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.

Pangasius: Farmed fish quietly gains popularity
Despite sustainability issues, consumption of this low-cost white fish is on the rise
Fermentation: The hottest ancient technique in restaurants
Vegetables, hot sauce and meat take on new dimensions
Chefs make oily fish approachable with toast and crackers
Bite-sized morsels offer a taste of strongly flavored seafood
Pastry chefs prepare to celebrate the holidays with chocolate 
Molten cakes, shareable Yule logs and other sweets mark the season
Fast casual traffic drops
Fast-casual traffic stumbles as menu prices climb  2
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  3
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

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