Contrasting textures in foods and drinks, like crispy yet soft or smooth-with-a crunch, are transforming foodservice by the spoonful, forkful and glassful! Customers are paying greater attention to texture, especially younger generations.
Entegra supply partner Mondelēz/Nestle has created an Oreo cookie variation stuffed with Pop Rocks®. Other trending items include teas and smoothies with tapioca pearls and chia seeds and activated charcoal ice cream that boasts a smooth-with-a-crunch quality. Industry experts claim that textured foods are especially appealing to Generation Z not only because they’re more interesting to eat and perceived as “fun foods,” but because their visual appeal provides a multisensory experience that begs to be captured and shared on social media.
- Add cereal bits or seeds to yogurt parfaits that your customers can enjoy at breakfast or as a grab-and-go snack
- Fill crispy or crunchy ingredients, like tortilla strips or crisp jicama slaw, into soft tacos
- Who needs chips on the side of your sandwiches when you can have chips inside? Serve soft bread sandwiches that feature crispy ingredients between the bread, like house-made potato chips or crunchy coleslaw
- Chia seeds are healthy, versatile ingredients you can use to transform the texture of foods and drinks for your customers. Crafting pomegranate chia seed smoothies or putting chia seeds on a salad bar are two ways to appeal to the trend while making customers’ dining experiences unique
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Entegra Procurement Services regularly publishes blog posts on food trends and innovations in food services. Entegra is more than a group purchasing organization (GPO): Our team of procurement specialists implement strategic sourcing to bring the most value to your business. We help our clients, in many segments ranging from the healthcare supply chain to restaurant supply, to cut costs and consolidate their portfolios.