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Food trends and recipes to keep menus fresh


Fun, family-friendly foods can unlock summer sales

Here are a few ways to leverage classic snacks and summer treats.


Summertime specials heat up as the temperature rises

Mooyah’s celebrates campfires and s’mores; strawberries are the pick at Wendy’s and Peet’s; Krispy Kreme launches a lemonade collection; and ice cream and seafood trend on menus.

By learning all about these trends, as well as maintaining a deep understanding of consumer demands and habits, operators can be well-prepared for whatever comes next.

Lessons learned throughout his culinary journey differentiate Matt Harding’s management style and menu mindset.

Matthew Harding, the chain’s senior VP and culinary director, brings a fine-dining mindset to the fast-casual space.

The trend started in quick service, but now more casual-dining players are jumping in.

Chopt takes guests on a U.S. road trip; a burger at Dog Haus has Hawaiian beach vibes; Popeyes debuts another chicken sandwich; corn dogs come back to Golden Chick; and new riffs on pizza.

Here are three ingredients that offer versatility for operators—and three ways to use each ingredient in different menu items.

Taste Tracker: On the Border goes back to the future; O’Charley’s fires up for summer; Red Robin and PT’s Tavern celebrate burgers; and QSR menus see some action, too.

The leading chicken concepts in Technomic’s Top 500 sales ranking all showed positive growth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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