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Foodservice Trends For 2019

With a new year on the horizon, we are excited to see the changes in the Foodservice industry. Here are some foodservice trends being speculated for 2019:

Levantine Cuisine

Israeli cuisine has gained more eyes (and stomachs) in the past couple of years. This has led to flavor experimentation from Israel’s neighboring countries. Syria, Turkey, and Lebanon influence can be found in an abundance in independent eateries. Ingredients including schmaltz and urfa and sauces such as labneh and tahini are being used in new, innovative ways.

Natural Enhancements

“Functional food” is already a trend, but in the new year, there will be greater expansion. Natural enhancements to help with bodily functions will become commonplace to those who request it. This may include using ingredients such as collagen and cannabis to enhance brain function, beauty, and mental health.

Sensory In Social Media

Sites like Instagram and Facebook have changed the way the food industry shares its work. Tailoring content specifically for social media has become necessary in today’s technology-based society. And with the integration of custom stories and live video, this tech trend has reached a new level. Curating quality video content is key to staying relevant and being successful. In 2019, videos will include visual effects like color-changing cocktails and candy-popping audio enhancements. Menus will also most likely be adapting to this change in some fashion.

Going Green(er)

Plant-based dining has always been a thing, but it’s not just about staying away from meat; It encourages a “greener” approach to life. For example, a recent green initiative has restaurants banning plastic straws in an effort to eliminate waste. In addition, compostable food packaging is now a priority to foodservice operators. This eco-friendly push continues through third-party industry policies banning meat consumption and encouraging employees not to eat it when going out.

True Transparency

Having complete transparency is vital in business (and in life), but do you really receive complete transparency from a business? The foodservice consumer of tomorrow will expect brands to be 100% transparent with not only pricing, corporate ongoings, and workplace ethics, but also with their stance on environmental causes and the welfare of animals. We are especially happy with this one. I think we all deserve the truth.


Scary Sales And Tricks To Treat Your Customers

Halloween; You either love it or hate it. There’s something about the spooktacular celebration that either entices people to run in the streets and scream for sugary sweets, or encourages them to keep their doors locked and their lights dimmed. Whatever the case may be, Halloween seems to have drastically risen in popularity in recent years. Other holidays are certainly bigger and more respected, but Halloween unleashes an unparalleled amount of creativity that you can use to your advantage when promoting a sale or new product. And it isn’t just for little kids; It manages to hit a combination of millennials and older individuals, which is the prime demographic of the foodservice industry. So even if you’re not the biggest fan of witches and broomsticks, it’s certainly an opportunity to maximize on your marketing tactics. Here are a few promotional ideas that you can try out:

Dressed Up Deals

We all know that dressing up for Halloween is the best part. So why not take advantage of that? Run a promotion that if a customer and/or their child shows up to your restaurant decked out in a unique costume, that they will receive 10% off their meal. Or perhaps a free side dish or drink. Whatever the deal may be, it’s a great way to increase traffic and keep customers satisfied.

Creative Contests

Social media is a vital tool in growing and sustaining your business. Your platform should reflect your company’s values and identity with a humane approach. People love to interact with a down-to-Earth business. Have customers compete in a costume competition where they must tag your business in the photo(s), and give out coupons to the top costumes. This will not only boost your brand and entertain your customers, but will also provide free exposure. And that’s priceless.

Simply Scary Sales

A good idea is also to run a simple promotion without a customer or their child dressing up for the occasion. For example, IHOP is currently running a promo where kids 12 and under can receive a free Scary Face Pancake on Halloween day. The pancake comes with whipped cream, strawberries, mini Oreo cookies, and candy corn so that children can create their own scary faces. They also encourage people as an added bonus to share pictures of their creation on social media for the chance to win prizes. It’s a win-win!

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So spooky, yet so cute.

So even if Halloween is not your cup of Pumpkin Spice coffee, your customers will grow fond of your dedication and your spooky sales!


Mobile Ordering For Your Restaurant

We all live busy lives. We are constantly running around and trying to plan our schedule 10 steps in advance while multitasking today’s responsibilities. And when you finally get a second to yourself, the last thing you want to worry about is first cooking dinner. Read more


Increase Summer Tourist Traffic To Your Restaurant

Ah, Summer. A time for sun, fun, and hot dogs on buns. But if you own a restaurant, it can be a very busy time of the year. This typically depends on location, demand, and service. How quickly you can fulfill orders and replace empty glasses with boozy beverages will make you stand out amongst the rest of the competition. And if you’re in a popular tourist spot, this is a big deal. Tourists and newcomers provide an amazing opportunity to increase your sales and overall area presence. Here are a few tips to entice customers and get tourists through the door!

