Trends we spotted | Week 45

10-11-2020

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

Vegan is getting more and more important! We spotted articles about Willicroft’s ‘This is Not Cheese’ products, vegan Mini BabyBel cheese, vegan Boursin soft cheese and a new sustainability label for fish alternatives called ‘friend of the Sea’.

With all the restaurants, pubs etc. closing in the UK, Burger King tweeted that people could help the industry by treating themself to tasty meals even from McDonald’s. And we spotted one of the first list of predictions for 2021, ten food trends according to Whole Foods.

Recently opened at The Connaught Hotel with its own entrance: The Connaught Patisserie. Take-away or delivery of an afternoon tea! And a great way to introduce your new hotel in Auckland, New Zealand by QT Hotels & Resorts. Their treasure hunt created a big buzz!

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Trends we spotted | Week 44

2-11-2020

  • trends we spotted this week

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

With this week, links to articles about the hotel arrangement by Hotels.com offering a place to literally ‘hide under a rock’ during the 2020 presidential election. Although we hope that everybody allowed to vote will support their candidate!

The Former chief design officer at Apple will design ‘the next generation of Airbnb products’ and a link to an article about The ‘Don’t Call Me Chicken’ pizza by California Pizza Kitchen.

In New York the Brooklyn Dumpling Shop will open, it will be the first ZHI restaurant and they will be offering a special crossover. Also serving a crossover is Papa John’s: Double Cheeseburger Pizza!

Sensory Inc., an artificial intelligence provider in Silicon Valley, is debuting the alpha release of its artificial intelligence enabled virtual assistant. No more touchscreens at kiosks! And as flying taxis inch closer to reality, companies are scrambling to develop infrastructure.

‘Gordon Ramsey Burger’ will soon be available at Harrods, it’s the second location of his gourmet burger restaurant, the first one is in Las Vegas. And Japanese robots serve soft ice cream!

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KFC’s 11 Herbs & Spices Firelogs | KFC ignites their fans Holiday Season

27-10-2020

  • KFC's 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog

After selling out two years in a row, KFC’s 11 Herbs & Spices Firelogs are back exclusively in select Walmart stores and on Walmart.com. Forget chestnuts roasting over an open fire, because KFC’s famous fried chicken-scented 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog is back for its third consecutive holiday season. Created once again in partnership with Enviro-Log®, the famous fried chicken-scented firelog is available while supplies last exclusively in the U.S. at select Walmart stores and on Walmart.com.

We recently wrote about a Christmas scented hand sanitizer that recently hit the market in the U.S., we wonder when a European restaurant or fast service chain will follow with a scented product! It looks like it’s very popular in the U.S. and KFC will even be available at the Canadian market as well. The big question is whether you want your home to smell like fried chicken?

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On Air Beauty Co. launched unique Christmas scented hand sanitizers

27-10-2020

  • The Christmas scented hand sanitizers by On Air Beauty Co

On Air Beauty Co. kicked the hand washing game up a notch by launching Christmas scented hand sanitizers on ‘Global Hand Washing Day’ that took place on the 15th of October. Washing your hands is one of the most important things people can do to protect their health, but a Global Hand Washing Day? Well if COVID-19 learned us anything, it’s the importance of just that! On the other hand and  compared to ‘World Happiness Day’ or ‘National Unicorn Day’, ‘Global Hand Washing Day’ seems a bit boring. That’s all changed this year, because the Pumpkin Spice and Hallmark Christmas Movie Revolutions just elevated the global holiday.

Although we Dutchies weren’t aware of a Global Hand Washing Day, we most certainly realize the importance of it and if a product like Christmas scented hand sanitizers make more people clean their hands, we love to be able to buy it here as well!

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The TABASCO X Seoul Bird Collaboration | Limited edition dishes

29-9-2020

  • The TABASCO X Seoul Bird Collaboration
  • The TABASCO X Seoul Bird Collaboration

Recently opened Seoul Bird, West London’s Korean fried chicken specialists, are pleased to announce their exclusive eight-week collaboration with TABASCO® Brand from the 1st October, called The TABASCO X Seoul Bird Collaboration.  Korean-American founder, Judy Joo, has created three limited edition dishes that will join the menu, for a short time only, featuring her ‘Chilli Chicken & Wicked Waffles’, ‘Burnin’ Bird Burger’ and ‘Tater Tots with TABASCO® Sriracha Sauce’.

A great example of working together during the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative in London shows a supplier supporting a restaurant but it might as well be a local supermarket creating a collaboration with a local restaurant. Especially during the rapidly changing (stricter) measurements by the government a collaboration with either suppliers or supermarkets might be the reason a restaurant can survive.

