Find Out What Consumers and Chefs Can't Get Enough of in the 2019 Flavor Trends Report

Find Out What Consumers and Chefs Can't Get Enough of in the 2019 Flavor Trends Report

Today's consumers are looking for new ways to spice up their plate and palate. Whether it be with a new exciting protein or a dish they know and love that features a new flavor.

But consumers' tastes are constantly changing. With that in mind, every year we release reports pulling from our data index to see what consumers are craving.

For our latest report, we used Foodable Labs data to analyzed 910,309 social conversations on multiple social media platforms. Our dataset is made up of chefs, independent restaurant owners, corporate chefs, multi-unit brands, and food influencers.

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Why East Hampton Leads The Top 50 Sandwich Innovators List

After a quick stint at law school, Hunter Pond decided his true passion laid with the restaurant business.

“I just felt this gravitational pull to the industry and it was strong enough... [that] I dropped out of law school after one semester,” said Pond. “...It was a rough three months trying to convince everybody that this was the right move for me.”

On this episode of The Barron Report, our host, Paul Barron, sits down with Hunter Pond, CEO of East Hampton Sandwich Co. to learn how this concept came to be and made its way to become the top Sandwich Innovator concept from our free Top 50 Sandwich Innovator Report.

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“I studied the marketplace and I saw that the key differentiator in all of the fast casual sandwich players out there was the bread,” said Pond.

According to Pond, everything that went in between the breads tasted the same, from the lettuce and tomatoes to the meats.

“I kind of looked at it as a mathematical equation and thought, ‘if we could just figure out a way… to utilize our kitchen to focus on what goes in between the bread, I can outsource the bread baking to local European-style bakeries and that would produce, in theory, a higher quality product,” said Pond.

Hunter Pond wanted East Hampton to be the ingredient artisan of the sandwich category while partnering with a bread artisan to provide best sandwich possible to consumers.

Take a listen to the podcast above to learn more about East Hampton’s beginnings and future plans!

Show Notes

  • 00:51 - Top 50 Sandwich Innovator Report

  • 02:18 - How Hunter Pond Got His Start

  • 05:50 - Inspiration for East Hampton

  • 07:25 - Key Differentiator in the Fast Casual Sandwich Segment

  • 09:13 - Consumer Driver Is Ingredient Quality

  • 10:27 - Quality Beyond The Food

  • 13:03 - Future Plans for East Hampton

  • 15:47 - Sourcing

  • 24:21 - Instagram

  • 27:42 - Hiring & Real Estate Challenges

  • 30:40 - Hunter Pond’s Industry Outlook

About the Report

The free Top 50 Sandwich Innovator Report is based off a sandwich study conducted by our sister company, Foodable Labs. “We put together a study that looked a consumer sentiment around mentions of their favorite sandwiches and then we poured out the shops and concepts that came out on top through our algorithm…,” says Barron. That’s the same algorithm that ranks Foodable’s Top 25 Restaurants in each city, for example.

 
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Foodable's 2018 Protein Sourcing Guide & Report— Most Loved Protein, Top Companies to Source From & more...

Foodable's 2018 Protein Sourcing Guide & Report— Most Loved Protein, Top Companies to Source From & more...

The way consumers look at protein has changed over the past decade. Gone are the days when every meal had to have a traditional protein represented as the star of the dish. But does that mean protein is in trouble? Sure, restaurant guests are looking for healthier choices and are a little more open to trying meat alternatives, but that does not mean the protein segment is dead.

So, how does each type of protein stack up in the ranking by consumers? Are you having trouble figuring out what is the hottest protein trend for 2018? Do you want the scoop to determine which top protein sourcing company is the best fit for your business?

Don’t worry, Foodable Labs has you covered. That’s right! Look no further than the 2018 Protein Sourcing Guide and Report powered by our sister company, Foodable Labs.

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Why Diners are Visiting These Hot Casual Dining Concepts Instead of Chili’s and Applebee’s

Why Diners are Visiting These Hot Casual Dining Concepts Instead of Chili’s and Applebee’s

You’re in luck data hungry marketers and operators, Foodable Labs decided to do a deep data dive and highlight the Top 25 Hot Casual Dining Concepts to kick-off 2018.

In the past couple of months, traditional casual dining brands, like Applebee’s and Chilli’s, have been experiencing a decline in sales due to decreased millennial foot-traffic. All the while, a new generation of upscale casual dining brands are picking up slack and gaining new customers.

So why are diners choosing to eat at these establishments versus the former casual dining staples?

These concepts have been able to forge a connection with the local communities they serve— not only through community outreach, but also through their menus.

Learn about two popular brands included in the casual dining report, which is available for download, here!

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Foodable Drops Chef Todd English From Top 100 Social Chefs Guide

Foodable Drops Chef Todd English From Top 100 Social Chefs Guide

Earlier this year, Foodable released its first Top 100 Social Chefs featuring the top-performing U.S. chefs in the digital space. As Foodable gears up to release the anticipated rankings for 2018 in January, a new policy has been implemented.

Foodable is dropping Chef Todd English from its Top 100 Social Chefs ranking due to sexual harassment allegations that arose in November.

This is what Foodable’s editor-in-chief, Paul Barron, had to say on the subject as he detailed the new Foodable policy:

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