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IN THIS ISSUE

  • Top Trends
  • Competitor Innovation
  • MashUp
  • S&E Innovation
  • Everyday Innovation

TOP TRENDS

As dreamers and doers, we have an obligation to keep abreast of industry trends. Take time to look through our top trend picks to enable more meaningful dialogue with your clients and colleagues. You never know where a discussion about a great trend may lead.

Food and Beer, All Wrapped Into One Convenient Machine

PicoBrew! Check out the latest in personal craft beer brewing. Bonus: It also comes with a sous vide adapter that allows you to cook delicious food!

Flipping out Over Flippy

The ultimate automated kitchen assistant is working its way into the mainstream. Flippy, the burger-flipping robot, is trying to change the griddle game.

Changing Retail with AI

Personalization and customer service are getting a boost from artificial intelligence. The retail world is now automating suggestive selling and creating virtual personal shoppers at your fingertips.

Meet Sally, the Salad-Making Robot

The future of salad has a new name, and that name is Sally. Chowbotics, based in California, wants you to be able to access healthy, chef-inspired salads any time of day.

And for This Quarter's Most Interesting Innovation...

This bag allows you to sous-vide food in the washing machine.

COMPETITOR INNOVATION

Chase Center and Levy/Bon Appétit

A Program to Benefit and Provide Exposure to Local Businesses and Farmers in the Bay Area

As part of the food program at Chase Center, the Warriors, Bon Appétit and Levy have launched Taste Makers, a program that directly benefits Bay Area businesses through networking and educational programs. Taste Makers is an opportunity for the business community at large to directly connect with Bon Appétit/Levy and promote their business case and products. It creates a two way street of community engagement in the Bay Area.

Bringing 5 Iconic Bay Area Restaurants to the Chase Center

Featuring Bakesale Betty, Tacolicious, Sam’s Chowder House, Hot Dog Bill's Burger Dog, and Big Nate’s BBQ

As part of the food and beverage story – Bon Appétit/Levy revived some iconic local brands to much fanfare, bringing that oldie but goodie vibe to the arena. Mixed in with new staples and a locally sourced platform, the food and beverage story speaks to the Bay Area’s heritage and future.

SunTrust Park and Delaware North

Braves Get Custom-Shaped Fan Favorites

Delaware North and SunTrust Park teamed up to create specialty shaped foods, which were hits on their lineup. It included “A” shaped pretzels and Tomahawk shaped ice cream treats from a local craft creamery.

Ice-Cold Cup Holders

Cold beer, all game long. In a first-of-its-kind installation, MillerCoors installed drink rails at the Coors Light Chop House in the new 41,500-seat SunTrust Park in Atlanta. The rails have cup holders that will keep the beer at or below serving temperature.

Other competitor innovations

Centerplate and Safeco Field Have Added Amazon Echos to Private Suites

The Amazon Echo with Alexa is installed in 59 suites at the Mariners’ ballpark. In addition to taking people’s orders, the device can get the Mariners’ schedule, play Mariners trivia, change the channel, adjust the television volume and more by using the voice prompt, “Alexa, ask the Mariners to…”

Levy Retail Rebranded As Rank + Rally: Nets, Golden Knights Among New Clients

The company now has 12 accounts at major league arenas, stadiums and Arlington Park horse track in suburban Chicago.

Oakland A’s Introduce a Peanut-Free Section at the Oakland Coliseum

In a time of food sensitivities, especially amongst children, the Oakland A’s have created a safer area for fans. Loge 66, a “peanut-controlled” zone inside the Coliseum, is the the first section of its kind in the MLB.

MASHUP

Uniforms via Food Waste

Imagine taking all of the food waste (well, lots of it) and producing Aramark uniforms or team apparel using fibers made from food residues including coconut, algae, mushrooms, shellfish, wine, and coffee.

A truly innovative way to impact multiple areas of our business.
A strong addition to our industry leading sustainability platform
Better quality and durability than traditional apparel.

An anonymous member of the Innovation Council submitted this MashUp idea.

S&E INNOVATION

Aramark & Cat Cora

We are teaming up with Cat Cora to introduce OLILO into convention centers, major league sports venues, and higher education facilities. Our goal is to provide a valued customer experience with a familiar celebrity chef in Cora. This program will feature catering selections that highlight Cora’s healthy Mediterranean style flavors. Pilot testing is rolling out to convention centers in the coming months.

LAUNCH Test Kitchen Menu Boards at Quicken Loans Arena Now Feature Videos

As our LAUNCH Test Kitchen at Quicken Loans Arena evolves, we are able to offer more exciting features. We now have the capability to utilize the software and play videos on the main menu screens. This feature makes the entire stand more exciting and eye-catching with each concept that is implemented.

EVERYDAY INNOVATION

Simple ideas that you can do, order, or buy to innovate the everyday (if Flippy the burger robot is out of your price range)

Loliware - Biodegr(edible) Cups

These edible cups which can be used for food or beverage - literally leave no waste behind and taste delicious. Featured on Shark Tank and in Forbes - these innovative "disposables" can add a new level of greening to your next event

Presentation is Key

Solia Tin Can: Perfect for appetizers and desserts. Get some for your next event.

Bite-Sized Beauties

Multi-colored mini taco shells. Do we really need to say more?

NEW INNOVATION COUNCIL MEMBERS

EVA MENDEZ - Director of Sales, Minute Maid Park

Years with Aramark - 11

In 2006, Eva began her Aramark career as a concessions intern at Angel Stadium. She completed the PTL program in 2007 and worked in several operational roles in Sports & Entertainment and Higher Education. Eva was also a part of the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games teams. In her current role as Director of Sales at Minute Maid Park, she is able to demonstrate her passion for innovation, focus on growing sales, and deliver world class service on projects such as Super Bowl LI.

NICK CENTRONE - General Manager, Turtle Back Zoo and Verona Park

Years with Aramark - 13

Nick joined Aramark in 2004 where he worked in our B&I sector at accounts such as Goldman Sachs and Thompson Reuters after many years in top country clubs and restaurants. In 2010, he joined our Leisure group as the GM of Turtleback Zoo (now part of the S&E family). In his role, Nick has recently built out a new, $7.5 million café that opened in 2016 and is also assisting the business development group on cultural account pursuits.

What did you think of the stories we shared? What innovations are you seeing in the industry? The first five people who send us feedback will receive a special price and will have their ideas shared in our next quarterly innovation update.

Last Quarter's Feedback

Karla Abello, first to send feedback, presented a fantastic idea and will be receiving a prize for her contribution.

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