Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development


Menu Trends > Global

7.Flavor Watch: Play That Toum

Toum, a Lebanese condiment made with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt, holds all the markings of a potential hit on U.S. menus

8.Signature Flavor: Shawarma Show

Combined with the functional benefits of the traditional spices—turmeric, clove, fenugreek and cinnamon—this potato-based take on the shawarma can boast better-for-you benefits—as well as showstopping creativity

9.Flavor Find: World Bites

There’s a precision to the global mash-up at Nahita in Boston, where the pantry pulls strategically from Peru, Japan, Mexico and Turkey, staying true to authentic ingredients while combining them in new and intriguing ways.

10.On-trend: Tacos 3.0

With tacos, anything goes today. We’re seeing seriously inventive takes on classic proteins, while on the plant-based side, chefs are moving well beyond the perfunctory veggie taco.

12.Ramen Phenomenon

Ramen is on the rise, with ramen menu mentions up 46 percent over the last four years. We bring you ways to play with ramen textures, ramen-inspired cocktails, Ramyun, and global ramen mash-ups to inspire.

19.Passage to India

Indian food is catching fire this year. Approachability is everything. With diners game for the next flavor frontier, Indian mash-ups are poised to offer a differentiating thrill.



The many ways in which this on-trend workhorse is carrying modern menus
Some of the fried chicken styles making the biggest impact today
Handheld menu items drive traffic and increase sales
Fresh ideas inspired by a creative usage of grapes


Latest Takeaway









Flavor & The Menu's Twitter avatar
Flavor & The Menu

Apart from tracking the continuing evolution of flavor trends, we know how important it is to track consumer dining… t.co/DFGZ3AGgv3

Flavor & The Menu's Twitter avatar
Flavor & The Menu

Take a look at our chart that lays out 10 trend-forward toasted sandwich categories, perfect for fall and winter.… t.co/Vu1PULvEjV

Flavor & The Menu's Twitter avatar
Flavor & The Menu

It's no surprise that humble hummus is showing up in more menu applications. The creative culinary potential of thi… t.co/aRznSKQxbI