This Week in Foodservice

Jerry Stiegler

Jerry Stiegler

This Week in Foodservice provides a high-level summary of the economic data, financial news, menu updates and numerous other statistical packages and developments that impact foodservice operators, consultants, dealers, manufacturers, reps and service agents. In his weekly blog, Jerry Stiegler aggregates key industry data through his infamous Green Sheet and provides some brief analysis that will help foodservice professionals navigate the sea of information. Jerry is a long-time member of the foodservice industry, whose experience includes working for Restaurants & Institutions magazine and FE&S.

This Week in Foodservice: Taking Another Look at Customer Satisfaction with the Restaurant Industry

The American Customer Satisfaction Index reports that consumer satisfaction with restaurants is higher than other industries and that a number of factors, in addition to food quality, go into shaping their perceptions. 

This Week in Foodservice: May Restaurant & Bar Sales Show Mixed Results

While the month over month sales for 2013 remain sluggish they still outpace last year's results. 

This Week in Foodservice: The Relationship between Employment Numbers and Foodservice

Employment numbers get a lot of attention in the weekly news cycle because they represent a leading indicator for the country's economic performance. But what do these numbers mean to foodservice? This week we take a look at the bigger jobs picture and the foodservice industry's response. 

Restaurant Industry Performance Edges Up and Menu Prices May Follow

While the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index did not show robust growth, it did indicate the industry is experiencing positive growth. Could that mean menu prices will follow in the coming months? One study seems to think so.  

Technomic Trims Expectations for This Year but Forecasts a Brighter 2014

Technomic projects foodservice industry revenues to increase 3.8 percent in 2013 and 4.1 percent in 2014. Leading next year’s growth spurt will be a variety of non-commercial foodservice operators. 

This Week in Foodservice: Affordable Care Act Impact on Restaurants Still Uncertain

With roughly six months remaining in 2013, restaurant operators still remain unclear as to how the federal healthcare legislation will impact them in 2014. A few chains, though, continue to move forward cautiously. 

U.S. Retail Sales Crept Up in April but the News for Restaurant and Bar Sales was Even Better

The foodservice segment continues to gain strength in contrast to the overall economy, which remains mired in a sluggish recovery.

 

This Week in Foodservice: The Restaurant Industry Outpaces the Overall Economy

The U.S. economy may be in a funk but the restaurant industry is doing its part to spark growth, according to data released by a variety of independent sources.

This Week In Foodservice: The U.S. Restaurant Industry Focuses on Growing and Expanding

As a number of publicly traded restaurant chains announce their quarterly earnings. GE Capital Franchise Finance shared a very optimistic outlook about this segment of the foodservice industry.

This Week In Foodservice: Restaurant Sales Stay Solidly In Positive Territory

Through the first three months of the year, the foodservice industry has posted real sales gains, according to Food Institute data. While the overall trend is good, some operators, including McDonald's, continue to experience pockets of turbulence.

This Week In Foodservice: Restaurants and Bar Sales Buck the Retail Trend

Although overall retail sales in the U.S. declined 0.4 percent in March, the restaurant and bar segment posted a solid 4.3 percent increase.