Inclusion of Nashville hot chicken wings on U.S. fast food and midscale restaurant menus last year shot up by 451%, according to Datassential. McDonald’s added Mambo Sauce packets, a Washington, D.C. regional favorite, to its U.S. menu. Panda Express introduced its first-ever dessert, an American apple pie/Chinese wonton fusion treat. As all of the preceding examples illustrate, American regional foods, flavors, and fusions are prominently featured on foodservice menus. They’re also …

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A. Elizabeth Sloan, PhD, a member of IFT and contributing editor of Food Technology, is president, Sloan Trends Inc., Escondido, Calif. ([email protected]).

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