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Extended Hours. Extended Sales.
Discover how operators stay open for students, travelers, and night owls. Big chains and one-off operations are profiting from the trend; shouldn’t you? Pizza and sliders are obvious possibilities, but other items are easy to prepare and popular with the after-hours crowd. Learn more here »

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Learn Why Vegetables Are Moving Front-And-Center

Signature Cocktails Lead Beverage Trends
Cocktails are back in vogue. Discover the very latest ideas, along with classics that have gained new popularity. We have a roundup of trends, tips, and recipes to help make your bar program a success. Click here »

Dress Up Your Profits with Salads

Dress Up Your Profits with Salads
Salads work hard. They’re appetizers, sides, main courses, and great in combo with soups and sandwiches. Learn to make the most of salads in many situations. We have recipes and merchandising suggestions that can put more green in your till. Read more »

Learn Why Vegetables Are Moving Front-And-Center

8 Ways to Sell More Beverages
Beverages—hot or cold, soft or hard—have a big impact on your profitability. Discover 8 ways beverage sales can contribute more to your bottom line. We have great merchandising, serving suggestions, and a hot trend list here »

Learn Why Vegetables Are Moving Front-And-Center

Learn Why Vegetables Are Moving Front-And-Center
Discover how customer interest in healthfulness and the farm-to-table trend, combined with operator desire for cutting food costs has vegetables popping up all over today’s menus. Learn how to take advantage of this healthy trend. Click here »

Whole Grains: Not Just for “Health Nuts”

Whole Grains: Not Just for “Health Nuts”
Whole grains have gone mainstream. Learn how to satisfy consumer demand for these wholesome, tasty grains in traditional ways like oatmeal and creamy corn grits at breakfast, to soups, sides, and salads later in the day. Read on »

Sell More Seafood: 4 Easy Strategies

Sell More Seafood—4 Easy Strategies
Fish and seafood can be one of the most challenging proteins for an operator. But consumers love the healthfulness and flavor. Try these ideas to make everyone happy. We have techniques, recipes, and presentation ideas, here »

2014 Food Trend Forecast

2014 Food Trend Forecast
Be among the first to discover 2014’s hot trends. We’ve put together a list of the most dynamic food trends in the nation. Put one or two or five to work for you and get your customers excited by your innovative menu. Learn what’s trending »

2014 Beverage Trend Review

2014 Beverage Trend Review
Pour on the profits in 2014 with a revitalized beverage program. Discover the hottest trends in both alcoholic and nonalcoholic categories. We even have some ideas for housemade sodas that can add sparkle to your operation and your profits. Get the recipes and more, here »

Braise and Stew for Comforting Signature Items

Braise and Stew for Comforting Signature Items
Customers love the warmth and comfort of a slow-cooked stew or braise in the winter. Serve them what they want. We have some terrific new taste twists on the usual stew recipes. Plus some classics that are getting new respect. Read more here »

Dessert Trends: What Customers Are Sweet On

Dessert Trends: What Customers Are Sweet On
Find out which classic desserts remain popular, and which trends you need to track. We have the latest on which desserts are selling, along with recipes and ideas to inspire your own signature dessert. Satisfy your customers’ sweet tooth and sweeten your profits at the same time. Read more »

Big Business in Breakfast

Big Business in Breakfast
Learn why breakfast and brunch have become so important to foodservice. They account for $59 billion in annual sales. Get your share of the booming breakfast business with our recipes and idea starters for everything from omelets to smoothies to Tex-Mex migas and savory breakfast stratas. Read more »

Discover Latin America’s Inspiring Flavors

Discover Latin America’s Inspiring Flavors
Looking for a new taste trend? Then explore the flavors of Latin America with Nestlé Professional®. We make it easy for you to offer exotic, robust, and customer-pleasing dishes from Brazil, Peru, and the Caribbean. Discover why this cuisine is creating so much excitement. Get your recipes and inspiration here »

Tap In to the Enduring Appeal of Comfort Food

Tap In to the Enduring Appeal of Comfort Food
Comfort food is always a customer favorite. And it’s a kitchen favorite because it lends itself to advance prep and product utilization. Learn about the latest taste trends influenced by international cuisines. We have new recipes just in time for fall when demand spikes. Learn more. »

Sides Are the New Center of Attention

Sides Are the New Center of Attention
Sides dishes are getting new respect. Not only do innovative and seasonal sides spark appetite appeal, they can provide a complete meal to vegetarian and vegan customers. That versatility makes side dishes huge—both for customer accommodation and profit potential. Learn more and get the recipes here »

