Trends we spotted | Week 2
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 Flipdish, an online ordering and experience platform, which has had a capital injection. And the nominees for the ‘Foodservice Award 2022’ (Horecava) election have been announced, on March 10 we will know who has won in which category.
A new De Beren delivery restaurant has opened in the center of Katwijk and KFC has opened a new restaurant in the WoenselXL shopping center in Eindhoven.
Albert Heijn is testing its own app ‘Overblijvers’ (remainers) against food waste and the Dutch app, Didiyo, delivers food from Turkish, Surinamese, Polish and Moroccan grocers.
It looks like Americans will soon be able to enjoy “Snoop doggs” hot dogs and more news about Nuro’s new model of “delivery” robotics in America.
The first non-alcoholic beer with vitamin D, the Corona Sunbrew 0.0%, is already available in Canada. And in Dubai in 2023, The floating luxury five-star resort Kempinski Floating Palace will open! With hotel villas that can ‘sail’ elsewhere.
At Taco Bell in America, you can take out a subscription to the Taco Lover’s Pass, for 10 dollars per month, you can get 1 taco every day. And an article about an AI-powered platform to make wine recommendations, Tastry.
And a link to an article about the first speakeasy non-alcoholic cocktail bar in Paris: Drinks&Co by Lyre’s, special! We don’t think we have a completely alcohol-free cocktail bar here in the Netherlands, do we?
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Flipdish, the leading international online ordering and digital experience platform for hospitality, has received a c.$100m investment led by Tencent. The funding values the company at over $1.25bn and follows a $48.5m investment from Tiger Global Management in February 2021.
The investment will be used to grow global operations, fund R&D in products that improve the hospitality industry’s digital experience for consumers, and support new customers like hotels, stadiums, move theaters, and airports.
Founded by brothers Conor and James McCarthy in 2015, Flipdish allows hospitality businesses to deliver seamless consumer digital experiences which drive business growth. The unicorn provides technology that powers QR code ordering & payment at the table, online ordering for pick-up and delivery, self-service kiosks, customer loyalty programs, and digital marketing. More at their press release on PRNewswire, link in the title.
Twenty foodservice companies have a chance to win a (category) award. During this special edition, in which most participants were (partially) closed, more than 21,000 votes were cast. The election is an initiative of Q&A in cooperation with Horecava and was organized for the fourth time this year.
Normally the winners would be announced last week at the Horecava. Since this could not take place due to the current measures, an alternative was sought, and the winners will be festively announced on 10 March 2022. The nominees will be informed on how this will be done.
Nominees ‘Foodservice Awards 2022’ In alphabetical order: Fast Service: Domino’s Pizza, McDonald’s – Classic Hospitality – Out of Home: Brownies&Downies, La Place – Leisure: Efteling, Landal Greenparks – Market Stalls: De Kaaskoning, ‘t Stoepje – Snack bars: FEBO, Kwalitaria – Specialty stores: De Keurslager, Zuivelhoeve – Eating at home: Allerhande Box, Hello Fresh, Vegan Masters – To Go: Ah to Go, La Place, Starbucks, Subway – Hot meal delivery: Domino’s Pizza, Kwalitaria.
From the former premises of Parketshop Katwijk on Tramstraat 16A, the new delivery restaurant of restaurant chain De Beren will deliver meals for home use from 11 January. Customers can also pick up their own dishes at the location – right in the center of Katwijk.
Franchisee John van Kooten is proud to talk about his new delivery restaurant: “After months of preparation, we are finally opening in Katwijk. Because Katwijk does not yet have many delivery restaurants, we receive many enthusiastic responses from residents, we can’t wait to start”. Besides the classic meat and fish dishes, such as burgers and salmon, there are also vegetarian and vegan options to order. There are also changing specialties offered seasonally, such as a winter stew. “We have something to offer all Katwijkers, Rijnsburgers and Valkenburgers” says John.
In a limited number of Dutch supermarkets, Albert Heijn is testing a new smartphone app that allows customers to buy products whose expiration date is approaching at a discount. The new app ‘Overblijvers’ (Remainers) bundles unsold products that are reaching their expiration date in composite bags at an extra discounted price. Customers have the choice of four different overstays: vegetarian, bread, surprise and out-of-range. More in the Dutch article on Retail Detail, link in title.
KFC has opened a new restaurant in shopping center WoenselXL in Eindhoven. Visitors of this busy location can pick up their favorite KFC products, such as a bucket or a burger, at the new restaurant. When the corona measures are lifted in the Netherlands, eating at the restaurant will be possible again. With approximately thirty new jobs, KFC is also contributing to local employment.
