| Bob O'Brien
| Jan 25 | food
Way back in the 1980′s our insightful and creative chief industry analyst, Harry Balzer, observed that if a food manufacturer wanted their product to grow, they needed to think of a way to “put it on pizza.” Pizza, along with carry-out, delivery, and at-home family eating, drove the foodservice industry in the 1980′s in a way that nothing has since then.
Hold that thought.
Like most people in the foodservice information business, I read all sorts of things about the “next big thing” in food and foodservice. “Next big things” is another topic that takes me back to the ’80s, before I came to NPD, when I was running restaurants in Chicago. At that time “the next big thing” was New Orleans food, led by Paul...