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04/22/2021

Foodservice trends for the post-pandemic world

In its latest reports, Nestlé Professional outlines opportunities for foodservice-at-grocery services
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Self-service salad bars may still be on ice in the wake of the pandemic, but foodservice operators – including those at retail – can meet COVID-19 challenges with fresh solutions, according to Nestlé Professional.

In its new report, Top 2021 Foodservice Trends: How to Succeed in the New Normal, Nestlé Professional highlights several areas of interest that extend to foodservice-at-retail programs:

A show of safety: Food safety and sanitation will (and should) move from behind-the-scenes actions to transparent, visible efforts, including regular wipe-downs between customers, touch-free trash receptacles, and reworked self-service areas that offer single-serve packets and employee-assembled customization.

Outdoor dining: Outdoor dining has become popular in the pandemic world, especially among younger customers. Grocers can take heed of this trend and convert outdoor spots like sidewalks and even parts of parking lots for customers who want to bring food and meals outside.

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