Step Sandwiches Up to Signatures

Step Sandwiches Up to Signatures
Step up your sandwiches from simple to signature with some easy add-ins. Nestlé Professional® has the products and advice to help your culinary imagination produce sandwiches that your patrons will crave, and will pay extra for. Get ideas, recipes, and more, here »

Small Plates: Big Value, Big Sales

Small Plates: Big Value, Big Sales
“Small plates” have advantages. Lots of flavor choices and value for the customer. Lots of sales for you. Learn how to make the most of this popular trend. We have suggestions and recipes that extend the small plate concept in ways you may not have considered. Learn more here »

Explore New Frontiers in Ethnic Food

Explore New Frontiers in Ethnic Food
Your customers love Italian, Mexican, and Chinese flavors. Now offer them a change of pace with slightly more exotic ethnic cuisine from India, Thailand, Greece, and beyond. It’s easy when you have Nestlé Professional® helping. Get tips and recipes here »

New Catering Ideas to Build Your Business

New Catering Ideas to Build Your Business
Make catering a part of your business plan and reap profits. Learn how the catering business is changing and how operations just like yours have adopted some form of catering with great success. We have examples and recipes waiting for you here »

2013’s Eight Most Important Dessert Trends

2013’s Eight Most Important Dessert Trends
Make dessert as creative as the rest of your menu. We have the latest trends–classics like pudding, to innovations like Earl Grey Doughnuts. Get inspired by the best meal-ending ideas from around the country. Then get sweet recipes for your operation here »

4 Easy Ways to Layer on More Flavor

4 Easy Ways to Layer on More Flavor
Discover how to make a standard menu item into a signature dish. It can be as easy as layering flavors via marinades, rubs, sauces, and cooking techniques. When flavors pile on, one over the other, the result is sales on top of sales. Get the details here »

Menu Trends: Playing for Real

Menu Trends: Playing for Real
Discover how local, seasonal, ethnic, and handcrafted products can boost your profile and your bottom line. It’s because authenticity pulls in customers. Learn how other operators are capitalizing on the quest for authentic food, and how you can too. Find out how »

13 Top Food Trends for 2013

13 Top Food Trends for 2013
Sandwiches (from gourmet burgers to banh mi), vegi-centric recipes, and culinary mash-ups are among the 13 most important trends for 2013. Get ahead of the curve. Read up on how you can profit from serving the tastes du jour. We have a recipe roundup and technique tips, here »

Opportunities Abound in Accommodating Special Diets

Opportunities Abound in Accommodating Special Diets
Low salt, gluten free, vegan. Specialized dietary requests aren’t going away. But you can easily adapt to this important trend, and keep this growing segment of diners happy to be eating at your operation. Learn some simple tips and recipes to make your menu friendly for folks with special diets »

Easy-to-Make, Easy-to-Sell Desserts

Easy-to-Make, Easy-to-Sell Desserts
With the holidays coming up, it’s a good time to brush up on desserts. We’ve put together a list of tips to help you serve up some irresistible treats that won’t strain your staff. Batch-made desserts with a twist are simple and delicious. Get our favorite recipe ideas, here »

2012’s Top Hotel Foodservice Trends

2012’s Top Hotel Foodservice Trends
Food & Beverage has always been an important profit producer for hotels. But F&B needs to be responsive to new trends. Discover new menus, new daypart services, and more that will appeal to locals as well as guests. Revamp your F&B operation with these ideas and recipes »

Comfort Food, Italian Style

Comfort Food, Italian Style
From starters to entrées, Italian food is universally loved. So, serve more of the ultimate comfort cuisine. Discover new menu ideas for everything from arancini to ziti—plus find out how Nestlé Professional® can help with the prep. Give your profits an Italian accent »

Why You Need to Double Down on Beverage Sales

Why You Need to Double Down on Beverage Sales
Add sparkle to your check totals with flavor-infused waters, housemade sodas, customized beverages, and standbys like tea, coffee, and cocktails. Anything but “just water please.” Give your customers a reason to order a premium beverage. Learn more »

Fun, Flavorful, Exciting—Keys to Kids’ Menus

Fun, Flavorful, Exciting—Keys to Kids’ Menus
Breakfast pizza? Cowboy Mac and Cheese? Those are just two of the kid-friendly menu suggestions this month. Learn how adventurous and open to new flavors kids can be when you make eating fun. Get the tips now »

Trend: Breakfast Profit Opportunities Growing

Trend: Breakfast Profit Opportunities Growing
Breakfast is hot, hot, hot. Learn how you can profit from this growing segment. More and more patrons are eating out early in the day. Serve the fare they want. That could be a simple egg/muffin sandwich, inventive waffle, or exotic dim sum. Learn the trends now »

