Trends we spotted | Week 34


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At we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other links to articles about the Taco Bell hotel in Palm Springs and about a gnocchi sandwich at Luzzo’s Pizzeria in New York, comfort food to the max!

In addition, the delivery service Deliveroo has recently withdrawn from the German market. Optimus Ride has started an extensive test with self-driving vehicles in New York, with which they consciously try to increase confidence in these systems. And we have spotted a new ‘Instagrammable’ ice cream parlour in London, Taiyakiya.

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Domino’s® Pizza and Rad Power® Bikes | E-Bike program for delivery in the US


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Domino’s Pizza, the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, knows a thing or two about pizza delivery, including the fact that cars aren’t always the most efficient way to get hot, delicious pizzas to hungry customers. A bike is often a better solution to traffic congestion and parking challenges. Domino’s stores across the nation will soon have the option to use custom e-bikes for pizza delivery through a partnership with Rad Power® Bikes – North America’s largest e-bike brand.

Domino’s Pizza has also tested Robots for delivery but don’t you think that e-bikes are more likely to be used in the short term? In the Netherlands we spotted a couple of delivery services that use e-bikes as well.

Rad Power® Bikes is also located in the Netherlands (Utrecht) from where their team is working to build similar partnerships with European companies as well. For example, a fleet of their e-bikes are used in three European cities in a program called ELVITEN that demonstrates how electric light vehicles can improve mobility in urban areas. Below the article a video about this project that already started in cities like Bari, Genoa (both Italy) and Málaga in Spain.

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Inspiration from 2018 | A list of alternatives to replace your plastic straws


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The use of plastic straws has already been abolished in several American cities. Last year, the European Commission also proposed to ban the use of plastic disposable items per 2021. Several parties have now taken the initiative to ban plastic straws permanently. They came up with sustainable alternatives. In this article from 2018 we came up with some alternatives!

Are you going to London this summer? A number of ‘trendy’ places to visit!


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We spot a lot of inspiration in London for hospitality trends. Below is a short list with a number of great, ‘trendy’ places to visit. By the way, the Dominique Ansel Bakery in London where we wrote about yesterday is a great experience as well!

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Inspiration from 2018 | What-a-Melon


Inspiration from London: Dominique Ansel Bakery in London served soft serve in a slice of watermelon sourced from Italy last summer. The ice cream, called What-a-Melon, was made with fresh watermelon juice and ‘seeds’ made of dark chocolate. It first launched at Dominique Ansel Bakery in Tokyo in 2017.

Ice Cream served in lemons or oranges is quite common but in a slice of watermelon? It looks great and delicious though! Inspiration for ice cream parlors.

Inspiration from 2018 | Robots


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In the Netherlands restaurants, hotels and bars face a big shortage of staff!  Many hospitality entrepreneurs will sometimes miss a robot in service! We wonder when we will see robots in the Dutch hospitality industry?

YOTEL, the affordable luxury hotel brand, announces their new hire in their Boston hotel, YO2D2. The Seaport hotel is known for its of-the-moment technology offerings which include super-fast (and free) WiFi, self-service check-in via mobile app and sleek cabins with SmartBeds™ and Technowalls. With this latest tech enhancement, guests can look forward to receiving amenities from and taking selfies with YOTEL’s newest crew member, YO2D2.

Would you like to eat in a robot-run restaurant? Or would you prefer a restaurant in which the waiter is being helped by a robot that helps them carry your food? Bear Robotics is designed not to replace human waiters but to act as an assistant. Korean restaurant Kang Nam Tofu House in Milpitas, California is the first to try out Bear Robotics.

Spyce is a Boston-based restaurant, founded by MIT graduates and backed by Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud. At Spyce, robots produce healthy fast food at affordable prices. At the newly-opened establishment all bowls start at USD 7.50, the prices are lower than at similar restaurants as robots save on human labor expenses and the robots work fast! The robots prepare your meal in 2 minutes and as you can watch in the video underneath the article, they even clean up their own mess!

Trends we spotted | Week 30


  • Trends we spotted this week

At we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other links to articles about ice cream dumplings which are at the menu of Oddfellows in New York City and about The Grid, a combination of Escape rooms & cocktails in London. A new concept by Lollipop’s.

 In Hong Kong Fairwood eSports Café will open and it will be the first eSports café in the city which will be a dining destination as well. In Croatia they spotted smart city benches which are also internet hot spots. Created by the firm Include. And Tokyo is getting its own ‘Bubble Tea’ theme park!     

 In an American article we have spotted the pre-dinner drink Haus, a start-up in aperitifs with a lower alcohol level than other spirits. Sounds delicious! And start-up Third Aurora is busy creating self-translating wine labels! With a link to a video how this works!

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Trends we spotted | Week 29


At we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other links to articles about a new site where DSM and Evonik started the commercial production of omega-3 fatty acids rich in EPA and DHA from natural marine algae for sustainable salmon farming. And JuiceBrothers opened their 9th store in Downtown Memphis, to celebrate this they serve a special Memphis Smoothie!

We spotted a hotel room with a very cool amenity, a full-sized flight simulator! If you want to book the room at the Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu you need to travel to Japan.

And another step in emancipation: Pampers announced that they will provide 5,000 baby changing tables for installation in public restrooms. This in response to the movement #SquatforChange! And Solar foods invented the Solein, a revolutionary natural protein source! And have you ever heard of Hala fruit?  

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INSPICED by André Gerrits | Experience their culinary trip around the world & spice up your event!


With the launch of a special film, André Gerrits introduced INSPICED by André Gerrits in cooperation with the NoName Group; gourmet food service on location inspired by its Michelin star philosophy, for both business and private events. With this new culinary concept, André Gerrits, from restaurant ‘t Amsterdammertje (*) in Loenen a/d Vecht in the Netherlands, and his team provide international haute cuisine dishes and top hospitality at every conceivable location. From intimate living room dinner to business event.

In order to reinforce his distinction, both in personality and philosophy, for the culinary concept ‘INSPICED by André Gerrits’, Gerrits didn’t go overnight. He had a short, controversial film produced, such as we have never seen before in the Netherlands. Which you can see as you continue reading!

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Horecatrends | Tips for Culinary videos worth watching – week 28


YouTube has been a source of inspiration for spotting trends the past few years. Every day, thousands of movies are uploaded with new and interesting content. We too sometimes use videos as a source of inspiration to write about. With this week again a selection of 3 videos which our colleague Manual Imanse  thinks are worth watching.

This week links to videos about ‘What coffee looks like around the world and why menuca honey from New Zealand is so expensive. And since the beginning of July, amusement park Walibi Holland has a new attraction: the Untamed.

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