Trends we spotted | Week 15
At horecatrends.com 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 the CookRight Coffee product line, the coffee robot that Miso Robotics is testing at stores of Panera. And the mobil ordering platform for the food industry Choco connects restaurant kitchens directly with suppliers to more easily order and manage their inventory.
Here in the Netherlands the world horticultural exhibition Floriade Expo 2022 opened and it’s located near the city of Almere where you will be able to enjoy a terraces festival. And in the south a tulip mosaic of a wine bottle and wine glass is in full bloom at the gardens of Terworm Castle.
The supermarket chain REWE’s in Germany brings with their unmanned concept ‘nahkauf BOX’ or ‘walk in store’ fresh groceries to rural Germany. And Walt Disney World in Florida earmarks 80 acres for new affordable housing development for staff and the general public.
Accor is enhancing it loyalty program All-Accor live limitless with a new range of experiences in partnership with Fever, the leading global live-entertainment discovery platform. And Hilton’s lifestyle category hotels pipeline is expected to more than double over the next decade.
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Miso Robotics – the company transforming the restaurant industry with robotics and intelligent automation – last week announced its latest product line, CookRight Coffee. The artificial intelligence-powered system is designed to monitor key coffee metrics such as volume, temperature and time data, and combine these with predictive analytics to guarantee a quality cup of coffee and a more efficient team member experience. National fast-casual restaurant Panera Bread (‘Panera’) is Miso’s first partner to evaluate and test the CookRight Coffee system. More details in their press release, link in the title. We wrote about the Flippy project of Miso Robotics back in November 2021.
Visitors enjoy the huge flowering tulip mosaic in the shape of a wine bottle and glass in the garden of Terworm Castle in Heerlen. Over 100,000 bulbs planted in October 2021 along the cycle and walking routes in the Rococo Garden are currently in full bloom. The flowers not only enhance the spring appearance of the estate but also give an extra boost to biodiversity and the food supply for butterflies and bees. Pollinators are essential for, among other things, local food production. Apple juice, honey and apple syrup, among other things, are made on the Terworm estate. It is expected that tourists will be able to enjoy the ‘Burgundian’ beauty of spring until the end of April. After the tulips have finished flowering, the mosaic will be replanted with dahlia tubers, which will provide a source of flowers and food for pollinators in the summer months.
Choco is best known for its mobile platform that connects restaurant kitchens directly with suppliers to more easily order and manage their inventory. Their intuitive app and web tools streamline operations for chefs, owners, and sales reps. Since its founding in 2018, Choco has rapidly grown its operation to serve markets in Germany, the United States, France, Spain, Austria, and Belgium.
Choco was founded in 2018 by serial tech entrepreneurs Daniel Khachab and Julian Hammer who shared a vision to reduce food waste on a global scale by digitalizing the food industry towards a more sustainable future. The company has raised a total of $171.5 million to date from investors including Left Lane Capital, Insight Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Coatue Management.
Choco has become an indispensable technology tool for hospitality operators, enabling more efficient food procurement processes and reducing operational expenses between restaurants and suppliers. The company’s core product is a digital ordering workflow and communication tool for restaurants and suppliers to facilitate food procurement. Choco has over ten thousand active restaurants and suppliers on its platform across the US and Europe. Choco’s mission is to make the food supply chain more transparent and sustainable in order to help increase margins in the foodservice sector and combat climate change. By helping streamline the global food supply chain, the company has created a more efficient and sustainable process that empowers restaurants, suppliers, and producers.
in the municipality of Pettstadt in Germany, REWE is testing a new format called “Josefs nahkauf BOX”, which is intended to ensure the supply of fresh groceries and products for daily needs in the municipality of 2,000 inhabitants in the future. The nahkauf BOX will operate under their nahkauf brand of neighborhood stores. The BOX is a standalone convenience store that is unmanned and open 24/7. More in their press release.
Walt Disney World Resort has earmarked nearly 80 acres of land to bring a new affordable housing development to life in southwest Orange County, Florida. This new development, which is still in the early planning stages and subject to appropriate approvals, is expected to include more than 1,300 units and will be constructed by a third-party affordable housing developer on Disney’s land near its Central Florida theme parks. The development will offer residents a variety of home choices that are affordable and attainable, located in close proximity to schools and the new and expanding Flamingo Crossings Town Center retail and dining complex. It will offer a variety of amenities to foster a strong community. The development will be available for qualifying applicants from the general public, including Disney cast members. More details in their story, link in the title.
Entrepreneurs in Almere put out the flowers last Thursday at the Belfortplein, on the day that ‘neighbour’ world horticultural exhibition Floriade Expo 2022 opened its doors to the public for six months. Nik Smit of Almere City Marketing: “We’re expecting a wave of domestic and foreign tourists this summer who, apart from visiting the Floriade, will also be exploring Almere. That’s why we’ll be adding extra colour to our terrace tables. Friday, April 15, sees the opening of Almere’s terrace season with the Terrassenfestival. Children’s activities will be organized up to and including 18 April, and guests will be able to enjoy performances by various artists and exclusive food and beverage tastings. The colourful plants, aptly named Festival Colours, have been provided by Kwekerij Wouters from Ens in the Noordoostpolder. Partly because of the Floriade, Almere expects a record number of tourists this year. Therefore, activities will be organized at various locations in the city, also for its own residents. Look for details on the program on Visit Almere, link to the Floriade program in the title.
ALL-Accor Live limitless partners with Fever, the leading global live-entertainment discovery platform
Accor is enhancing it loyalty program All-Accor live limitless with a new range of experiences in partnership with Fever, the leading global live-entertainment discovery platform. The new service, initially available in 50 gateway cities, will soon be extended to 100 global destinations. It will provide members – in their local city or while traveling – with access to 1,500 activities, including the best live entertainment, local tourism, cultural events and ticketing solutions. Check out their press release for all the cities and more details, link in the title.
Redefining the traditional hotel stay | Hilton’s lifestyle category pipeline expected to more than double over the next decade
New Canopy by Hilton, Tempo by Hilton and Motto by Hilton signings expand pipeline by nearly 20% in the US, Latin America and Europe. The future is bright for Hilton’s lifestyle brands as the leading global hospitality company announces 10 new Canopy by Hilton, Tempo by Hilton and Motto by Hilton signings in the United States, Latin America and Europe. The new signings boost an already impressive development pipeline and continue an era of enormous growth for the design-forward, centrally-located hotels that have redefined the traditional hotel stay by delivering a more distinctive and compelling guest experience at a variety of price points. With key signings in Nashville, Sioux Falls, Sao Paulo and Cannes, the pipeline for Hilton’s trio of lifestyle brands is expected to more than double over the next 10 years with expansion into at least 15 new countries and territories. More details in their press release, link in the title.