They say the only constant thing is change, and your customer's preferences change all the time, to help you stay on top of your game and get a leg up on the competition here are our picks for the top restaurant trends that will continue to influence the restaurant industry.
Here are the 5 local and international trends, that will continue to revolutionise the restaurant industry both now and in 2020.
1) The Vegan Movement:
From banting to gluten-free, there are a variety of specialised diets that consumers have adopted, most notably Veganism has exploded in popularity.
KFC’s Beyond Fried Chicken. Photo:KFC
The vegan trend has globally influenced the Fast Food industry and many restaurants and Fast food establishments are starting to include vegan-friendly meals, most recently KFC is testing KFC’s Beyond Fried Chicken, in the USA.
If you have not yet embraced the vegan movement it's time to see how you can introduce more vegan meal options onto your menu.Read: GAAP Point of Sale(Pty)Ltd Appointed Exclusive POS Supplier to KFC Africa
The second biggest growing trend in 2019 is Gin! With no signs of this trend slowing down. Gin saw an international growth rate of 8.3% in 2018, In part thanks to pink gins that helped evaluate sales to more than 72 million nine-litre cases and is predicted to reach 88 million cases by 2023.Could Gin become the most popular spirit worldwide?
It will be well worth it to make sure you stock up on Gin and get your bartenders experimenting with gin inspired cocktails!
3) Integrating with Technology:
Many restaurants are embracing management platforms that integrate point-of-sale, analytics, inventory management and more to simplify their operation. This technology and software allow businesses to save money, streamline operations and increase productivity and service delivery.
4) Online Ordering & Delivery:
Online ordering and delivery are on the rise, with Millennials leading the charge. Millennials' desire for convenience and speed has seen Apps like Mr D food, Uber Eats and Bolt food delivery growing in popularity. Steers, Debonairs, and Dominos have also introduced dedicated apps, that offer online ordering and a delivery option.
If you are looking to expand your operation, try include a delivery service as part of an easy convinient way to reach customers that don't want to go out
5) Sustainability Trend:
Globally there is a focus on sustainable living, which is putting pressure on the food industry, especially the fast-food. This year's focus, Single-use plastics, such as straws, plastic utensils and Polystyrene Food containers.
Establishments like KFC, have switched to paper straws, and Mc Donalds is switching to cardboard containers.Read: 3 Tips for Reducing Single-Use Plastic:
Now is the opportune time to see how your business can contribute to sustainable living.