia) smash burger is currently available as a DIY KIT delivered direct to your door. The burgers come with a house-made adobo kewpie special sauce.
Pizza in the Post. Pizza Pilgrims (UK) offers a delivery pack to make 2 neapolitan pizzas. Each pack contains dough, mozzarella, basil, tomato sauce, parmesan and caputo flour. It is a subscription based model (monthly, bi-weekly or weekly).
Less is more! Burger King (US) is planning to simplify its menu and remove some products that have become too complicated to build in order to improve drive-thru times. The chain will also improve menu design to make it easier for customers to make quick decisions.
Ocado (UK) installed on its canteen a Semblr, the food-service robot. Semblr assembles a meal based on a customer’s personalized order. Ocado employees will have Asian fusion bowls and 17 different ingredients to choose from. The robot can make up to 110 meals per hour.
Chef Speranza- Corporate Executive Chef Custom Culinary®, discusses how to adapt to change and streamline operations to increase operational effectiveness, value added solutions, and speed scratch formats that address the challenges of labor shortages.
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