Cheese makes everything better, doesn’t it? As Datassential reported in its recent Cheese & Dairy Keynote report, 60 percent of foodservice operators say that the simple addition of cheese makes an item sell better. Think about offering cheese as a customizeable option on burgers, paninis, pastas or salads or even experimenting with different varieties to add smoke, sharpness or even sweet flavor to a dish.
Who doesn’t need a little comfort right now? It’s a good time to offer classic comfort foods with adaptations that make them yours. Mac and cheese may be the quintessential comfort food, and this dish, with the addition of chorizo, beans and bell peppers, makes for a complete meal with a little kick.
Vegan cheese is on the rise, according to a new report from Persistence Market Research. The report found that globally, 75 percent of the global population is lactose intolerant. That, paired with growing consumer interest in and acceptance of plant-based foods, has resulted in a predicted annual growth rate of nearly 9 percent for vegan cheese over the next decade. That means that vegan cheese is becoming less of an afterthought and more of a canvas for popular flavor on menus. New Food Magazine suggests looking for varieties such as cream cheese, parmesan, cheddar and ricotta.