Yogurts Changing the Snacking Game

Consumers' eating habits are constantly evolving and the millennial population is paving the way.

According to a 2017 survey by Surverygoo, commissioned by Welch’s Global Ingredients Group, 92 percent of millennials (consumers between the ages of 18 and 35) are replacing full meals with snacks. Specifically, 26 percent of those surveyed eat a snack over a meal about four times a week.

This trend is only gaining momentum as more consumers adopt healthier lifestyles.

As snacking increases, the more diners are looking for grab-and-go options at restaurants and at grocery stores.

One of the most loved snacks on the market remains yogurt. Yogurt brands have been ahead of the curve when it comes to catering to those with dietary restrictions, which is more important in today's market than ever.

“Consumers want to eat in ways that address real dietary concerns, but they can’t do it alone. They need help from food manufacturers to offer products formulated with an eye towards food sensitivities and other specialized diets, and they need help from retailers to stock shelves with a proper assortment of foods that cater to a wider variety of consumer needs,” said Andrew Mandzy, Director, Strategic Insights, Nielsen.

In the On Foodable Feature video above, FoodableTV Host Layla Harrison is tasting five different "yogurt" options including Oikos Greek Yogurt, Siggi's, non-dairy Chobani, Kite Hill Vanilla Almond Milk Yogurt, and Noosa Yoghurt.

Several of these options cater to health-conscious eaters.

Siggi's, for example, has 25 percent less sugar, along with no preservatives, no artificial coloring and is made with real fruit. Both the Kite Hill and Non-Dairy Chobani are plant-based.

Watch the video above to learn more about these yogurt-like options and see which one Layla likes the best.

How On-Brand Music Programs are Enhancing the Guest Experience

Music plays a pivotal role in a restaurant's ambiance. It helps to convey the vibe you want your restaurant to have. However, as Adam Melrose, the chief playlist officer of Control Play, says music tends to take a back seat.

But music can really enhance the brand experience in multiple ways, starting with the team members at the restaurant.

"Music has a lot to do even with just the energy of the staff members," says Melrose in the video. "If the staff is having more fun, their gonna have more fun with your customer."

Music on loudspeakers is common, but at most restaurants, there are also TV screens meant to add entertainment value. Mostly, sports or ChiveTV are popular programs being played for diners.

Melrose points out that in 2017, 25 percent of all music listened to all over the world was done while watching music videos. With that being said, playing music videos on screens has its advantages from an operator standpoint.

"Once the videos are part of the experience, people are staying longer and that equates to another drink or another shareable or a just longer stay time, which only increases how much money they're going to spend while there," says Melrose.

Unlike Pandora or Spotify, Control Play creates custom video entertainment specifically for restaurants and bars. With over 5,000 venues using the service in North America, Control Play curates a playlist specifically for your restaurant and the experience you want to convey. The playlist is constantly updated too, meaning the same old' songs won't be playing over and over to torture your staff.

What role does music play at your restaurant? Watch the On Foodable Feature episode above to learn more about Control Play and how music and video can enhance your customers' dining experience.

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Vanessa Rodriguez

Vanessa Rodriguez

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Robot Employees are the Latest Grocery Store Technology

2019 is proving to be an innovative year for the foodservice industry. Technological advances such as cashless stores and apps that help fill more restaurant seats with hungry diners aren’t the only latest trends.

Some of the latest innovations we’ve seen at Foodable are introducing technological advances, like robots, to the grocery store space.

Grocery chain Stop and Shop, is partnering with mobile market startup Robomart to bring a new method of grocery delivery to Boston this Spring. Instead of having customers order their groceries and deliver them to the door, customers will be able to order a remote-operated Robomart vehicle to their door via an app and pick out their own produce from a pre-stocked vehicle.

The Robomart app utilizes a patent-pending RFID “check-out free” system, charging customers automatically for items.

Another way technology is becoming more prevalent in the grocery store space is shown by Giant Food Stores.

Recently, the chain introduced a robot named Marty to its 172 United States stores. Marty is  built to roam around the store, looking for spills and trip hazards, which are reported to store employees. But that’s not all Marty can do, the robot can scan shelves for items that are out of stock, and perform price checks, looking for discrepancies between the shelf and the store’s scanning system.

Watch the video above to learn about other technological advances in the grocery store industry, and what companies are employing robots.

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Rachel Brill

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Is The Future of Dining Digitization? Allset CEO Thinks So!

