The Future of Food in an Evolving Food Ecosystem

The Future of Food in an Evolving Food Ecosystem

Our food ecosystem is evolving. More and more consumers are demanding high-quality ingredients, organically grown produce, humanely raised animal protein, sustainably and responsibly sourced food.   

For example, at the launch of the frozen foods company Hip Chick Farms, known for it’s 100% organic chicken nuggets, “the [consumer] demand was already there,” as the company’s co-founder and president, Serafina Palandech, puts it. “The demand in retail has grown phenomenally over the last four years and in opening our restaurant concept, which we call The Kitchen, you know, we have an incredibly sophisticated consumer. They know exactly what they are looking for and they know exactly what they want to feed their families. So, I really see that the demand was already there and we are filling that need.”

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This Lifestyle Brand and Scratch-Made Bowl Concept Plans to Grow by 75% By the End of 2017

This Lifestyle Brand and Scratch-Made Bowl Concept Plans to Grow by 75% By the End of 2017

Consumers are no longer confined to their own kitchens to make nutritious meals now that an array of better-for-you brands have emerged.

These concepts are offering meals that are GMO-free, all-natural, and with grass-fed meat and no high fructose corn syrup. They are also catering to gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and paleo eaters. 

Eating healthy isn't just a consumer fad, but instead has become a movement that has changed the restaurant industry forever. 

With that being said, which of these healthy concepts have the most potential?

A few of these brands landed on our National Top 25 Restaurants list, which is compiled from consumer social data pulled from Foodable Labs. The list highlights the industry's bigger players, that are the widespread, recognizable brands and chains consumers know and love.

At the end of 2016, Corelife Eatery ranked at No. 19 on this list. This brand currently has 16 stores, but plans to grow to 28 stores by the end of the year. 

To help the concept meet its aggressive expansion goals, Scott Davis, the former Panera Bread chief concept officer was brought on as the president earlier this year. 

We sat down with the restaurant industry veteran to see why he decided to make the move to Corelife Eatery, how the brand incorporates consumer trends, and what's to come. 

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