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The demand for global cuisine shows no signs of slowing down. Younger generations, with their diversity and unprecedented palates, will continue to shape menus as their numbers grow.
68% of Millennials and Gen Z have gone out of their way to try a novel global flavor.1 Gen Z is the most ethnically diverse group in the U.S., meaning operators will need to add some international charm to staple dishes to find favor with this segment.
Both Millenials and Gen Z view food as an opportunity for exploration. Global cuisine offers that perfect culinary journey.
Gateway to Global
Sauces serve as a gateway for restaurants to introduce patrons to global cuisines in a delightful way. Sauces are a small investment with big flavor impact that can draw a crowd. 29% of diners consider which sauces and condiments will be available when deciding on a restaurant to visit, and that number increases to over 40% for younger consumers and males.3
Hummus is a great example of an ethnic sauce that can add international appeal. It’s the fastest growing Mediterranean ingredient, and its menu growth is predicted to outperform 94% of all other items over the next 4 years.4
Hummus is a delicious and healthier alternative to full fat condiments and spreads with an abundance of versatility. It can span your menu across dayparts used as an appetizer dip, a sandwich spread or a base for soups.
You can also add your own brand flair to a classic hummus, making it unique to your restaurant. Customizing your sauce’s flavor profile is an easy way to add a signature characteristic to any dish.
40% of younger consumers say they’re visiting a wider variety of restaurants now than two years ago to try new or unique flavors.2 Capitalize on this opportunity to create excitement for regulars and draw in new customers.
Ethnic mash-ups are a great way to introduce new flavors to consumers, delivered in a comfortable platform paired with familiar ingredients. Combining ethnic ingredients with well-known flavors allows for creativity in your kitchen that is sure to satisfy the growing demand for unique dishes.
Creative doesn’t mean complex. For example, simply starting with a staple menu item, such as a burger, and adding ethnic toppings such as gyros slices, tzatziki sauce and feta cheese makes Mediterranean food fun and approachable while delivering bold flavor.
Broaden Your Menu with Breads
Today’s consumers have a big appetite for authentic foods with a cultural connection. The warm, rich custom of baking fresh breads has been a part of various ethnic cultures for centuries. These breads are shaping foodservice trends today. For example, Pita’s growth is predicted to outperform 74% of all other foods, beverages and ingredients over the next 4 years.5
Pita is on more non-ethnic menus than ethnic menus, and the number one application is a hot sandwich.5 Pita and Flatbread have a light, natural flavor that lends well to let other ingredients stand out. Give your sandwiches a global make-over that is sure to please. Pita and Flatbreads are also perfect for appetizers, sides and personal pizzas.
The Rise of Snackification: Small Bites, Big Opportunity
Conventional meal times are being redefined as around-the-clock grazing becomes the norm. Traditional snacking was done in-between meals and often consisted of “junk food”. Modern snacking is done throughout the day and consists of meal replacements, on-the-go and healthy options. 50% of all eating occasions are snacking in order to accommodate the busy lifestyles of today’s consumers.6
You can create a snack menu that will drive traffic and also provides the potential to expand entrée offerings, without disrupting your kitchen.
Make your menu work harder by simply creating a snack category using items you already serve. 96% of restaurants already off¬er snack-able items, however, only 32% of them specifically position these items as snacks.6
Elevate your French fries and transform this traditional side into an enticing anytime dish by simply topping with Gyros slices, tzatziki sauce, diced tomato and onion.
Falafel is the perfect menu solution for vegetarian or flexitarian patrons looking for delicious, vegetable-based options. Falafel’s crispy texture and zesty blend of Mediterranean spices make it the perfect crave-able snack, ready to serve with a flight of custom sauces and fresh veggies.
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