Fern Glazer

Consumer trends contributor,
Nation's Restaurant News

Fern Glazer has been covering consumer trends, food trends and more for Nation’s Restaurant News since 2003. You can reach Fern at: fern@littlewarriormedia.com.

Fast casual traffic drops
Fast-casual traffic stumbles as menu prices climb 
Consumers feeling “sticker shock” particularly at lunch, NPD research finds
Fungi Flatbread
Beyond pumpkin: Seasonal specialties shine on fall menus
Chefs make use of root vegetables, mushrooms, chiles and more during the autumn
pumpkin flan
Pastry chefs dream up new riffs on pumpkin classics  1
Autumn squash now found in flan, crullers and tiramisu
NPD: Independent restaurants struggle against larger competitors  2
Small operators share strategies for success amid shrinking independent segment
Chefs work around rising lobster prices
Lower-cost ingredients balance out the pricy crustacean
African food takes the slow road to trendiness 
Ingredients from south of the Sahara are gradually finding their way onto menus
Drinkable desserts are growing on menus
Diners are having their dessert and drinking it, too.
Pizza chains get back to basics 
Hungry Howie’s, Pizza Ranch stand out in segment by enhancing existing efforts
Healthful brands bolster Beverage-Snack segment 
Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Yogurtland boost appeal by adding healthful offerings, listening to customers
Octopus has gone from ick to menus everywhere 
Once seen by diners as too exotic or too chewy, octopus gains popularity in the last decade
MOOYAH Burgers, Fries and Shakes.
Restaurants seek secret recipe for creating loyal customers
NPD data reveal just how important this lucrative group of patrons is to a brand
Summer fruits flavor savory entrees on menus
Chefs add berries and stone fruit to salmon, Baby Back Ribs and chicken
Bananas Foster Cruller
6 dishes combining ice cream and baked goods
Take a look at how chefs across the country are combining ice cream and indulgent baked goods this summer.
Bananas Foster Cruller
Chefs pair ice cream with indulgent baked goods
Combination makes for a playful summertime treat
sweet potato fries
Move over, Millennials: Gen Z takes a seat at the table
Up-and-coming restaurant concepts are already catering to this consumer group of kids and teens

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