Trends we spotted | Week 32
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 links to articles about the announcement that a visit to an indoor restaurant, gym or theater in New York will only be allowed for those vaccinated as of August 16. All in a dramatic step to fight rising Covid-19 cases.
Alain Ducasse and Albert Adrià to open an 100-day trial restaurant in Paris and more and more luxury brands are accepting cryptocurrency. The Dolder Grand hotel in Switzerland and BitLux private jets have teamed up for the world’s first crypto-based luxury travel partnership.
Panera Bread, Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels have teamed up to create Panera Brand, boasting nearly 4,000 locations and 110,000 employees across 10 countries. All three brands are owned by Luxembourg based JAB Holding Co.
Interesting development: startup Cecilia, the interactive bartender for airports, VIP lounges, stadiums and venues or even hotels. Cecilia mixes 120 cocktails per hour! And an article about 3 robots that can tap beer: Ebar, Revolmatic and Macco Robotics. In the article a video from Ebar.
The Raffles Hotels & Resorts continues global expansion with new openings in 2021 and beyond. With this year their second hotel in Dubai, Raffles The Palm. Check out the other openings in the article.
IKEA in the USA is going to sell candles that smell like Swedish meatballs and another great example of how to use TikTok. The chef of the Italian Embassy in London, Danilo Cortellini spotted pasta chips and decided to upgrade the recipe!
Klimato from Sweden lets restaurants calculate their CO2 emissions per dish, interesting development! And we spotted shampoo bars, a completely plastic-free alternative in bars. A distinctive, sustainable alternative for your amenities!
For fans of the series La Casa de Papel, Netflix and Fever created the immersive experience that is located in the French ‘La Monnaie de Paris’, the institute of the French currency.
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New York Is the first US city to require proof of vaccination to enter restaurants
From dining to working out, many indoor activities will require the shot to enter. Check out the entire article at Robb Report, link in the title. Mayor Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York announced that all customers and employees at indoor restaurants, gyms and theaters will require proof of vaccination for entry. Other cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, have reinstated mask mandates recently, but New York becomes the first city or state government to enact this kind of vaccine mandate in the United States. De Blasio said the policy goes into effect on August 16, but enforcement will begin September 13.
In the Netherlands the governmental support for closed businesses has been well organized, but we are reaching the limit to that support. Who is going to be responsible for the next rise of the Covid 19 cases here? Aren’t we all? We completely understand that owners of restaurants, bars, theaters, gyms and all other businesses that have been closed, choose to welcome everybody, vaccinated or not. And we think that all people are allowed to make their own choice to either get vaccinated or not, as are entrepreneurs. In countries where the support from the government is not evident, we have spotted restaurants welcoming vaccinated guests only, to protect their staff and other guests, for example Danny Meijer in New York.
Here in the Netherlands we need to limit the possibility of spreading the virus as well, we don’t want to close all businesses again this fall and winter, and the support by the government isn’t endless. Let’s hope that mandatory measurements aren’t necessary. Let’s all be tolerant to those who choose not to take a vaccine but also to those entrepreneurs who refuse to serve guests that aren’t vaccinated.
The Dolder Grand hotel in Switzerland and BitLux private jets have teamed up for the world’s first crypto-based luxury travel partnership
The last couple of weeks we spotted more and more hospitality companies that allow their guests to pay with cryptocurrencies. Hotels in the luxury segment, Recipe box service, ‘On The Table’ and more. Now we spotted the famed Grand Hotel Dolder in Switzerland that accepts this currency, more remarkable is the fact that the privat arir charter firm BitLux has 50% of its bookings paid with this currency. The five-star Zurich mainstay has partnered with private air charter firm BitLux to allow travelers to foot the bill for both their flights and stays with digital currency. The partnership comes as BitLux has seen 50-percent of its 2021 charter flight bookings so far made using cryptocurrencies, and is being launched not long after the Dolder Grand began accepting crypto as a payment option.
Alain Ducasse and Albert Adrià will open an 100-day trial restaurant in Paris
Culinary legends Alain Ducasse and Albert Adrià have announced they will be opening a 100-day trial restaurant together in Paris later in the year. The world’s most decorated chef, Ducasse, will join forces with Adrià – one of Spain’s most creative forces, recognized by TIME magazine as one of the 13 most influential people in the world of gastronomy – to open a restaurant in Paris towards the end of the year. Sounds like a must visit for foodies! More at the website of Fine Dining Lovers, link in the title.
Sustainable, plastic-free shampoo bars – alternative amenities?
