United Fresh Produce Association Releases Fall 2020 Fresh Insights for Foodservice
WASHINGTON, DC - Foodservice operators looking for the latest info on trends in the biz have a friend in United Fresh Produce Association, which recently released the Fall 2020 issue of United Fresh’s Fresh Insights for Foodservice. Sponsored by Produce Alliance, this quarterly report highlights on-trend foodservice applications for fresh produce in restaurants, retail locations, meal kits, and more.
“The ongoing pandemic continues to create challenges for foodservice operators and supplier partners, and pivoting to meet the evolving needs of consumers is essential,” said Andrew Marshall, Director of Foodservice and Foundation Partnerships, United Fresh. “Produce-centric meals are positioned well to meet consumers’ desires for healthier options, as well as meal solutions for the entire family.”
Throughout the issue, there are insights into the latest In Season fall trends, highlighting items such as cranberries and sweet potatoes. As colder weather drives up comfort eating, the report spotlights curry, a warming, globally-inspired dish that can serve as a vehicle for a variety of fresh items.
According to a press release, the report also looks ahead in its “On the Horizon” section, which covers the trends sure to impact foodservice next spring. There are dives into blueberries, celery, as well as fresh fruit tarts. This quarter’s “Chain Report” explores the latest national account introductions, while the “Kids’ Table” section looks at how cauliflower is being featured on kids’ menus.
Given that the fall season is traditionally focused on ‘Back to School,’ the “View from Above” section features a report on how K-12 schools have pivoted to continue serving students, whether in-person or remotely. The section features insights from K-12 operators, shining a spotlight on their efforts to continue offering a variety of fresh produce, despite current challenges.
“The leadership of school nutrition professionals during the pandemic has been nothing short of extraordinary,” said Sarah Grady, Manager, U.S. Strategic Supply Chain, McDonald’s Corporation and Chair of the United Fresh Retail-Foodservice Board. “We’re pleased to highlight several K12 operators in the latest issue of Fresh Insights, showcasing their continued committment to offering fresh fruit and vegetables.”
For those looking to explore the contents of the issue, the United Fresh Retail-Foodservice Board will host an interactive webinar on Wednesday, December 2 at 12 p.m. EST. Registration for the webinar is available at www.unitedfresh.org. The issue of Fresh Insights for Foodservice can also be found there.
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