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Flavor Forward
New Year, New Flavors
It’s a New Year and once again all across the food world we’re seeing predictions on what the big flavor trends will be in the year to come. American palates continue to evolve and that’s reflected in the continuing growth and expansion of the cuisines and ingredients that are poised to become more prominent on the nation’s menus. While new flavors offer exciting opportunities to operators, they also bring their own challenges, particularly how to rapidly incorporate the flavors into your menu without sacrificing your concept’s sense of self. To combat this challenge, many operators are creating dishes that allow for easy customization; dishes that can easily swap in new proteins or that lend themselves to a variety of sauces and condiments. This allows consumers seek out new flavor trends they can be easily added to the menu. Creating a menu with customization in mind means thinking of dishes not as static entities but rather as templates that can be easily adapted to latest flavor sensations. It’s a shift in approach that’s allowing leading operators to take advantage of the latest food intel without reinventing their menu over and over. Keep this approach in mind as 2017 delivers a new array of exciting and intriguing flavor trend predictions!
Percent of chefs who say street food inspired dishes will be a major 2017 trend.
Percent of chefs who say heirloom fruits and vegetables will be a major 2017 trend. 
SOURCE: "What’s Hot: Top 10 food trends for 2017." News & Research
National Restaurant Association, 8 Dec. 2016. Web. 14 Dec. 2016.
Stir-Ins to Savor: Cole Slaw

Get creative with ingredients you’ve already got in your pantry to serve up fresh, craveable sides! Here are two examples to get your ideas stirring:

Thai Cole Slaw

  • Crushed Peanuts
  • Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Thai Basil
…for a fresh Southeast Asian flavor sensation!

Bright Veggie Slaw
  • Sliced Green Beans
  • Shaved Radish
  • Chopped Kalamata Olives
…for a refreshing, vegetable-loaded side!
From the Kitchen
Our chefs are cooking up even more new and delicious ways to customize our products. Here are just a few inspirations we've enjoyed recently:
Curry Cole Slaw
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Cajun Mac Salad
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Segment Focus: Fast Casual
Fast casual is a segment that evolved with the customer experience in mind, blending rapid preparation with fresh food and great service. In doing so the operators who pioneered this approach challenged the traditional divisions of the food service industry and created a new and dynamic space that has grown rapidly in recent years. Now, however, fast casual operators are taking on the challenge of expanding their signature experience beyond their doors as a shift towards delivery continues to disrupt the fundamental nature of the industry. Doing delivery right means blending enough control – control over quality and freshness for example – with the flexibility to work across a variety of delivery platforms, from in-house to third-party delivery providers. Finding the right balance is a challenge for many, but success comes with a significant payoff in terms of increased sales and deepened customer loyalty. 

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SOURCE: Fitzpatrick, Tara. "Delivery will continue to disrupt." 9 restaurant trends that will set the table in 2017. Restaurant Hospitality, 28 Nov. 2016. Web. 14 Dec. 2016.
Reser's uses only the best parts of potatoes and vegetables when crafting our salads and sides. But with our focus on sustainability and reducing waste, we don't just throw the rest of it away. Roughly 225,000 lbs of peels, cores, etc. are sent to various farms to be used as feed for animals.
POLL: What is your favorite way to use cole slaw?

As is, no extras needed
With other ingredients stirred in (ex. Thai Cole Slaw stir-in see above)
As part of an entree (ex. tacos, hot dogs)
Poll Results from the Fall 2016 Newsletter
Question: What is your favorite type of Reser’s potatoes?

50% - Mashed 
25% - Shreds (hash browns)
25% - Sliced (scalloped)
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