VR Centres | The arcade rooms of the future
Recently the first IMAX VR Centre opened in Los Angeles where visitors have the opportunity to experience the world of virtual reality in 14 futuristic rooms. A comparable gaming hall opened last year in Taiwan. At Viveland Taiwan visitors can enjoy different Virtual Reality (VR) games at over 330 square meters. Are these VR Centres going to become the arcade halls of the future?
Coca-Cola’s Royal Bliss | 8 new premium mixers in Spain
Coca-Cola Spain launched eight new premium mixers. The premium mixers with complex and nuanced flavors are available in glass bottles in restaurants and bars in Spain. Coca-Cola’s Royal Bliss is the first new local brand in a decade. So if you’re going to party in Spain this summer, you might be lucky and taste one of them.
Tunes Bar | Around the world in 11 cocktails
This week, the first edition of the Amsterdam Cocktail Week started and a ‘must see’ is the Tunes Bar at the Conservatorium Hotel. Last week they launched Tunes Around The World, a tantalizing trip around the world in eleven exciting cocktail & foodpairings. The plans from Bar Manager Tim Hoevenagel and Chef Schilo van Coevorden are ambitious: Tunes should be a destination bar for all cocktails.
The DogHouse | World’s first craft beer hotel
Scottish craft brewery BrewDog is giving beer geeks an ultimate beer-themed immersive experience, with plans to build a craft beer hotel. The DogHouse hotel is expected to open in 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Every element of your stay will pay homage to hops and the vast world of incredible craft beer. Brewdog is currently raising money for The Doghouse hotel through Indiegogo.
Trends we spotted | Week 9
At Horecatrends we spot a lot of national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write articles about, the smaller trends we use in our column ‘Trends we spotted this week’. This week amongst others Betsy Bee, Cathay Pacific own custom brew and Burger King Israel gave away sex toys in ‘adult meals’ for Valentine’s Day.
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Beer in a box | Experience beer in an innovative way
Beer in a box: a fast growing beer specialist from Alkmaar approaches drinking beer in an innovative way. Based on a unique, self-learning taste profile, customers receive a box of specialty beers every 2 months. ‘de Beer’ does not only respond to the specialty beer trend but also gives the beer drinker the opportunity to discover and develop their taste via a ‘beer flavour test’ at their website.
Ichiran Ramen | Solo dining in flavour concentration booths
Dining without having contact with your table companions, other guests or waiters. This is possible since last year in New York at Ichiran Ramen, a restaurant chain that originates in Japan. Guest can enjoy a bowl with ramen 24/7, a Japanese dish that can be compared to noodle soup. If you want to concentrate on the taste, you can eat alone at their ‘flavour concentration booths’.
KLM | Emoji’s that help you to find your way
Imagine that you’re in a foreign country, need to withdraw money, but don’t know where the nearest ATM is. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines found a solution to this problem. With messenger, they take things to a new level by introducing a new emoji service that makes it easy to find your way in an unknown city or country. Just send them a message with an ATM-emoji and KLM will fix it for you!
Dubai launches a self-flying drone taxi service
In Dubai, from this summer onwards it’s possible to experience a self-flying taxi. Passengers can select a destination and the ‘Ehang184’ drone will transport you to this destination. This new type of transportation should reduce the number of accidents on roads and move passengers faster from destination A to B.
Curious Elixirs | Shaken not slurred
Booze-free craft cocktails for everyone, that’s what Curious Elixirs wants to accomplish. They made it their mission to redefine what it means to drink socially. The signature requirement isn’t that a drink is alcoholic; it’s that it’s special, delicious, good for you, and good to drink with friends. We love to see more initiatives for booze-free, great tasting mocktails!
Coca-Cola Japan | Introducing Coca-Cola Plus and Ginger Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola has recently introduced Ginger Coca-Cola in Japan and they will be rolling out Coca-Cola Plus this March. Coca-Cola Plus has no calories or sugar and it has extra fibers. They have added five grams of dextrin, a natural soluble fiber that has to help the body’s ability to remove waste and make it feel more satiated.
Restaurant Syr | Food that tastes good and does good
Restaurant Syr in Utrecht (The Netherlands) is a restaurants where refugees with a residents permit work. The aim of the restaurant is to train the employees and prepare them for a place In the Dutch labour market. At the restaurant they serve Syrian dishes with an European twist such as: tabbouleh, sambusek and green pea falafel.
