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Consumers Say Want Healthier Menus at Big Chains

Jason's Deli
Salad & cancer center sign on every Jason's Deli table. photo by bmm

CHICAGO – Consumers say that major chains are missing the mark in their lack of healthy menu item offerings. According to restaurant researcher Technomic's white paper, Better-for-You Chains: Consumer Ratings of Restaurants' Healthy Offerings, a majority of consumers say it is important for restaurants—even quick-service concepts—to ensure that healthy options are offered.

Beverage Innovation Helps Restaurant Visits

CHICAGO—A fifth of today's consumers (21 percent, up from 16 percent in 2012) say that beverages play a very important role in deciding which restaurants to visit for meals. This increase is primarily driven by consumers aged 18 to 44, who tend to use beverages for a variety of occasions, including snacks and social visits.

Shakeup at Famous Dave’s Management and Board

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MINNETONKA, Minn. – Famous Dave's of America announced a shakeup of its officers and board members late last month. At the corporate officer level, it has appointed new board member Ed Rensi as its chief executive officer, replacing John Gilbert III.

Fast-Casual Continues to Outpace Other Restaurants

Panera Bread drive-thru
A Panera Bread drive-thru. Photo by Blue MauMau

CHICAGO –A food researcher says that the fast-casual segment continues to steal share from full-service chains and drive limited-service growth, making up 15 percent of the $231 billion limited-service restaurant segment.

Fast Casual Is Turbocharged, but Concepts Still Fail

Panera Bread, photo by Blue MauMau

CHICAGO – Fast-casual restaurants continue to lead growth within the restaurant industry. With an 11 percent increase in 2013 sales and nearly 8 percent increase in units, fast-casual concepts include many of the fastest growing restaurant chains in Technomic's own 2014 list of top 500 restaurant chains.

Restaurants Capitalize on Eating Healthy

CHICAGO – Consumers are seeking healthier menu options, like socially responsible brands and want more information, according to one foodservice researcher.

Biggest Restaurant Chains Grow 3.5% in 2013

CHICAGO – Restaurant researcher Technomic announced that the country's biggest 500 restaurant chains registered a 3.5 percent annual sales increase in 2013. That growth is significantly softer than 2012's 4.9 percent growth.

Bundled Soup and Salads Are a Big Pull on Consumers

CHICAGO— Soup and salad are favorite and classics of the American diet.

Consistency, Convenience Needed in Takeout

Carry out or dine in
photo by bmm

CHICAGO—51 percent of consumers report that they order takeout at least once a week, according to a recent finding by foodservice researcher Technomic.

Hotels Poised for Growth in Drink Sales

A tiny bottle of Maker's Mark that fits in a hotel room refrigerator
Tiny 50mL Maker's Mark bourbon bottle. Photo/ Don Sniegowski

CHICAGO— Adult beverages are increasingly important to hotels, many of which are focusing on their bar and beverage programs.