Restaurant Performance Index declines in July

The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) registered a modest decline in July.

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Consumers say one thing, do another when it comes to healthy choices

Consumers sometimes say one thing, but do another when it comes to healthful choices. This conflict affects their food choices and translates into complex flavor trends which can be difficult to unravel.

5 reasons restaurants should offer gift cards

Gift cards are a low-cost marketing tool that can help any size restaurant boost sales, order values and profit margins, and can deepen customer relationships.

Why investors are eating up food delivery services

Partnering with a delivery service frees up restaurant owners to focus on food and experience while still expanding their customer base.

Wheat, cheese prices jump as gas falls

Pizza shares, wheat, cheese on the rise

5 insights from mobile restaurant customers: The new shopper mindset

The increasing use of smartphones is changing the consumer landscape significantly, particularly for restaurant purchasing.

How do you become the Uber of food?

When an idea comes along like UBER or OpenTable, you have to challenge the status quo and create a better way to serve the customer.

Are Millennials really that hard to please?

Exceeding expectations on food taste is the best way to assure a great experience across generations.

Why is the speakeasy bar concept growing internationally but not in the US?

Colombian-based Wingz's customers require an electronic key to gain access to its restaurants.

How one concept is leveraging the demand for more heat

Mazzio’s added a jalapeno stuffed crust pizza to its new menu platform.

Holy jalapeno! How hot will menus get?

Sriracha, according to CCD Innovation, is in 2014 what chipotle was in 2009.

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NEWS


Study reveals most employees see a future for themselves in restaurant industry

As the most extensive research of the restaurant sector workforce in decades, “Who Works in the U.S. Restaurant Industry,” details the opinions of nearly 5,100 Americans who currently work or formerly worked in the industry, as well as those who own or operate restaurants.

Technomic report highlights lunch daypart tips and trends

Considering that consumers regularly eat lunch away from home – a couple of days a week on average -- operators do well to try to snag a larger share of visits during this highly competitive daypart.

Snack foods making their way onto plates

U.S. consumers are eating traditional snack foods, particularly snacks with a perceived health benefit, in between and at meals, and this behavior will drive the growth of snack foods eaten at main meals over next five years, reports The NPD Group.

Taste trends: fermented flavors riding in on the heat wave

Consumers are developing a taste for fermented foods like kimchi, craft pickles and fish sauce, according to the newest Culinary Trend Tracking Series (CuTTS) from Packaged Facts.

Little Caesar's passes on Pizza Bowl

Little Caesar's announced the disbandment of its Pizza Bowl at Detroit's Ford Field.

New research indicates consumers prefer natural cheese

New research by Reportlinker.com reveals that 90% of adults surveyed consume cheese and prefer natural over processed cheese, according to a press release.

Yogurt entrepreneur launches Alabama pizza chain

Yogurt Mountain founder David Kahn is expected to debut his latest venture, Pizza 120, in the next few days, according to Alabama Media Group. The Tuscaloosa, Alabama restaurant is a build-your-own-pizza chain. In the coming weeks two more locations are slated to open in the state.

What do you get when you cross pizza and lipstick with an economic recession?

New research by CMC Markets suggests that pizza profits are a sign of the times for Australian consumers. CMC's "Pizza Index" findings indicate that rising pizza profits, such as Domino's recent announcement of its 50.4 percent increase in profits, are...

Unique marijuana pizza leaves company thirsty for more

In addition to yesterday's announcement of the potential development of a marijuana pizza, Unique Pizza and Subs Corporation stated today it is creating a marijuana pizza sauce to be sold in states where edible cannabis products have been legalized. "The...

Consumer traffic, unit growth low in 2014

Quick service restaurants grew units to 337,667, up 2 percent, and unit counts for full service restaurants, which include casual dining, midscale/family dining and fine dining, declined by 2,156 units (down 1 percent) to 297,827 total units.

Marijuana pizza prospects high

Unique Pizza and Subs Corporation announced today that it is considering developing marijuana pizza with the assistance of India-based pharmaceautical manufacturer Dr. Reddy. The Pittsburgh-based company said the product could be sold at adult bars and clubs in Colorado. "We...

Australia gives self-service pizza a chance

Australia is getting a taste of its first pizza vending machine, according to cnet.com. Pizza Gio is a self-service machine that cooks 11-inch pizzas within three minutes, the article said. Sydney-based Pompei's pizza owner George Pompei started his vending journey...

More consumers eating meals alone

New research from The NPD Group shows that consumption behaviors in the U.S. are shifting and are more individualized than previous generations.

Restaurant industry adds nearly 19K jobs in July

The National Restaurant Association's Chief Economist Bruce Grindy announced today that the restaurant industry added a net 18,600 jobs in July on a seasonally-adjusted basis. This marks the 53rd straight monthly increase and 25th consecutive month with gains of at...

Restaurant traffic slips in June, same-store sales continue to rise

The National Restaurant Association’s monthly Restaurant Performance Index reported a moderate decline in June, driven largely by softer traffic. The RPI was 101.3 in June, down from a level of 102.1 in May and the first decline in four months.

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