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Macro Foodservice Industry Trends

“The Covid Generation”

Here comes the Metaverse

Mind Health

  • A focus on foods that help mind health – 80% of consumers said taking time for themself followed by exercise, being active, spending time with friends and family, and eating right is important (Datassential 2022).
  • Over half of consumers are extremely or very likely to purchase foods that support their mental well-being.
  • Eighty-three percent of consumers strongly or somewhat agree that food can be medicine (Datassential 2022).

Plant-Based Trends to Watch - Veggie Heroes

  • Sixty percent of consumers say they prefer plant-based foods that showcase the fruit or vegetable instead of mimicking another food (Datassential 2022).

Potato Trends

  • Potatoes are found on over 80% of menus in the United States and continue to grow in restaurants.
  • While fries are a ubiquitous menu item, they continue to grow. Operators are getting creative with “loaded” fry dishes, adding anything from cheese and bacon to pulled pork and brisket. Loaded fries are a great way for consumers to try an ingredient they may not be familiar with alongside something they are very familiar with.
  • Breakfast potatoes are loved or liked by over 50% of U.S. consumers and are projected to grow on menus at a rate of 19% over the next four years.