We are living in a world with a live and thriving “on-demand” economy.

From having the choice to watch your favorite TV shows on your own time and schedule, to ordering meals and groceries through your mobile phone or online.

Companies seem to have finally figured it out…

Time is of the essence!

People seem to be willing to pay for their precious time to avoid time-consuming, mundane tasks. And with so many efficiencies taking place in different aspects of people’s lives, consumers are getting accustomed to speedy services so they can get back to what’s most important to them.

This phenomenon has us thinking… Is the future of dining digitization?

On this episode of On Foodable Feature, we learn from Stas Matviyenko, CEO and co-founder of Allset—a San Francisco-based application that aims to help restaurants provide a more efficient dining experience to guests who are short for time.

Watch the full interview to learn how this app can help increase a restaurant operation’s bottom line, how the technology integration would look like, and costs associated with the service!

The CBD Craze Is Taking the Food Industry by Storm

In this episode of On Foodable, we’re exploring the latest industry craze: Cannabidiol. Popularly known as CBD, this cannabis compound has non-psychoactive effects, unlike those felt from ingesting substances containing THC. In recent months, CBD and its uses have not only increased in popularity amongst health and wellness fans, but have also gained traction from the medical community. This trend isn’t going anywhere, as science begins to support the overwhelming anecdotal evidence in the herb’s favor. Studies have found that CBD helps boost gut health, decreases inflammation, and can be as effective as anti-anxiety drugs.

Today, CBD can be found in almost anything; from gummies and chocolate bars to honey and bitters, there are plenty of ways CBD can be used that you might not have thought of, making Culinary Cannabis one of our most watched trends. During this episode, we’ll take a closer look at a few CBD-infused products that are taking the industry by storm.

Cordial Organics

Cordial Organics is a new generation of clean beauty products formulated with CBD to help you change the way you think about your skin and body. All of their products are made with CBD, extracted through a supercritical CO2 process from medicinal grade hemp grown in the USA, meaning they offer one of the cleanest forms of CBD extract possible. In addition to their beauty line, they’ve created a few edible products, including “Celebrate Bitters.” With just ½ - 1 dropper of the bitters to any beverage or cocktail, you can feel relaxed instantly without the “out of sorts” feeling, thanks to the low dosage of CBD.

Luce Farm

Hemp farmers Joe and Rebecca, both firm believers in natural living and healing alternatives, are the husband and wife duo running Luce Farm in Vermont. Although CBD can be found in many plants, the compound is most abundant in the hemp plant, which Joe and Rebecca grow, process, extract, and test right on their farm site! Luce Farm has created many products, including Hemp Honey. Each jar contains its high-quality CBD extract with certified organic coconut oil and raw Vermont honey. Each teaspoon of honey contains 10 mg of CBD for a total of 360 mg of CBD per jar.

Just CBD

Just CBD was founded on the premise that CBD is nature’s secret miracle. When taking a look at the industry, they felt the CBD business was consistently misrepresented and taken advantage of. Just CBD makes it their mission to keep customers aware of what’s in their products with the help of world-class labs that do all of their testings. Just CBD Peach Rings offer 500mg of CBD per jar, which equates to 25mg of CBD per piece.

Kickback CBD Cold Brew

Not only is Kickback’s CBD cold brew coffee organic, gluten free, and vegan… it’s also a perfect balance between caffeine and hemp to give your body the energy surge it needs without jitters or overstimulation. Instead of forcing your body to adjust to high levels of caffeine from regular coffee, Kickback has made a “functional chill” possible by adding CBD to their 100% single origin and shade-grown coffee beans that are infused with the highest quality hemp available. Their concept is “energetic harmony,” a calm, energizing feeling felt from drinking their CBD coffee.

New Age Beverages Corporation

New Age Beverages Corporation plans to be the leader in CBD health drinks, according to Forbes. The company recently announced their plans to release a line of CBD infused drinks under their current relaxation beverages Mellow Mood, inspired by reggae legend Bob Marley to promote mindful, healthy living. Marley+CBD Mellow Mood is packaged in 15.5-ounce cans and contain 25mg of pharmaceutical grade CBD per serving in three different flavors: Herbal Honey, Lemon Raspberry, and Peach Raspberry. “After successful showcasing of the Marley CBD line at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco this month, New Age received orders from grocery retailers across the U.S.,” New Age CEO Brent Willis said during an interview with Forbes.

Has the Culinary Cannabis movement caught your attention, too? Hear our take by watching the video above.