Restaurant Performance Index declines in July

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

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.

Younger consumers prioritize speed of service and technology

Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers total about 74 percent of the U.S. population, and make up a majority of foodservice consumers.

More consumers opting for takeout meals over hotel room service

Recent data from PFK Hospitality Research shows that hotel room service revenues fell 9.5 percent from 2007 to 2012, with some hotels discontinuing operations altogether. At the same time, takeout orders to hotels are growing exponentially, according to GrubHub Inc....

U.S. restaurant traffic remains stagnant with no tailwind in sight

U.S. consumers made approximately 61 billion visits to restaurants in the year ending May 2014, which is a stagnant number and remains below pre-Recession traffic levels by about 1.3 billion visits, according to new research from the NPD Group.

Multiunit franchisee growth outpacing restaurant industry growth

According to new data from the Restaurant Finance Monitor’s annual "Monitor 200" ranking, the 200 largest restaurant franchisees in the country saw their total revenues grow by 9 percent in 2013. This growth "easily" outpaced the overall restaurant industry’s growth,...

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