Making the Most of Asian Flavors
Making the Most of Asian Flavors
Asian flavors, once confined to ethnic restaurants, have gone mainstream in a big way. Learn how the delicious flavors and condiments of the East can boost customer interest. It’s as easy as adding a spoonful of sambal oelek or a splash of sesame oil. Find out more »
Discover the Exotic Side of the Mediterranean
Discover the Exotic Side of the Mediterranean
Mediterranean flavors like garlic, olives, and tomatoes are mainstays of modern American cuisine. But adventurous patrons are asking for more. Give them a culinary discovery tour with the recipes of North Africa, the Mid-East, and Greece. Learn how easy it is »
Apps: Big Opportunity for Better Utilization
Better Burgers: Why the Trend Keeps Growing
Discover how innovative burgers can intrigue customers. From classic sliders and Teriyaki burgers to high-end Kobe and foie gras burgers, it's just a matter of inspiration. Get the ideas that will keep your grill burning bright, here »
Apps: Big Opportunity for Better Utilization
Apps: Big Opportunity for Better Utilization
Appetizers are profitable and popular. Feed the trend with what you have on hand—a little extra cheese, meat trims, vegetable odds-and-ends. Learn some clever ways to make a little extra on what you bought extra of. Tips are here »
How to Tap the Demand for Entrée Salads!
How to Tap the Demand for Entrée Salads!
Sure, salads are sides, but they're also lunch and dinner entrées that appeal to health-conscious patrons. Learn how easy it is to offer full-plate variations on the basic Caesar or garden salad. Click now and get the skinny on delicious salads for spring, summer, and fall. Get the tips here »
Top 10 Side Dishes
Top 10 Side Dishes
The best sides add interest to the plate and profits to your bank account. Learn which side dishes are trending hot for 2012. Our top 10 list lays it all out for you. Get a big helping of flavorful, profitable ideas here »
Meaty Menu Trends
Meaty Menu Trends
Steaks, chops, and burgers are as popular as ever, but other meat cuts and recipes are coming on strong. Learn how some restaurants are reinventing the classic American menu, and how sauces and sides can increase your meat sales. Get the latest tips now »
Foodservice Trends to Watch For in 2012
Foodservice Trends to Watch for in 2012
Get a sneak peak at the trends that will motivate your customers to dine out in the coming year. Discover why iPad-based menus, cocktails, and slow-cooking will be big. Find out about those trends, plus seven more that will have customers Googling you in 2012. Click here »
Desserts Sweeten Holiday Profits - Get Ready Now
Desserts Sweeten Holiday Profits
Satisfy your customers' desire to celebrate with great dessert ideas from Nestlé Professional®. We have recipes and tips to inspire great holiday season desserts that will fatten your checks and have your customers beaming. Learn more now »
American Regional: Southern Comfort is Heating Up
American Regional: Southern Comfort Is Heating Up
Everyone loves Southern cooking. Now chefs are applying "serious" cooking techniques and flavors to down-home favorites like fried chicken. Learn the Top 10 Southern Menu items trending now plus get recipes and links to more info. Learn more now »
Street Food: Global Flavors, Universal Appeal
Street Food: Global Flavors, Universal Appeal
Every culture has its favorite street food–from samosas to tacos to hot dogs. Learn about these hot menu trends and get great new recipes to get you started on bringing the best street cuisine indoors. A world of flavor is a click away. Learn more now »
Alfredo Sauce 101: The Classic Gets Creative
Alfredo Sauce 101: The Classic Gets Creative
Alfredo sauce is always popular, but when you add your own special touches it becomes a signature sauce that will keep patrons coming back. Learn more about this classic that is the basis for so many great dishes. Learn more now »
For Great Sales, Belly Up to the Bar Menu
For Great Sales, Belly Up to the Bar Menu
Snacks—from as simple as a chicken wrap to as elegant as salmon pizza—are a trend that is your friend. Find out how you can liven up sales with a limited menu served at affordable prices. We have the success stories that will get your imagination in motion. Get the bar menu trends, now »
10 Hot Dessert Trends - Sweet Inspiration
Travel the Globe with Worldly Rice Specialties
From biryani to risotto, every culture seems to have its own iconic rice dish. Discover how easy it is to get the most from the world's second most consumed grain. We have inspirations and recipes to help you broaden your repertoire of rice dishes. There's a world of rice dishes waiting to be discovered. Get the dishes now »
10 Hot Dessert Trends - Sweet Inspiration
10 Hot Dessert Trends - Sweet Inspiration
Everybody loves a dessert, and 70% of diners have one weekly. Discover the hottest dessert trends and ride this profitable wave. Patrons want to reward themselves and they do it with sweet treats. Get our list of today's 10 dessert trends, now »
