If success does leave cluse and it does, empowering consumers to sample, taste, and try new items is but one of the things Aldi does very well. Aldi’s use of its ‘Charcuterie Board of Directors’, has proven a step ahead of competitors, and a consumer standout.
Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®, stated, “Aldi ability to create a brand invitation that is both consumer interactive and participatory is the number one reason they are the fastest growing grocery store chain in the U.S. and around the world.
Jennifer Strailey, recently stated, Aldi’s “panel of charcuterie aficionados were charged with inspiring shoppers to create impressive, approachable and affordable boards throughout the holiday season.” Not only did they do that but they elevated Charcuterie Board
Let’s look at what she and a diverse mix of influencers, food bloggers, chefs, authors and sommeliers, including Sarah Crawford, Gaby Dalkin, Rosalynn Daniels, Kasim Hardaway, Marissa Mullen and Sarah Tracey, say consumers will crave in the year ahead:
1. Wellness: Expect more vegan, dairy-free, plant-based and gluten-free boards to take health-focused eating to a new level.
2. Reimagined Salad Bars: Veggie-loaded boards will serve as salad bowls, like lettuce wedges surrounded by toppings or cobb salads with rows of ingredients.
3. Pickled Platters:Home pickling has picked up speed, making it easy to pack in a variety of pickled veggies and fruits.
4. Melted Cheese:Whether in fondue pots, ramekins or mini grilled cheese sandwiches, melted cheese will be a hot trend, plus veggies, fresh bread or crackers for dipping.
5. All Eyes on Fries: Built for a crowd, boards topped with french fries—from shoestring to waffle to steakhouse to tater tots—will be popular, as will fries made from other veggies.
6. Kid-Friendly: From everyday lunches to holiday fun, kids won’t get bored of boards with shapes made of fruit, veggies, cheese, deli meat roll-ups and mini sandwiches.
With the pandemic still impacting larger gatherings last year, 2021 also saw a rise in single-serve charcuterie portions in glass jars or paper cones, the Aldi board said. Fruit-forward boards with fresh produce, fun shapes, dips and garnishes were also popular, as were boards that featured build-your-own tacos and fajitas.
Finally, “grazing tables”—where the entire table was the board—swept the nation as consumers sought Instagram-worthy ways to nosh.
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