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Gluten-free's honeymoon phase not expected to end anytime soon August was a turning point for the gluten-free diet. That is when the FDA's official definition of "gluten-free," was first released and when gluten-free went from "fad" to foodservice trend, said Betsy Craig, founder/CEO of MenuTrinfo LLC and …
Want to get teens in your restaurant? Make them laughI recently had the chance to ask my 14-year-old niece why she never liked or posted anything on Facebook. Her response was, "People (her age group) don't like Facebook anymore. They don't want to be on the same social media sites their parents are …
To keep up with the blurring distinctions between restaurants and retailers, Technomic has expanded its online Consumer Brand Metrics tracking tool to include ongoing consumer assessments and performance ratings for more than 40 retail chains. …
March delivered good news for the restaurant industry once the crippling effect of an unusually cold winter ended. Same-store sales growth was 0.7 percent for March, a strong 1.4 percent improvement from the -0.7 percent reported for February and …
According to new research from Mintel Menu Insights, the use of "organic" on restaurant menus has declined by 28 percent from 2010 to 2013. Organic continues to be the leading ethical claim on menus, however. "The reality is that organic foods are …
The race for QSR market share expected to intensifyA new report from IBIS World shows that the QSR market should grow at a slightly higher tick from 2014 to 2019, compared to 2009-14. The annual growth rate for the years following the recession was 1.4 percent for this segment (which excludes snack …
New data from YouGov BrandIndex shows that Taco Bell has gained significant consumer perception points following the March launch of its breakfast menu. And, as that brand fights for morning market share, it has passed breakfast leader McDonald's in …
Have burger chains reached their peak?Burger chains have finally reached maturity as limited-service burger segment sales contracted in 2013, according to Technomic. Although the burger chains in the 2014 Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report tallied U.S. sales of more than $72 …
The 2014 Temkin Experience Ratings report was released this week, and includes three QSRs in the top 10. At No. 3 overall (behind H.E.B. and Trader Joe's) is Chick-fil-A, with a score of 83 percent. At No. 5, with 82 percent, was Sonic Drive-In, and …
More than six years after the start of the Great Recession, the number of private sector jobs finally surpassed its pre-recession peak in March, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The private sector added a net 192,…
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