Changes to the Food Service Industry in 2020

From school cafeterias to family-owned restaurants and beyond, the food service industry has undergone drastic changes due to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.
As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc, it’s becoming more important for food service operators to innovate with the changing trends. Even though restaurants have begun to open up, many consumers are expected to play it safe and continue relying on takeout and delivery.
How can restaurant owners and food service operators bridge the gap?  
Many are changing product offerings to include “build-your-own” meal kits. However, the main concern for consumers right now is safety. For that reason, there has been a major shift away from product offerings in advertising and promotions to more of an emphasis on safety precautions. In addition, around 60-70% of adults plan on spending the same or more on a meal kit delivery service or restaurant delivery service in the coming year. That means communication between restaurants and customers is more important than ever.
The expansion of third-party delivery services such as DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub can make or break the customer experience. 
Restaurant owners are placing their reputation in the hands of someone else, which can leave them with very mixed results. So, how can those in the food service industry ensure that their message and their product is received in the manner they intended? Consider these inexpensive and reusable options:
Pizza_bundle Safely Bundle Pizza Boxes or Food Containers with Imprinted Rubber Bands 

  • Available in a wide range of colors and sizes
  • Safely bundle multiple containers, utensils, and condiments together
  • Imprint your brand, logo, contact information, special message and/or promotions
  • Promote continued interaction as the customer reuses the bands time and again
Brand_perception Increase Brand Perception with Flex™ Bands

  • 100% Non-Latex and ideal for packaging
  • Available in transparent as a non-distracting packaging option
  • Imprint bands to clearly label items such as “vegan” or “spicy” to avoid potential mix-ups after leaving the restaurant
  • Increase customer’s perceived value with this upscale packaging option
Brand_it Create Easy-to-Assemble Meal Kits with Brand-It™ Custom Hang Tags

  • Label individual items with specific cooking instructions
  • Emphasize the story about your brand or product
  • Include fun trivia or games to turn each meal kit into an exciting experience
4way_girl Get Two Bands in One with 4-Way and Corner 2 Corner Bands

  • Secure multiple food containers of different sizes to avoid spills and messes
  • Easily stretches 8.5” to 24” to bundle a wide range of container sizes
  • Bundle appetizers, entrees, and dessert together in one neat “grab-and-go” package
  • Ideal for the new requirements in school cafeterias and during virtual student meal pickups

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