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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The Wall Street Journal explores changes in restaurants in 2018. Restaurants added staff in December. Wendy’s re-images with new restaurant design. JAB Holdings looks to buy coffee chains. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Malcolm Knapp sees some positive signs for casual dining chains. The number of chain coffee shop units continue to grow. Weeks after the hurricanes, some restaurants remain closed. The Tilted Kilt unveils two new designs. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

The National Restaurant Association says the industry “posted a modest increase in November.” Restaurants sales increased .84 percent in 2017, according to government data. Consumers opened their wallets for Christmas but did restaurants share in the spending? Wahlburgers signed a deal with the Meijer chain. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Total retail sales rose in September, as did restaurant sales, per the U.S. Census Bureau. Pizza Hut has developed an improved pouch for delivery orders. Urbane Cafe has received a strategic investment from the founders of the Panda Restaurant Group. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Restaurant sales increased in November. Menu prices continue to increase faster than grocery store prices. The National Labor Relations Board dropped the Joint Employer Rule. Subway has some serious problems. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Merrill Lynch says over expansion is hurting restaurants. Restaurant employment fell dramatically in September. Premium products are driving up coffeehouse sales. Fast-casual restaurant sales growth is slowing in Canada. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Mintel looks at four key trends that will shape the U.S. foodservice market in 2018. Foodservice operators hired heavily in November. Foodservice traffic finally picks up. Dave & Buster’s will downsize its restaurants. Papa Murphy’s tests delivery. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

The National Restaurant Association says restaurant performance continues to slide. The impact of minimum wage seems to remain in the eye of who runs the study. U.S.-based chains dominate the Top 500 franchise companies. Foodservice operators continue to target early-bird diners. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

 

The foodservice industry posted a modest gain in November, according to the National Restaurant Association. Consumer eating habits continue to evolve, according to the NPD Group. Cameron Mitchell and the Madera Group introduce new concepts, while the Cheesecake Factory expands its Asian concept. Is the economy gaining momentum? One key metric says yes. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Casual dining sales remained soft in August. Foodservice grew in every market outside the U.S. in the second quarter. Restaurants find changes have to be made to capitalize on takeout and delivery business. Taco Bell will open 300 of their Cantina concepts in the U.S. Electric powered car manufacturer Tesla may enter the C-store business. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  

How is 2017 shaping up? Barnes & Noble enters the fast-casual restaurant industry. Mobile orders can be both a blessing and curse to operators. These stories and a lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Restaurant sales increased in August. Do consumers trust fast-food chains? Restaurant prices continue to rise faster than prices at grocery stores. Hurricanes cause multiple problems for restaurants. A foodservice and lodging apprenticeship program is up and running. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

 

Two burger chains prepare initial public offerings. Cracker Barrel’s recovery teams have restaurants affected by the hurricane up and running. The rule that effectively doubled the salary level of employees who were exempted from overtime pay appears dead. McDonald’s updates McCafe. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Same-store sales increase at casual dining chains, per a Knapp Track report. Virtual restaurants are a big thing. Chili’s says the reduced menu is working. More than 20 chains report comparable store sales. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

The National Restaurant Association reports restaurant performance was weaker in July. Foodservice hiring slowed in August. Waffle House takes on Hurricane Harvey. Domino’s has formed an alliance with Ford to develop a self-driving delivery car. YUM! China introduces a new KFC concept. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

The National Restaurant Association reports industry performance ticked up in September. Foodservice hiring shot up in October after hurricanes resulted in massive job losses in September. JAB Holdings, owner of Krispy Kreme and Panera Bread, may be pursuing Dunkin’ Brands. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Resistance to minimum wage increase arises in the Midwest. Hamburger chains find Chicago is a tough market. Does technology eliminate restaurant jobs? Michigan Restaurant Association survey shows sales are looking good. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

A Wall Street stock analyst looks at restaurant chains. Subway’s management and owners disagree on how to deal with declining sales and market share. IHOP introduces a new small prototype. McDonald’s racks up a strong quarter. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Distribution giants seem to be asking “What restaurant recession?” Consumers’ evaluation of full-serve restaurants declines. Chuck E. Cheese introduces a new restaurant design. Krystal moves to keep some units open 24 hours a day. These stories and a lot more This Week in Foodservice.

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