Industry Links & Trends

mixed-nuts-pileLooking for general information about nut varieties and nutrition? We’ve got you covered!
Almond Board of California: www.almondboard.com
Texas Pecan Board: www.texaspecans.org
National Peanut Board: www.nationalpeanutboard.org
California Walnuts: www.walnuts.org
The Cashew Export Promotion Council of India: www.cashewindia.org
National Sunflower Association: www.sunflowernsa.com/seed
The International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation: www.nuthealth.org


Industry research shows that nuts are trending on today’s menus. Take a look at some of the exciting growth opportunities we’re seeing, as well as stats on unique flavors.

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*Datassential, MenuTrends, 2016

Ready to add chipotle, sriracha and other on-trend flavored nuts to your menu?

Visit our Chef Xpress page, featuring a wide range of sweet and savory coated nuts in whole, halved and slivered formats.

 

Market Segments

Azar nuts add value to menu items across commercial and non-commercial channels of the foodservice industry. Take a look at the business-building tips and data most relevant to your operational needs.


Restaurants

Maximize the profitability of your menu offerings with Azar nuts. They add eye appeal, exciting texture and patron-pleasing flavor to salads, entrées, side dishes, desserts and more. Cost-effective and convenient, nuts can truly transform a dish into a signature item.

  • The “mass customization” trend is here to stay, and consumers expect a personalized dining experience (The Atlantic, May 2016). Address this demand by offering unique nuts or seeds as toppings.
  • 58% of consumers say it’s important to eat healthy and pay attention to nutrition (Technomic, The Healthy Eating Consumer Trend Report, 2014). Nuts deliver big flavor and nutritional benefits to your menu.
  • Consumers most prefer flavors described as sweet, savory, spicy and smoky (Prepared Foods, February 2016). Glazed, candied and coated Azar nuts add appealing flavor to a wide variety of menu items.


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Bars & Lounges

Nothing beats a salty, crunchy snack paired with a cold beverage. And Azar has just the thing for satisfying hungry bar patrons. Try one of our pre-made snack mixes or create your own with a variety of roasted, coated nuts and seeds.

  • 64% of chefs say “grazing” or snacking is a hot trend (National Restaurant Association, What’s Hot Culinary Forecast, 2016). Our culinary experts bring flavor trends to life—we can develop custom solutions to meet your bar menu needs.
  • 50% of operators believe that the “upscale bar bites” movement is a trend with longevity (Datassential, TIPS, Winter 2015). Chef Xpress is known for quality and on-trend flavor, including coated nuts that add premium appeal.
  • 49% of consumers are likely to try upscale bar bites (Datassential, TIPS, Winter 2015). Boost check averages with a selection of dishes and snacks featuring Azar products.


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K–12

Satisfy student “foodies” and picky eaters alike with delicious snacks, nuts and peanut butter from Azar. Our school line meets bread, protein and fruit nutritional requirements while delivering great taste.

  • More schools are feeding students beyond classroom hours, including after-school meals and snacks (Foodservice Director, K-12 Census, March 2016). Offer nutritious options such as our portion-controlled Power Snacks.
  • 78% of K-12 operators are concerned with students throwing away food that they’re required to take. (Datassential, Foodbytes: Kids’ Menu Keynote Report, 2016). Azar nuts and snacks are ideal for school foodservice, with kid-friendly flavors and fun packaging that students will love.
  • Only 27% of parents believe school cafeteria meals are nutritious (Datassential, Foodbytes: Kids’ Menu Keynote Report, 2016). Effect change by offering cost-effective, flavorful and healthy nuts and snacks.


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Hotels & Hospitality

Build profit at every level of hotel operations—including lounges, preferred-guest programs, poolside bars and restaurants—with Azar products.

  • 55% of consumers consider food, drink and dining options when choosing a hotel (Datassential, Creative Concepts: Hotels & Lodging, 2016). Quality products from Azar add signature flair to meal and snack offerings in your establishment.
  • 77% of consumers want healthy cuisine to be offered at hotels (Datassential, Creative Concepts: Hotels & Lodging, 2016). Nuts and seeds enhance menu items with appealing flavor and nutritional benefits.
  • 76% of hotel guests want grab-and-go food options (Datassential, Creative Concepts: Hotels & Lodging, 2016). Azar nuts can be mixed and matched to create delicious snack blends, perfect for busy guests on the go.


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Healthcare

As healthcare foodservice diversifies to include patient meals, cafeteria dining and event catering, it’s essential to elevate quality. Azar products can bring about healthy returns with cost-effective, food-safe and convenient products.

  • 62% of consumers love the idea of hospitals upgrading their foodservice options (Datassential, Creative Concepts: Hospitals, 2016). Our Chef Xpress line of on-trend products can help elevate recipes to restaurant-level quality and excitement.
  • 84% of consumers consider healthier food options an important factor when selecting a hospital (Datassential, Creative Concepts: Hospitals, 2016). Nuts and seeds are high in protein, low in saturated fat and provide a wide range of essential nutrients.
  • 87% of hospital dining/cafeteria patrons express interest in trying food from a salad bar (Datassential, Creative Concepts: Hospitals, 2016). Add flavor and texture to the salad bar in a healthful way with Azar nuts.