The Shift in Catering and Takeout Trends Means Increased Profit for Operators

The Shift in Catering and Takeout Trends Means Increased Profit for Operators

Consumers may be dining out less, but that doesn’t mean they’re cooking at home more. In fact, according to Foodable Labs, ordering interest for catering at the top 100 restaurant chains has increased by 32.5 percent in the past year as people look to their favorite places to provide a restaurant dining experience in the comfort of their homes. That’s why Rich Products Corporation is intent on offering a wide variety of solutions to answer the increasing demand for flexibility and versatility when it comes to the catering and takeout needs of its clients.

“We have really seen a shift in catering over the last few years,” said Diana Schaefer, Associate Customer Marketing Manager at Rich’s. “Catering is no longer just 200 plated meals at a wedding. We’re seeing more and more national, regional and local restaurants add catering to their offerings.”

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“[Consumers] expect the exact same product that they would get if they sat down in the restaurant when they get it delivered to their house… so packaging is really important,” says Diana Schaefer, Associate Customer Marketing Manager for Rich’s Products. “If you have a sauce or dressed product you want to make sure it’s just as fresh when it gets to the customer.”

According to the National Restaurant Association, it is estimated that 70 percent of customers will be ordering food off of restaurant premises by 2020. Foodable Labs has identified that catering order interest has increased 32.5 percent in the past year with the Top 100 restaurant chains. In this episode of The Barron Report, host Paul Barron sits down with Diana Schaefer to explore the latest catering trends to make sure foodservice operators are not missing an opportunity in the category of catering.

“Thinking about what’s on your menu that is easy to scale up, there are just some products that we’re just not going to make 50 servings of and have that great high-quality…,” explains Schaefer. “Having really good supply chain partners that understand these issues and can bring you solutions is really important to be successful.”

Schaefer shares with Foodable that packaging companies were looking at Rich’s cookies during a recent K-12 convention in Las Vegas and said they had packaging solutions in order for the cookies to be sold as a grab and go item by using a packaging solution with a warming technology. Although Rich’s still has to do some product testing for quality assurance, the company is excited to provide these types of solutions to their customers moving forward.

Listen to the podcast above to learn about some of the solutions Rich's offers to help chefs and foodservice professionals stay ahead of the game and combat food waste!


Show Notes:

  • 3:35 - Biggest challenge in catering

  • 12:25 - Rich’s Catering Product Solutions

  • 15:00 - Drive behind demand for Catering and Delivery

  • 16:45 - Millennial and Gen Z Consumer Trends

  • 20:11 - Millennial Dining Occasions Data

  • 21:30 - Grocery Stores Change Predictions

  • 23:40 - Savory and Sweet Eggspediates

Rich’s New Plant-Based Pizza Crusts Deliver On Taste And Practicality

Rich’s New Plant-Based Pizza Crusts Deliver On Taste And Practicality

With the launch of Rich Product Corporation’s Plant-Based Pizza Crusts, millions of moms will have to come up with a new catchphrase, since “eat your vegetables” will no longer be needed. Broccoli and cauliflower are the main ingredients in these gluten-free crusts, which boast a powerhouse of benefits including long-shelf lives and freezer-to-oven application, all while delivering superior flavor and texture.

According to PMQ Pizza Magazine, pizza sales reached $45.1 billion last year, and Rich’s Plant- Based Pizza Crusts, which come in Broccoli Cheddar and Seasoned Cauliflower varieties, tie into the growing trend of consumers demanding more plant-forward options when dining out. With vegetables consisting of more than 20 percent of the ingredients, Rich’s Plant-Based Pizza Crusts offer the taste and crunch customers expect when ordering a thin crust pizza, but with the added benefits of vegetables playing a starring role.

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How Rich's Is Helping Foodservice Professionals Create Plant-Based Menu Items

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“The big key point for operators… is focus on flavor, focus on that authentic experience, and people will want to eat your plant-based menu item because it’s delicious,” says Julie Altobello, Senior Marketing Manager of Health and Authenticity at Rich Products Corporation.

As Foodable Labs has identified in the past, there is a 78.4 percent increase in the past 18 months of consumer discussion around plant-based menus. In this episode of The Barron Report, host Paul Barron sits down with Julie Altobello to explore this topic further and discuss plant-based trends, sectors driving trend growth, and how the plant-based trend looks like across different age cohorts.


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