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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Casual dining chains were flat in February. The National Restaurant Association shows restaurants are a source of good jobs. More restaurants are owned by women. What can Chipotle learn from the Jack in the Box food poisoning in the 1990s? These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

The National Restaurant Association reports the industry continues to grow. The NPD Group says restaurant traffic has now recovered from the recession. Cornell University thinks an increasing minimum wage is good for foodservice. Mergers and acquisitions in the restaurant industry were down sharply last year compared to 2014. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

How are the major foodservice suppliers doing? Operator’s hiring roared ahead in February. Bloomin’ Brands say they are committed to Bonefish Grill. Thornton’s C-stores make a commitment to foodservice in the Chicago market. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Casual-dining chains same-store sales were up marginally in November. How competitors can take on McDonald’s all-day breakfast. Christmas season drives restaurant sales. Krispy Kreme is adding baristas to boost coffee sales. Chipotle’s image plummets. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice. 

A Smashburger executive compares fast casual and fast-food operators. U.S. restaurant count declined last year. A dozen chains reveal expansion plans. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Government stats say restaurants continue to lead retail sales. All-day breakfast drives traffic and sales for McDonald’s. Chipotle encounters more food safety problems. The National Restaurant Association will challenge the New York minimum wage in court. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Forecasts predict moderate restaurant industry sales increases for 2016. Jack in the Box says competitive activity hurt its financial results. Sysco makes a major acquisition overseas. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Operators continue to wrestle with wage increases. Foodservice remains a leader in new hires. The CEO of CKE blasts the recent NLRB decision on joint employment. The National Restaurant Association will sue New York City over the menu labeling rule on sodium. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Restaurant sales soften in January. What restaurant chain gained the most as a result of Chipotle’s troubles? Prepared food delivery business shows impressive growth. The National Restaurant Association says the industry will hire 300,000 more employees this year. Starbucks introduces a new upscale version. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

The NRA says foodservice showed a moderate gain in October. Casual dining chains saw comp-store sales decline in October. Big three hamburger chains are expected to have strong sales in October and November. McDonald’s all-day breakfast may be hurting family dining operators. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Rounding up Chipotle news from the past week. Foodservice employment surged in January. Wendy’s pledges to cut energy usage by 20 percent. Furniture retailer Ikea becomes a destination restaurant and much more!

What really happened during the recent restaurant “strike?” One in ten Americans will eat their Thanksgiving dinner in a restaurant. Food-away-from-home prices continue to increase faster than grocery store prices. Consumers still aren’t in a mood to spend. These stories and whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Incentives are the norm for selling franchises. Economic expansion slowed to a crawl in the fourth quarter. Pizza Hut is investing in new ovens. Olive Garden takes their catering program nationwide. Seattle’s $15 minimum wage is being challenged in court. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

U.S. retail sales were soft for the third month but restaurants continue to move ahead. The NPD Group says foodservice did well in many countries this summer. Dave Anderson has returned to Famous Dave’s. The fast-casual segment remains hot. These stories and a lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Where did Chipotle’s customers go? Food away from home prices continue to increase faster than at retail stores. McDonald’s operators find all day breakfast works as fourth quarter sales improve. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Merrill Lynch examines the restaurant market. Foodservice operators hired heavily in October. Sysco and the Performance Food Group both reported strong financials. Putting calorie counts on the menu doesn’t seem to effect what fast food customers order. These stories plus comparable-store sales for 20 chains and more. 

Restaurants ended 2015 with another month of strong sales in December even though overall retail sales were down. The Christmas selling season turned out to be a good one after all. A Wall Street firm is very bullish on Restaurant Brands International. The Sheetz C-store chain is raising store employees' wages. Are there negative aspects to increasing breakfast sales? One industry observer thinks so. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

The NRA reports their index is down again but operators keep spending. Buffalo Wild Wings will curtail expansion in areas with a high minimum wage. The NRA challenges New York State’s increase in minimum wage at fast food operations. McDonald’s chops menu choices to accommodate its all-day breakfast program. A dozen major chains report comparable-store sales. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

The Chipotle saga continues. Foodservice operators were hiring in December. Malcolm Knapp is modestly optimistic about casual restaurant sales in 2016. These stories and a whole lot more in This Week in Foodservice.

Malcolm Knapp reports on September. Did the media do a hatchet job on McDonald’s? All-day breakfast may be working for Big Mac and the world’s largest restaurant chain may have begun a turnaround. A shortage of cooks is beginning to hurt restaurants. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.