07 May 2019

This year, Country Range are creating 3 Menu Solution guides for the first time.

The three solutions are:

1 (NOW): Fill ‘em up – the next generation of super sandwiches (including food-to-go) - Download Guide
2. (JUNE): Catering for Kids (in an out-of-home environment including both hospitality and education sectors)
3. (OCTOBER): Street Wise – How to drive the latest street food trends in to your menus

The first menu solution of the year is focused on sandwiches and food-to-go.  

For the purposes of the Guide, a sandwich is: any form of bread with a hot or cold filling, including traditional sandwiches, filled rolls, baguettes, pittas, bloomers, wraps, bagels and so on.  Hot eating sandwiches are also included.

History tells us that our love affair with the humble sandwich started in the 18th century when the term was supposedly coined by the Earl of Sandwich.   He demanded meat to be served between slices of bread to avoid interrupting a gambling game to eat a traditional meal.  As soon as people started ordering the same as Sandwich’ the name stuck!

The sandwich has evolved dramatically from those humble beginnings, with the lines of what constitutes a sandwich becoming ever more blurred.  Today’s time poor consumers are looking for a filling food-to-go item that is portable, easy to eat on the move and customisable to suit their personal tastes.  A sandwich is so versatile, as is the filling - carrier, sauces and dressings can be switched and swapped to create millions of different delicious handheld snacks.   Fillings are ever changing, taking inspiration from international cuisines and street food trends.   Carriers are available in a vast array of formats from naan breads and pitta breads to lettuce leaves and chocolate chip cookies!  Operators across all sectors need to maximise their sandwich and food-to go offering to entice customers, students and residents and keep them coming back for more!

To help take the headache out of creating great ideas for your menus, we’ve explored the latest food and cuisine trends to create a range of amazing sandwich and food-to-go ideas.  Whether you are a restaurant, café, school or care home, there are solutions to suit all sectors.

Global Exploration

We’ve taken the hottest flavour trends of the moment, from regional America and Mexico to inspiration from modern Indian and Asian cuisines within familiar formats to create menu ideas to appeal to all customers

Plant Power
The demand for plant-based meals across all sectors and day-parts is increasing year on year as more of us look to reduce our meat consumption whether that is for health or environmental reasons, by taking a flexitarian approach or for those customers and consumers who are choosing to eat a diet free of meat or even all animal derived products.

Great Expectations
The demand for quality ingredients and beautiful presentation, no matter the setting, is increasing amongst consumers.  We’ve pulled together some ideas for how you can take simple ingredients to the next level in premiumisation.

Taking Care of Dignity in Dining.

Whether within a care setting or out-of-home in café or restaurant its essential that all customers or residents can receive the same service of exciting and delicious food no matter their specific dietary requirements.  Dysphagia can affect individuals of all ages and can be short or long term with figures showing that 22% of over 55s suffer.   We’ve created a lovely afternoon tea that is suitable for those suffering from dysphagia.

Keep It Sweet
From sweet topped bagel ideas to this delicious Indian inspired indulgence, we’ve also take a look at  the sweeter side of sandwich offerings.

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