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Trends for 2018: Big Beverages and Flavorful Foods

Trends for 2018: Big Beverages and Flavorful Foods

What will 2018 hold for the foodservice industry? More industry consolidation, smaller kitchens, diversification, menu downsizing, the marriage of people and technology, labor shortage or things not even on the radar as we begin the new year.

2018 Top 5 Food Trends

Technomic, Inc., National Restaurant Association, and many others are looking at what will be on menus in 2018. Here are our predictions for the top 5 food and beverage trends of 2018.

  1. Ethnic influence – Everyone is predicting an even bigger global influence to show up on menus in 2018. From spices to entrees, African to Asian Island, if it has an ethnic influence it will prove to be a big player in 2018.
  2. Healthy evolution – Ancient grains, probiotics, stress reducing or any other health claims will increase on menus as consumers to evolve in their definition of healthy.Paragraph_Image1a.jpg
  3. Condiments – House made, ethnically driven, unique flavors are big ideas in dipping, topping, and enhancing in 2018. Consumers love condiments as they can try something new without a full entrée commitment.
  4. Catering to kids – Kid’s palates are driving family meal time decisions. Gone are the days of burgers, chicken nuggets and fries, today’s kids have more sophisticated preferences and help make dinner time choices. This means operators will be updating their kids’ menus in 2018 to ensure they remain part of the consideration set.
  5. Plentiful proteins – Small farm, locally produced, heritage breed is just a few of the terms consumers will be looking for when choosing their protein. These seemingly small descriptors can mean increased profits for operators as consumers are willing to pay more for artisan proteins.

2018 Top 5 Beverage Trends

  1. Cold Brew – The hottest coffee is now cold. Whether it’s iced, cold brewed, or nitrogen infused consumers are looking for new ways to get their caffeine fix. Look for new flavor profiles to take the cold coffee craze by storm.
  2. Artisan Soda – Carbonated soft drinks have been in the news for their sugar content, additives, high fructose corn syrup and overall contribution to many health issues. In turn, consumers are now looking to more natural options to fulfill their fizzy desires. Handmade soda options with fresh ingredients and natural sugar substitutions will continue to be a big draw for consumers and offer new profit centers for operators.
  3. Local Libations – Cocktails are still surging in popularity and consumers are seeking out locally produced spirits to give their indulgence a little taste of home.
  4. Mocktails – There’s a time and place for a cocktail, but when it’s not that time, mocktails deliver the flavor todays taste buds are demanding. Made with fresh ingredients and full-flavored consumers love these non-alcoholic options.
  5. Spice it up – It’s not just of your Sunday Bloody Mary anymore. Adding spice like jalapeno or habanero peppers to main stream beverages is getting the nod from mixologist and beverage experts to deliver a new kick to some old favorites.

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  • Cleans 55 Racks per Hour
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Click the Image above to learn more about Jackson’s full line of Conveyors, including the all new RackStar!

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Completely Redesigned Garland XPress Grill

The Next Generation in Two-Sided Cooking

The XPress Grill’s upper and lower grill plates cook both sides simultaneously, reducing cook times by up to 50%. The precise temperature controls ensuring food is cooked to appropriate core temperature ensuring operators achieve consistent quality and food safety. Plus, rapid recovery and rapid pre-heat features save energy by allowing the griddle to cool between peak periods.



  • available in 12″ one platen; 24″ one or two platen; 36″ one, two or three platen
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Ease of Use & Cleaning:

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Temperature Control:

  • New advanced temperature control, smart anticipation versus on-off
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  • New Each lane can now be set to different temperature

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New Sammic Vacuum Sealers!

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Welbilt named Energy Star Partner of the Year

Welbilt names Energy Star Partner of the Year for sustained excellence eighth consecutive year

Video: Caitlin Rodgers, Vice President of Marketing Communications & Services accepts the award on behalf of Welbilt
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Murray Meyers, Caitilin Rodgers & Wendell Hays receiving the Energy Star Partner of the Year award.

New Port Richey, FL – April 6, 2017 – Welbilt has been named a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner for continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Welbilt’s accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2017.

Welbilt, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2001, will be honored for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency by receiving eight years of award winning excellence. Currently participating and offering seven product brands in seven ENERGY STAR categories, including fryers, ice machines, refrigerators & freezers, steam cookers, griddles, hot holding cabinets, and ovens. Significantly increasing the number of ENERGY STAR products offered in its Frymaster® fryer line and product sales for Koolaire® ENERGY STAR qualified ice machines.

“Welbilt truly values our partnership with ENERGY STAR,” said Caitlin Rodgers, VP Marketing Communication & Services.” It’s exciting to see the impact we’ve made through our commercial foodservice equipment and we remain committed to continuing our work to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.”

In 2015 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners saved American businesses and consumers 503 billion kilowatt hours and $34 billion dollars on their energy bills, while achieving broad emission reductions.

The 2017 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are bestowed upon a diverse set of organizations that have demonstrated continued leadership in energy efficiency. Winners hail from small, family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 organizations – representing energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors.

For a complete list of 2017 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit

For a full list of all the Energy Star products available from Welbilt, visit