Foodie trends gives holiday spice to drink... | Gather: "according to recent news headlines consumers are dining out more often this year. Consumers are also requesting traditional holiday foods such as pumpkin, squash, caramel and hazelnut. In frozen foods you can now find ravioli filled with pumpkin, or butternut squash. In fact demand for these 'fall' flavors has increased 150% or more.
Leading market consumer Mintel has offered more statistics at their websites. The foodservice analyst at Mintel, Kathy Hayden, states:
'It's not uncommon for restaurant operators to update their menus to reflect fresh ingredients of each season. The falling temperatures signal to restaurant-goers that it's time for a change to their palettes. Words like 'harvest' and 'spiced' are other menu cues that convey fall and winter flavors.'"