Domestic tea sales jump 6%

According to new research from the American Botanical Council, sales of loose, bagged, concentrated and herbal tea in the US increased by 5.9 percent in 2013, totally $1.7B. Ready-to-drink tea sales in the US remained relatively flat at $2.3B. According...

Chuck E. Cheese and Paddington Bear team up for movie promo

Paddington Bear and Chuck E. Cheese launched a promotional offer for the Jan. 16 release of the movie Paddington, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Bonneville.

Report: Consumers plan to spend more at restaurants in '15

According to a new report on the state of the American consumer released today by the National Restaurant Association, although a majority of American consumers are still concerned about the economy and holding back on spending, there are signs that...

Chocolate companies warn of an impending shortage

Mars Inc. and Barry Callebaut, two chocolate giants, have warned of an impending chocolate shortage.

Asian concepts poised for high unit growth this year

New data from Technomic forecasts a 2.3-percent unit growth rate over 2013 among the 500 largest US restaurant chains. According to a news release, this will be slightly higher than the 2.1-percent growth rate from 2012-13 and much higher than...

NRA report: Millennials spend higher proportions on food than families

The National Restaurant Association has published its newest edition of its Consumer Spending in Restaurants report. The report was last published in 2009 and analyzes spending on food away from home by demographic. “Looking at demographics is extremely important for restaurant operators.

Study: Restaurant customers want conscious, convenient brands

New research from the Culinary Visions Panel found that restaurant consumers now want more than just good food, value and service when they dine out. They're also more likely to choose an establishment that treats their employees well and supports...

Military veterans gravitating to franchising careers

More than 50,000 veterans have found employment in the franchise industry within the past year and more than 400 veterans have become local franchise business owners, according to a new Veterans-in-Franchising Study released y by the International Franchise Association. "Franchise...

Americans' eating out habits drop to slowest pace since 1993

Americans are sourcing more meals from home than they have in years, reports The NPD Group. The market research firm just released its 29th annual Eating Patterns in America Report, which finds that a decline in restaurant usage and an...

Technomic spots five 2015 food trends for Canadian restaurants

Technomic is forecasting slimmed-down menu boards, competitive threats from retail, a surge in tea and more for Canadian markets in 2015.

CIT: Fast casual has changed landscape through customization and quality

The fast casual segment continues to outpace the rest of the restaurant industry and will continue to do so, despite having higher price points than its QSR competitors, according to Bob Bielinski, managing director of CIT Corporate Financie. "Fast casual...

More UK restaurant consumers seeking alternative diets

Technomic has released its top five trend predictions for the United Kingdom foodservice market moving into 2015. They are listed as follows: Alternative diets: The forthcoming allergen labeling requirements will drive significant changes at restaurants, causing operators to be more transparent about the ingredients they use.

Bon Jovi, Ribalta pizza rock hunger campaign kick-off

Food Network held its seventh annual New York City Wine & Food Festival, presented by FOOD & WINE, October 16-19, 2014.

NRA: Restaurant Performance Index showed moderate decline in September

Restaurant operators are unimpressed about the direction of the economy.

Majority of middle market execs have positive business outlook

According to CIT Group’s newly-released and third annual Voice of the Middle Market study, a majority of middle market execs have a positive outlook for their businesses, with 63 percent indicating that their companies are better off today than last...

Service remains priority for restaurant patrons even as technology usage increases

The National Restaurant Association has released new research that shows overall technology use in restaurants is increasing. More than one-third of consumers say they are more likely to use technology-related options in restaurants now, compared to two years ago. In...

Vast majority of millennials' restaurant visits are to traditional QSRs

Despite cutbacks in restaurant visits throughout the past several years, millennials, ages 18 to 34, continue to be heavy users of restaurants, according to new research from The NPD Group. Millennials made more than 14 billion visits to foodservice establishments...

C-stores continue to elevate foodservice offerings in market share fight

The National Association of Convenience Stores' annual show concluded last week in Las Vegas with some sessions covering the continued elevation of foodservice offerings in the segment, threatening market share from traditional limited-service concepts. C-stores are pressured to evolve amid...

Midsized business owners cite government regulations as top concern

A new study by research group ADP Research Institute reveals a gap in confidence for midsized businesses when it comes to the US economy. The study found that while only 15 percent of midsized businesses are confident that the US...

Demand for breaded chicken sandwiches on the rise

An increasing number of consumers are requesting breaded chicken sandwiches, according to new research from The NPD Group. Servings of breaded chicken sandwiches have grown an average of 3 percent over the last four years, and in the year ending...

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