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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Total U.S. retail sales fell in December, including, unfortunately, foodservice and drinking places. Darden’s pandemic era plan relies on curbside service. More than half of Chipotle’s sales come from digital means and the chain is making major changes to its business. Almost 60% of C-stores saw in store sales increase last year but the number of C-stores declined for the third consecutive year. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

The restaurant performance edged up again in September. White Castle will expand its test of robotics. Bloomin’ Brands seems convinced it has a winner with its delivery only concept, Tender Shack. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

The stimulus package is here – all 5,000 pages of it. Could Texas Roadhouse have 1,000 restaurants someday? Wendy’s and the Flynn Restaurant reach an agreement on the nearly 400 Wendy’s units previously owned by the now bankrupt NPC. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

A stimulus package emerges that will hopefully assist a lot of restaurants. The Food Institute finds some surprising facts in Yelp data. The survival of restaurants may depend on their landlord. McDonald’s is one of the top 10 most valuable brands in the world. These stories and whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Restaurant performance declined sharply in November. Industry leader Darden’s sales are being hammered by pandemic. Punch Bowl Social, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh and Rubio’s Coastal Grill made news in bankruptcy court. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

The September increase in U.S. retail sales beat the forecasts. Via 313 Pizza has received an investment from the Savory Fund. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

November retail sales were discouraging. A restaurant sues its insurance company for non-payment of business interruption policy. Schlotzky’s focuses on off-premises business with two smaller store prototypes. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

The National Restaurant Association’s Performance Index changed little in August. Some restaurant chains see the slower period as a chance to grow. The chance of Congress passing a stimulus bill to aid restaurants before the election seems to be unlikely. Ruby Tuesday has filed for bankruptcy. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Wendy’s disputes the Flynn Restaurant Groups’ move to buy NPC International. McDonald’s locks horns with some of its franchisees over the elimination of rebates and the cost of technology. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

After languishing in Congress for months the stimulus program for restaurants is by no means a done deal. Restaurants and bars added 200,000 jobs in September but the industry remains down 2.3 million employees for the year. Fatburger Brands introduced a fast-casual version of Hurricane Grill & Wings.

Restaurants get creative to reassure customers and keep them safe. Gift Card sales at Christmas can significantly affect a restaurant chain’s annual financial performance. Ghost kitchens continue to expand. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

J. Alexander’s recovers faster than forecast. The famous Commander’s Palace reopens. Wall Street prefer fast feeders over full-serve operators. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Food Service.

Restaurants showed a “modest gain” in October. A MSNBC story documents the problems restaurants have encountered with the pandemic. The National Retail Federation predicts fairly strong sales for this Christmas season. Two major studies report a decline in consumer confidence in November. The Charleys Philly Steaks chain signed a deal to put its restaurants in Walmart stores. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

U.S. retail sales increased in August but at a much slower rate than earlier his summer. Starbucks may not be able recover its lost sales until employees return to their offices. New York City will allow some restaurants to add a 10% pandemic surcharge to dining room customer’s bills. Texas now allows restaurants to utilize up to 75% of their dining room capacity. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Sales at foodservices and drinking place sales declined slightly in October. Luby’s has been approved for liquidation by its stockholders. Bankrupt NPC International has attracted attention from a variety of suiters, including the Flynn Restaurant Group and Wendy’s. Starbucks will give its employees a pay raise. These stories and more in This Week in Foodservice.

Why is Smoothie King smiling? Bloomin’ Brands launches a virtual chicken chain. New York City restauranteurs finally have a date to reopen indoor dining. These stories and more are in This Week in Foodservice.

Restaurants need government assistance now. Papa John’s grows its business by adding new customers not selling more food to existing ones. A Stanford study that refers to restaurants as COVID-19 “superspreaders” is highly flawed, according to the National Restaurant Association. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Foodservice hiring improved in July. Burger King develops an innovative store design to deal with the pandemic. One c-store chain will offer curbside pickup. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Some encouraging data emerges from the quarterly earnings reports of the three major foodservice distributors. Foodservice operators hired 192,000 employees in October. Wendy’s recorded its highest comparable store sales in 15 years and is turning to the drive thru to keep things moving. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

The National Restaurant Association’s Performance Index crept up in July. Some landlords offer a clause in leases to reduce the renter’s payments if another pandemic occurs. New York City restaurant operators anxiously await a plan to reopen on-premises dining. These stories and a whole lot More This Week in Foodservice.

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