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: Interpreting Restaurant Recession Chatter, Starbucks Success, and C-Stores View More Food in Future

Stories worth a second look: Fresh perspective on the “restaurant recession.” Starbucks isn’t worried about the impact of people forsaking brick and mortar retailers. Starbuck’s Roastery is enjoying success. C-stores future is in foodservice. Burger King makes a commitment to grow in Canada.

This Week in Foodservice: BWW’s Taco Chain Expansion; Effects of Minimum Wage Examined, YUM China on its Own and More

Stories worth a second look: Boston Globe columnist takes a look at effects of minimum wage; the foodservice industry added over 9,000 employees in October; Buffalo Wild Wings has major expansion plans for its taco chain; YUM’s China operation is officially a separate company; and the NFL’s declining TV ratings are getting the blame for soft sales at some chains. Plus, we have the latest comp store sales for over a dozen chains.

This Week in Foodservice: Restaurants Meet Customer Demands; Obamacare vs. Restaurant Sales; and Chipotle Abandons Asian Concept

This Week In Foodservice: Restaurants Meet Customer Demands (Minus Noise); Obamacare Impacting Restaurant Sales (Says One); and Chipotle Abandons Asian Concept (in Favor of Burgers and Pizza)

This Week In Foodservice: How Americans Feel About Cooking; Menu Prices Still Climbing, and McDonald’s Surprises Wall Street

Stories worth a second look this week: How Americans really feel about cooking; menu prices continue to climb; research indicates a $15 an hour wage will hurt those it is supposed to help; Millennials are the biggest spenders when it comes to eating out; and McDonald’s surprises Wall Street.

This Week in Foodservice: Amazon to Expand with Curbside Grocery Pickup; September Sales Show Confidence; and Noise Drowns out Food Taste

News worthy of a second take:Restaurant sales continued to roll on in September according to the Commerce Department. Knapp-Track continues to show weak sales at casual dining chains. Amazon is going the brick-and-mortar route with the internet giant announcing they are moving into the c-store business and opening drive-in locations for the pickup of groceries ordered online. A study shows that noise can make food taste bad.

This Week in Foodservice: How the U.S. Measures Up in Worldwide Eating Out Trends; Robots Reshape Foodservice Jobs; Red Robin’s Fast-Casual Cancellation; and More

News that’s worth a second look: Nielson examines eating out around the world; restaurants add 30,000 new workers in September; robots reshape – not replace – foodservice employees; and Red Robin cancels fast-casual concept.

How the U.S. Compares to World in Eating Out; Robots Reshape Foodservice Jobs; Red Robin’s Fast-Casual Cancellation; and More

News that’s worth a second look: Nielson examines eating out around the world; restaurants add 30,000 new workers in September; robots reshape – not replace – foodservice employees; and Red Robin cancels fast-casual concept.

This Week In Foodservice: More than Half of Restaurant Operators Report Sales Drop in August; Low-Income Areas Pay Off for Starbucks; and Ten Restaurants that Changed America

Weekly news that’s worth another look: The National Restaurant Association’s Performance Index fell into negative territory; Starbucks reports low-income neighborhood stores make money; and a new reflection on impact of Howard Johnson’s.

This Week in Foodservice: Weak Casual Dining Sales, Redesigns Pay Off in Sales, Automats Reinvented and Naugles’ Attempt to Grow

Weekly roundup of news that's worthy of a second glance: Knapp-Track shows weak casual dining sales – again; decline in U.S. restaurants; restaurant redesigns pay off in higher sales; old automats reincarnated; and the Attempt to Revive Naugles.

This Week in Foodservice: Restaurants a Bright Spot in Declining August Sales, Higher Menu Prices Slowing Lunch Traffic, Consumer Shift Toward Smaller Chains

Weekly news that’s worth another look: While retail sales declined in August, restaurants were a bright spot; The NPD Group says higher menu prices are a factor in slowing lunch traffic; the spread between grocery store prices and foodservice prices continues; consumers may be shifting from major chains to smaller chains and independents.

This Week in Foodservice: The Restaurant of the Future, a new Concept From Sam Fox – Doughbird, Chipotle Three Ways and More

Here’s what caught my eye to be worthy of a second look this week: Deloitte talks about the restaurant of the future (it’s closer than we might think); The Food Institute says food-away-from-home spending climbed significantly in 2014; Sam Fox to introduce concept No.16 – Doughbird; and Chipotle makes the news with three different stories.