This Week In Foodservice

Jerry Stiegler aggregates key industry information and provides brief analysis to help foodservice professionals navigate the data.

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Restaurants turn to Washington, D.C., for help. Travel may be on the decline, again. One city takes aim at single-use plastic items. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Casual dining chains to turn to automation to offset labor woes. Robotics pioneer targets beverages next. Operators remain solidly optimistic about the future. Two more restaurant chains get new owners.

Labor remains in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Supply chain issues make school foodservice operations more complex. Ghost kitchens come to a U.S. Walmart location. One multiconcept operator has a big appetite for Middle Eastern expansion. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Many restaurants have yet to receive their government grant money. Is the “Great Resignation” next on the labor horizon? McDonald’s will launch its loyalty program next week. Historic heatwaves in the Pacific Northwest impact restaurant operations, too. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Are restaurants preparing to shut their dining rooms again? One QSR prepares to ring the breakfast bell, again. Operators continue to make capital investments. Plenty of tech talk, plus National Food Safety Month will focus on knowing what’s safe and how operators can stay safe. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Total U.S. retail sales retreated in May but foodservice and drinking place sales edged up. Many restaurants are not paying their rent. O’Charley’s launches two virtual brands. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Restaurant industry calls upon Congress to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Is the time right for robotics in restaurants? A vertical approach to quick-service restaurant design. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Congress wants to give restaurants $60 billion more in aid. Operators deal with shortages of many food items. Quantifying the restaurant industry’s labor woes. A restaurant lifts a local man when he needs it most.

COVID-19 regulations make a comeback. Foodservice sales rebound while coffee sales could use a jolt. Wendy’s goes to Walmart. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

The job shortage is not going to get better any time soon.Krispy Kreme is going public again. Virtual brands remain in full bloom. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Lots of jobs data to dissect. Restaurant spending continues to grow as customer traffic improves, but not all segments are proceeding at the same pace. A casual-dining chain begins to roll out a new prototype designed to support on-premises dining and two virtual brands. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Restaurant traffic picked up significantly since the first of this year. Many food truck operators turned a disastrous 2020 into success stories. Suppliers struggle to meet demand as customers return to restaurants. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Restaurant industry posts solid June numbers. McDonald’s and a few other chains post solid second-quarter results. Airline food may be making a comeback. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

The Restaurant Revitalization Plan is moving toward a conclusion. Sonic Drive-In stores had some unique abilities to deal with the pandemic. McDonald’s and its franchisees might meet in a courtroom over technology charges. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

The use of electric stoves sparks a debate among chefs and cities. One chain launches a hybrid work model for its restaurant support center staff. Will the Entrée Act satisfy the industry’s appetite for funding? Restaurants and other businesses step up to promote COVID-19 vaccinations. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Advance U.S. retail sales show consumers continue to spend. Sales at food services and drinking places increased significantly in April. The consumer price index showed inflation is on the rise which affects consumer confidence. A survey of foodservice employees indicated many held negative feelings toward their employers. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Global consumer confidence continues to climb. A hot dog chain prepares to go public while a barbecue company gets ready to take the wraps off a virtual restaurant concept. One high-end c-store concept plans to grow, and grow quickly. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

The Restaurant Revitalization program is off and running. Restaurants are reopening and labor remains scarce. Instead of following other operators who furloughed staff, Bloomin’ Brands chose to keep its staff and that approach is starting to pay dividends. Despite their labor challenges, restaurants accounted for 70% of all the new hires in April.  These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Restaurant costs keep rising as one group urges operators to keep pressing Congress for more money. Will Subway’s sweeping changes put it on a fast track for growth? The National Restaurant Association updates its COVID-19 operating guidelines. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

The National Restaurant Association’s performance index showed a sharp increase in March but the organization urged caution in evaluating the results. Double-digit growth in personal income may have set an all-time record. Fast feeders now dominate the restaurant market. NAFEM members discuss supply chain issues. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.