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.

NRA's Restaurant Performance Index Ticked Down In December On Decidedly Mixed Results

The NRA's Restaurant Performance Index may have shown a relatively flat industry but foodservice professionals still have a few reasons to be optimistic.

This Week in Foodservice: Technomic Revises 2013 Forecast

Real growth in the restaurant industry will top out at 1.0 percent, according to the revised forecast released by Chicago-based Technomic. While the industry overall will continue to trudge along, Technomic does project a handful of segments will pick up the pace a little in the coming months.

Knap-Track Reports Same Store Sales Down among Casual Restaurant Chains

Operational challenges continue to mount for the restaurant industry in the form of higher food and gasoline prices, low-paying job growth and more. All of this will make it more challenging for chain restaurant and other operators to exceed same-store sales numbers in the early part of the year.

This Week In Foodservice: Restaurants Chalk Up a Decent Year

Despite traveling a rocky road, it appears as if restaurants actually achieved real revenue growth in 2012. Unfortunately, it appears as if the 2013 credit market for restaurants will be as tight as it was in 2012.

This Week In Foodservice: December Employment Statistics Remains Consistent and That Is Not Good

Despite strong results in the foodservice industry, overall job growth remains sluggish.

This Week In Foodservice: A Look at the New Year

While their bottom lines may be similar, the 2013 foodservice industry forecasts prepared by Technomic and the National Restaurant Association offer some interesting contrasts.

This Week in Foodservice: Commerce Department Reports Restaurant Sales for November Remain Strong

While 2012 has been an up and down year, it seems as if the restaurant industry is poised to finish strong if the U.S. Commerce Department's November sales results are any indication.

This Week In Foodservice: Top Line Job Growth Looks Good but There's More to the Story

Job growth is critical for the foodservice industry to continue to grow. So the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics' November jobs report showed a decline in unemployment is a good thing, right? Not when it means there are fewer people in the workforce. So foodservice will continue to ride the wave of emotion that accompanies the foggy labor outlook.

This Week In Foodservice: RPI Slides into Negative Territory in October

While Gross Domestic Product increased the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index slipped into contraction mode. Much like the overall U.S. economy, it seems as if the foodservice industry will continue to ride this roller coaster for a while.

This Week In Foodservice: Casual Restaurant Chains Comparable Store Sales Slide in October

Customer visits are up but check averages are down at casual dining establishments. So what does this all mean for the foodservice industry? This Week In Foodservice tries to make sense of it all.

This Week In Foodservice: What Role did Sandy Play in October's So-So Restaurant Sales?

With many people very jittery about the state of the overall economy, many observers are wondering about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the foodservice industry. This Week In Foodservice sheds some light on the subject and takes a closer look at a variety of industry-related economic indicators.