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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Plus, the University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index hit an all-time low in May. The Greene Turtle goes through some changes. These stories and more this Week in Foodservice.

Inflation hits a 40-year high as the Restaurant Revitalization Fund could be headed toward a historic vote. Restaurant operators claim they may go belly up paying fees to third-party delivery services. Waffle House looks to add 35,000 employees. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Advance Monthly Retail Sales for May reported total retail sales declined while sales of food services and drinking places increased. A top executive exits Starbucks. The National Restaurant Association urges the President and Congress to cut tariffs that are driving up inflation. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Restaurant industry performance shows moderate improvement in February. Restaurants account for one of seven U.S. jobs added in March. Inspire Brands is on a roll. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Recently the term “stagflation” has popped up. A burger chain turns to AI to offer customers suggestions on what to order. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Financial reports from the three largest foodservice distributors highlight the complexities of today’s foodservice operation. The tight labor market continues. Western businesses may want to cease their Russian operations but doing so can be complicated. People returning to their offices roughly two years after the pandemic began to face higher menu prices for lunch. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Plus, a pizza restaurant adds a robot. So long Howard Johnson restaurants. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Advance Sales for February reported both total retail sales and foodservice and drinking place sales increased over January. Hooters is a on roll. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Plus, Wing Zone commits to installing a robotic frying system in its future restaurants

Restaurant companies pull out of Russia in response to the Ukrainian invasion. Lots of activity these days at Famous Dave’s parent company BBQ Holdings. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Another restaurant chain prepares to exit Russia. Ghost kitchens are spooky for some operators while an important growth vehicle for others.

Hiring, especially in foodservice, really took off in February. Consumer acceptance of drive-thru windows has increased as a result of the pandemic. McDonald’s temporarily closes its Russian locations. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Starbucks remains in the spotlight for plenty of reasons. McDonald’s looks to exit Russia. One Texas restaurant tries to help thy neighbor.

The National Restaurant Association said restaurant performance retreated in January. Industry leaders are urging the Internal Revenue Service to improve their handling of employee tax credit. Subway appears to have turned the corner after years of declining unit sales volume. Las Vegas will soon boast the largest Chevys restaurant. These stories and more This Week In Foodservice.

The NRA’s March Restaurant Performance Index was virtually unchanged from its February study. The U.S. economy declined in the first quarter with Gross Domestic Product falling 1.4 points. McDonald’s quarterly financials showed mixed results. Circle K’s parent, Alimentation Couche-Tard, is in talks to acquire British-based EG. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

The good and bad of the U.S. Census Bureau’s sales figures for January. IFMA updates its forecast. Jamba adds two more automated smoothie locations. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Why CEOs of restaurant chains continue to depart in large numbers. Hybrid restaurants – those mixing several styles of service – are increasing. Outback goes after the catering business. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

White Castle expands its use of robots. McDonald’s plans to explore the metaverse. Wow Bao comes to Canada. A California law looks to give fast-food workers more power. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Plus, some employees are ghosting their employers. Some operators run promotions to offset the price of gasoline. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Chains act to offset pricing pressures. Dunkin’s modernization effort is ahead of schedule. Consumers will gobble up a lot of chicken wings watching the big game. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.