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 Restaurant Performance Index chalked up a solid gain in July and operators continued to invest in equipment. GDP was up 3.7 percent in the second quarter. As the economy improves, operators find the labor market tightening. A study finds independent hamburger restaurants grew faster than the chains. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Knapp-Track finds causal restaurant same-store sales up slightly in May. Technomic reports restaurant same-store sales were up 4 percent in the first quarter. The number of restaurants increased 9,000 last year. A coalition has been created to fight NY Governor Cuomo’s plan to increase the state’s minimum wage. Food trucks could have sales of $2.7 billion in 2 years. These stories and a whole lot more in This Week In Foodservice.

Casual restaurant sales in July slowed to a crawl. Restaurants experiment with different approaches to compensation, including price increases and no tipping plans, but finding the perfect system appears elusive. Activist Nelson Peltz of Trian lands two seats on Sysco’s board. Breakfast remains a terrific opportunity for foodservice. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Restaurant sales had a modest gain in May. U.S. job openings hit an all-time high. The NRA says foodservice will hire over half a million workers this summer. Businesses fight proposed changes in overtime pay regulations. L.A. raises minimum wage to $15. These stories and a whole more in This Week In Foodservice.

 Restaurants and drinking places are doing well according to the recent retail trade numbers. An expected ruling from the National Labor Relations Board could have serious consequences for the foodservice industry. Sysco outlines its strategy moving forward as the broadline distributor gets targeted by an activist investor. Is Subway too big? One school of thought thinks so. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

McDonald’s franchisees face numerous problems. Foodservice operators kept hiring in May. New York City fast food employment grew 87 percent in the last 15 years. NPD Group says traffic was flat but menu price increases drove dollar sales. These stories and a whole lot more in This Week In Foodservice.

Laggards for a long time, midscale restaurants have become one of the industry’s hottest segments. Despite encouraging top line job numbers a deeper look shows a few nagging weaknesses. Foodservice led the way in hiring last month. Sysco’s case sales indicate the broadline distributor may increase market share. More than a dozen chains report their comparable same-store sales. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice. 

The National Restaurant Association reports its performance index increased moderately in April. The first quarter GDP estimate shows the economic recovery continues to struggle. Sysco and US Foods await decision on their merger. The Munchery meal delivery company raises big bucks for expansion. KFC and Taco Bell will test delivery. Burger King is back to number two in sales. These stories and a lot more in This Week in Foodservice.

The NRA’s Restaurant Performance Index retreated in June. The latest GDP estimate shows the economy continues to move ahead slowly. Foodservice group purchasing organizations grow in importance. The restaurant count shrank last year as the number of full-service independent restaurants declined. There are over a dozen comp store sales reports from major chains. These articles and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Are restaurants really outselling supermarkets? Restaurants are among the top draw in consumer visits. Arby's reduces energy use. Service Employees Union International wants franchise power imbalance investigated. All this and more in This Week in Foodservice.

McDonald’s could be buying a lot of new equipment. Existing home sales hit an 8-year high while first time jobless claims hit a 40-year low. Fast food employees in New York State may be earning $15 an hour. These stories and a whole lot more in This Week In Foodservice.

Government numbers show good restaurant sales in April. US Foods is getting antsy over delay in the Sysco merger but no quick decision is anticipated. Seattle operators struggle with minimum wage increase. YUM may divest its Chinese businesses. These stories and a lot more in This Week In Foodservice.

Knapp-Track reports casual dining sales remain soft. Technomic says fast-casual operations are still charging along with build-your-own concepts leading the way. The NPD Group finds lunch traffic around the world shows improvement. Hispanics are a great target audience for foodservice. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Knapp Track reports casual restaurant sales continue to creep up. The U.S. employment picture improves after a poor showing in March. C-stores continue to focus on improving foodservice business. All this plus comparable store sales reports from 20 chains.

U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fall in June. The NPD Group reports more patrons are choosing to eat in restaurants. The FDA has postponed menu nutritional data posting requirements until December next year. Meals served at full-service restaurants are no healthier than those served at fast food operations. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

The NRA says their performance index drifted lower in March. Sysco reported sales and gross profit rose in the last quarter. NPD sees casual restaurant situation improving. YUM! Brands will spend $185 million on KFC including new equipment. These stories and a whole lot more in This Week In Foodservice.

Operators focus on future equipment investments. Despite what appears to be a cloudy overall job picture, foodservice keeps hiring. Technomic says refranchising may not be a good move. These stories plus a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice. 

The U.S. economy continues to stumble forward. Los Angeles restaurant operators want to change minimum wage calculations. McDonald’s woes continue. Hooter’s parent collects hamburger chains. These stories and a whole lot more in This Week in Foodservice.

Restaurants are performing well in the minds of most consumers according to a recent study. Sysco bows out of the US Foods merger. Buffalo Wild Wings pleases guests by adding staff. Ruth’s Chris and Hooters are both investing heavily in remodeling. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

U.S. retail sales turned positive in March and restaurant sales did fairly well. For the first time, restaurant sales exceeded those of supermarkets. McDonald’s franchisees are not in a positive frame of mind. Burger King’s founder thinks $15 an hour minimum wage will kill the dollar menu. These stories and a whole lot more in This Week in Foodservice. 

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