A recent survey conducted by the National Restaurant Association may lead dining services and grocers whose stores feature hot food bars to reevaluate their food merchandising and food service equipment. The study revealed that professional chefs believed that consumer interest in locally sourced foods will grow in the next year.
Keeping it local
Consumers may be interested in locally sourced products for a few reasons – sustainability, freshness and nutrition. As such, dining service directors and grocers may want to research local farms and open negotiations so that farmers can sell their goods and venues can feature the products.
This discussion will require a number of preparations, including transportation and possibly additional staffing. It's important to first assess the costs before solidifying a deal. Once an agreement is reached, dining services and grocers will be able to keep up with this projected trend and distinguish themselves among competitors.
As soon as the numbers have been worked out, you'll want to make consumers aware of the exciting changes with great signage that will draw attention and drive interest. First invest in a large sign that will draw eyes, such as the Sidewalk Write-On/Wipe-Off Message Board, which can be placed outside of your venue. This way, regular diners will be sure to notice, as well as passersby who may not otherwise enter your establishment. Purchasing some Chalk-Like Markers will ensure that your artistic staff have plenty of colors to work with. Additionally, the ink is waterproof when dry, so you won't have to worry about the weather. Put up some smaller signs inside the space as well. The Expressly HUBERT® Cherry-Stained Chalkboard Sign comes in many sizes and has a classic wooden border that will fit in with any decor.
These great new products will require some equally wonderful vessels. Take this chance to give your store a new look by purchasing quality displays, such as the 2-Tier Iron & Rattan Fruit Basket, which will allow you to feature two types of fruits. Think about changing these displays on a weekly basis to keep your store looking fresh. The Single-Cord Washable Wicker Produce Baskets are great containers to place inside the refrigerated fixtures and have a texture that consumers will love.
Planning ahead and investing in quality fixtures will ensure that your venue stays on top of trends in the coming year.
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