November 7, 2019

According to the "Restaurant Industry 2030: Actionable Insights for the Future” report released recently by the National Restaurant Association, operators’ businesses are evolving and savvy foodservice distributors will need to keep up with that evolution. Operator needs around food and beverage products, packaging products, and sourcing will all continue to be impacted by these trends.

Understanding what’s likely to happen in this space and throughout the supply chain will help distributors be better strategic partners to their customers. Operators are looking to all their business partners – including distributors – to help them run their business better and understand the changing operating environment.
 
The report details the next decade in foodservice, including projections for growth and what scenarios are most likely – and least likely – to happen. It also includes at-a-glance points on what the implications of trends may be and why they matter.
 
Among the most likely developments are:
 
  • Convenience stores and grocery stores will expand their foodservice offerings.
  • A majority of cases shipped in the supply chain will be equipped with universal bar codes or transponders.
  • Technologies such as blockchain will improve traceability in the restaurant supply chain.
  • Food-chain security and “food defense” will receive greater attention to prevent intentional food contamination.
  • There will be more government regulation of restaurant takeout and single-use packaging.
  • Restaurants will offer more fresh produce options on their menus.
  • Consumers’ interest in food sourcing will increase.
  • Restaurants will offer more menu items that are sustainably sourced.
  • There will be a decline in single-use restaurant packaging.
Download a copy of the report.

 

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