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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Food halls continue to grow. The NPD Group says independent restaurants remain an important factor in foodservice. Famous Dave’s new store design drives sales. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Overall retail sales increased in April but foodservice sales slipped. Holiday business is not all that important to many independent operators. Kona Grill to test a smaller version of their restaurant. Comparable store sales reports this week on more than a dozen restaurant chains. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Stealth firm tries to unite and dominate the U.S. beverage market. Consumers blame eating out for ruining their budgets. Foodservice hiring was steady in February. Walmart readies a move into the prepared meal business. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Merrill Lynch surveys consumers about eating out. Uber will test food delivery via drone. Chipotle racks up a triple digit jump in delivery. Food at home prices rose more in April than the price for food away from home prices. Sysco, US Foods and the Performance Food Group saw some sales growth and enjoyed higher profits in the first quarter of this year. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

The National Restaurant Association says restaurant performance tumbled in January. The policy on joint employment was reversed again. Chipotle discontinues its Tasty Made burger concept. Double digit growth is predicted for the third-party delivery market. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Foodservice and franchising go together. Foodservice operators were hiring in April. NPD says the value menus are working. The elimination of tipping may have a negative effect on restaurants. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Major foodservice distributors report strong quarterly results. Rental firms pursue restaurants. Taco Bell passes Burger King in sales to become the fourth largest restaurant chain. KFC stores in the UK ran out of chicken. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index  looked good in March. C-Store operators anticipate a profitable travel season. MOD Pizza is the fastest growing restaurant chain. In-N-Out Burger ranks number one customer loyalty. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

U.S. retail sales declined in January while restaurant sales were flat. Rising government price indexes raise fears of higher inflation and interest rates. Technomic reports sales growth among the 500 largest restaurant chains slowed for the second consecutive year. The number of restaurants in the U.S. declined last year. These stories and whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Casual dining chains saw sales uptick in March, per Knapp-Track. Some chefs find small kitchens work well. Some Tim Hortons franchisees in Ontario are not getting their shipments of supplies, which is widening their rift with corporate management. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

A government study says the U.S. labor market remains healthy. Long a Wall Street darling, Starbucks now has stock analysts piling on. Chipotle Mexican Grill has an extensive turnaround plan. Silicon Valley pizza place relies heavily on technology. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

U.S. retail sales rose in March as did restaurant sales. The price for food away from home has increased six times compared to food at home. Convenience stores saw sales and profits rise in 2017. Shopping mall owners now eagerly pursue foodservice operators. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

The National Restaurant Association reports restaurant performance improved in December. Foodservice operators kept on hiring in January. Restaurant traffic was flat in 2017 per The NPD Group. These articles and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Data indicates most industry suppliers are doing well. Foodservice hiring was flat in March. Will Chick-fil-A soon be number three in sales? The pizza market is growing even more competitive. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Restaurant industry analyst Malcolm Knapp looks to the future. A chunk of the money Starbucks will save due the new tax bill will end up in the pockets of their employees. McDonald’s “joint employment” trial may be nearing a settlement. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

The Restaurant Performance Index improved in February. Tim Hortons introduces a new restaurant design in Canada. Buffalo Wild Wings customers are the most loyal according to a new survey. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Technomic looks at foodservice growth this year. Merrill Lynch reports on findings from chain restaurant conference. Zoe’s Kitchen unveils a new restaurant design. The Bento chain is growing and plans a new headquarters. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Malcolm Knapp provides his latest take on the chain restaurant world. McDonald’s looks for more energy-efficient kitchen equipment. New York City restaurants lower prices. Starbucks will spend big bucks to develop more environmentally friendly cups. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

 Restaurant sales increased in December, while menu prices continue to exceed the rise in grocery store prices. Tim Hortons' battles with some of their franchisees. Pizza Hut joins with Toyota to develop delivery vehicles. Red Robin will eliminate the bus boy position in its restaurants. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

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