Cheese is one of the most versatile and widely-used ingredients in foodservice, from pizzas to sandwiches, salads to macaroni. Increasingly, cheese is also becoming one of the more important, trendsetting components of a modern-day meal. With consumers wanting to make more informed choices when it comes to their food, understanding the cheese trends that are emerging is essential for restaurant technology providers looking to stay ahead of the curve.
Brizo provides a comprehensive and diverse set of data which can be used to gain deeper insight into the foodservice market. This allows for highly targeted research and prospecting of the foodservice market, supported by unique data fields specific to the food service industry, such as in-depth menu data and restaurant tech coverage.
Using this data, restaurant technology providers can more accurately and confidently assess the trends that are emerging when it comes to cheese. Understanding cheese trends helps them to stay ahead of the competition, ensconced as part of the supply chain to foodservice operators. Acquiring tech services in the form of point-of-sale systems, menu-tracking, inventory, and analytics help operators make wiser decisions for their businesses. But knowing the cheese trends is also a powerful insight to help technology providers MARKET their services better, capitalizing on the current trends with targeted campaigns that stand out.
To better evaluate and understand cheese trends, there are three key elements to consider:
1. Regional Trends
Cheese consumption habits vary wildly between countries and regions, with some relying on cow’s milk cheese, while others favor goat’s milk cheese, for example. Taking the time to study regional trends, along with up-to-date menu data, can give providers a clearer insight into current trends – and a better understanding of what’s laying ahead.
2. New Versions of Old Favorites
Cheese is the definition of an ever-evolving food item, and therein lies a great opportunity for providers. Understand how classic recipes are being reinvented and reimagined, with a contemporary twist. These include meals such cheeseburger bao, Korean cheese fries and even decadent cheesecake-stuffed donuts.
3. Healthy and Allergen-Friendly Cheese Alternatives
As consumers become more conscious of what they’re eating, from low-calorie diets to dairy-free lifestyles, understanding healthy and allergen-friendly cheese alternatives is essential when it comes to catering to changing tastes and preventing food allergic reactions.
When it comes to evaluating and understanding cheese trends, region-specific insights, reinventions and healthy alternatives are all key areas to consider, in order to gain the true picture of cheese consumption in the foodservice market. Using data available from Brizo to inform your research process, you can ensure you stay one step ahead of the competition, able to meet the changing needs of customers in the food industry.