In May, Hubert sent a team of merchandisers and account managers to the National Restaurant Association Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Here were some of the things that they noted during their time at the show:
“Eco-Friendly packaging continues to be the buzz for everyone and anyone serving food. Both eat-in and take-away items were available in many sizes, shapes and styles.” – Penny Long, Category Manager
“The Farm-to-Table trend is still very prevalent. A palette of organic shapes, rustic finishes and materials was abundant throughout.” – Lisa Zeiser, Merchandise Manager
“My focus was on sourcing innovative display vessels for my customer. While bamboo is still a hot material and well represented at the NRA show, I found other innovative looks in a clean, white resin and a more refined look in walnut stands, risers, and trays. Another trend was the same bright white melamine, but in more organic shapes. The artisan look and feel was definitely big at NRA this year.” – Wendy Fetters, Account Development Manager
“As far as trends go, I also noticed that the Farm-to-Table concept is still going strong. Along with that, the natural and earthy tones are in!” – Lori Sellet, Category Manager
“Beverage-Air has introduced a new portable walk-in cooler called Versa-Cool. When set up it is 4’ x 4’ x 6’6” tall. It maintains temps at 36 – 40° and operates on 115 volt power and uses less than 10 amps. It will be available in mid-June. They also have some open refrigerated countertop cases that will be available soon that should be great for hotel breakfast programs. ” – Dan Bellman, Merchandise Manager
What were some trends or new, innovative products that you spotted at this year’s NRA Show?