This Week In Foodservice

The editorial team aggregates key industry information and provides brief analysis to help foodservice professionals navigate the data.

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What’s the consumer mindset? Is catering back? What is NachoGate? Answers to these questions and more This Week in Foodservice.

Panera Brands tightens its belt. A college addresses food insecurity. Plus, a closer look at industry job performance. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Is the value meal making a comeback? Is the salad segment ready to sprout? What’s GDP look like for the third and fourth quarters of 2024? Answers to these questions and more This Week in Foodservice.

The restaurant industry remains in expansion mode despite facing some challenges. Ghost kitchens’ appeal is anything but spooky. A casual dining chain prepares for a 2024 IPO. A c-store chain tries to perk up its coffee service. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Burger King takes another step to reclaim the flame. Boston Market’s uncertain future. A Ukrainian coffee concept to open in Chicago. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Chains continue to embrace the late-night segment. A new fast-casual concept is preparing to open. Salted prepares to grow. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Starbucks' sustainability efforts take the next steps. Rising labor costs force restaurants to react. Seventeen restaurant chains were lauded for their smart growth. AmerCareRoyal, Easy Ice and the Legacy Companies complete acquisitions. Plus, the jobs market holds steady.

NAFEM provides an update on factories’ supply chain issues. Another iconic restaurant closes, while a North Carolina association looks to boost industry employment through a marketing campaign. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

The Infinite Kitchen lands in a new spot. Innovation is ringing again on Taco Bell’s menu. New formats for c-stores. Restaurant sales remain strong. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

A chain bets big on sports gambling. Chipotle moves into the next development phase for its latest concept. And an Oregon-based doughnut chain prepares to land in flyover country. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

CosMc’s blasts off in a big way. One FE&S Hall of Famer enters another Hall of Fame. Another chain takes a run at using robotics for preparing burgers and fries. Sales among the top 1,500 chains were strong in 2023. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Investment activity in the restaurant industry has gained momentum. Drive-thru times improve. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Apparently, the ghost kitchen business was a little too spooky for Kroger. The grocery chain has shuttered Kitchen United’s virtual food courts in its stores, per a Grocery Dive report. Kitchen United says it plans to move away from physical locations to become a software company. Despite this development, expect grocers to continue to develop and update their prepared food offerings for customers. Per multiple industry studies, this remains an important area for grocers.

Consumers' complicated mindsets. Chipotle tests a robotic make line. Two more chains test off-premises-only units. Another coffee-related lawsuit percolates. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Restaurant mergers and acquisitions gain momentum, but will it hold? Who’s the recording artist behind the latest vegan restaurant opening in Los Angeles? Did consumer confidence improve in November? Which foodservice designer just became a hall of famer? We answer these stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Understanding the impact of environmentally friendly solutions. Design mistakes to avoid. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Coffee and tea concepts perk up as commuters return to the office. How much are consumers willing to pay for a QSR meal? Plus, The Conference Board takes a look at the 2024 economic environment. Those stories and more this week in foodservice.

McDonald’s to suspend self-serve drinks. Another chain adds a to-go-only prototype. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

A culinary forecast highlights the impact of social media on menus. Are restaurants finally getting some relief? Alto-Shaam breaks ground on a plant expansion. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

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Plus, c-stores are brewing better coffee programs. What’s next for Subway? Lots of jobs data. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.