Trends we spotted | Week 5


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At 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, among other links to articles about the fact that the owners of Eleven Madison Park in New York will open their first restaurant in London, Davies & Brook at the Claridges’s Hotel and about Stixfresh sticker, which increases the freshness of fruit. Also a link to one of the most Instragrammable chapels in Las Vegas and Ferran Adrià will reopen his famous restaurant El Bulli: not as a restaurant, but also as a knowledge center elBulli 1846. Other news for foodies: great images of the plates at the Bocuse d’Or 2019 the team of Denmark won! And we have read a Dutch article about TerraCycle that is eliminating the idea of waste by recycling the “non-recyclable”. In 2020 the  Hard Rock Hotel Amsterdam American will open and today, February first, a dog restaurant will open in Antwerp! Also in this list of links: gravy candles from KFC and Howard Schultz, former CEO of Starbucks, is exploring an independent 2020 presidential bid.

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Owners Eleven Madison Park will open Davies & Brook at the Claridge’s Hotel in London

At the beginning of January we already wrote in our ‘trends we spotted’ that most probably the world-famous restaurateurs Daniel Humm and Will Guidara would come to London. Now it’s official: their first restaurant in London will open at the iconic Mayfair hotel, Claridge’s. The chefs of Eleven Madison Park in New York will open Davies and Brook in this summer, replacing restaurant Fera, which closed at the end of 2018.

Gravy Scented Candles

We have seen some exceptional merchandising by fastfood restaurants, like the Pizza Hut perfume back in 2012 and now Kentucky Fried Chicken is offering 230 limited edition Gravy Scented Candles for guests to light in the comfort of their own homes. Only in the United Kingdom. To get your hands on one of these exclusive candles, you have to enter KFC UK’s prize draw with your name and email.

Stixfresh | Freshness-Increasing Produce Stickers

The Stixfresh sticker works by being affixed onto the exterior of the fruit and helps to create a barrier around the product that will increase the freshness by about 50%. This means the sticker could help to keep fresh fruit sellable and edible for up to 14 days longer and to make food waste avoidable by businesses and consumers alike.

Is this the most Instagrammable chapel in the world?

As if Instagrammable hotels weren’t enough, now the social media frenzy has stirred some chaos at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, after all it’s about a picture-perfect chapel. At least that’s what visual artist Joshua Vides had in mind when he created a new art installation at the luxury hotel.Vides’ colourless designs can be easily observed in the monochrome room to begin with. Vegas’ most famed wedding spot inspired the chapel, A Little White Wedding Chapel. The opening took place on January 18, couples can select from four different packages.

Dog restaurant opens on February 1st at the Groenplaats in Antwerp

The dog restaurant Bentley is located on the first floor of the Grand Bazar shopping centre at the Groenplaats. From today you can go with your dog for a meal, dog wine or beer, gadgets or you can let your dog play at the playground.

Howard Schultz, former CEO of Starbucks, is exploring an independent 2020 presidential bid

Former Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz, who is launching a book tour next week, is reportedly giving serious consideration to running for president in 2020 as an independent candidate.

Multinationals focus on circular dairy farmer concept ‘Loop’

Shopping, receiving, enjoying, collecting, cleaning, refilling and re-using. That is the mantra of the new initiative ‘Loop’, where multinationals such as Nestlé, Unilever, Mondelez and Danone have already joined. Consumers receive packaging and return it when the product is finished. All products sold through Loop are in sustainable, recyclable or refillable packaging. The packaging is about a hundred times reusable. Also defective packaging is accepted, as these are then recycled by TerraCycle.

TerraCycle is eliminating the idea of waste by recycling the “non-recyclable”. Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. We partner with individual collectors such as yourself, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses across 20 different countries.

Denmark won The Bocuse d’Or | Great images of the plates and platters

Great images of the beautiful dishes at day one of the Bocuse d’Or 2019 contest at the website of Fine Dining Lovers. You can clearly see that chefs put their heart and soul into this competition and have worked hard for months, creating, practicing and practicing! View the beautiful dishes and beautiful photos in the link. It almost seems of no importance who wins, such a contest is plain inspiration! The game was finally won by the team from Denmark.

Ferran Adrià reopens El Bulli: not as a restaurant, but also as a knowledge center elBulli 1846

Chef Ferran Adrià from restaurant El Bulli is going to reopen the doors of his famous restaurant. However, not as a restaurant. It is going to be a place that is all about sharing knowledge. The new project of Adrià is going to be named elBulli 1846. “The mission of ‘elBulli1846’ is to create quality knowledge of restaurant gastronomy and everything that surrounds it,” the 56-year-old Catalan told Reuters before his appearance at the Madrid Fusion gastronomic congress.

Hard Rock Hotel Amsterdam American

With a presence in more than 76 countries, Hard Rock International announces the continued expansion of its hotel portfolio, with the opening of Hard Rock Hotel Amsterdam American in April 2020 — bringing the signature Hard Rock vibe to this exciting cultural capital.

Located on the lively Leidseplein Square, Hard Rock Hotel Amsterdam American will be brought to life in one of the city’s most famous Art Nouveau style buildings, built in 1903 and formerly known as the American Hotel. Showcasing 173 rooms and suites and newly-renovated interiors, the hotel will keep all vintage decorative features intact throughout, from stained-glass windows to vibrant paintings on the interior walls, which will also be adorned with signature Hard Rock memorabilia.

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