Trends we spotted | Week 26
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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’.
This week, among other links to articles about Prosecco Rosé that will hit the market in 2021 and about a Ramen Pizza, created by Pizza Hut and Japanese ramen chain Menya Musashi.
In Reykjavík ICE & FRIES opened their doors, a selfservice concept with a bionic bar. Two cocktail-shaking and dancing robots create more than 150 drinks per hour.
And in New York the city government is considering extensive road closures as part of its plans to slowly reopen its economy, The architecture and design company The Rockwell Group have created a modular kit to create safe terraces on the pavements.
Airbnb is going to measure discrimination at their platform, they’re creating a system in cooperation with Color Of Change and with guidance from civil rights and privacy rights organizations. The project is called Project Lighthouse. And Starbucks introduces an Impossible Breakfast Sandwich in selected locations in the U.S.
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Self-service concept Ice & Fries opened in March boasting two cocktail-shaking and dancing robots — Tipsy Floki and Ragnar — who can make more than 150 drinks per hour. The menus are projected onto glass windows at the entrance, and as customers step forward, light projection way-finders on the floor illuminate the experience that lies ahead. The seating area has an iceberg-inspired design featuring sound auditoriums where guests sit directly under domes to hear curated playlists. The walls are a 3D surface projecting light shows depicting the story of icebergs, and a robotic dog runs around entertaining customers as they order via phones or kiosks and watch 3D printers make drink and dessert garnishes. Check out the video ( the text continues below the video).
Until now the rules of the controlled designation of origin (DOC) for Prosecco forbade pink versions. In May the Prosecco DOC Consortium announced that its updated rules for production which allow the exciting introduction of Prosecco DOC Rosé. It’s unanimously approved by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies’ National Wine Committee. More at the website of Food and Wine, link in the title.
Pizza Hut is continuing its string of team-ups by collaborating with Japanese ramen chain Menya Musashi. Pizza Hut’s Taiwan division created a Ramen Pizza in close partnership with Menya Musashi. Utilizing a thin base, the unique menu option is topped with wheat noodles usually found in broth and topped with char siu roast pork, bamboo shoots, cheese and half of an ajitsuke tamago soft boiled egg. Adding another layer to the over the top flavor found on the pie is a sprinkling of red chili peppers and sliced green onions. This Ramen Pizza will be available exclusively in Taiwan as from June 30.
Architecture and design company The Rockwell Group have created an adaptable template for safe outdoor dining. The modular restaurant kits are available in sizes ranging from 30 to 216 seats. They provide all the structures needed for a business to take over adjacent pavements and streets. The sets include sanitation units for workers and a variety of floor plans for different-sized businesses to use.
Wooden decking covers the pavements, semi-private booths and carefully spaced tables, provide a safe distance between patrons. Erected sanitation units also allow workers to regularly wash their hands. The New York City government is considering extensive road closures as part of its plans to slowly reopen its economy, and should those closures go ahead, the modular kits may help restaurants achieve something close to the volumes of trade needed to remain in business. Click on the title if you like to read the full article.
In partnership with Color Of Change and with guidance from civil rights and privacy rights organizations, Airbnb is launching Project Lighthouse. This is a groundbreaking effort by a consumer tech company to collect the data needed to measure and evaluate discrimination on its platform in the US so it can take additional action against it.
Airbnb will launch this groundbreaking project to measure and fight bias and discrimination. The findings will inform the creation and updates of tools and policies to help combat racial discrimination and bias that Black users and other people of color have faced when using Airbnb. The data collected in the United States for Project Lighthouse will be handled in a way that protects people’s privacy and be used exclusively for anti-discrimination work.
Starbucks is partnering up with Impossible Foods for a plant-based breakfast sandwich. The new product will be part of the coffee giant’s summer menu, a push for more sustainable alternatives that are meant to be ‘resource positive’.