Trends we spotted | Week 19


At or 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’.

A Singaporean company, Forest & Whale, is experimenting with edible and compostable food packaging and Panda Packaging has come up with a reusable bamboo cup with an integrated loyalty program.

Hilton recently shared a fun video encouraging guests to bring their dog to their Pet Hotels in the UK and Ireland and Pepsi opens the very first Fast Beverage Restaurant in the United States, Pep’s Place.

The State of New York will ban the use of plastic amenities in hotels and motels from 2024, and McDonald’s will work with the office of President Biden to raise awareness around Covid vaccinations among Americans.

Mövenpick Thailand offers a temporary package that allows travelers to go in self quarantine for 14 days in luxury. And sustainable hotel chain Habitas intends to realize at least 10 3D-printed hotels in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Finally, Guinness has recently launched a new stout beer, to all coffee lovers: pay attention!

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Fruit and Vegetables Week | Launch ‘We’re Smart Academy’ and exclusive 5 Radishes Chefs Club


  • Week van de Groenten en Fruit
  • Smaakbom® Salsa met légumaise Thai en Ghoa cress
  • Recept watermeloen en venkelcarpaccio

Top international chefs will join forces in the We’re Smart Academy, starting on the 10th of May. They share their knowledge about healthy, ecological cuisine in webinars, manuals, cookbooks and Clubhouse sessions with other chefs, food companies and consumers. The academy gets off to a flying start on the first day of the Fruit and Vegetable Week. On the same day, We’re Smart World, the organization behind the week, launches the 5 Radishes Chef Club, an exclusive club for the 79 best vegetable restaurants in the world. 

When we see the enormous press interest in the transition of Daniel Humm from Eleven Madison Park (***) to only cooking vegetarian, it is unavoidable that there will also be a boost in vegetarian and vegan cooking. A very positive vibe towards healthier food! With 2 recipes in this article with the Vegetables of the year – Peppers and Fruit of the year 2021: Watermelon, both from the well-known vegetable chef Frank Fol. 

Reading time: 4 minutes, required time for the recipes are separately stated. 

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Trends we spotted | Week 14


At or 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’. 

Today outdoor dining in the UK reopenedUnfortunately the weather is bad but we wish everybody lots of fun and be careful out there. We’re extremely jealous here in the Netherlands!  

This week with links to articles about the reopening of the Brixton Market Restaurants, with their reopening deal: #BackToBrixton and a big loss for culinary Barcelona: the group with the restaurants Tickets, Hoja Santa, Pakta and Bodega 1900 are to close, the only one to remain is Enigma. 

This April, French dairy company Bel Brands will launch its own vegan cheese line Nurishh on Amazon Fresh and at select retailers, with further distribution planned for this year. And Coca-Cola launches vending machine subscriptions in Japan 

The restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill announced it will offer debt-free degrees in Agriculture, Culinary, and Hospitality to all eligible employees. Also in the USA: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and his tequila brand Teremana launched a ‘guac on the rock’ initiativeto encourage the nation to support local restaurants  

We love a bitter Spritz (like for example with Campari), so we hope that the premix Garden Spritz by Chandon, bubbles with house-made bitters crafted with fresh Valencia oranges, will come to the Netherlands as well. And chef José Andrés known from his humanitarian efforts with his charity, World Central Kitchen, has announced he will open restaurants in Chicago, to start with an all-day café along Chicago River. 

Is a podcast studio a plus in a hotel? Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas will have one in the lobby and we spotted more examples over the years.  

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Bar à vin Frank’s | An underground bar below brasserie Maison François in London launches this May


  • Bar à vin Frank's under brasserie Maison François
  • Bar à vin Frank's under brasserie Maison François
  • The team of Bar à vin Frank's

Frank’s, a new subterranean bar à vin from the team behind the critically acclaimed French brasserie Maison François, opens on Monday 17th May. Located in the heart of St James’s, 34 Duke Street,  beneath the recently opened brasserie, the bar will serve a carefully chosen list of unconventional wines by the glass alongside a regularly changing menu designed with drinking in mind.  

We love the concept of Bar à Vin! Lots of wines by the glass with simple but great food, great concept for a small dinerThere are too few of themWe love to see examples like Frank’s or La Cave Septime in the Netherlands as well.  

Reading time: 2 minutes 

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Trends we spotted | Week 13


At or 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 an investment by restaurant chain Chipotle in autonomous delivery by startup NURO. And to help out in tough times, supermarkets rent storefront windows from restaurants. Launched last week in Amsterdam, Reclame voor Horeca (‘Ads for Hospitality’). 

Both NESCAFÉ and the startupUP TO GOOD, introduced drinks made from upcycled coffee fruitNESCAFE NATIV and UP TO GOOD cascara. And in London opened Urban Mutts, the first luxury dog hotel! With spa treatments, handcrafted dog beds, reiki etc. 

