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Food Service Industry: Trends & Analysis

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Instructor: Yuanxin (Amy) Yang Alcocer

Amy has a master's degree in secondary education and has taught math at a public charter high school.

Ostrich burger coming up! The food service industry is changing, and some restaurants are embracing the trends by offering new proteins, such as ostrich. Check out some of the latest trends in this lesson.

New Foods

In this lesson, you'll learn about the newest food service trends in 2016. The food service industry includes restaurants, cafeterias, and any other place that serves food to people. And yes, it includes school and work cafeterias.

One trend that food service has seen in recent years is that of new proteins being introduced. Restaurants aren't simply offering chicken and beef as protein sources, but also offering new protein sources, such as quinoa. There are even restaurants that offer elk, buffalo, and ostrich meats as protein sources.

This trend shows that customers are getting more adventurous in their tastes. It also shows the diversity that exists in cities that offer these new sources of protein. While chicken and beef is the common protein source in America, quinoa and elk are common protein sources in other parts of the world.

New Times

Another trend that is also happening is that of customers eating at all times of the day. Not only are customers eating strictly during breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner times, they're also eating in between these meals. Not only are people strictly eating at restaurants, they're also going to grocery stores that serve ready-to-eat meals.

People's eating times are changing because their lifestyles are also changing. Instead of working the traditional 9 to 5 office job, many people are entrepreneurs working on their own businesses at all hours of the day - and eating at all hours of the day.

You can see this trend around you when you see a drive-through that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You'll usually see this in cities that support innovation and small business, such as Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area. For example, many tech startup businesses begin in the San Francisco Bay area. You have Task Rabbit that began in San Francisco and provides a large range of services to busy people. Task Rabbit is also an example of how people are eating at any hour of the day. People can ask Task Rabbit to pick up restaurant food for them whenever they get hungry. Instead of having to physically go to a restaurant to get food, people can now hire a service like Task Rabbit to go pick up the food and deliver it.

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