Trends we spotted | Week 24
At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.
This week, amongst others about the ice cream shop Ben & Jerry’s in London that kicked off a blockchain initiative to let customers offset their carbon footprint. And about the new food app Provision that connects food pantries to eliminate food waste. Parisian confectioner Fauchon is best known for their delicious and beautifully crafted desserts and pastries and now they announced that they will be opening a hotel in Paris, from haute cuisine to hospitality! Who knows maybe guests will find one of their delicious pastries on their pillow after turndown service ;-).
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Last month ice cream shop Ben & Jerry’s opened in London. The company kicked off a blockchain initiative to let customers offset their carbon footprint. Ben & Jerry’s partnered with the Poseidon Foundation to calculate the environmental impact generated from producing and purchasing a scoop of ice cream. While Ben & Jerry’s have pledged to purchase carbon credits to offset the negative impact of each scoop, customers are also invited to offset their purchase as well by donating an additional penny. By the end of the one-month pilot, Londoners had helped save 1,000 trees, covering the equivalent of 77 tennis courts.
A new food waste innovation from the US is an app called Provision that connects food pantries around Chicago. With a network of food pantries, the app seeks to reduce food waste by listing surplus or deficit items in each pantry. Provision works as a digital inventory tool. Food listings include information of each items expiry date and the quantity available. Pantry managers can use the web application to give away food they don’t need, such as any excess ingredients. In addition, users can track down any food they do need on the app.
Airbnb is excited to reveal the world’s top destinations for an unforgettable Pride this year. Through a specially commissioned study, the people-powered hospitality platform with a mission to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere, has found out which destinations have the most to offer to LGBTQ travelers. The study looked at 100 cities with the highest Pride attendance worldwide and found out which of these fared best under five different LGBTQ categories, including nightlife and dating.
The overall winner is New York City. Runners up in this category, in order of ranking, are 2. London, 3. Madrid, 4. San Francisco, 5. Paris, 6. Berlin, 7. Toronto, 8. Chicago, 9. Los Angeles, and 10. Amsterdam.
TravelKhana is a marketplace that allows railway passengers to buy meals of their choice, from a wide variety of restaurants on its platform. Poor quality food has been a bane for those travelling on trains in India. However, things are changing for good. TravelKhana, a Noida, NCR-based startup, is striving to ensure that train passengers get to eat the food of their liking and from restaurants of their choosing. TravelKhana is a marketplace that allows railway passengers to buy meals of their choice, from a wide variety of restaurants on its platform.
From haute cuisine to hospitality | Fauchon announces their first luxury hotel in Paris with the promise of more to come
Parisian confectioner Fauchon is best known for their delicious and beautifully crafted desserts and pastries. They have even launched designer eclairs in partnership with brands like Lacoste, Thierry Mugler and Givenchy. However, the famed patisserie is now moving in a new direction having revealed plans to launch a chain of 20 boutique hotels. In fact, the first of these will open its doors on the 1st of September this year at the Place de la Madeleine in the French capital. This 5-star 54 room hotel will be called Fauchon L’Hôtel Paris.
The restaurant be located at The Surf Club hotel, a hotel that first opened back in 1930, but was refurbished and relaunched in 2017. The restaurant will be nothing like his Michelin star restaurants The French Laundry in California and Per Se in New York. Nothing concrete on the dishes so far at the unnamed restaurant, but according to the Miami New Times you can expect plenty of classic bistro fare, such as crab cakes, herb-roasted chicken for two, a creamy lobster thermidor interpretation, and beef Wellington. For dessert, sink your teeth into a lemon meringue tart or coconut cake. Prices are not yet available, and the opening date is still to be announced but probably in July.