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Americans Are Eating More Fresh Food

CHICAGO — The advice of "eat your fruits and vegetables" has taken hold. During the ten-year period from 2003 to 2013, the consumption of fresh food, fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish and eggs grew by 20 percent to over 100 billion meals and snacks.

Millennials Remain Influential Customers for Restaurants

Importance of Millennials by Age GroupCHICAGO — Despite cutbacks in restaurant visits over the past several years, Millennials, ages 18 to 34, continue to be heavy users of restaurants.

Shrinking Middle Class Take Toll on Restaurant Industry

Source: NPD; 3 years ending June 2012, 2013, 2014,*compound annual growth rate

CHICAGO — The gap between high- and low-income groups is the widest it has been since the Roaring Twenties, nearly a hundred years ago. The share of U.S. consumers who identify with the middle class has never been lower.

Chain Restaurant Traffic Flat, Independents Shrink in Q2

Independent vs Chain restaurant growth for consumer visits and restaurant unit count
Chart: Blue MauMau; Data: NPD

CHICAGO —The marketing clout of major and small restaurant chains in the United States was able to keep total consumer visits from dipping during the April through June quarter. Visits were flat for the restaurant industry. That is better news than independent restaurants, which saw a decline in consumer visits of 2 percent for the quarter, reports foodservice researcher The NPD Group. 

Little Traffic Growth Means Little Restaurant Unit Rise in Spring 2014

Small restaurant Zoup grew 20 units to 55 in 2014
Bucking the trend, small chain Zoup! grew 20% in units to 55 from '13-'14.

CHICAGO — According to a new report by a foodservice researcher, there has been little growth in consumer visits to restaurants in America. Restaurant units grew by only 0.8 percent in the spring of 2014 compared to spring 2013. Total U.S. restaurant count stands at 635,494, based on restaurants reported to be open as of March 31, which is up by 5,002 units from spring 2013.

American Eaters Less Concerned about Salt

CHICAGO ─ As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration prepares to issue voluntary sodium guidelines for food manufacturers and restaurants, at least one researcher finds that American consumers are less concerned about their sodium intake.

Menu Innovation by Trial and Error? No!

For some reason the idea that successful product innovation begins with what consumers need or want has eluded many restaurant operators when developing new menu items. Having been a restaurant owner myself I think I know why.

Total Restaurant Visits Dip in First Quarter

CHICAGO — The downside for the U.S. restaurant industry in the first quarter of 2014 was that total restaurant visits dipped. The upside is that delivery orders received a boost.

Families with Kids Continue to Cut Down on Restaurant Visits

CHICAGO — Restaurant visits from families with children under age 13 have been declining since 2008.

Despite Positive Signs at Denny’s and IHOP, Midscale Still Drops

SPARTANBURG, S.C. and GLENDALE, Calif. – The two largest players in the midscale restaurant segment reported a positive increase in same store sales, despite the segment's continued contraction.