Key themes for '15: Food quality, customization, customer-facing technology

Fitch Ratings released its 2015 Outlook for the US Restaurant industry, predicting an improvement in sales trends, the easing of commodities pressures and growing cash flow. However, the potential for event risk will remain in the New Year, according to...

Dining habits shifting toward snacks

In 2004, one-third of survey respondents reported they ate several small meals throughout the day, while 10 years later, 39 percent of respondents indicate they do the same.

Fast casual sales significantly outpaced other segments in Q3

New research from Technomic's Financial Dashboard finds that the fast casual restaurant segment outperformed all others with nearly 8 percent growth in same-store sales during Q3 2014.

Families with kids making fewer restaurant visits

According to new research from The NPD Group, families with kids have made 1 billion fewer visits to US restaurants in the past six years. This consumer base represents 32 percent of US households and $83.7 billion of total restaurant...

Millennial marketing conference registration now open

FutureCast's ShareLikeBuy millennial marketing conference is set for Feb. 4 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Crust becoming major differentiator for pizza consumers

Americans continue to choose pepperoni as their favorite pizza topping, but what may be surprising to some is that more consumers are basing their decisions on the crust. According to a new report from Dataessential, the crust has become a...

Consumer demand for convenience shifting restaurant priorities

As restaurant brands increasingly jockey for more consumer visits, it's more important than ever for operators to keep a strong pulse on what their customers are looking for when they dine out. According to new research from The NPD Group,...

Report shows holiday season revenue decline at restaurants

Thanx Inc. has released new data today showing that over the last several years restaurant revenue declined 22 to 45 percent during the post-Thanksgiving holiday period.

Consumers name California drought as top food story of '14

The Great Western Drought topped all food-related stories for American consumers in 2014. According to the Hunter Public Relations' 12th annual Food News Study, conducted in partnership with Libran Research & Consulting, the shrinking bee population and the war on...

Demand for food transparency growing

New research from Technomic finds that most consumers want transparency from restaurant brands about their menu choices. Additionally, two in five consumers cite a rising concern over food additives.

IPO, private equity activity were hot for restaurants in 2014

With 288 deals and $95.2 billion raised, 2014 will end with record activity in the US IPO markets, according to the EY Global IPO Trends: 2014 Q4 report released this week. EY Global said 2013 revived the IPO market in...

Gluten-free options now available at 9 percent of restaurants

New research from Food Genius finds a growing number of healthier menu options and more concepts touting a health-halo menu.

NRA: Better kids' meals top trends list

Some of the restaurant industry's hottest trends involve children's items, according to the NRA's 2015 What's Hot culinary forecast.

Foodservice supply association predicts 4.1% growth in 2015

MAFSI representatives are forecasting growth of 4.1 percent for 2015 over 2014, inline with the growth forecast for GDP.

2015 beverage trends survey now open

QSRweb, sister website of FastCasual and PizzaMarketplace, is preparing a new report about beverage trends for 2015 and is currently looking for restaurant operator perspectives on the topic. The report will assess current beverage trends in the restaurant industry, from...

Consumption of fresh food up 20% in past decade

A new report from The NPD Group, called "The Future of Eating: Who's Eating What in 2018?" shows that the consumption of fresh foods – fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish and eggs – grew by 20 percent from 2003 to...

New research examines the drivers behind consumers' dinner choices

Acosta Sales & Marketing, a marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods industry, and Technomic have put together a new report called "The Why? Behind the Dine," analyzing how consumers choose what to eat for dinner. "Determining what to eat...

Belly up to the bar: Alcohol sales expected to improve modestly in 2015

Drink sales in bars and restaurants are projected to grow modestly in 2015, according to new research from Technomic. The market research firm says conditions at major chain restaurants that serve alcohol are slowly improving, and greater consumer confidence will...

Corporate spending at restaurants jumps 7.1% in Q3

Dinova LLC reported today that overall restaurant spending by its corporate clients grew 7.1 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2014. The total average check paid by Dinova clients increased 6.5 percent year-over-year, from $51.36 in last year’s third...

Lower gas prices yield higher restaurant traffic, sales in October

The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index posted solid gains in October, driven in large part to falling gas prices. According to a news release, the RPI was 102.8 in October, up 1.8 percent from September. “The positive same-store sales...

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