It’s Friday: Time for Awesome Foodie Facts and Trends


My salmon lunch

All the big 2017 food and restaurant trend reports are being circulated right about now and I will get into them next week but for Thanksgiving week, I am focusing on 3 trends that have been a bit under the radar.

1. We’re eating more fish: biggest increase in seafood consumption in 20 years

I love fish – especially salmon, cod and halibut. And I am so happy that Ludlow House, where I work 3 days a week, has started to serve salmon every day on their salad bar. Super healthy and super delicious. It’s also so easy to cook at home – the only problem I have with fish: it’s too expensive!!

Here are the facts from the Fisheries of the Unites States Report:

Read on below for the not-so-good outlook for meal-kit delivery companies as well as the top food/beverages on twitter.

2. Meal-kit-delivery services are having huge customer retention problems

I have never gotten the appeal of meal-kits. Everything about them seems wasteful – way too much packaging and you have to commit to too many meals. It doesn’t make sense for anyone even marginally competent in the kitchen OR for people like me who have an active social life and rarely eat at home two nights in a row.

And now the truth comes out: most meal-kit-delivery customers bail after 6 months or less:

  • Only half of Blue Apron customers make it beyond the first week of service (Source: Fast Company)
  • Only 10% make it past 6 months
  • Same holds true for HelloFresh and Plated


2. Most Popular Foods/Beverages On Twitter: Starbucks is the only brandname in top 10

Based on 80 million geotagged tweets from more than 603,000 Twitter users across the United States:

  1. coffee
    2. beer
    3. pizza
    4. Starbucks – only brand in top 10
    5. IPA (beer)
    6. wine
    7. chicken
    8. barbecue
    9. ice cream
    10. tacos

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