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Health continues to power menus into February

Taste Tracker: Panda Express swaps meat for plants in two classics; healthy sipping at Bluestone and Nekter; calories count at Fazoli’s; and fruits and vegetables fill up bowls.


Bread rises to new status on menus

Innovation comes to the breadbasket, as restaurants upgrade service, variety and quality.

The new Spicy Lovers Pizza, launching as an LTO, boasts layers of fiery toppings.

From Argentina to Russia, these are the foods and drinks showing up internationally in chain restaurants.

Taste Tracker: Chipotle abd Smoothie King tap into health; Wienerschnitzel, Crumbl and Pinkbox invite indulgence; Taco Bell tests chicken wings and the Patty Melt returns to Sonic.

As America emerged from pandemic restrictions, some 2020 food and drink trends strengthened while new ones gained ground.

These developments made industry news in 2021 but expect to see them surge into bigger trends next year.

Restaurant and hotel brands, professional trendologists, industry groups and food companies are all having a say in what the next year will bring. We culled through the reports to find the common threads.

Taste Tracker: First Watch and Bar Louie go big at brunch; gingerbread, pomegranate & mint trend; cluckin’ at Jollibee’s and Miller’s Ale House; Red Lobster dives into sea-cuterie.

Unique ingredients, artisanal sourcing and creative presentations are taking the traditional meat-and-cheese board to the next level.

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