By any measure, 2020 has been a historically difficult year for foodservice distributors. COVID-19 wiped out business for foundational customers like restaurants, hotels, caterers, stadiums, schools and other volume foodservice clients starting in March, and even today, as states attempt to re-open amid the uncertainty of where the pandemic is heading, an argument could be made that foodservice distributors have had to continuously pivot more than any other cold chain segment to stay afloat.
The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), an industry leader in the certification of gluten-free products and food services, is enhancing the branding of its Gluten-Free Food Service (GFFS). GFFS, which audits and validates restaurants and food businesses that serve gluten-free food, is launching a newly designed logo and signage that designates establishments as “Validated Gluten Free Safe Spots.”
New lineup is part of the company's Spring Scoop catalog for foodservice distribution.
March 9, 2020
US Foods announced the launch of Spring Scoop, “Raising the Bar: The Classics – Celebrated and Elevated.” The 25th edition of Scoop features products designed to help bar-and-grill operators easily get creative and innovate with their menus, with elevated, upsell-worthy versions of their traditional bar-and-grill fare.
The year ahead will also be a turning point for a demographic shift in the country as Gen Z hits the workforce in a big way, bringing with them new preferences, skills and ideas.
December 23, 2019
Datassential, Chicago, pulled ideas from thought leaders across the company and combined with data from surveys, databases and from Haiku, the company’s machine-learning trend prediction engine, to compile a list of trends set to impact the food and beverage industry in the year ahead.
The report focuses on international, restaurant, catering, retail food, health and lifestyle, children, environmental policy and beverage trends, looking at what’s emerging, slowing down and just around the corner in the culinary and hospitality industries.
December 6, 2019
Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), Louisville, Ky., revealed data gathered from its international membership of over 2,400, which forecasts the most innovative trends in the culinary and cultural landscape for the next year.
Channels are blurring and C-stores now compete with an array of players that include quick-serve restaurants, drugstores and smaller formats of grocery and mass that increasingly focus efforts on fresh and fresh prepared/grab-and-go offerings.
November 25, 2019
Across the U.S. retail landscape, convenience stores are said to grow faster than all other offline channels over the next five years, according to a study released by Nielsen, Chicago, thus reflecting the hyper-focus consumers put on expediency.
The FWRA represents three major sectors of the supply chain—food manufacturing, retail and restaurant and foodservice.
October 31, 2019
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Washington, D.C., announced a new partnership with the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA), Arlington, Va., to formalize industry education and outreach efforts.