This year, more than half (51%) of chefs have added vegan options to their menus. This is up from 31% in 2017. The global rise in vegan and plant-based eating is astonishing. In the UK the number of people identifying as vegans has increased by 700% in two years. Approximately 1.16% of the UK population now classify themselves as vegans. The ‘Veganuary’ campaign, which prompts people to eat vegan throughout the month of January, grew by 183% in 2018 which an amazing 168,500 participants and so we will be supporting this in January 2019. Food trends also show a growth of vegetarian and vegan products, with a 185% increase in the number of vegan products launched in the UK. For the foodservice industry, providing vegan menus offers a whole new area of business. Creating a standalone vegan menu, or ensuring quality vegan alternatives on existing menus, provides a great opportunity to increase your client base.
One of the buzz food products of 2018 has been the Jackfruit. When green and young, the cooked flesh of this tropical fruit takes on the texture of slow cooked pork. Its neutral flavour makes it a great base to absorb seasonings. It’s already proving to be a popular vegan pulled pork substitute. It has the versatility to lend itself to any spiced dish where meat would traditionally be the main component. As a result of this trend, Philip Dennis Foodservice is now offering a Green Jackfruit in Brine (FUNN4010). It’s extremely versatile, you can simply mix with BBQ sauce to create delicious vegan tacos or try roasting with Turmeric to add to Asian inspired menus.
The launch of this new website marks an exciting step in our evolutionary brand journey, but beyond the marketing buzz, how do we ensure actions speak louder than words?
It seems apt that our polar bear turned grey a couple of years ago, after all he must be in his seventies by now! Yet natural aging aside, the recent change from blue to grey was an acknowledgement that we were no longer fully focused on frozen foods (typically associated with blue in foodservice) but had become a supplier of multi-temperature goods. Adopting a sophisticated grey allowed us to show-off his red bow tie, whilst also giving prominence to a multi-coloured bar that could consistently reinforce our six food categories – butchery, fishmonger, ambient, chilled, frozen and non-food. You’ll see this multi-coloured bar across the bottom of most of our materials, and we hope that for our customers it serves as a reminder that we can provide the convenience of a one-stop shop.
When a brand is confident and clear, it can be summed up in only a few words, but it needs to be credible too. We are delighted to have a strapline that grew organically from customer feedback praising the energy, experience and dedication of our employees. It’s our passion for ‘feeding your passion’ that drives us and sets us apart from others, and consequently we invest heavily into keeping that passion alive.
We run regular workshops, ‘Ra-Ra’ days, marketing publications, training programmes, open-days and so much more to ‘#Feed the passion’ here at Philip Dennis. In doing so, we go far beyond just the sale of food, and pride ourselves in offering exceptional business support to our foodservice customers.
Keep an eye on the ‘Support Page’ of our website to discover more of our efforts to keep ‘feeding your passion’.
There are plenty of photographs of tempting looking dishes in foodservice, and we love a trendy, mouth-watching piccie as much as the next, but we know that success is about more than creating works-of-art. The OOH (Out-of-home) foodservice industry is increasingly consumed with the ‘experience’ and that requires an understanding of emotive triggers alongside the logical (read more here). Rightly so, it puts people back at the core, recognising that plates ‘licked until sparkling’ alone do not bring success. It’s why we’re so passionate about supporting your business with issues relating to footfall and differentiation, as well as profit, convenience and compliance (read more on our ‘About Us’ page).
And so here we are…
In summary, as we launch of our new website in 2018, our polar bear stands taller and prouder than ever before, and we recognise that:
What does all this mean for you? It means we’re here to support you, in all the ways that matter most. It also means that we’re continually listening, to make sure we’re getting it just right. We’d love to hear your thoughts, so please get in touch. #Feedthepassion.