Sip a Snack? Oh Yeah!

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Snacking has always been a part of daily life. People say they snack to treat themselves, give themselves a break or provide self-care such as relieving stress or weight control. So, you might ask, is there anything different about today’s snacking habits? Why yes there is. Snacks have changed and expanded, and more than ever […]

Let’s Eat Out Tonight…At Home

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Why is the meal kit (or prepared food kit) industry experiencing such explosive growth? Why are so many companies entering this market with growing success? The lifestyle of today’s consumer make meal kits a natural. Of course convenience is a big factor. And, even if the meal is a little pricier it is completely justified […]

Big Flavor, Small Package

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Let’s be honest. The ho hum condiment choices of yesteryear are now pretty much passé. Gone are the days of limited offerings. Today’s consumers want it all: they want big FLAVOR, they want BOLD choices, and they want NEW tastes to satisfy their increasingly discriminating cravings.  But that’s not all. They also want their add-ons […]

Candy Hearts with Sayings

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Coming soon are the days of candy hearts with sayings. You know the ones we mean. The little pastel heart-shaped candies that spell out “Be Mine” and “Friends 4ever”. The ones grade school kids shyly exchange in February. But, while those candy hearts might be enough to satisfy the sweet tooth of an eight-year-old, most […]

Your Slice of the Pumpkin Spice Pie

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Have you secretly been waiting for “it” for months? As summer rounded the corner into Autumn, the smell of “it” wafts through the air as assuredly as the Autumn leaves that seem to usher it in. “It,” of course, is pumpkin time! Oh yeah. It’s not just children who delight in harvest time each year […]

Fly Off the Shelf Dessert

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Sometimes when we think about offering seasonal items, thoughts of pumpkin spice in the fall and peppermint in the winter come to mind. But, if we expand to include the fads or “seasons” of pop culture, there are some opportunities to gain incremental traffic and create some buzz on social media by tapping into the […]

Must Try Thai

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Red Thai Curry just might be one of the best things that ever happened to Jasmine rice. Its aromatic blend of spicy peppers and sweet coconut milk make it a sauce that has a complexity of flavor that is balanced and craveable. Most often served as a thick soup made with bite-sized chicken, beef, pork, […]

Hop On the Gravy Train

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What do Thai Peanut Satay, Guinness Beef Stew and the yummiest mashed potatoes you’ve ever tasted have in common? Gravy. Traditionally, gravy is made from meat drippings that occur naturally during the cooking process and then get mixed with thickening agents like flour or cornstarch. But, depending on the usage, additional ingredients like roasted vegetables, […]

Squeeze the Day

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Most of us in the Foodservice Industry say it’s a small world. At one time or another we will cross paths, swap a story or two and then continue doing what we do best – create meal experiences designed to wow our customers. It can have its tough moments, though. Sometimes the hours are long […]

Herb Appeal

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With the first signs of Spring also come the first signs of outdoor dining. Consumers emerge from winter hibernation and sip raspberry iced tea in casual, umbrella lined bistros while they nibble on shareable appetizers with friends. They opt for menu items that call out fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs and are enticed by LTOs […]