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Open Wide for Caribbean, Japanese and Thai

Monday, 28 February 2011 18:45

food4_march11Lovers of ethnic foods are exhibiting a greater taste for exotic flavors.

Consumers love tickling their taste buds with Italian, Mexican and Asian cuisines—so much that all three have become so mainstream, they’re hardly considered ethnic anymore. According to Mintel’s Global New Products Database (GNPD), however, lesser-known ethnic fare has enjoyed robust product growth in recent years, as ethnic-food lovers and their palates are hungry for more exotic ingredients and flavors.

Dinner from the Convenience Store?

Monday, 28 February 2011 18:43

food3_march11Retailers continue to expand prepared food offerings while gaining ground on restaurants.

Consumers taking part in a recent survey conducted by Chicago-based trend-tracker Technomic say they are sourcing prepared meals from a wider range of retail foodservice operations than they were two years ago, many times at the expense of restaurants. Traditional supermarkets, convenience stores and mass merchandisers have been able to grow their share of the food-away-from-home market as they expand their foodservice platforms and build upon consumer desire for convenience, quality and variety of offerings in retail locations.

Rice Usage Increases on Menus

Monday, 28 February 2011 18:40

food2_march11Chefs desire global cuisines, whole grains, versatility and U.S.-grown.

According to proprietary research conducted by the Arlington, Va.-based USA Rice Federation among 500 chefs and operators, U.S.-grown rice usage continues to trend upwards on menus because of growing demand for ethnic cuisines, increased appeal of whole grains, rice’s versatility and chef/operators’ support of America’s farmers and the economy. Nearly 90% of chefs and operators report that they currently menu rice, and more than half say their usage of rice will increase in the coming year.

The Rise of “Fourthmeal”

Monday, 28 February 2011 15:09

By Brent T. Frei

food1_march11Snack orders—either as a fourth meal of the day or replacing one of the three squares—are increasing in foodservice.

Perhaps more than any other campaign by a foodservice entity, Taco Bell, a subsidiary of Louisville, Ky.-based YUM! Brands with 5,600 stores nationwide, in 2006 gave Americans permission to indulge in a fourth meal each day without guilt with its “fourthmeal” campaign. The concept also raised consciousness of what we’re eating at each meal. While breakfast all day was last year’s trend, this year, snacking is literally meal-replacement, according to The Food Channel in conjunction with CultureWaves®, the International Food Futurists and Mintel International.

Incorporating International Breads in the Culinary Classroom

Monday, 31 January 2011 18:58

By Birch DeVault, M.Ed.

food4_feb11Though baking comes with its own rigors and rules, learning international breads expands students’ repertoire and deepens the learning experience.

Baking and pastry, for many culinary students, can be either an exciting challenge or a daunting endeavor. In many ways, the very cognitive underpinning of baking and pastry arts is completely different from that of culinary arts. Working baking and pastry recipes into culinary classrooms can ease some trepidation students have toward the discipline.

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