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Restaurant Dessert Menu Trends on Global Scale Covered by Technomic

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Technomic’s just-released Dessert Global Menu Category Report explores foodservice sales growth, consumer purchases and preferences, macro restaurant trends, dessert category trends, seasonal and holiday influence, and limited-time offers. It also uncovers operator initiatives as well as key global and local dessert chains, along with secondary competitors such as Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, Mixue Ice Cream & Tea, Mister Donut and Costa Coffee.

“Despite challenging market conditions, consumers are still eager to experience new products from restaurants, and dessert remains one of the key parts of the menu where operators can deliver on that demand,” said Aaron Jourden, director of international research and insights at Chicago, Illinois-bsed Technomic. “Within this context, it’s as important as ever for restaurant operators and their suppliers to understand which products, flavors and attributes consumers are looking for when making their purchase decision, as well as the primary trends and product innovations influencing menu development within the dessert category.”

Key findings Include:

• 66% of consumers globally would purchase a dessert from a restaurant more often if there are new options they haven’t tried before
• 48% of consumers globally would order cheesecake—the third most-popular dessert on average in the world—from a restaurant
• 48% of consumers in Indonesia like avocado as a flavor in their dessert at restaurants, making the fruit as popular as both strawberry and vanilla
• 41% of consumers globally would like to see more vegan or dairy-free desserts on restaurant menus, including 56% of consumers in China

About Technomic

Technomic Inc., a Winsight company, was founded as a management consulting firm in 1966. Since then, its services have grown to encompass cloud-based B2B research tools, consumer and menu trend tracking and other leading strategic research and analytic capabilities, to prioritize and size business opportunities. Clients include food manufacturers and distributors, restaurants, retailers and multiple other business verticals aligned with the food industry that are looking to make informed decisions to support their business growth.