Darren Climans

Foodservice Consultant

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Darren Climans is a foodservice insights professional with close to 20 years' experience partnering with broadline distributors, CPG suppliers, and foodservice operators. His practice is to understand issue-based decisions by taking a data-driven approach to strategic decision making.



Shifts in consumer values are shaping future food trends

The WGSN 2024 Food Forecast highlights consumption influencers.

Milking it

From flavour explosions to plant-based and BFY offerings, innovation is redefining this key c-store category.

Consumers have a growing taste for plant-based confection

Research highlights growth, as manufacturers rise to the occasion.

Zero sugar replacing diet in the beverage aisle

The category is undergoing a major makeover, as manufacturers compete for a piece of the growing zero-sugar drinks segment.

Refrigerated snacks are hot

Are you ready for the chilled snacking trend?

Don't be chicken: Plant-based poultry is the menu trend to watch

The target for 2022 and beyond is likely to be chicken. Plant-based chicken may not be everywhere yet, but there are indications of increased competition in this space and market penetration.

No ordinary Joe

While finance experts like to critique the daily coffee spend. After 18 months at home, consumers (even those working from home) are ready to splurge.

Meals are for squares

In Canada, and nearly universally now around the world, the frequency and variety of snacking is going up. Are your snack aisles ready?

Cold comfort

During the pandemic, consumers sought security in frozen foods, with ice cream and frozen novelties leading the way

Frictionless convenience: C-stores + vending machines offer a winning combination

Rather than ‘if’, the question for c-store operators in the future will be ‘what’ and ‘when’ to add. Be prepared to move quickly to adopt vending technology when the market is established.