Trends we spotted | Week 25
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 articles about amongst others Wolfgang Puck, a world-famous celebrity chef, who is opening his first restaurant in his country of birth Austria. And McDonald’s is still working towards a greener future worldwide and on local level, a new initiative in Switzerland is set to make a nation wide rollout.
El Pollo Loco is launching a pilot programme where they use their Air Loco Drone Delivery to deliver food into customer’s backyards. And some more sustainable projects; a collaboration between Mizuiro Inc and designeer Naoko Kimura led to the creation of crayons made from fruits and vegetables, safe for children to use.
A lot is happening in London this summer, with a magical afternoon tea being served at Aqua Sharp consisting of Peter Pan inspired treats and décor! And the Taste of London Festival that will be held from July 7 – 11 and July 14 – 18 in Regent’s Park.
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Wolfgang Puck, the celebrity chef, opens his first restaurant in his country of birth, Austria. Wolfgang Puck Kitchen & Bar is set to launch in mid-December 2021 with a restaurant, bar and takeaway area, in the arrivals hall in Terminal 3 of Vienna Airport. The location will be operated by SSP – The Food Travel Experts, a long-standing catering partner at Vienna Airport. More information at the website of Food Service, link in the title.
Already part of the strategy at this new location of McDonald’s Switzerland: green electricity from hydropower, fuel from waste cooking oil and clean-up tours for clean streets. Next steps include more sustainable packaging. In the newly opened sustainability pilot restaurant in Hendschiken, McDonald’s is gathering experience on new packaging and other measures before the nationwide launch. In the restaurant in Hendschiken, 98 percent of the food packaging is plastic-free, a green hydrogen truck brings the ingredients and Big Mac & Co. are prepared with green electricity from the solar plant. More in the article at Food Service De, link in the title.
Fire-grilled chicken restaurant chain El Pollo Loco is setting itself apart as the first national restaurant company to test door-to-backyard drone delivery with its new Air Loco Drone Delivery service. The pilot program is launching with Tel Aviv-based drone startup Flytrex, which manufactures and operates automated drones. To make sure that deliveries arrive safely, the Air Loco drone is outfitted with a secure delivery box—Thermo-to-Go packaging. More at the website of Trendhunter, link in the title.
A partnership between Japanese company Mizuiro Inc and designer Naoko Kimura has created a sustainable alternative to traditional drawing crayons, which are safe for children. The crayons are made only with natural ingredients such as rice oil and rice wax from rice bran. Moreover, the plant-based ingredients used to make the crayons are sourced from parts of the plant that would be typically discarded during harvest. The crayons come in 20 different colours, including 10 shades made from fruit and vegetables. More at the website of Springwise, link in the title. Check out the video, the text will continue below the video.
Aqua Shard’s afternoon tea experience is perfect for anyone who fancies a trip to the enchanting world of Neverland. Head to the 31st floor of The Shard to enjoy panoramic views of the iconic London skyline, an irresistible menu, and a trip down memory lane. The sweet and savoury treats on offer are incredible, and to make things even more exciting, your food will arrive on a tea-stand resembling Captain Hook’s infamous ship. Best of all, this afternoon tea is being run in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity – which means £2 from each afternoon tea package sold will be donated directly to the charity.
From July 7 – 11 and July 14 – 18, Regent’s Park will become a foodie paradise. Top chefs from London’s best restaurants will be offering taster-sized portions of their signature dishes, alongside stalls serving over 100 different kinds of food, peddling the finest artisanal ingredients around. The 2021 lineup will feature food from over 30 restaurants and there are literally hundreds of things to do over the course of the festival’s residence. We can’t wait to visit a food festival, thrilling that it will be possible this summer!