The National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show presents an annual opportunity for those in the foodservice industry to gain insight into the trends sweeping foodservice operations.
At the 2017 NRA Show, trends like nitro beverages, multi-functional serveware, and countertop optimization swept the show. These trends could be observed in the equipment on display, the samples provided by foodservice operators, and the conversations had by industry experts.
The term “nitro beverage” refers to coffees, teas, and other drinks brewed with nitrogen to create a creamy, smooth consistency. Equipment and beverage manufacturers alike have been quick to hit the ground running with this trend as consumer demand has surged. While some prefer to dispense nitro beverages directly from the keg with a stout faucet, others have utilized Tomlinson’s SPB and ES faucets to dispense nitro-brewed coffees and iced teas from beverage dispensing units.
Multi-functional serveware allows foodservice operators to prepare and serve a wide variety of menu items. Diverse serveware supports menu changes, creative serving presentations, and more to create a truly standout experience for your customers. Products like Tomlinson’s cast iron and cast aluminum platters can be used to prepare, cook, and serve a wide array of foods.
With the continual rise of grab-n-go, operators are seeking new ways to keep countertops organized for quick service to customers. Countertop optimization not only allows customers to easily find the accessories they’re looking for including lids, straws, and condiments but also frees up valuable countertop space for impulse purchase items. Tomlinson’s new countertop lid organizer consolidates lids, straws, and other accessories and is available in a large and small design to match any counterspace.