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.
How would a $15 per hour minimum wage affect the restaurant industry? Well, the answer depends on who you ask. This week we explore several different theories while taking a look at a variety of other economic indicators and foodservice-related developments.
While the National Restaurant Association shared some good news, Christmas sales figures were less encouraging. In restaurant news, the bars with food vs. restaurants with drinks debate continues and much more.
This week FE&S blogger Jerry Steigler takes a look at sales data for October, examines one of the soon-to-be-many forecasts for 2014, finds a restaurant chain that's redesigning its dining areas to appeal to different demographic groups and much more.
This week we examine the complicated reasons why some foodservice operators can't find help, despite high levels of unemployment. We also look at consumers' preferences for fast-casual over fast food restaurants, follow up on last week's McDonald's story, and much more.
This week we examine reports from Washington, D.C., on the growth of the economy and the employment picture. We also take a closer look at foodservice employment, Walmart's entry into the c-store market, a dozen chains comparable store sales reports, and much more.
This Week in Foodservice notes that the NRA's Restaurant Performance Index shows soft sales but foodservice operators continue to invest in their businesses. Also, inflation remains under control but operators need to rely on promotions to pull in customers, Sysco reports sales growth, a dozen plus chains reveal their comp store sales and much more.
This week we provide an update on September retail sales, review the delayed employment figures provided by the government, look at lingering effects of the government shutdown, report on Panera Bread's equipment buying plans, and much more.
Technomic's "Final Chapter" looks at the impact of the economic climate on the restaurant community as we head toward the end of the year. This week's blog post also takes an early look at the financial impact of the government shutdown, the effectiveness of restaurant advertising and a lot more.
This week we explore sales at casual restaurants, what people think of Congress, where business people really eat and more.
This Week in Foodservice looks at the impact of the federal government shutdown including the lack of government data and the jobs picture as well as fast-casual restaurant growth, more money for equipment distributors to finance inventory and much more.
Restaurant operators may be doing OK for now but they remain concerned about the future. Plus, the latest report on the Gross Domestic Product disappoints, Canadian chains' sales grow and much more in This Week in Foodservice.