Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine Predicts Specialty Food Products to Become the New Mainstream Market

Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine Predicts Specialty Food Products to Become the New Mainstream Market
  • Millennials, Gen Z, and social media play a big role in the rise of specialty food products.

  • Chef Robert Irvine discusses how specialty foods are no longer on the sidelines in the food service industry.

Consumers today have higher expectations for the foodservice industry. Millennials and Gen Z specifically are looking for specialty foods that offer more options for a healthier diet.

Whether it’s creating new chef-inspired meals and products, or chefs using specialty food products in their menus, the specialty food industry is on the rise. Earning in $140.3 billion within the last year, there is a convergence between chefs and specialty food makers to meet these expectations.

At the 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City, Foodable’s Paul Barron sat down with Robert Irvine, celebrity chef, and owner of Robert Irvine Foods, as they discussed the role of specialty food in foodservice and the latest dining trends.


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Scratch Cooking Revives Traditional Views of Casual Dining

Scratch Cooking Revives Traditional Views of Casual Dining

On this episode of The Barron Report, brought to you by Kabbage, the Tupelo Honey team joins Paul Barron in a discussion of what makes brands successful in today's market.

Tupelo Honey was founded in Asheville in 2001 as a revival of Southern food and traditions rooted in the Carolina Mountains. With 15 total locations in 7 states, Tupelo's Southern spirit is infused into every bite of their flavor driven dishes.

CEO Steve Frabitore bought the restaurant in 2008 and it's been growing ever since.

On this episode, VP of Operations and Beverage Director Tyler Alford; and VP of Culinary and Corporate Executive Chef Eric Gabrynowicz take us through the nitty gritty of what has made Tupelo one of Foodable's Top Emerging Brands. 

Tupelo takes great pride in their sourcing. They believe that as a small conglomerate of restaurants, their ability to affect change is far greater than that of smaller, independents. Switching to an organic, locally-grown chicken in their restaurants accounts not for hundreds of dollars in change but hundreds of thousands of dollars.  

And their commitment to top quality culinary doesn't stop there. The beverage program at Tupelo Honey also speaks to the brand's commitment to improving the quality of casual dining chains. With kitchens that cook almost entirely from scratch, Chef Gabrynowics says transforming the beverage program to be more culinary-driven was not a far stretch to make. 

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These Consumer Trends Are Driving Restaurant Growth and Contraction

These Consumer Trends Are Driving Restaurant Growth and Contraction

On this episode of The Barron Report, Paul Barron analyzes Foodable Labs data around two generations that are causing major shakeups in the restaurant industry: Millennials and Generation Z. We look at the frequency of restaurant visits, guest counts, and popular social platforms within these groups to give your concept insights into how to win with this major market segment. 

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Check out the Top 10 Happiest Food Cities!

Did you know that 71.2% of top foodie influencers cause others to visit restaurants and bars? Ever wonder which restaurants and cities foodies love the most? Foodable labs analyzed a data set of 7.3 million food influencers to figure out which foodie cities are the happiest. Of those 7.3 million influencers, Foodable Labs looked at those who dine out at least eight times a month and search exclusively for “happy terms.”

Here’s what we found!

  1. San Diego - 91.56
  2. Scottsdale, AZ 91.31
  3. Austin, TX 91.08
  4. Kansas City, KS 90.76
  5. Palo Alto, CA 90.55
  6. Sarasota, FL 90.37
  7. Columbus, OH 89.37
  8. Boulder, CO 89.11
  9. Thousand Oaks, CA 88.62
  10. Portland, ME 88.51

See which restaurants ranked the highest across America at www.foodabletv.com/top-restaurants

 
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Facebook's New Food Ordering Option

Facebook's New Food Ordering Option

Facebook has a new food ordering option perfect for the social media lovers. And here’s how it goes down: head over to your newsfeed where the “hamburger app icon” is and check out the local restaurants that deliver. Select what you’re craving (Mexican, Chinese, Italian) and fill out what you want. And while there's the option for delivery or pick-up, we know which one you'll be using. 

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