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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Pulitzer X Dr. Hauschka | Pop-up beauty boutique in Pulitzer Amsterdam

29-10-2020

  • Pulitzer X Dr. Hauschka - credits Ashkan Mortezapour Photography
  • Pulitzer X Dr. Hauschka - credits Ashkan Mortezapour Photography
  • Pulitzer X Dr. Hauschka - credits Ashkan Mortezapour Photography
  • Pulitzer X Dr. Hauschka

The 100% natural cosmetics brand Dr. Hauschka and five-star Pulitzer Amsterdam have joined forces to open a pop-up beauty boutique in a room of the hotel. For the first time in the hotel’s 50-year history, everyone is now welcome for a soothing facial or body treatment.

This pop-up beauty boutique will be open in Pulitzer Amsterdam from November 4 until at least the end of February 2021. Another great example of collaboration!

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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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Cabin | Hotel on wheels between Los Angeles and San Francisco

8-10-2020

  • Ride Cabin - Hotel on Wheels
  • Ride Cabin - Hotel on Wheels
  • Ride Cabin - Hotel on Wheels
  • Ride Cabin - Hotel on Wheels
  • Ride Cabin - Hotel on Wheels

Cabin, a USA based company, provides travellers with a new way of travelling between San Francisco and Los Angeles. This concept was first executed in 2016 under the name SleepBus as a pilot, where tickets were sold-out in three days and the waiting list contained more than 20,000 people who liked the idea of being transported in a bus with sleeping pods. The same concept continued under the name of Cabin, providing services between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

One of our colleagues came across these services and really liked the idea of travelling by night while having a pod to sleep in. Currently the staff of Cabin is closely monitoring the Covid-19 situations but still continues to provide their services. At their new initiative you can order a Cabin or ‘Hotel on wheels’ for private events as well. Wouldn’t it be great to travel while sleeping between big cities in Europe? Kind of a rolling hotel!

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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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Trends we spotted | Week 35

28-8-2020

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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, 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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THE TOKYO TOILET Project | Transforming 17 public toilets in Shibuya

27-8-2020

  • The TOKYO TOILET Ebisu(Katayama) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Ebisu(Katayama) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Ebisu-higashi(Maki) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Ebisu-higashi(Maki) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Haruno-ogawa(Ban) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Haruno-ogawa(Ban) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Yoyogi-Fukamachi(Ban) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Higashi Sanchome(Tamura) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation

The Nippon Foundation has launched THE TOKYO TOILET project to build public toilets that can be used by anyone. The project will build new toilets at 17 locations in Shibuya, Tokyo, as a way of moving toward the realization of a society that embraces diversity. Some toilets have been available for use by the general public since August 5.

A great project concerning public toilets which most people always try to avoid using! We wonder whether this project can make a difference and if it does, who’s going to create ‘Toilet projects’ in the rest of the world? It might be a great sponsoring project for design and architectural firms in collaboration with city councils and a cleaning company.

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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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Trends we spotted | Week 31

30-7-2020

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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’.

This week, among other links to articles about the Robot Rosé that delivers wine to your room at hotel Trio in California and about a sustainable wine bottle made for 94% out of paper.

Select Palladium Hotel Group properties in the U.S.A. offer free medical insurance to guests and The new Tony’s Chocolonely Super Store is located in the heart of Amsterdam at the Beurs Building. With a video of the theme park they’re developing!

Pentatonic is a design and technology company that makes purpose from waste, they created furniture and textiles out of store waste for Starbucks and last year they created the Burger King Meltdown in the UK.

 We spotted a new hotel brand: the LyvInn, an extended-stay and transient hospitality concept and initial locations for this brand include Amsterdam. And an interesting read about apps trying to solve the surplus, here in the Netherlands we know ‘Too good to go’ but for example the app Karma makes an extra effort to prevent products going to waste.

For those living in London: there are about 45 Michelin star restaurants where you can eat out and pay partly with the ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ discount.

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