Here’s What We’re Looking Forward to in 2021

By Jackie Ceithamer Jan 6, 2021

While you're making your business plan for 2021 as well as setting your new year's resolutions, keep up to date with the latest trends. 2020 has been a year filled with odd experiences and drastic changes, but that hasn't stopped many businesses from flourishing. When the new year hits, finding the path to success and celebrating business growth can go as far as your dreams. Here's what we're looking forward to in 2021 that you should know about.

Grab & Go Sales

Following the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, grab and go sales has seen a skyrocketing increase. With the new year upon us, you can expect that we'll still find that quick on the go options are taking priority. Not only are they a safe way to continue providing services, but they are convenient and allow consumers to go about their day while spending money at their favorite restaurants and stores.

Pre-packaged items are no longer revolving around frozen meals, but grabbing a tasty sub or some protein-packed fish and being able to easily take it with you is all the splurge. It makes consumers feel more hygienic while still allowing you to serve them their much-needed meals. Things like chips and cookies in a vending machine will almost feel like a trend of the past as more organic and fresher options start replacing them. While these items will only have 1-2 day shelf lives, the option for healthier meals on the go will entice more sales in both restaurants and standalone vending machines.

More Sustainability 

Consumers want to have a positive impact on the environment, and if the foodservice they shop with offers eco-friendly solutions then they're going to spend their money at those locations. Consumers want to know where you're resourcing from and how it directly combats the carbon footprint we leave behind.

You can expect to see an even bigger increase in demand for products and services that are renewable and reduce energy waste. Everyone wants to feel as if they're doing their part in showing kindness to the environment. In addition to offering more sustainable services, you'll gain trust with your customers through the transparency of knowing your business is more environmentally aware. 

Alternative Options

Say hello to introducing even more plant-based and alternative delights. From consumers dealing with digestive issues to wanting to practice self-care and eat healthier, to reducing their eco-footprint, plant-based diets are all the rage. 

The demand for plant-based options will continue to increase in 2021, along with more gluten-free or alternative diet foods. Not only will food consumption lean towards healthier options, but we'll see a focus on beverages for this as well. 

Federal Industries is committed to providing retailers, schools, and foodservice operations with convenient merchandising solutions that fit your needs. For all of the latest news on upcoming industry trends, the best equipment to utilize, and how you can further expand your foodservice operation's opportunities, contact us today. Our team will provide you with a free merchandiser equipment assessment to help you stay in step with the latest consumer demands.


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