When it comes to food choice and customer preference, what key changes can The Restaurant Show exhibitors see on the horizon? We asked them how they see diners’ food choices changing over the coming three years. Being right at the heart of the sector, supplying and catering to the needs of the hospitality industry, they certainly know their onions. Whether sweet or savoury, they see changes in tastes as inevitable but something to be embraced. Here’s what they had to say:
More focus on special dietary requirements
“Whilst catering for on-trend flavours is a must, offering dishes that are suitable for a multitude of special dietary requirements will also be of the utmost importance over the next few years,” says Nigel Crane, Managing Director of stock experts, Essential Cuisine. “Many of our stocks are completely free from declarable allergens to offer chefs a suitable alternative that will never compromise on taste.”
The Handmade Cake Company also foresees “More advanced, delicious tasting, free from dietary options.” They say, “20% of our sales are now Gluten free and vegan is growing rapidly.”
It is probably good news for those businesses facing the impending sugar tax that more and more people are turning to lower sugar food options. The Handmade Cake Company have noticed it and they say that “Reducing sugar in products without affecting the quality or deliciousness will be a key challenge for us and other companies that are delivering similar products.”
But it’s not only about dietary requirements. There is a growing trend in certain tastes too. Essential Cuisine have been doing some research. Nigel Crane says, “UK diners’ taste for global cuisines has been growing rapidly with Asian food leading the way. Our research tells us that 90% of UK consumers have a taste for pan-Asian cuisine, with an overwhelming 74% of those surveyed hungry for emerging styles such as Malaysian, Japanese and Vietnamese. Our Asian range provides the perfect, authentic base to let a chef’s creativity shine through, and can be spooned directly into sauces, blended with other flavours and ingredients, used as a marinade or poaching liquor or a perfect base stock for all manner of Asian dishes.”
There will be more than 250 exhibitors at this year’s Restaurant Show. Why not come and talk to them about the upcoming trends they’ve spotted and how you can meet the changes in consumer food choice. You can find Essential Cuisine at Stand GC10 and The Handmade Cake Company will be at Stand UR70.
The Handmade Cake Company Ltd.