Australia's food service market is expecting to reach USD 80.7 billion by 2024!
Not only is it growing, but the food service industry is ever-changing.
As a restaurant owner, you have to keep up with the demands of customers, but you must also pay attention to kitchen trends to stay ahead of your competition.
Many commercial kitchen trends are driven by food or diet trends, so pay attention so that you can recognize fads versus phenomenons. Keep reading for an overview of the top 10 commercial kitchen trends of 2019.
1. Dealing with Waste in a Sustainable Way
Around the world, reducing food waste has been a concern for some time. Ever since Silo in Brighton Britain declared itself a"zero waste restaurant," others have been racing to follow suit.
Silo's Birtha, an aerobic digester, can condense 60 kilos of wasted food into compost in only 24 hours. Birtha digests eggshells, vegetable and fruit peelings, and even bones.
This year, restaurants are beginning to take action to demonstrate to loyal customers that they're being waste-conscious. They know that if they fail to do this, customers may go elsewhere over environmental concerns.
2. Enabling Allergy-Friendly Food Preparation
Food allergy safety is now a significant focus in the food service industry. Customers with food allergies are turning towards restaurants they trust to keep them safe.
That means commercial kitchens must be equipped to handle multiple food allergies to operate efficiently. Cross-contamination is a big issue, so numerous surfaces that can be cleaned quickly are a must. There also needs to be a staging area reserved only for allergy-friendly dishes.
3. Using Less Energy
Commercial kitchens use a lot of energy, and new technology is aimed at reducing energy consumption. Reducing our carbon footprint is good for the environment, but it also saves restaurant owners in energy costs.
More and more new equipment is being marketed as energy efficient. This year, expect to see commercial kitchens adopting warewashers and other appliances that use up to 50 percent less industry compared to older models.
4. Showing off Equipment That Delivers Style
With more restaurants offering chef tables, the "back of the house" isn't under wraps anymore. Diners want to feel like they're apart of the experience.
Showcasing your kitchen means you have to have equipment that delivers style in addition to delicious food.
One trend you should expect to see more of this year is visually appealing cooking equipment. This means ovens, fryers, and refrigerators in bright colours and unique finishes. Some of these designs will also incorporate touchscreens instead of traditional buttons and knobs.
5. Choosing Appliances That Boost Efficiency
Top restaurants are introducing appliances that boost efficiency and reduce labour.
This trend has come about because today's kitchens are shrinking. The restaurant experience is more intimate than ever before, so it makes sense that restaurants are paring down. In order to fit in the space, equipment must run smarter, smaller, and more manageable.
Equipment that consists of easy-to-learn technology and training is on-trend in 2019.
6. Introducing Multitap Water Dispensers
Multitab water dispensers are taking the food service industry by storm.
These devices allow restaurants to offer sparkling and tap water, as well as a variety of syrups and flavours. This water is delivered at various temperatures.
Multitap water dispensers are making water profitable again, and this is intriguing to most restaurant owners looking to gain revenue.
7. Switching to Automated Technology
Just like they do in every other industry, diners expect personalized, convenient service.
More and more restaurants are installing kiosks and touchscreens. Artificial intelligence (AI) is now a way of taking orders from various platforms or tableside. Guests want the ability to order and pay without interacting with servers.
Restaurants can gain a lot from this technology. As well as keeping the customers happy, automated technology allows restaurants to collect data on those dining in those establishments. With this data, they will create targeted marketing campaigns to keep their diners coming back for more.
8. Moving Towards Mobile Equipment
Don't like the layout of your commercial kitchen? 2019 says to switch it up. And then do it again.
The industry has seen a move towards flexible, movable equipment solutions. This way, your kitchen can adapt to menu changes and emerging cooking methods.
9. Incorporating Nitro Equipment
Nitrogen gas has long been associated with the food service industry, but its use in coffee beverages has increased over the past year.
While nitro equipment is familiar to the bar industry, it's just now breaking into restaurants and cafes. Nitro is currently making its way into specialty coffee drinks and desserts.
New equipment is emerging to produce smaller systems used to create nitrogenated beverages. These are easily implemented into commercial kitchens looking for an edge.
10. Using Bluetooth to Control Equipment
Bluetooth has worked itself into every other facet of our lives, why wouldn't it end up in our kitchens?
This next-level equipment gives restaurant owners the ability to synchronize activity between appliances. This technology is used in thermometers, ovens, ice machines, commercial refrigerators, and more.
Not only does this increase efficiency, but it makes cooking more accurate. It can also warn you or a vendor of equipment malfunction, saving you time and money in the long run.
Time to Update Your Commercial Kitchen?
Kitchen equipment is continually evolving, and because of this, so will your commercial kitchen design.
If you're a restaurant owner, you want to remain relevant to keep your customers happy. The best way to do this is to recognize new commercial kitchen trends as they occur.
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