Last week we went to France for a long weekend and where we have become fully accustomed to shampoo, body wash and conditioner in large bottles in recent years, we got plastic mini bottles again this time. During a discussion about plastic in shampoo we came across these shampoo bars. A completely plastic-free alternative, no idea whether these ‘bars’ are already available in a small format, but it is a distinctive, sustainable alternative for your amenities and a Dutch product! Watch the video below, text continues after the video.
Panera Bread, Caribou Coffee, Einstein Bagels form fast casual powerhouse
Panera Bread, Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels have teamed up to create Panera Brand, boasting nearly 4,000 locations and 110,000 employees across 10 countries. All three brands are owned by Luxembourg based JAB Holding Co. Niren Chaudhary, CEO of Panera Bread, has been appointed as the group CEO of Panera Brands and will continue to lead as CEO of Panera Bread. More about Panera Brand in the article at Fast Casual, link in the title.
An interactive, robotic bartender | Cecilia
Interesting development: startup Cecilia, the interactive bartender for airports, VIP lounges, stadiums and venues or even hotels. Your company will be in the frontline of innovation with Cecilia’s autonomous mixology skills. She mixes 120 drinks per hour, has a 70 liters storage, has hundreds of available mixes and has customization possibilities. She might even chit chat with you! Cecilia.ai is a new startup from the bright minds of GKI Group. Check out the video about Cecilia, text continues below.
Tackling staff shortages with robots | 3 robots that can tap beer
Article on Food Inspiration unfortunately in Dutch but it’s about 3 robotic systems that can tap beer – especially useful at festivals, sports stadiums and so on. This article is about Ebar, a dispense kiosk (actually more like a vending machine), the automatic dispenser from Revolmatic and the more robot-like Kime humanoid robot, from the Spanish Macco Robotics. Watch the video about the Ebar below, they recently raised a £670k capital injection to accelerate the launch of their product in Europe. The text continues below the video.
Raffles Hotels & Resorts continues global expansion with new openings in 2021 and beyond
Raffles Hotels & Resorts known for transforming landmark properties in storied destinations around the world, is on track to more than double its illustrious portfolio, adding a host of distinguished locations that will continue to set the standard in the luxury hospitality industry. Later this year, Raffles will open a second hotel in Dubai (Raffles The Palm), along with Raffles Al Areen Palace in Bahrain, Raffles Udaipur in India and Raffles at Galaxy Macau. Next year and beyond, the brand will debut flagship locations in London (2022), Boston (2022), Doha (2022), Jeddah (2022) and Moscow (2023), among others. Check out all the locations in the press release at the link in the title.
Netflix & Fever present in Paris | La Casa de Papel: The Experience
In France, Paris you can enjoy the Netflix & Fever original experience of La Casa de Papel. The Experience, the latest immersive production within the authentic décor of the successful series. A simple visit to ‘La Monnaie de Paris’, the institute of the French currency and the oldest company in the world, which will quickly turn sour… This is the pitch of ‘La Casa de Papel: The Experience’, an event imagined by the platform Streaming Netflix and The Fever Event Expert. This immersive experience immerses you in an episode of the La Casa de Papel series, forcing you to find yourself in the midst of a conflict between the Professor’s gang and a deviant member with not so honorable intentions, Shanghai. It’s not a real escape room experience, it supposed to be an hour of theatrical immersive with costumes, actors and a scenario. One’s finished you can enjoy a themed bar, with cocktails and aperitifs within the theme and of course merchandise.
Candles that smell like Swedish meatballs at IKEA USA
We spotted it before with KFC’s gravy candles in the UK and now fans of IKEA in the USA can enjoy the smell they like of the Swedish meatballs. Announced recently the Huvudroll candle is one feature of an IKEA Store in a Box package designed to reimagine the sensory experience of visiting a location.
The use of Tiktok | You can elevate recipes you spot online
Chef Danilo Cortellini did just that, he spotted #pastachips online and shows on his TikTok account and his Instagram how to upgrade the recipe and make delicious pasta chips ! And it’s a hit on this medium, check it out on TikTok, link in the title or watch the video on Instagram below. Danilo Cortellini is the chef of the Italian Embassy in London.
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Klimato calculates CO2 emissions per dish for restaurants
Klimato allows restaurants to calculate the climate impact of the dishes on their menu. Using a web app, restaurants can score every item they serve, based on both ingredients and production methods. Impact is expressed as CO2e, or carbon dioxide equivalent, which allows different greenhouse gases to be combined in one unit of measurement. More information at the website of Trendwatching, link in the title.