Key themes for '15: Food quality, customization, customer-facing technology

Fitch Ratings released its 2015 Outlook for the US Restaurant industry, predicting an improvement in sales trends, the easing of commodities pressures and growing cash flow. However, the potential for event risk will remain in the New Year, according to...

FEATURES


Is your restaurant green?

Even though going green may cost more than conventional items, consumers are willing to pay more for the opportunity; for them it is not an indulgence but a necessity.

QSRs shift models to 'go where the consumers are'

Mobile initiatives, bigger marketing budgets, franchising growth and unprecedented headwinds grabbed headlines this year for the QSR segment.

Sugar and spice and everything breakfast: 2014 on the menu

Breakfast, beverage and retail categories accelerated this year, while operators embraced meaty offerings, despite record-high protein prices.

McDonald's plans to shrink menu, ingredient lists

McDonald's has moved from a division structure to a structure that empowers regions to execute their marketing and menu plans toward their specific demographics.

A 30-brand restaurant tour of Australia

The focus on healthy menu attributes, such as grass-fed beef, antibiotic and hormone-free products, etc., seemed to be more prevalent than similar products in the United States.

Hurdles expected to remain in place in 2015 for restaurant operators

In addition to record-high commodities prices, labor inflation, technology costs and health care/menu labeling regulations, there is also intensified competition in foodservice.

Online cultural inclusiveness: Something for restaurant brands to think about

Focusing on how diversity is presented on a company website provides an opportunity to reaffirm our industry’s commitment to reaching a multicultural workforce and customer base.

Quiznos turns to millennials in turnaround bid

Quiznos will launch a new POS (expected in 2015) and will then be able to test some loyalty tools and a mobile app. The brand is also testing gluten-free options.

The chefs have spoken: Menu trend predictions for 2015

After years on the rise, gluten-free cuisine has fallen out of the top 10 list of the National Restaurant Association's annual survey.

How to get millennials to buy into your restaurant brand

Every step of what patrons experience from how they are greeted to what's on the menu; from how they place orders to how their tables are cleared must be evaluated.

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NEWS


Dining habits shifting toward snacks

In 2004, one-third of survey respondents reported they ate several small meals throughout the day, while 10 years later, 39 percent of respondents indicate they do the same.

Fast casual sales significantly outpaced other segments in Q3

New research from Technomic's Financial Dashboard finds that the fast casual restaurant segment outperformed all others with nearly 8 percent growth in same-store sales during Q3 2014.

Families with kids making fewer restaurant visits

According to new research from The NPD Group, families with kids have made 1 billion fewer visits to US restaurants in the past six years. This consumer base represents 32 percent of US households and $83.7 billion of total restaurant...

Millennial marketing conference registration now open

FutureCast's ShareLikeBuy millennial marketing conference is set for Feb. 4 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Consumer demand for convenience shifting restaurant priorities

As restaurant brands increasingly jockey for more consumer visits, it's more important than ever for operators to keep a strong pulse on what their customers are looking for when they dine out. According to new research from The NPD Group,...

Report shows holiday season revenue decline at restaurants

Thanx Inc. has released new data today showing that over the last several years restaurant revenue declined 22 to 45 percent during the post-Thanksgiving holiday period.

Consumers name California drought as top food story of '14

The Great Western Drought topped all food-related stories for American consumers in 2014. According to the Hunter Public Relations' 12th annual Food News Study, conducted in partnership with Libran Research & Consulting, the shrinking bee population and the war on...

Demand for food transparency growing

New research from Technomic finds that most consumers want transparency from restaurant brands about their menu choices. Additionally, two in five consumers cite a rising concern over food additives.

IPO, private equity activity were hot for restaurants in 2014

With 288 deals and $95.2 billion raised, 2014 will end with record activity in the US IPO markets, according to the EY Global IPO Trends: 2014 Q4 report released this week. EY Global said 2013 revived the IPO market in...

Gluten-free options now available at 9 percent of restaurants

New research from Food Genius finds a growing number of healthier menu options and more concepts touting a health-halo menu.

Carl's Jr. claims QSR first with 'all-natural' burger introduction

Carl’s Jr. announced it will roll out the new All-Natural Burger at participating locations beginning Dec. 17.

NRA: Better kids' meals top trends list

Some of the restaurant industry's hottest trends involve children's items, according to the NRA's 2015 What's Hot culinary forecast.

Foodservice supply association predicts 4.1% growth in 2015

MAFSI representatives are forecasting growth of 4.1 percent for 2015 over 2014, inline with the growth forecast for GDP.

In-N-Out Burger ranks on top for customer centricity

dunnhumby, a customer science company, announced that T.G.I. Friday’s and In-N-Out Burger topped the Top 10 list in its second Customer Centricity Index on foodservice retailers. According to a news release, the CCI measures how well retailers are responding to...

2015 beverage trends survey now open

QSRweb, sister website of FastCasual and PizzaMarketplace, is preparing a new report about beverage trends for 2015 and is currently looking for restaurant operator perspectives on the topic. The report will assess current beverage trends in the restaurant industry, from...

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