Research shows that half of all restaurants in the U.S. offer strawberries on the menu…does yours?
Strawberries showed up in more than 100 new menu items and LTOs in just the past few months – with nearly a dozen fresh strawberry French toast options alone! Eleven items at Coco's Restaurant & Brewery featured fresh strawberries, and at Jamba Juice, the Strawberry Juice Refresher features "strawberries so fresh, their driver's licenses still list 'The Patch' as their primary residence."
Blueberries are among the top 15 fruits menued by chain restaurants, with total blueberry mentions on overall menus (quick-service, family, fast casual, casual, mid-scale, fine dining) seeing more than 100% growth from 2007 to 2013. Specifically, fresh blueberry mentions on overall menus saw 82% growth from 2007 to 2010 and 176% growth by 2013.
For foodservice professional blueberry recipe inspiration, visit the Highbush Blueberry Council.
Director of Foodservice
"Green Eggs and Ham… well, not quite. But there is a breakfast pork sausage that uses blueberries! We’ve seen fresh berry cocktails, savory dishes, sweet desserts, crunchy appetizers and more as we have worked with bloggers, influencers, chef collaborators and contestants from the Chef Invitational, but we've never seen this!"