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: 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.

This Week In Foodservice: Harris Poll Finds Consumers Dine Out — A Lot

The vast majority of Americans dine out regularly — that's what Harris Interactive found in a recent study. Jerry Stiegler reviews those findings as well as many other economic indicators affecting the foodservice business in This Week In Foodservice.

NRA's February Restaurant Performance Index Fell in February but Operators Still Optimistic

Jerry Stiegler covers the Restaurant Performance Index as well as a host of other economic indicators to provide a snapshot of the economic outlook for foodservice operators. 

This Week In Foodservice: Mega Distributor Sysco is on the Prowl for Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions activities start to show signs of life for suppliers and chains alike as the economy slowly and steadily heads in the right direction.

This Week in Foodservice: Consumers Keep Spending and Restaurants Keep Chugging Along

Retail sales in February increased 1.3 percent over January's levels, according to the advance estimate from the U.S. Economic Census. Gasoline sales, up 5 percent, represents the major cause of the increase. Without gasoline, retail sales were up 0.6 percent and without gasoline and autos, retail sales were up 0.4 percent. Compared to February 2012, retail sales were up 4.7 percent.

This Week In Foodservice: Merrill Lynch Reports On Which Restaurant Chains Are Bulls or Bears

Wall Street analysts offer their take on which publicly traded restaurant chains have the brightest outlook in the coming months.