Food and Restaurant Trends for 2022 Include Robots, Sustainability

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As 2021 draws to a close, food and restaurant experts are making their predictions for the trends that will shape the way we eat in the coming year. This past year was another difficult one for restaurants as the pandemic continues to stir up uncertainty around everything from safety protocols to supply chains. Some of… read more

Restaurants, Food Brands Find a Partner in Veganuary

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Veganuary turned nine this month with a record of inspiring a growing number of consumers to go vegan for the month. Last year, 582,000 people from 209 countries signed up for the 31-day pledge to leave animal products off their plates. The Veganuary campaign launched as a nonprofit organization in the UK in 2014 to… read more

How Will Americans Eat in 2022? The Food Forecasters Speak

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Trend forecasters say that laksa, a slurpable noodle soup served across parts of Southeast Asia, may rise in prominence in the United States in 2022. Last year at this time, optimistic trend forecasters predicted that the cork would burst from the bottle by summer. With vaccines in arms, food culture would vibrate in a robust economy. American… read more

KFC to Launch Plant-Based Fried Chicken Made with Beyond Meat Nationwide

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The launch comes after years of testing from the Yum Brands chain and Beyond Meat to create a meat substitute that mimicked the taste and texture of whole muscle chicken, like chicken breast, rather than the ground-up consistency of nuggets. The two companies first tested plant-based chicken at an Atlanta restaurant in August 2019 — and… read more

Breakfast-Lunch Restaurant Visits Increased in Fall, NPD Reports

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Breakfast and lunch restaurant visits showed signs of improvement in the September-November period after suffering from restrictions on schools, workplaces, and other activities during the COVID pandemic, according to new U.S. data from the NPD Group. NPD said Wednesday that In the three months ending November, online and physical visits to restaurants for breakfast increased… read more

Explore Dom’s Kitchen & Market, Chicago’s Massive New Grocery Emporium

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The line separating restaurants and grocery stores further blurred during the pandemic. Without dining rooms full of customers, many restaurants embraced the general store model and began selling gourmet items, produce, and sauces. Meanwhile, traditional grocers enjoyed record profits with the general public cooking more at home after doctors told them to avoid restaurants to… read more

Pizza Still Delivers any Way you Slice it

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There is no shortage of pizza lovers, and recent polls show it still ranks as America’s favorite comfort food. The category’s significant innovation is driven by the newer brands. Crust innovation is centered on gluten- and grain-free alternatives, as well as the introduction of gut-friendly sourdough options. Traditional sauces and toppings are top favorites, while… read more

Digestive Health will be a Gateway to Personalized Nutrition

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Many health benefits are attributed to a healthy digestive system, notably immune system support, respiratory support, cognition, vitality, and skin health. But it is currently not possible to target and activate such benefits with precision. Today, the focus is on the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut to promote overall wellness, but one day,… read more

FONA Expanding Manufacturing Space in Illinois

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FONA International, a developer, and manufacturer of complete flavor solutions that was acquired late last year by McCormick & Co., Inc., on Nov. 15 broke ground on a multi-million-dollar, high-tech manufacturing expansion in Geneva. The expansion will create an additional 15,600 square feet of manufacturing space and will allow for future growth in manufacturing and… read more

McDonald’s to test US ‘McPlant’ in November

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McDonald’s Corp. will launch a small-scale test of the McPlant in eight select stores for a limited time starting Nov. 3. “The McPlant includes a plant-based patty co-developed with Beyond Meat that’s exclusive to McDonald’s and made from plant-based ingredients like peas, rice, and potatoes,” the company said. “The patty is served on a sesame… read more