The Social Shot | Drink Yourself
‘The Social Shot’ is a mobile bar-tending-robot that computes personality-profiles based on datasets acquired through Facebook to mix individualized drinks. Each of the ingredients represents one value in the ‘Big Five’, a popular factor model in personality psychology which reduces a humans personality to five fundamental traits. The Social Shot has an exact volume of 2cl.
House of Bols | A tribute to the cocktail
After ten successful years the award-winning House of Bols reopens with a total new experience: a tribute to the cocktail. The art of taste comes alive in a new multisensory experience. The exciting tour brings more than four centuries of craftsmanship alive which comes together in a perfect cocktail made by yourself or a Bols bartender.
Trends we spotted | Week 8
At Horecatrends we spot a lot of national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write articles about, the smaller trends we use in our column ‘Trends we spotted this week’. This week amongst others the Febao and the opening of Albert Heijns’ first restaurant and café.
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Franklin & Sons | Vintage natural tonics
The tonics of the English brand Franklin & Sons are now available in the Netherlands. Now the Dutch gin&tonic lovers have more choice in both the gin and the tonic. The Natural Indian Tonic, the Natural Light Tonic and the Sicilian Lemon Tonic from Franklin & Sons are sold since 1886 in vintage bottles. Wholesaler ‘het Zwijgertje BV’ is the proud and exclusive importer of the brand.
Ikinari Steak restaurant | The restaurant with no chairs
If you are addicted to steaks and would like to experience a fun and interactive dinner, than you have to go the Ikinari Steak restaurant. At Ikinari Steak they serve ‘super thick’ high quality meats at a fast pace, you even have to eat at a standing station. The Ikinari Steak restaurants are already popular in Japan (100 locations throughout Japan, including over 60 locations in Tokyo) but since last November you can also find it in New York where they’re planning to open 20 more locations in in the next five years.
Plopr | The opener with a ‘pop’ sound
Don’t you love that ‘popping’ sound when a bottle of beer or a bottle of champagne gets uncorked? With the Plopr, you will hear this ‘plop’ every time. The Plopr can be used for every bottle with a crown cap. The project is on Kickstarter as from this week to crowdfund money to produce the first copies.
Usagi no Nedoko Kyoto | Serves food that looks like rocks and minerals
Usagi no Nedoko a shop, small inn and café in Kyoto is a highly unique concept that is inspired by nature. Artist Koichi Yoshimura developed a way to preserve plants in acrylic cubes, which he calls ‘Sola Cubes’. In their café they reimagined rocks, minerals and other objects of the nature in a seasonal inspired menu. Almost too beautiful to eat. If you did not have a look at the photos, please do!
Mochi ice cream | Now available at the Whole Foods Markets
For all sweet cravers amongst us, these eye-catching brightly coloured mochi ice creams might be something for you. Mochi ice cream is a popular Japanese-American dessert made by covering bite-sized balls of ice cream with a sweet Japanese sticky rice dough. Last month the Whole Foods Markets introduced mochi ice cream bars in half of the American stores, and there are plans to open at more locations in the future.
Lokal Hotel | ‘Invisible Service’ Boutique hotel
A 6-unit boutique hotel with a focus on invisible service, will open soon in Philadelphia, USA. The Lokal Hotel will offer guests an authentic Philadelphia experience and an escape that feels like home. The hotel seeks to provide a unique connection with the city without sacrificing the comfort and care travelers expect.
Temakery | Healthy hotspot
Temakery, recently opened in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Temakery is a fast-casual restaurant that responds to the fast moving society and the generation of today. They offer fresh meals, authentic street food and healthy snacks. The best point: you have full control over the contents of your meal.
De Jong DELI | Seven businesses in one
One of the ultimate examples of blurring, De Jong DELI houses seven different outlets: a lunchroom, bakery, butchery, cheese maker, delicacies, caterer and an ice cream shop! In other words De Jong DELI is, both a store, caterer and a restaurant, located in Adriaan Oomenstraat 1a in Teteringen, the Netherlands.
Freakshakes | The 1,500 calories explosion
Be warned: do not watch the video above if you are on a diet! Did you watch it? And does your mouth already water? These messy milkshakes “freakshakes” covered in sweets and decorated with whipped cream and sweet sauce first popped up in Australia, but their popularity is also rising in the United States, United Kingdom and even in Belgium.
Starbucks ice cream
Ice cream lovers and Starbucks coffee lovers pay attention. Starbucks starts selling Starbucks ice cream at over 100 locations in the United States of America. In 2016 Starbucks already started with the pilot to sell ice cream in some of their bars. And it worked out.