The changing preferences of consumers drive the foodservice industry. Ingredients and menu items that were popular one year may not be the next.
As a food and beverage manager, whenever you find yourself with some downtime, try reading any of these 26 blogs and digital magazines to stay on top of such industry changes.
Aggregating food and hospitality news from around the world, Grub Street has a mix of opinion pieces, news, reviews and more. Although based in New York, many stories focus on nationwide chains and restaurants.
Food Marketing Institute (FMI)
FMI spreads awareness and education about the importance of food safety. The organization works with wholesale companies, food retailers and more to cover some 14,000 pharmacies and 26,000 food stores. Food and beverage managers can review the latest news in food safety, government relations, consumer affairs and food research here.
The Restaurant Group (TRG)
A hospitality consulting company, TRG was founded in 2010 to assist new and established restaurants. Its writers have some interesting ideas on which foodservice trends will be big in 2016: They predict consumers will gravitate toward comfort food, dishes with more seasoning and environmentally friendly menu items.
O’Dell Restaurant Consulting
Brandon O’Dell founded O’Dell Restaurant Consulting in 2001. As an expert in the industry, he often writes about concept strategy consulting, marketing and operations. If you’re concerned about the longevity of your establishment, don’t miss his multiple posts about restaurant failure.
Connect with other caterers through the vast online network that is Catersource. As you swap techniques with professionals and register for catering expos and events near you, you can also read a wealth of articles on the site’s blog. Pick up a new recipe or two or learn a few new ways to organize a buffet station.
Real Time Ordering (RTO)
RTO serves quick-service and fast-food restaurants and similar establishments. The company’s blog is a useful read for food and beverage managers who are considering introducing online ordering to their restaurant. There’s even a post on how to keep customers’ financial information secure.
FoodServiceWarehouse (FSW) sells culinary tools, equipment and other items. The FSW Season’d blog is chock full of posts on food trends and operations tips that would be useful for anyone in concessions, catering, bars and bakeries. There are foodservice buying guides you can refer back to when dealing with disposables, buying a pizza oven, frying food, and using an ice machine or commercial refrigeration.
Digital marketing agency Social Hospitality offers management tips for event planners; hotel and travel professionals; and restaurant owners, food managers, food truck owners and beverage managers. Its piece from mid-January on 10 ways restaurant owners can reach more customers makes a great starting point.