Advertise Locally

The first thing you should do is advertise your business locally. Reach out to any spots in your area that tourists are likely to visit. Visitor information centers are a great place to start, along with close rest areas. Putting a brochure with your business information and a discount offer will put the thought into a tourist’s head, and eventually lead to a visit if the interest is strong. It’s also a good idea to contact your local tourist bureau and inquire how you can get listed. These maps are usually left in hotel lobbies and rooms, or picked up individually at the visitor center.

Keep Your Online Listings Up To Date

Tourists are strange to new land, so they will typically use online listing apps like Yelp to gain insight on great places to eat and sight see. Sites like these are a free advertising method that can easily promote your business. Keep information clear and concise, including address, hours of operation, takeout options, discounts, and more. It’s not enough to simply be listed on these sites, however. You will need to engage with customers. Make sure to reply to any reviews, good or bad, thanking them for the initial visit and addressing any details/concerns. People will see you are active and care significantly about a customer’s experience, increasing the chances of visitation.

Participate In A Restaurant Week

Restaurant weeks can lead to a significant stream of new business. Restaurant weeks are set up so that local restaurants can partner up with tourism groups or foodservice representation and cross-promote each other. Events usually feature flat rates on your menu, enticing customers to order specifically catered food products that showcase your niche. Many customers will visit multiple restaurants throughout the week, which actually works to your advantage because your business will be listed on all marketing material, evenly distributed throughout all participating restaurants.

Contact Local Concierge Staff And Rental Properties

Local hotels provide concierge service, providing a wealth of information to tourists on the surrounding area’s hot spots, events, and eateries. And a lot of people utilize this free information. Make sure you connect with local hotels and rental properties so that once guests ask for recommendations, they will point valuable business to you. You can even offer discounts to homeowners or renters that keep a brochure to your establishment in their home. Once a guest checks into their property and asks for restaurant recommendations, your business will be at the top of that list.

Open Up A Food Truck

If you have a little extra money and are looking to get your business out there further, then starting a food truck is a great option. It offers a preview into your business aesthetic and unique taste, garnering interest and attention. Plan routes and heavily utilize social media advertising/engagement.

According to the U.S. Travel Association, tourists spend more than $200 billion a year on foodservice. And I’m sure that number is steadily growing with each passing year. That’s a lot of untapped income your business could be raking in! Now that Summer will soon be taking over, use all these tips and tools at your disposal to be the best restaurant this season!


Manufacturer’s Spotlight: MVP Group (Ikon Series)

For over 50 years, MVP Group has been a leader in the commercial foodservice industry. Ranging from standard cooking equipment to industrial food preparation, every product line they manufacture is carefully crafted and masterfully manufactured to provide a high-quality experience every time.

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The Future Of Tabletop: Little M. Tucker

For decades, hospitality professionals looking to source something other than white-body porcelain tableware had to visit vintage shops, scroll boutique supply sites, or work within the constraints of retail items not designed for commercial use. It was unnecessarily time-consuming and expensive to locate unique tabletop products that would elevate the dining experience. The team behind Little M Tucker saw the opportunity to redefine the foodservice supply industry after recognizing the demand for a more curated tableware package. Whether it’s a 10-seat restaurant or a 500-room hotel, M Tucker strongly believes the tabletop experience is a unique access point to one of the most intimate human interactions in the world: dining.

Founded by Marvin Tucker in 1955, M Tucker has always been at the forefront of foodservice innovation. The company has facilitated the openings of countless hotels and restaurants, designing thousands of commercial kitchens throughout North America and abroad. Based in Paterson, New Jersey, this distributor boasts a 150,000 square foot warehouse stocked with kitchen equipment, smallwares, paper goods, and of course, tabletop supplies. That is where Little M Tucker comes in.


Little M Tucker provides a unique dining experience every time.

Each Little M Tucker collection tells a story. The team behind Little M Tucker works tirelessly to find new and exciting products that speak to the nature of hospitality today. These tabletop ranges are sourced from Morgan Tucker’s extensive travels to factories all over the globe. And when it comes to Ms. Tucker’s professional expertise, there is truly no one in the world better versed in the traditions of tabletop style and design. Little M Tucker’s goal is to turn clients’ creative visions into enduring experiences.


Sip In Style! Little M Tucker’s beverageware is perfect for any event or occasion.

For a long time, people within the hospitality community–who were looking to source something other than white body porcelain tableware—had to scroll boutique retail websites for unique tabletop products. Little M Tucker recognizes the demand for curated tabletop products. Whether it’s a 10-seat restaurant or a 500-room hotel, they strongly believe the tabletop experience is a unique access point to one of the most intimate human interactions in the world: dining. That notion alone was enough to spark the inspiration for Little M Tucker. As a result, LMT offers trend-forward collections that convey a commitment to quality, exclusivity, and originality.


Modernize your bar with LMT’s copper bar supplies!

If you’re interested in upgrading your tabletop experience, browse our stock of LMT products here. For inspiration—or to see what’s trending now—check out Little M Tucker’s Pinterest page and subscribe to their newsletter by clicking here.