Collins Foods, the largest franchise partner of KFC Netherlands, is growing fast. “We are proud to continue to grow even in these challenging times; this is the fourth restaurant to open in the last year and a half. Everyone is welcome to the new restaurant to try our KFC products,” said Hans Miete, CEO of Collins Foods. The new team members of the restaurant are from Eindhoven and have attended a training course together.
Netherlands-based Didiyo is focused on connecting consumers with local ‘ethnic’ stores. Didiyo facilitates ordering and rents out delivery vehicles, but merchants are responsible for prepping orders and doing deliveries, generally within a two-hour time slot. Availability is current limited to a few Dutch cities, but Didiyo plans to expand to Germany and Belgium in 2022.
Last December, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office received a federal trademark registration for the term “Snoop Doggs” from a trademark office representing Calvin Broadus, Snoop’s legal name. Although not much more is known about the venture, Snoop’s legal team did file an intent-to-use application. The accompanying application notes “serious intent”. More at HypeBeast, link in the title.
Solving last-mile delivery through robotics would better everyday life for millions of people, according to the engineers at Nuro. We spotted the video below in a Facebook post by Nuro company, they are revealing the vehicle that’s up to the task. Safe, fully electric, and an asset to the community. We are still not certain if they will be allowed in the Dutch traffic, but it looks great! In April 2021 we also wrote about Nuro, Chipotle invested in this self-driving startup NURO as it prepares for the future of delivery.
Starting in Canada, consumers will be able to experience Corona’s new non-alcoholic beer innovation during the winter months via Corona Sunbrew 0.0%. This innovative, first-of-its-kind, non-alcoholic beer contains 30 per cent of the daily value of vitamin D per 330 mL serving in Canada. As the newest member of the Corona family, a brand that celebrates getting outside and enjoying life in the sun, Corona Sunbrew 0.0% allows consumers to have “Sunshine, Anytime” every season. Corona Sunbrew 0.0% maintains Corona’s essence; it was developed from Corona Extra by extracting the alcohol and then blending the non-alcoholic beer with vitamin D and natural flavours to reach the final recipe. More in their press release, link in the title.
The Kempinski Floating Palace in Dubai | The world’s first floating 5-star luxury resort which will have villas that can ‘sail’ elsewhere
Come 2023, Dubai will flaunt a Floating Palace surrounded by 12 other floating luxury villas, also a first for Dubai. The Swiss-based luxury hotel management company, Kempinsky, will first create the main building of the floating palace in four parts. The Kempinski Floating Palace will be connected to the surrounding villas by pontoons, now comes the twist in the tale. These villas are like residential yachts in a way, as they don’t have to stay stationary at all times. If the owner wishes so, the villa can sail to another anchor at a maximum speed of six nautical miles. More examples of floating cities and hotels at Luxury Launches, link in the title.
For $10 a month, the Taco Lover’s Pass gets you 30 tacos. Taco Bell is doing the most to kick off 2022 with the nationwide debut of the Taco Lover’s Pass, a digital taco subscription service that takes value to the next level and is sure to satisfy any taco craving. Available starting today exclusively on the Taco Bell app, the Taco Lover’s Pass allows fans to redeem one of seven iconic tacos a day for 30 consecutive days at participating U.S. locations, all for the price of $10*. More in their press release at PRNewswire.
Tastry is a sensory sciences company that uses advanced chemistry, machine learning and artificial intelligence to match consumers to products they will love. When online shoppers want something more scientific than a written description to help them choose a wine, Tastry Uncorked offers a solution. The AI-powered platform uses a patent-pending artificial intelligence algorithm to make buying recommendations based on each shopper’s palate. After taking a short quiz, users receive a list of wines available in the shop that are rated by how well they match the buyers’ preferences. More at Springwise, link in the title.
A speakeasy stashed at the back of Drinks&Co by Lyre’s – the Australian brand specializing in spirit free, with an impressive line-up of 13 creations at 0.0 degrees of alcohol. The Drinks & Co bar team will offer cocktails designed to take you around the world. A perfect bar to visit while persevering Dry January. A concept store dedicated to wines, spirits & non-alcoholic drinks, the physical expression of their Marketplace. Located in the heart of Paris, at 106 bis rue St Lazare, Drinks&Co brings together a boutique, a cocktail bar, a dining bar & a masterclass space, thus offering all possible experiences around drinks in one place.