Specialty Food Magazine

Spring 2018

Specialty Food Magazine is the leading publication for retailers, manufacturers and foodservice professionals in the specialty food trade. It provides news, trends and business-building insights that help readers keep their businesses competitive.

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EDITOR'S LETTER Upgrading the Foodservice Experience SPRING 2018 1 SPECIALTY FOOD ASSOCIATION MEMBERS: Discuss this topic in the Solution Center on specialtyfood.com F oodservice venues are a burgeoning area for specialty foods, as you can read about in our cover story, 5 Innovators Who Are Upping the Foodservice Ante, beginning on p. 26. Venues that once served run-of-the-mill quick options (think stadiums, arenas, and hospital cafeterias) are now touting menus that can compete with dining destinations. Denise Purcell Editor, Specialty Food Magazine dpurcell@specialtyfood.com We saw even more examples of this at the recent Winter Fancy Food Show, through Super Sessions, panel discus- sions, and live interviews on our SFA News Live platform. Here are three recent developments that indicate the chang- ing dynamic of the foodservice segment. • Grown: Organic Fast Food. Grown is a quick-service, six- location chain that is breaking fast food norms by offering slow-cooked, grass-fed brisket and cold-pressed juices in- stead of frozen beef patties and high-calorie soda. During the Super Session "Disrupt or Be Disrupted: Inside the Minds of the Innovators," Grown's owner Shannon Allen explained that it is the seventh eatery in the U.S. to receive full organic certification with a menu that focuses on or- ganic, local, and sustainable foods. "Real food is not made or manufactured, it's grown," asserted Allen, who created the concept after struggling to find healthful fast-food options for her son, Walker, who had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. More game-changing than the menu is Allen's con- tention that organic food is not limited to those with high incomes—one of the six locations is in a Walmart Super- center in Orlando. "Providing value, transparency and real food made meticulously … should be the right of every fam- ily regardless of mean income or zip code," said Allen. • Dunkin' Donuts: Next-Generation Store. A new res- taurant, opened in Massachusetts in January, offers a look at what a Dunkin' Donuts can be. By emphasizing conve- nience and better-for-you choices through new technolo- gies, the chain is attempting to stay relevant, especially to younger consumers that are often cynical about traditional brands. In addition to self-ordering digital kiosks and digi- tal order status boards, a new on-the-go drive-through lane allows mobile app users to bypass the ordering lane for faster pick up. Menu offerings focus on higher quality and on-trend items like nitro-infused cold brew coffee served through a tap system and machines that allow grinding and brewing of select coffee varieties one cup at a time. • Barnes and Noble: Extending the Retail Experience Through Foodservice. Last year, the company announced it would expand its full-service restaurant concept, Barnes & Noble Kitchen. While 580 of the retailer's locations offer in-store cafes, five stores now have "upscale casual American eateries" which are sit-down restaurants run by executive chefs, complete with full menus and wine and beer offerings, explained Marisa Austin, purchasing manager, in an SFA News Live interview. It's a concept retailers from Tiffany's to Hy-Vee have embraced to compete with online shopping. You can learn more about some of these concepts as well as other innovations by viewing our SFA News Live video series on specialtyfood.com/news/section/videos.

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