Trends we spotted | Week 49

8-12-2020

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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 an AI-powered wine wall with facial recognition security and Pringles Passport attempts to satisfy a nostalgia for traveling.

Last October people could dine on board the world’s largest passenger aircraft, an A380 at Changi Airport. Would that satisfy your nostalgia for traveling a bit? And KFC introduced autonomous rolling chicken-dispensing pods in China, completely contactless.

At Pizza Hut you could enjoy a plant-based sausage, Beyond Italian Sausage, in the U.S. and Pancheros Mexican Grill introduced their ’12 Days Pancheros’ Holiday promotions. Inspiration for restaurants with take-out or delivery!

We spotted the MyPanera Coffee subscription a couple of months ago and now an European brand, Espresso House also launched a flat rate for coffee. Inspiration for other coffee corners? Especially if you have many people working at your location.

Dutch Television channel KRO-NCRV and restaurant chain Resto VanHarte are organizing a grand Online Christmas Dinner together. Inspiration for your country?

Sustainability: IKEA announced their plan to make 50% of their food menu plant-based by 2025 and we have spotted a new sustainable design for the seating at Schiphol Airport, called Blink. Interesting read for other venues.

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Claridge’s Christmas Tree 2020 | This year’s theme: Art Deco

7-12-2020

  • Claridge's Christmas Tree 2020
  • Claridge's Christmas Tree 2020

Claridge’s, London’s legendary Mayfair hotel has unveiled its much anticipated Claridge’s Christmas Tree 2020 in the hotel lobby. This year the landmark hotel has drawn on its rich and glamorous Art Deco design heritage evoking the Roaring 20’s, a time when people were looking for a symbol of hope and happiness post World War One. As London looks for a beacon of light amidst the trials and tribulations of this year, the message seems very fitting as we once again hope for better times to come.

The Claridge’s Christmas Tree has long symbolized the start of the festive season in the capital, drawing visitors and Londoners alike to admire its magnificent design. This is the 11th year that Claridge’s has invited a longstanding partner and friend to reinterpret the tree in their own distinctive style. We wrote about a couple of them because we love the inspiration they offer, on the level of decorating but also in choosing to cooperate with the designers. Check out the trees by regular guests and designers Christian Louboutin, Diane von Fürstenberg and even Karl Lagerfeld.  

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The Berkeley unveils ‘Winter at The Garden’

1-12-2020

  • The Berkeley 'Winter at The Garden'
  • The Berkeley 'Winter at The Garden'

On Thursday 3rd December, as The Berkeley reopens its doors to all, the hotel will reveal a new festive addition: Winter at The Garden.  Following the summer sell out success of The Garden and now reimagined for the winter months, this culinary terrace spot will consist of five cosy wooden cabins, each seating up to six diners.  These cabins, glittering with flickering candles, will be decked with wreaths courtesy of McQueens, and surrounded by a forest of fir trees and fairy lights.  Guests will be armed with blankets and heaters to keep warm.  A menu of alpine specialties, built around a showstopping raclette grill, will delight eager guests after weeks of eating at home.

The UK is getting out of their lockdown tomorrow December 2 just after midnight, at that moment the country will go back to a three tier system. Only if you’re located in a tier 3 region, the restaurants and pubs aren’t allowed to open. London for example is located in a tier 2 region (most regions are tier 2), the rules here are:Pubs and bars can only open if they serve substantial meals. Alcohol can be served with that meal. Pubs and restaurants must shut at 23:00 GMT, with last orders at 22:00 GMT.’ We wish that this was the case here in the Netherlands as well!

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Trends we spotted | Week 47

24-11-2020

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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’.

With this week among others articles about, Eataly in London and Bee Approved, a 100% vegan, gluten-free & organic alternative to honey.

In the food delivery section we spotted Pickup Pods by Minnow, contact-free food delivery and pickup solutions developed in the US and in New York, Eat Plantega. This company offers vegan foods in fridges in bodegas.

A company in Belgium created the FagronLab™ UVGI-80 Air-Sterilizer. It does a full cleanse of contaminated environments, via the elimination of virus and bacteria spread in the air through aerosols. And trust in how you clean the surroundings is very important according to this online survey: ‘Dining Habits 2020’ by Lightspeed.

KFC has unveiled its Next Generation Prototype restaurant that puts digital and contactless experiences front and center and we spotted the cutest ‘Charcuterie Chalets’ on Instagram. Might be inspiration for your Christmas dinner!

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Trends we spotted | Week 46

17-11-2020

  • 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’.

This week with links to articles about, among other things, cute desserts at patisserie/café ‘Bibble & Sip’ in New York, the McPlant is coming and Impossible Foods is testing plant-based milk.

Inspiration concerning room service for hotels, including high-end snacks from a secret menu at the Kimpton LA Peer hotel and a cocktail bar that will be placed in front of your hotel room at The Portofino Hotel & Marina.

Original decorations for your Christmas tree: Smirnoffs Nr. 21 Christmas ornaments filled with vodka and Guinness comes with two limited-edition stout beers for the holidays.

An interesting article about Uber, showing that the turnover of Uber Eats has increased by 190%, but that does not make up for the loss on the taxi rides. And the Manchester based food delivery platform “Get Vegan Grub” aims to be an ethical and vegan alternative to Uber Eats, Deliveroo and Just Eat. They will also start in London in February 2021.

The Russian franchise chain Dodo Pizza recently opened its first branch in Germany.

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Green Boy Group launched Plant-Meat Protein™ | A plant-based protein powder for meat substitutes

17-11-2020

  • Founders of Green Boy and a plant-based burger

Green Boy Group announced today that it has launched Plant-Meat Protein™; a functional plant-based protein powder that is NON-GMO and developed as ‘meat’ grade. Plant-Meat Protein™ enhances mouthfeel, boost nutritional properties and enlarges the textured aspects in plant-based meat products.

