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About the Dinner Report

The Dinner Trend Report features the most popular food trends and dinner ideas in the restaurant and kitchen supply industry. With many individuals looking to save money, consumers have cut excess costs by throwing potluck dinner parties, or focusing on lunch and brunch as their main meal of the day. Meanwhile, healthy recipes and meals have also been on the increase, as people are now turning to salads or greens for dinner options. Our Dinner Trend Report provides crucial insight into the evolving market and how restaurants and food retailers are adjusting to consumer patterns.

Who It's For

Our crowd-sourced research is ideal for those in the food industry. Companies will find inspiration for restaurant concepts that adhere to current consumer trends, such as digital dinner bills and unique cutlery designs perfect for any dinner party, in the Dinner Trend Report.

Our Dinner Trend Report provides valuable insight on tracking consumer trends and patterns to incite new marketing strategies and product designs in the food industry.

The Dinner Trend Report, last published on Mar 31, 2015, includes 170 PRO Trends and 850 examples of dinner market research and dinner consumer trends related to: dinner ideas, restaurant, potluck dinner parties, recipes, food and dinner trends.

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Methodology

Our dinner research is based on Trend Hunter's crowdsourced dinner articles and 2,335,000,000 total views of data. [Learn More]

Report Contents

• 170 Dinner PRO Trends = 170 Powerpoint Pages Dinner PPT Report
• 850 Dinner Examples

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• 119 Dinner Videos (Online) Dinner Videos
• 5,100 Dinner Images (Online) Dinner Images
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Sample Dinner Pro Trends

Each Dinner PRO Trend is on its own slide with implications, a quantified score, and examples linked to online dinner articles, videos and images. Examples:

Frozen Gourmet Frozen meals shift to cater to upscale taste profiles Implications - Once considered a low-brow enjoyment, frozen meals have undergone a gourmet makeover. Frozen meals arebeing marketed towards a consumer with a refined palette, yet little time to prepare meals of the caliber they desire. Gourmet-inspired frozen dishes that pay careful consideration to ingredients and quality prove that thoughtful preparation can sway even the most particular consumer into opting for a low-cost, time-efficient alternative, while remaining confident they're not compromising their standards.
Frozen Gourmet
Frozen meals shift to cater to upscale taste profiles
4 Examples + Score + Implications


Hybrid Comfort Consumers incorporate pasta into other dishes for an unexpected take on comfort Implications - Pasta is a classic comfort food that consumers return to again and again. In order to enjoy it repeatedly without losing interest, consumers are incorporating pasta into different dishes for an unexpected twist. Whether it's a minor infusion, or a complete hybrid meal, these newfangled pasta dishes reveal a consumer desire to enjoy a familiar taste in a unique form.
Hybrid Comfort
Consumers incorporate pasta into other dishes for an unexpected take on comfort
4 Examples + Score + Implications


Connected Meal Time Products and services aim to foster a sense of togetherness during meals Implications - With consumers' lives busier than ever, the sense of intimacy and togetherness that was once present during family meal-times is now dwindling. People are more likely to eat alone or while on-the-go, and even meals shared with family and friends are cut short or interrupted by a barrage of e-mails and phone calls. In order to rectify this situation, apps and products that encourage bonding and socialization during meals are on the rise, suggesting a desire for a return to family-focused ritual and tradition.
Connected Meal Time
Products and services aim to foster a sense of togetherness during meals
5 Examples + Score + Implications


Survival Subscription Consumers search for subscription services that make everyday life easier Implications - Consumers have always prioritized convenience, but nowadays, they're planning ahead for difficult situations with subscription services specifically geared towards making life easier. Ultimately serving as an alternate solution to routine annoyances, this shift in subscription services reveal that consumers are interested in avoiding and reducing stress using the least amount of time and effort.
Survival Subscription
Consumers search for subscription services that make everyday life easier
6 Examples + Score + Implications


Refreshing Comfort Comfort food undergoes a light makeover for warmer weather Implications - Consumers who wish to indulge in their favorite comfort foods during the warmer months are searching for lighter options. Classic comfort food fare, such as pizza and onion rings, are revamped with fresh, seasonal ingredients that are not only lighter for consumption, but also take health-consciousness into consideration. Unwilling to give up their favorite comfort foods, consumers are ultimately looking for a way to reformat them for optimal seasonal enjoyment.
Refreshing Comfort
Comfort food undergoes a light makeover for warmer weather
5 Examples + Score + Implications


Portioned Nostalgia Miniature pie products provide emotional indulgence in controlled sizes Implications - As health-conscious consumers quest for permissible indulgences, it becomes clear that portion control alone is not enough to satiate the need for culinary comfort. Miniature pies and tarts tie sentiment into the equation through nostalgia. This adds and extra element of indulgence, proving that though consumers are willing to sacrifice on calories, they still need to feel pampered by their food.
Portioned Nostalgia
Miniature pie products provide emotional indulgence in controlled sizes
6 Examples + Score + Implications


Subscription Play Parents turn to kid-focused subscriptions to ensure ongoing novelty Implications - Growing wildly in popularity over the past few years, subscription services have expanded to niche industries to provide consumers with more targeted products. Parents are one of these groups responding to the subscription model, and are drawn to the ongoing novelty these companies provide as well as the sometimes very specialized offerings. Providing consumers the ease of e-commerce mixed with customized goods, the popularity of these services come as no surprise.
Subscription Play
Parents turn to kid-focused subscriptions to ensure ongoing novelty
4 Examples + Score + Implications


Alternative Sauce Gravy and sauces are replaced by fruity alternatives for health-conscious appeal Implications - Seeking to maintain rather than replace everyday indulgences, consumers are turning to recipe adaptations for nutritional allure. Replacing high-calorie sauces like gravy with fruit and berry alternatives, consumers are using produce to not only enhance flavor, but also to add a health-conscious touch to traditional comfort foods.
Alternative Sauce
Gravy and sauces are replaced by fruity alternatives for health-conscious appeal
5 Examples + Score + Implications


PLUS 164 more Dinner PRO Trends and 850 examples!



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