Top 10 Most Desired Dishes & Global Cuisines by College Students

Now more than ever, foodservice operators look to the college and university space as the birthplace of new flavor, cuisine, and dish format trends. Gen-Z is known to be the most adventurous generation of eaters, open to exploring global flavors and cuisines more than any other before them, creating a viable testing ground for the

Mexican Rises to the Top as Most Popular Cuisine in the U.S.

Mexican cuisine has risen above Italian and Chinese as the most desired cuisine type in the U.S. for the first time, with 82% of Millennials and 75% of Gen Z saying they “like or love it.” [1] This is a major shift and shows the desire for more unique global flavors when dining out.  While

Food Trend Spotlight: Whole Food Plant-Based Proteins

With rising food costs still a top concern as you look toward menu planning for the second half of 2023, think of lentils as a versatile ingredient that can help boost flavor, create interesting textures, and deliver affordable, whole food plant-based protein dishes with great customer appeal. As the general population and especially Gen-Z continues

Food Trend Spotlight: Combating Rising Inflation

As costs have risen for foodservice operators, balancing budgetary considerations with culinary creativity can seem virtually impossible, but there is a simple, whole-food ingredient that can help you improve your bottom line while amplifying flavor. The time is right to make your menu offerings go further with lentils. Rising global inflation has sent food costs

Spotlight on the Hottest Food Trends for 2023

December 2022 As 2022 begins to wind down, we are found reflecting on the past year and looking ahead to what is on the horizon in the New Year. It is also that time of year when many food companies and data houses come out with their trend predictions for the upcoming year. We at

Prepare to Be BOWL-ed Over!

What do you get when you partner with one of the leading chef influencer groups to challenge chefs to create the ultimate Lentil Power Bowl? The answer is dozens of delicious new menu items across the country, all featuring our favorite pulse crop…Lentils! This spring, and Chef’s Roll asked both commercial and non-commercial chefs

Recipe Round-Up: Budget Friendly

Rapid inflation and a historic pandemic have been hard on everyone’s bank account, but if there’s one thing that stays constant no matter what your financial situation, it’s that we all need to eat well! Luckily, lentils are a great option for those of us in search of budget-friendly meals that will still fill our

Food Trend Spotlight: 2022 Mid-Year Culinary Trends & Surprises to Watch

September 2022  If there is one constant in the foodservice industry in 2022, it’s change. The industry continues to adapt to the economic and global realities of inflation, a late-stage pandemic, and pent-up consumer demand as operators look ahead to plan for a new calendar year and beyond. It can be helpful in complex times