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Legendary Vish | Tasty fish, made of plants, enabled by 3D Printing

8-9-2020

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  • Legendary Vish - plant-based salmon made by 3D bioprinting
  • Legendary Vish - plant-based salmon and spread

The last few years we have seen numerous examples of new products to replace meat and fish and other animal based foods like for example eggs and milk. As for replacing pieces of meat and fish there are basically two options: cultivated meat and fish that is grown from cells of an actual animal or plant-based alternatives. The cultivated alternative isn’t on the market yet but we have seen a couple of great plant-based alternatives like this one: start-up Legendary Vish from Austria.

Legendary Vish wants to start testing their bioprinted salmon fillet on a small scale in 2021 and they’re looking for partners for the launch of their products. Do you have a restaurant and are you interested in participating exciting projects? Don’t hesitate to contact Legendary Vish!

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Trends we spotted | Week 36

7-9-2020

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

With this week, links to articles about the first carbon negative beer business, BrewDog and a French article explaining that the summer 2020 tourism season was better than expected.

Concerts in Your Car is a concert series taking place at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in California and a big funding for Shef, an Airbnb-like platform for home cooked meals.

A great sustainable initiative by Farm Brothers cookies: if you buy a pack – they will save a cookie-sized piece (12cm²)  of degraded farmland and turn it in organic soil.

According to a new study, the global vegan cheese market could reach $2.5 billion by the end of 2020 and an article about NAFSIKA’S GARDEN. Cheese alternatives from Nafsika Antypas who is also the host and creator of ‘Plant-based By Nafsika’, the first vegan lifestyle series on mainstream television (A&E Network).

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Four apps helping hospitality businesses provide socially distanced services

31-8-2020

  • Guest blog about socially distanced services by UKWebHostReview - app Criton
  • Guest blog about socially distanced services by UKWebHostReview - app Attractions.io
  • Guest blog about socially distanced services by UKWebHostReview - app Wavetec Safe Q
  • Guest blog about socially distanced services by UKWebHostReview - app Wi-Q

In the last few months, we’ve seen entire countries pausing day-to-day activities, shops and stores closing down and millions of people forced to work from home. But as infection rates in some countries slow down, people are starting to ask ‘how can we return to business?’. The question facing many hospitality businesses as they transition to the re-opening phase is how they can provide socially distanced services, in line with guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and local and national governments, who are tasked with keeping us safe.

A guest blog by Georgie Peru, a Content Contributor for UKWebHostReview. She is passionate about sharing her enthusiasm for technology through her content writing work, with a mission to help others learn and understand what makes the digital world so successful. She shows us four of the best apps that can be helpful to create socially distanced services in hospitality.

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Trends we spotted | Week 35

28-8-2020

  • trends we spotted this week

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

With this week, a link to an article about the changing view on hospitality due to the pandemic, apps are getting more and more important. But also a campaign by Airbnb in the USA to offer online experiences at home, led by artists around the world.

Great design for the new Starbucks location in the Circles Ginza Building in Tokyo, it features a ‘Smart Lounge’ to work in! And are you a member of a book club that had to stop meeting because of the pandemic? Check out the online ‘Words & Wines’ book club!

Just Salad is the first U.S. restaurant chain that carbon labelled its menu. London has a the first float-in cinema in the UK and in the V&A museum an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ exhibit will open March 2021, fall down the rabbit hole! 

A glimpse inside the new Felix Roasting Co., known for its specialty coffee (like theespresso tonic’ and the hickory-smoked s’mores latte), at 104 Green Street in SoHo!

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NICE DAY | A new Chinese takeout restaurant in New York

25-8-2020

  • Nice Day - a new Chinese takeout concept in New York City
  • @eatniceday - shake shake shrimp box
  • @eatniceday - dumplings
  • @eatniceday - general tsos chicken
  • @eatniceday - shrimp lo mein
  • @eatniceday - fried rice
  • @eatniceday - chicken wings

The restaurant group behind the Chinese fast-casual mini-chain Junzi Kitchen is launching a new Chinese takeout restaurant NICE DAY at 170 Bleecker St, New York City, bringing beloved American-Chinese food back from their modern kitchen and with an easy online ordering system. Nested within junzi kitchen’s Greenwich Village location, NICE DAY will serve as a pop-up and act as an updated model of traditional Chinese takeout restaurants, where the dishes such as Kung Pao Chicken and Mapo Tofu will pay homage to the classic American-Chinese flavours that have earned rave reviews for generations.

Great initiative by the Junzi restaurant group to revitalize the American – Chinese dining. As the traditional Chinese restaurants in the Netherlands are facing exactly the same problem, NICE DAY might be an inspiration for those Chinese entrepreneurs who are willing to adapt to a more modern concept of the Chinese cuisine. 

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