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Consumer Trends

Health wins, snacking grows

There are any number of reasons this year’s favorite chains are winning consumers’ hearts. But one commonality rises to the surface: many made health a priority on the menu in 2014. Whether touting health halos, all-natural ingredients or entirely new better-for-you menus, chains are using health to keep diners coming back. The most common tactic: low-calorie claims. Concepts from Firehouse Subs to Perkins boasted reduced-calorie menu adds, and the response has been largely positive. Said one Firehouse Facebook fan: “Love this new menu. Way to go Firehouse Subs.” 

Snacking Forecast

Today’s students are poised to become tomorrow’s restaurant customers, so it pays to track their eating habits. In “The Big Picture,” a survey conducted by Restaurant Business’ sister publication, FoodService Director, college and university foodservice operators see snacking taking a healthy turn, with growth predicted in three areas ...

+ 51% dips, salsas, humus

+ 46% fruit

+ 26% yogurt

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