Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, has announced the four key trends set to transform the US foodservice industry in 2017 – highlighting ingredient, technology and experience trends expected to make an impact on the market.
“With restaurants where customers never interact with employees and others with pizza-making robots already emerging, the availability for technological innovations that improve overall convenience will grow into an expectation in 2017. In the coming year, expect restaurants to simplify their menus, choosing to focus on a repertoire of seasonal or previously discarded ingredients, while further helping to eliminate food waste. Global cuisines and flavors that are new to American palates are growing on menus as the desire for authenticity grows, while restaurants are aiming to fulfill consumer cravings for unique experiences with photo-worthy meals and venues,” said Amanda Topper, Associate Director of Foodservice Research at Mintel.
Technological innovations that add convenience and streamline the dining out experience are disrupting traditional restaurant service models amid rising labor costs.
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