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Pork provides the perfect blank canvas for infusing a variety of smoky flavors.

Pork provides the perfect blank canvas for infusing a variety of smoky flavors. With summer fast approaching and sports schedules ramping up, BBQ season is soon to arrive. Operators need to be prepared, because consumers love BBQ – 96% of them, in fact, eat BBQ occasionally or frequently.1 And what else do they love? Smoky…

Create stand-out breakfast dishes by choosing ham as the star protein

Create stand-out breakfast dishes by choosing ham as the star protein For a long time, pork has been a star protein at breakfast, with menu applications often centering on “The Big Three” – sausage, bacon and ham. However, as bacon and sausage’s popularity has grown over the years, ham’s usage has dwindled and become somewhat…

Chefs showcase their signature spins on this breakfast classic

Chefs showcase their signature spins on this breakfast classic Eggs Benedict is experiencing a renaissance. Gone are the days of the usual English muffin, Canadian bacon, poached egg and hollandaise sauce – today, eggs Benedict is all about innovation. Taking advantage of an increase in menu penetration of 25% vs. four years ago, chefs are…

Bringing Breakfast to Your Banquet Menu

Going beyond the typical banquet and buffet menus By now you’ve probably heard about the all-day breakfast megatrend – it’s all the rage with consumers. Nearly three-fourths of all adults wish restaurants would offer breakfast throughout the day,1 while 48% of them enjoy breakfast foods at nontraditional times.2 If you’re not paying attention to this…

Elevating the Humble Pork Chop

Bringing the chop back to the top When it comes to ideating pork dishes, the typical stars come to mind: pork belly, tenderloin, ribs – these are the showstopper cuts. The pork chop, however, often takes a back seat. It’s harder to conceive an enticing pork chop menu option when customers are distracted by the…

Bacon’s Popularity Keeps Climbing!

Bacon’s Popularity Keeps Climbing! You’ve heard the line a thousand times – bacon makes everything better. It’s no surprise, then, that bacon has a mammoth menu penetration of 68.7%.1 After chicken and beef, it is the third most popular restaurant protein.2 Chef Michael Ponzio of Medinah Country Club can attest to bacon’s high demand. “We…

Building Business with Pork

The Growth of Pork’s Menu Penetration Menu penetration of pork has grown 4.9% in the four-year period 2013-16 as more people identify and reinvent the uses and flavor profiles of pork.1 This year has already seen booming demand for pork and pork products. The versatility, cost-efficiency, diversity of flavor profiles and cooking capabilities explain why…

Restaurant Growth Is on the Climb in 2016

Restaurants are seeing more traffic in 2016 as consumers are eating out more often A new year brings a fresh start, and 2016 is already having a positive impact on restaurant sales. 2015 ended on a high note as well; the NPD Group reported that restaurant and foodservice establishments had made up for the lost…

Consumers can now have their favorite breakfast foods all day long

Breakfast is no longer limited to the morning hours- now consumers can have breakfast any time of day Breakfast lovers are celebrating that all-day breakfast offerings have increased around the country. According to Technomic’s Consumer Trend Report Series, about 35% of patrons wish restaurants offered breakfast fare for lunch and 30% wish restaurants served it…

Move Over Beef, There’s a New Favorite Protein in Town

As beef prices continue to soar, pork is being featured at center of plate With beef prices continuing to rise, restaurants and consumers are turning to pork to fit their center-of-plate protein needs. And why shouldn’t they? Beef’s premium to pork is more than 20 percent higher than the 10-year average.1 With pork being extremely…

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Pork: Get Smoky With It

When it comes to smoking meat, pork is the easiest and most versatile protein to work with. Find out why.

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