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The Berkeley Breakfast in Bed delivery service in the neighbourhood

17-11-2020

  • The Berkeley Breakfast in Bed delivery service by bike

From November 16, The Berkeley will be taking to the streets delivering joyful bundles of breakfast by bike. Two different breakfasts are available during lockdown and beyond, and will be whizzed to neighbourhood doors via The Berkeley’s bikes to bring a little comfort to the local SW1X area.

From which hotel in your vicinity would you like to order a ‘breakfast in bed’?

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DOT Groningen presents the largest Christmas bauble in the world despite COVID-19

16-11-2020

  • The biggest Christmas Bauble in the world by DOT credits Melvin Jonker
  • DOT Groningen - de grootste kerstbal ter wereld - credits Deon Prins

The largest Christmas bauble in the world will rise again this year in Groningen. On Sunday December 6th, starting at 5:00 PM, no less than 6,000 LED lights will be lit at DOT Groningen. The initiators  worked for weeks to get the lights and a completely new “Christmas bauble hook” ready on time and to attach them to their dome. The dome, with a diameter of 26 meters and a height of 19 meters, is the largest Christmas bauble in the world.

In addition to good food and drinks, DOT is a multifunctional company, where hospitality and variety in the programming for young and old are central. And the initiators also came up with a Drive-Thru-experience for this year and together with three other authentic restaurants they created the #ChristmasBaubleBox: The culinary December gift for companies and for families at home.

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Restaurant chain Flat Iron launches its limited edition Butchers Box and online shop

13-11-2020

  • Flat Iron's Butchers Box
  • Flat Iron's Butchers Box
  • Flat Iron's Butchers Box
  • Flat Iron's online shop

This November, self-taught butcher and Founder of Flat Iron, Charlie Carroll, is pleased to announce the launch of Flat Iron’s limited-edition Butcher’s Box and online shop, bringing the best quality beef to doorsteps across the UK with one click.

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Holsom By Yogurtland | New fast casual concept by Yogurtland

12-11-2020

  • Holsom by Yogurtland
  • Holsom by Yogurtland

Yogurtland, the nation’s leading frozen yogurt brand, opens its doors to their new fast casual concept Holsom By Yogurtland in Huntington Beach, California next Saturday, November 14th. Holsom By Yogurtland focuses on bringing an innovative menu of delicious flavours, high quality ingredients, and better-for-you meal options at an appealing price.

Like at Yogurtland, guest can choose to create their own grain bowls and gourmet toasts, a build-your-own platform and customize unique creations at this new fast casual concept. We wish everybody at Holsom By Yogurtland lots of fun and success!  

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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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Claridge’s Christmas magic delivered to your home | Comfort and Glamour

10-11-2020

  • Claridge’s Christmas magic delivered to your home
  • Claridge’s Christmas magic delivered to your home

We have always loved to write about the Christmas season in London, check out for example the really extremely beautiful Christmas Tree decorations at the Claridge’s in London, created by Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin and Diane von Furstenberg. The much anticipated arrival of Christmas at Claridge’s has long symbolised the start of the festive season in the capital and this year, the yuletide magic of the iconic London landmark is more poignant than ever. Claridge’s online shop is packed full of the hotels’ most loved festive treats. If you can’t enjoy Claridge’s Christmas magic in their hotel, they deliver parts of it to your home.

With the current lockdown for restaurants, cafés and pubs till at least halfway December here in the Netherlands it’s going to be hard to enjoy the magic of this season. Your guest can order take-away or delivery but how do you add that Christmas magic? Claridge’s online shop is an example but we have also heard about ideas like a Christmas Drive Thru and we can image that for streets with a lot of restaurants, it might be a way to make Christmas sparkle… Families collecting their orders while driving thru a Christmas fairy tale! If that doesn’t add some magic? 

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CityHub just opened its first international location in Copenhagen

3-11-2020

  • CityHub Kopenhagen
  • CityHub Kopenhagen
  • CityHub Kopenhagen
  • CityHub Kopenhagen

CityHub, the award-winning champion of smart city travel, opened its first international location on the 8th October 2020 in the diverse Vesterbro neighbourhood of Copenhagen, Denmark. CityHub Copenhagen marks the beginning of CityHub’s European rollout, following recent global financing from Dutch banks NIBC and ABN Amro.

 CityHub Copenhagen is our largest location yet, and the first milestone towards international development. A city known for its pioneering design and hospitality excellence, Copenhagen is a perfect fit for the brand,” asserts CityHub Co-founder Pieter van Tilburg. read more

Michelin star drive thru | Taste the art of 4 Michelin starred chefs in one meal

3-11-2020

  • Michelinsterren Drive Thru
  • Michelinsterren Drive Thru
  • Michelinsterren Drive Thru

A detour which everyone loves to make. The Michelin star drive thru at the stadium of soccer club Excelsior, in Rotterdam, executed by four Michelin starred chefs. A take-away meal has never been as delicious as this.

After a collaboration in the past, the culinary stars of Rotterdam are gathering again to collaborate. Lovers of high-quality food can enjoy meals at home from restaurant Parkheuvel, restaurant Fred, restaurant Joelia and restaurant Perceel, with in total 6 Michelin stars combined. We would go for the dishes: ‘Bouillabaise | Tomato | Vadouvan’ of restaurant Perceel, the ‘Ravioli of the Bresse Chicken’ of restaurant Parkheuvel and the ‘Pannactta | Pineapple | Star anise’ of restaurant Fred. You only have to order the food and collect it by driving through the drive thru. Taste the art of 4 Michelin starred chefs in one meal!  

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Trends we spotted | Week 44

2-11-2020

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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’.

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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