Product development, or menu development, is a process that comprises multiple stages including ideation, formulation and commercialization of various menu items. Developing new product/menu ideas has become one of the integral aspects of growth and expansion for F&B businesses. Here are some key factors to keep in mind when developing a new menu or enhancing an existing menu.
A. Ideation is the process of identifying the new menu items that need to be developed and launched, keeping some key criteria in mind, using the following tools:
The answers to these questions may help in planning viable and successful food products for the near future.
B. Seasonality – Introduce seasonal ingredients / specialty items on the menu– catering to new pallets for consumers round the year. New products can be created by revamping existing dishes to reflect seasonal specialties.
C. Product Development Team – There is often a combination of people or groups that are involved in the development and roll out of a menu. The right leadership is necessary for bringing industry expertise, insights and decision-making abilities into the process. A good product development team should include the sales team that analyses data collected through research to determine which items to introduce / remove / adapt. The Head Chef is another critical member involved in the process to oversee the production, testing and finalization of new products and recipes. The final key member is one that oversees the menu or product launch once it is ready.
D. Formulation - is the actual development process of the menu items. This involves several key steps including:
E. Commercialization - is the process of determining the product pricing and planning an effective launch strategy
A. Determine selling price: The selling price of new menu items should take into consideration various factors including:
B. Product launch marketing strategy: Restaurants use various campaigns and marketing initiatives to promote a new product launch. These include:
F&B businesses continually need to reinvent their core offerings in order to stay relevant and maintain growth momentum. Creating or accentuating a new menu and developing products requires careful ideation, smart formulation, and effective commercialization and the above tools should help you achieve this successfully. Ribbon provides bespoke restaurant consulting solutions, including product development services, to ensure growth and sustainability of F&B businesses.