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If there was ever any doubt about the power that the Millennial generation has over dining trends, the 2017 National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show put those to rest.Go here for a full report.
In food and beverages, kitchen innovations, and technology, the preferences of millennials -- and even Generation Z, or those born between 1996 and 2010 -- have taken hold. This year’s show floor displayed a flood of customizable and natural food items and ingredients, as well as an expansion of interactive and automated equipment with controls resembling computer tablets and smartphones.
“It’s a whole change in how this generation thinks and works,” says Mary Pat Heftman, the NRA’s executive vice president of convention and strategic alliances. “It aligns with the way they’ve lived and learned.”
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