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Sales Shrink for Burger Chains

Culver's
Culver's in the Midwest bucks slumping trend in a big way by growing chain sales 8% in 2013. Photo/bmm

CHICAGO – Restaurant researcher Technomic reports today that burger chains recorded nominal sales growth of only 1.2 percent, while limited-service burger segment sales actually contracted in 2013.

Midscale, QSR, Shrink while Fast Casual Booms

Traffic growth in 3 major segments of the restaurant industry
Chart: Blue MauMau; Data: NPD Group

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The average restaurant saw zero increase in traffic in 2013 and almost zero in the last five years. Restaurants have learned to squeeze a little more out of what they have.

Fresh Prepared Foods at C-Stores Eat into QSR Business

Wawa's fresh baked rolls for its hoagies
C-store Wawa's freshly baked hoagies. Photo/Wawa website

CHICAGO – As more convenience stores provide a greater variety of ready-made foods, quick service restaurants are finding their customers out to lunch – at convenience stores that is.

Are Drones Coming to a Restaurant or Hotel near You?

Drone with GoPro camera underneath

Unmanned drone using a GoPro camera / photo by Don McCullough

SEATTLE – On Sunday evening Jeff Bezos, CEO of multinational e-commerce company Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), said on CBS News' 60 Minutes television show that his firm is experimenting with delivering its products using drones.

Wendy’s Q3 Store Comps Up, but Not Enough for Wall Street

An old 1970s looking Wendy's
photo by bmm

DUBLIN, Ohio—The Wendy's Company reported that U.S. and Canadian franchised restaurants under its brand increased 3.1 percent in same-store sales in the third quarter, up from 2.9 percent last year.

Two Studies Find Fast Food Workers Cost U.S. Taxpayers Billions

The low wages that quick service restaurants pay ends up costing American taxpayers billions of dollars, according to two studies released this week.

Fast Food Menu Changes for Fall

KFC's Go Cup
KFC's new Go Cup

LEXINGTON, Ky. — It's Fall and that means that Chief Marketing Officers have lined up new products in the hopes of raising consumer excitement, growing store traffic and generating royalties.

Burger King Introduces Lighter "Satis-fries"

Right in time for its franchisee conference, Burger King announced this week the launching of "Satisfries", french fries with 30 percent less fat and 20 percent fewer calories than their regular fries.

2014 Foodservice Industry Forecast

CHICAGO -- There has been a slight slippage in 2013's growth expectations for the foodservice industry.

Restaurants Must Build Customer Loyalty

Data: The NPD Group/Planning for Growth in the New Normal Marketplace

CHICAGO — With little to no growth forecasted for the restaurant industry over the next several years and consumer frugality being the "new norm," restaurants will need to cater to the needs of their cost-conscious customers to build loyalty and enhance value, according to market researcher The NPD Group.