Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development

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Variety and wellness are the focus in B&I menu development. Aramark delivers with dishes like Chicken & Grape Power Salad, Pumpkin Curry Vegetable Sauté and Harvest Kale Salad.

The Case for Ugly Produce

According to Mintel, 51 percent of Americans are willing to buy “ugly” produce—those imperfect-looking but perfectly flavorful fruits and vegetables.

B&I decision makers are also purchasing ugly produce to counteract global waste problems and fulfill their sustainability goals. Both Bon Appétit Management Company and CulinArt Group participate in owner Compass Group’s Imperfectly Delicious Produce program to encourage their clients to source ugly produce. From second-cut spinach to blemished cauliflower, the program has saved millions of pounds of produce that would have gone to waste.

“We’re going to chop it up and turn it into something else,” says Peter Klein, director of culinary development at CulinArt Group.

Using ugly produce also makes employees happy, as today’s workforce demands transparency not only for nutritional content, but also its origin and environmental impact.

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About The Author

Laura Brienza

Laura Brienza is the author of "Discovering Vintage Washington, D.C.", and "New York’s Historic Restaurants, Inns & Taverns." She is a recent winner of the Lifetime Writers Project fellowship and lives in Los Angeles.