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Uncovering trends and market forces in foodservice
August 22, 2017
I’ve got to say it: foodservice is fun, flavorful and fantastic. C’mon, where else can you touch a mystical creature or walk into a restaurant and ask for something naked? Of course, I’m referring to a few of the year’s most interesting limited-time offers: Starbucks’ Rainbow Unicorn (Frappuccino blended crème) and Taco Bell’s Naked Chicken Chalupa.
Hungry for new perspectives on innovation? I certainly am as Prepared Foods readies its 35th annual New Products Conference this September in Denver. Last year, we focused on “disruptive innovation.” This year, we want to help innovation executives navigate market trends and “Unleash Opportunity, Unlock Creativity and Transform Industry” with change from within.
Our ability to reason, think creatively and solve problems. Perhaps that’s best described as mind over matter. Ah, but how do food and beverage manufacturers interpret a shifting and fast-paced foodservice market? That can be a more vexing question of mind over menu.
Ever forget how fast time flies? This certainly applies to people. Take me, for instance. I’m aging quickly and in my early 50s. Yet in my mind’s eye, I’m still just 27 or 28 years old. And you can imagine the disruptive surprise when an AARP card application arrived in the post.
Without a doubt, Mintel’s new product trends presentation (complete with global new product sample tasting) always is a highlight at Prepared Foods’ annual New Products Conference. On the heels of this year’s event, our Mintel friends already are looking at 2016’s top trends.
This is one of my favorite times of the year—when we learn about some of the top new products at retail and foodservice. Each spring, Information Resources unveils its annual look at supermarket “Pacesetters” ranked by first year sales. Shortly afterward, foodservice industry judges help the National Restaurant Association recognize Food and Beverage Innovation award honorees. Respectively, you can find these stories on pages 23 and 25.