This year is winding down and there were many changes to the restaurant and hospitality industry. There were menu changes, changes in dining habits, changes in marketing methods, and the emergence of social media to name a few. Here are a few highlights of 2011, along with some links to related articles for you to peruse.
NEW MENU TRENDS- locally grown or raised ingredients, nutritious children's meals, fast casual dining concepts, food trucks
DINING HABITS- healthier meals, organic ingredients, eat out less often but spend more
MARKETING YOUR MENU- mobile apps, discount clubs (i.e. Groupon), QR Codes
SOCIAL MEDIA- paying with your Smartphone, tweeting, FourSquare, Facebook pages/likes
Superior Products Restaurant Equipment and Supplies increased our selection of products to over 12,000 in 2011. Many are stocked in our 4 restaurant supply warehouses. Look for the same great selection, service and pricing as we unfold a new look in January 2012.
National Restaurant Association Reveals Hottest Menu Trends in 2011
The 5 Hottest Dining Trends in 2011 So Far
The Daily Meal's Year in Restaurant Reviews 2011
Restaurant Operation Trends
How Mobile, Apps, and Social Media Have Changed the Restaurant Industry
How QR Codes Can Help Your Restaurant Marketing