Technomic: Dessert has been recession proof

Oct. 14, 2010

Technomic's newest study finds that for the past three years more consumers have consistently eaten  dessert. Occupying the smallest portion of most restaurant menus, dessert presents a strong growth opportunity for operators looking to increase sales, according to a company release.

"Dessert is unique, because it not only involves sensory appeal, but also sparks strong emotional drivers," said Technomic EVP Darren Tristano. Tristano added that only 1 percent of Technomic's survey respondents said they did not eat dessert, and 70 percent eat dessert at least once a week.

The 2010 Dessert Consumer Trend Report was developed by Technomic to help restaurants, manufacturers and suppliers stay on top of current dessert trends and evolving consumer needs. Interesting findings include:

  • Fine dining menus are featuring more adventurous flavor combinations. Salty, smoky, savory and herbal flavor combinations can pique the interest of certain consumers.
  • A variety of beverages can also satisfy consumer dessert cravings. Coffee, specialty coffee options, and adult beverages can all serve as a dessert for many consumers. 
  • Pricing can influence dessert purchases, but cost is less of a factor for dessert than for other mealparts. Price is, however, a major consideration for consumers who purchase dessert from a retailer after dining out.

Topics: Food & Beverage , Trends / Statistics

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