Chocolate 101
Chocolate 101: From Bean to Bittersweet and Beyond
There's much more to chocolate than you might think. Find out some of its history, its processing, and its uses as we explore this ultra-versatile food. With info on chocolate beans, butter, liquor, nibs, and powder, we have facts and recipes that will help you profit from chocolate! Get tips (and recipe ideas) now »
Profit From Premium Sandwiches
Profit From Premium Sandwiches
Sandwiches are easy, affordable, and popular. Now make them extra profitable. Learn the tips that will have customers lining up for your specialty sandwiches. Even something small like a luxury spread can make the difference. Learn how to profit from sandwiches here »
Go 21 Ways Beyond Base Basics
Go 21 Ways Beyond Base Basics
Sure you know how to use Minor's® bases to make sauces and soups, but they have lots and lots of other great uses. They let you create innovative rubs, flavored mayonnaise, marinades, court bouillon, and much more. Get tips (and recipe ideas) now »
Demi-Glace 101
Demi Glace 101: A True Classic for Your Cuisine
One of the five mother sauces, Demi Glace can turn even humble dishes into occasion meals. Rediscover this classic. Learn some culinary history, get some recipe ideas, and start spooning on the elegance »
Cream Sauce 101: Versatility as You Need It
Cream Sauce 101: Versatility as You Need It
Give your customers a signature cream sauce without the hassle of starting from scratch. Use Minor's White Sauce as your base, then add your imagination. Discover how just a splash of wine or a pinch of chopped herbs produce spectacular results, on the plate and on the check. Get all the insights »
Pasta Trends: Italy, China and Beyond
Pasta Trends: Italy, China, and Beyond
Anywhere there is flour and water, there is pasta. Try adding some of the lesser-known forms to your menu to keep customer interest high. Asian noodles are one way. Learn the others, plus some day-of-the-week marketing tactics to keep your profits on a boil. Get the newest global pasta trends »
Sauces: The Foundation of Signature Food
Sauces: The Foundation of Signature Food
There are foods that are perfect as-is, and there are foods that benefit from being added to. With foundational sauces—sometimes called "mother sauces"—you get both. Discover more sauces now »
Hollandaise 101
Hollandaise 101
For some chefs and operators, Hollandaise sauce is making a comeback; for others, it never went away. Get inspired, now! »
Top Ten Food Trends for 2011
Top Ten Food Trends for 2011
Discover the top ten food trends that can help you make 2011 super profitable. There are some continuing trends—local sourcing, for example—but we have nine more to jumpstart your creativity. Get inspired, now! »
Which Dayparts Have Snacking Potential?
Which Dayparts Have Snacking Potential?
Discover how snacks and small plates can increase sales during your slower hours. An afternoon snacking menu adds both food and beverage sales. And it can also bolster your late evening sales. Learn which off-hours snacks are selling best »
Comfort Food: Grown Up and Grabbing Sales
Comfort Food: Grown Up and Grabbing Sales
Customers love the nostalgic appeal of classic home-style foods, and chefs love the ease they give to operations—and the opportunity to interpret them in creative ways. Enter the brave new world of comfort food »
Build Sales with Asian Noodle Soups
Build Sales with Asian Noodle Soups
Soups with noodles are traditional Asian favorites that are filling bowls across the United States. Chefs like the versatility and cross-utilization. Customers like the bold flavors and affordable price points. Learn how Asian noodle soups can add snap to your sales »
Back Up Bar Sales with Nibbles and Snacks
Back Up Bar Sales with Nibbles and Snacks
Learn how cocktails and wine-by-the-glass programs are driving bar food sales. The trend is clear: innovative drinks paired with snack-size portions of everything from olives and spiced nuts to tapas and "plates to share." Get some great ideas now »
2010 Food Trends
Farm to Table Attracts Fresh Business
The Farm-to-Table movement is affecting nearly every sector of the foodservice industry. Mass-market chains, universities, and white tablecloth operations are all adopting the "fresh, local, and sustainable" ethic. Find out why a greater focus on local ingredients may be right for you »
2010s Food Trends
Get on Top of 2010's Food Trends!
These eight super profit-producing trends can help you expand business and maintain a competitive edge. New protein choices, ramped-up breakfast, "upscale-downscale cuisine," and more, can help you prosper in the next year. Learn the trends »
Pork is the trend!
Sausage to Sliders. Pork Is the Trend.
Learn how versatile pork can work for you. From breakfast to lunch to dinner, chefs are finding new ways to prepare pork. Discover some tasty tips and techniques that will make pork a mainstay of your menu. Get on the pork bandwagon »

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