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Research shows that half of all restaurants in the U.S. offer strawberries on the menu…does yours?


According to the Fresh Insights for Foodservice for Summer 2019, kebabs are making an appearance on restaurant menus! Some restauranters are adding vegetables to meat-based skewers for a fresh, healthy spin and contrasting textures, or making skewers totally meat-less to really give fresh produce a chance to shine. Try our Berry & Watermelon Poolside Skewers or our Strawberry, Summer Squash, and Chicken Kebabs to taste test for yourself!

Strawberries on the Menu

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."

Strawberries showed up in more than 100 new menu items with nearly a dozen fresth strawberry french toast options alone!

Fresh blueberry mentions on menus saw 82% growth from 2007-2010 and 176% growth by 2013.

Blueberries on the Rise

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.

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Tom Smith
Director of Foodservice

During PMA Foodservice 2019, it was evident that now, more than ever, chefs want to become better storytellers about just what it is they are serving on their plates. The story behind our food and where it came from is at the forefront of everyone’s minds, and chefs are seeking these insights by getting to know the growers and our industry. I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to bring many of our valued foodservice partners into the fields to meet the growers prior to PMA Foodservice this year. I truly believe that bridging the gap between foodservice partners and growers creates a bond that builds an everlasting community. 

I really enjoyed seeing the new menu trends and how cuisine as a whole is becoming more open and accessible to everyone.

During the Foodservice expo, our very own 2019 Chef Invitational Top Chef Travis Peters came back out to California to represent his winning title at our booth. We had our official Cal Giant Chef Invitational video playing that recapped our 2nd annual Chef Invitational, and had a champagne toast to Chef Travis and our representative partner – Markon Cooperative. Click here to learn more about the 2019 California Giant Chef Invitational.  

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