Ultimate Paleo Protein infuses your cup of coffee with quality protein, healthy fat, and heat-stable probiotics. It reminded us a bit of Bulletproof coffee? And the first Cannabis-infused wine from France has been created in the region of Bordeaux. 

KRISPY KREME® Giving FREE doughnuts to everyone who shows his or her COVID-19 Vaccination Card and has more ideas to encourage people to get the vaccine! And we spotted a startup with the aim to reduce our sodium intake which is increasing our high blood pressure: Green Salt made of Salicornia!    

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Trends we spotted | Week 12


At or 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 cultured meat manufacturing at the first plant-to-fork facility The Chicken by SuperMeat in Israel. And a bit older article about the plant-based meat market estimated to be worth billions of dollars. We wonder what the influence of cultured meat will be on those sales numbers 

Japan’s airline ANA sold $1.8 million worth of Economy Class inflight meals to Japanese consumers for at-home dining and Shake Shack begins using AirCarbon cutlery and straws from Restore Foodware at select locations. 

Smarties is the first sweets-brand to switch to recyclable paper packaging anStarbucks recently committed to their future by setting ambitious goals in order to reduce their carbon footprint, water and waste by at least 50% in 2030.  

A link to a great article about the thriving scene of Korean restaurants in New York, with a couple of them with one or two Michelin stars and inspiration for pizzerias: the garlic buttery crust By the Pizza Inn 

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Well-known trends on TikTok and how they can inspire your company


  • TikTok trend Pretty Lady FrappuTeano by Bui! Tea

TikTok has gained enormous popularity in the year 2020/2021. Due to the fact that we have been stuck at home the app has been able to grown immensely. The app started off with videos containing mostly dancing and singing, and it has now transformed into a marketing tool. We have written about how you can use TikTok for your company a while backNow Sammy van der Weijden has looked at fun and inspiring recipes and trends that she has spotted in the last few weeks. Some of them were not intended to be used for marketing purposes, but they have led to an increase in sales either way. Maybe these trends will inspire you  to create something similar for your restaurant! Which might cause an increase of visitor of generation Z.  

Reading time: 3 minutes and lots of fun links to TikToks 

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Trends we spotted | Week 11


  • trends we spotted this week

At or 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 amongst others a 3D-printed neighborhood in California which made us wonder when the first 3D-printed holiday park will open! And a vegan egg substitute by EVO Foods in India.

 The ‘Zero Human Interaction’ restaurant ‘Brooklyn Dumpling Shop just opened in NYC and recently signed their first franchise agreement, with a video that explains the idea behind their shop. And and UEFA announced global UEFA EURO 2020 partnership.

 Gordon Ramsey will be selling his own Californian wines in his restaurants and an Argentinian winery has conducted a successful experiment with maturing wine under water.

 A biodegradable face mask by the Dutch designer Marianne de Groot, once you have worn the mask, you can bury it and watch it sprout into flowers. And the Halal Guys recently launched plant-based Gyro.

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Orbisk waste system | Food waste monitor provides insight into your waste


  • The owners and the management of Orbisk
  • De foodwaste monitor of Orbisk in the kitchen

Orbisk has developed a fully automated food waste monitor. The waste collection point of F&B-companies will be equipped with scales and a smart camera, which will record exactly what is thrown away and what amount. Based on the collected data, bundled in clear online reports, you can optimize the supply, purchasing process and your menu and thus save up to tens of thousands of euros per year! 

Our colleagues from Van Spronsen & Partners Hospitality Consultancy and Hospitality Administration have been telling their customers for years: data is knowledge! (in Dutch: meten is weten). By keeping track of your turnover on a daily basis, you get “grip” based on data so that you can estimate how much you will approximately turnover on a certain day in a specific periodAs this food waste monitor shows this knowledge is also highly effective for reducing food waste! In the past, we have written about a similar product, named WinnowThese systems are very suitable for the larger professional kitchens.  

Reading time: 2 minutes 

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Impact Shakers | First European awards for sustainable and inclusive startups


  • Ready for the Impact Shakers Awards
  • Ready for the Impact Shakers Awards
  • Ready for The Impact Shakers Awards

Inspired by the doughnut economics model, applications for the very first Impact Shakers Awards, opened on March 1st. All European startups and scaleups with a positive impact on society and the environment may apply. It is the first time that more than 40 impact ecosystem players from all over Europe, including incubators, accelerators, investors and networking organizations are rallying behind the same cause.  

The Impact Shakers Awards are inspired by the doughnut economics model, which maps human prosperity according to a social foundation and an ecological ceiling. An international jury will pick winners in twelve categories: Energy, Water, Food, Health, Education, Income & Work, Peace & Justice, Political Voice, Social Equity, Gender Equality, Housing & Networks. Those start-ups and scale-ups who want to enroll: you can till subscribe till the first of May!  

Reading time: 3 minutes 

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