Nielsen’s May 22-26 survey of 1,300 consumers uncovered that 40 percent of consumers would be returning to casual dining chains, followed by 35 percent planning to visit independent restaurants. However, Mintel notes that as businesses reopen, digital engagement with consumers will be more important than ever before for keeping restaurants top-of-mind, and personalized.
In May, cocktail book authors Misty Kalkofen and Kirsten Amann launched their new podcast, “Drinking Like Ladies in Crisis.” Guests include restaurant owner-operators, mental health clinicians, policy-makers and homeschool educators.
Foodservice chain shares progress on key sustainability initiatives
May 12, 2020
As Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ continues to navigate the COVID-19 health crisis, the brand has simultaneously continued to advance key sustainability initiatives to responsibly serve both people and the planet. Dunkin’ announced that 100 percent of its restaurants globally have transitioned from polystyrene foam cups to paper cups, meeting the timetable established by the brand two years ago.
Mobile ordering being encouraged by foodservice outlet
March 17, 2020
As part of Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin's ongoing efforts to protect customers and restaurant employees in light of the COVID-19 health crisis, all U.S. restaurants are limiting service to drive-thru ordering, carryout, and delivery only. These restrictions took effect March 17.
Acquisition brings in Juice Alive, JavAlive brands to portfolio
February 10, 2020
Lower-middle-market private equity firm Huron Capital announced that its platform company Ronnoco Beverage Solutions, a manufacturer and distributor of premium quality coffee, tea and related products, has acquired Trident Beverage, a provider of high-quality beverages and dispensing products for a variety of foodservice establishments.
Limited-edition Coconut Caramel, Thin Mint flavors available beginning Jan. 1
December 16, 2019
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin' is ringing in the New Year with the return of two popular coffee flavors inspired by iconic Girl Scout Cookies. Under a licensing agreement with GSUSA, Dunkin' will bring back Coconut Caramel and Thin Mints inspired coffee flavors. The flavors will be available Jan. 1 through the beginning of spring 2020 at participating Dunkin' restaurants nationwide.
As bars and restaurants see a growing sect of consumers abstaining from alcohol beverages, operators are getting creative with their drink menus in order to encourage consumers to visit the establishment but for an alcohol-free evening.
In the July 2020 issue of Beverage Industry, the magazine highlights how Calypso Lemonade is looking to follow up its 2019 success with more great releases. Also in this issue is the 2020 State of the Beverage Industry report, features on plant water beverages, clean label ingredients and THC usage in beverage formulations.