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Pumpkin Beverages Spice Up Business for Restaurateurs

CHICAGO — One foodservice researcher has discovered that pumpkin specialty drinks for a limited, seasonal time benefits businesses. Limited time offers for pumpkin specialty drinks can spur additional purchases by established customers, bring in new customers, draw customers from competitors, and stimulate business during slow periods.

All Day Breakfast Isn’t a New Thing

When I was in college on the East Coast, when we were leaving the bars late at night we'd all go "out for breakfast." The food itself wasn't necessarily important but the fact that it would be our morning meal needed to be pointed out. I have since learned that men do this same thing all over the world.

Visits Highest in Six Years and Higher Average Eater Checks Pump Up Consumer Spending

CHICAGO – Restaurant traffic hit its highest level in six years. Not only that but higher average tickets fueled a 3 percent increase in consumer spending at U.S. restaurants and foodservice outlets in the year ending May 2015 compared to year ago, reports foodservice researcher The NPD Group.

Global Lunch Traffic Improves but Major Chain Visits Weaken

CHICAGO – Lunch visits at foodservice outlets in several countries improved for the second consecutive quarter.

Cookies for Insomniacs, Delivered

Recently on some screen or another, I fleetingly read that the smart phone is the greatest tool ever invented for getting people to spend money.

Down Again in May, McDonald’s Makes Changes

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Robert Gibbs at his last press conference for Pres. Obama.

OAK BROOK, Ill. – McDonald's Corporation announced Monday that its same-restaurant sales for the United States was down 2.2 percent for May, lower than expectations.

Restaurant Spending Up but Visits Flat

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Consumers remaining at home. Photo by

CHICAGO – Spending in foodservice establishments has risen by 3 percent in the year ending in April 2015 compared to a year ago. That gain in spending is despite the flatness of consumer visits, according to researcher The NPD Group.

The Future of Foodservice Delivery

There is a lot of talk about delivery in the industry these days.  It is easy to get carried away with how important it is.  In 2014 delivery accounted for just under 4 percent of US foodservice industry traffic and is less important than it was in 2006, according to NPD's foodservice market research.

Convenience Stores Take Big Bite out of Pizza Servings

CHICAGO – Loads of pizza dough are making their way to convenience stores and into consumer stomachs. How much are convenience stores eating into traditional quick service restaurants' servings? Restaurant researcher The NPD Group provides this insight: Servings of pizza ordered by convenience stores increased by over 20 percent in the year ending in February 2015 compared to the previous year.

Hispanics Visit More Restaurants while Other Groups Drift Away

Spanish language Papa John's webpage
Image from Papa John's Spanish language webpage

CHICAGO — The U.S. Hispanic population is growing exponentially compared to non-Hispanics, and the group's overall restaurant visits outpaced population growth.