Most Popular Food Trends of 2014

Most Popular Food Trends of 2014

Some of these 2014 food trends include American diners featuring locally grown food, increased gluten-free and vegetarian options at restaurants, better- quality ingredients being made in pizza, upscale comfort food and healthier kids' meals. These food trend forecasts have been compiled from National Restaurant Association, restaurant trade magazines, and restaurant- research firms.

Most of these trends have one thing in common, they are ingredient-driven. Consumers are paying more attention to what they are eating and where it comes from. They want a variety of options –from what is being made in their pizza to what type of bun will be prepared on their burger.  Read More

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2014 Top 10 Social and Digital Predictions

2014 Top 10 Social and Digital Predictions

Last year, my 2013 predictions had Facebook falling out of favor, the birth of the social chef, mobile consumers melding with brands, Twitter to become the Food FAQ platform for restaurants, and even casual dining getting a resurgence with more upscale offerings.

I had a few other key ones that had some impact in 2013, but all in all I can say I had about 80% right on target. Not that it’s that great of performance considering most were pretty easy to call. So this year, I feel like I need to go out on a limb and really stretch the idea of predictions and how they can impact the industry. With that said, here goes my annual 2014 Social & Digital Predictions.

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In the Kitchen: 2014 Predictions from a Chef

In the Kitchen: 2014 Predictions from a Chef

As we bid farewell to 2013 and ring in a new year, the importance of preparation becomes more stressed, especially in an industry that’s constantly evolving. One can only be so prepared for what the future holds, but gaining insight through industry professionals can certainly help. Last week, we gave readers predictions from three restaurant executives of what 2014 has in store. We’ve also recently covered what you can expect to happen on the social and digital front. The two – social & digital and the restaurant industry – are becoming much more integrated as chefs become more savvy on social media platforms and technology in restaurants continues to thrive. 

But what’s a 2014 prediction series without some chef involvement? After all, the chef is the backbone of a restaurant. Luckily, we were able to pull Chef Justin Beckett, Executive Chef & Owner of Beckett’s Table in Phoenix, AZ, out of the kitchen for a bit to talk social media, culinary trends and technology in the dining room.

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2014 Restaurant Executive Insights: Millennials, Mobile & the Economic Front

2014 Restaurant Executive Insights: Millennials, Mobile & the Economic Front

Thoughts breed ideas, and ideas lead to action.

And, while no one person in the restaurant business can single-handedly determine where the industry may shift in the future, there are some who have a pretty good grasp on where it’s heading. Below, we talk to three prominent executives in the restaurant & hospitality space – Firehouse Subs CEO Don Fox; President of Little Greek Franchise Development Nick Vojnovic; and Rob Grimes, President of ConStrata Tech Consulting – about what they foresee for the upcoming year.

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2014 Predictions: Branding & Social Culture

2014 Predictions: Branding & Social Culture

Between less steady growth on Facebook among Millennials to the adoption of new startup apps, this year was huge on the social front. Twitter went public, Facebook became more ad-heavySnapchat skyrocketed, and Foursquare... well, Foursquare is still having an identity crisis. But no matter, 2014 is sure to be just as influential in relation to culture, consumers, and social media. With big ideas in tow, our internal team at DigitalCoCo and Foodable rallied our thoughts and ideas together of what’s to come in the next year. In this article, we share five of them with you.

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