http://www.bluemaumau.org/trendspageblogs en Labor Is Laborious http://www.bluemaumau.org/labor_laborious <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>There a lot of &quot;double-edged sword&quot; issues on the minds of hotel operators these days. Hotel occupancy levels are at record levels, but that is attracting the attention of developers and therefore the threat of new competition. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/labor_laborious" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/labor_laborious#comments Trends Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:13:50 +0000 Robert Mandelbaum 15576 at http://www.bluemaumau.org McDonalds Tests Self-Service Coffee to Quicken Service http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonalds_testing_selfservice_coffee_speed_service <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>They call it fast food for good reason: It&rsquo;s fast.&nbsp;&nbsp;Foodservice Solutions&reg; while&nbsp;speaking at the&nbsp;Fresh Food Summit pointed out that foodservice is evolving and what was fast yesterday is not so fast today.&nbsp;&nbsp;Let&rsquo;s look at five of the foodservice fast facts:</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonalds_testing_selfservice_coffee_speed_service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonalds_testing_selfservice_coffee_speed_service#comments Trends Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:30:37 +0000 Steven Johnson 15088 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Hotel Spa Departments Follow Industry Trends http://www.bluemaumau.org/hotel_spa_departments_follow_industry_trends <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Coming out of the great recession, U.S. hotel operators struggled to earn revenue from sources other than the rental of guest rooms. However, in 2014, we began to see guests spend their money in other areas of the hotel. According to the 2015 edition of Trends&reg; in the Hotel Industry, rooms revenue increased by 7.3 percent in 2014. Concurrently, revenue within the food and beverage and other-operated departments grew by 6.2 percent.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/hotel_spa_departments_follow_industry_trends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/hotel_spa_departments_follow_industry_trends#comments Trends Fri, 19 Feb 2016 20:21:32 +0000 Robert Mandelbaum 14973 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Advantage of Grocery Stores over Restaurants http://www.bluemaumau.org/advantage_grocery_stores_over_restaurants <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>When a new law was passed in France that required all restaurants to provide doggy bags to customers who want to take their leftovers home I yawned. I did not give it much thought until my inbox was filled with questions about food waste, discarding of old and outdated food.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/advantage_grocery_stores_over_restaurants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/advantage_grocery_stores_over_restaurants#comments Trends Sat, 13 Feb 2016 06:44:19 +0000 Steven Johnson 14965 at http://www.bluemaumau.org That Was Then http://www.bluemaumau.org/was_then <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>If you&rsquo;re old enough (and you probably aren&rsquo;t), you remember when chicken sandwiches were once new, innovative items on fast food menus. And then, when fried chicken took on a less-than-healthful patina, grilled chicken sandwiches were brought in to address issues of healthy preparation. One wonders where the grill lines came from in restaurants that had no char broilers?</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/was_then" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/was_then#comments Trends Sat, 02 Jan 2016 09:16:36 +0000 Bob O'Brien 14837 at http://www.bluemaumau.org 2016 Food Outlook: Satisfying the Growing Demand for 'Wholesome and Real' http://www.bluemaumau.org/2016_food_outlook_satisfying_growing_demand_wholesome_and_real <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Keeping up with the latest health trends in the foodservice industry is an ongoing challenge.&nbsp; Fortunately for restaurant operators, consumers&rsquo; definition of healthy food has broadened.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/2016_food_outlook_satisfying_growing_demand_wholesome_and_real" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/2016_food_outlook_satisfying_growing_demand_wholesome_and_real#comments Trends Fri, 01 Jan 2016 15:27:54 +0000 Bonnie Riggs 14833 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Revenue Premiums Offset Higher Costs in Historic Hotels http://www.bluemaumau.org/revenue_premiums_offset_higher_costs_historic_hotels <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Some old hotels age gracefully and have achieved the status of &quot;grande dame&quot; hotels. These properties typically compete in the luxury or upper-upscale market segments, and frequently achieve occupancy and average daily rate (ADR) premiums versus their contemporary competition.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/revenue_premiums_offset_higher_costs_historic_hotels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/revenue_premiums_offset_higher_costs_historic_hotels#comments Trends Thu, 10 Dec 2015 16:49:32 +0000 Robert Mandelbaum 14814 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Discontinuity Rattling Restaurant Sector Tim Horton’s, Joe’s Crab Shack, Ruby Tuesday http://www.bluemaumau.org/discontinuity_rattling_restaurant_sector_tim_horton%E2%80%99s_joe%E2%80%99s_crab_shack_ruby_tuesday <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>When you shake the tree the weak leaves fall. Once again restaurant consumer discontinuity has driven customers away from restaurants in 2015 too grocery stores and convenience stores.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/discontinuity_rattling_restaurant_sector_tim_horton%E2%80%99s_joe%E2%80%99s_crab_shack_ruby_tuesday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/discontinuity_rattling_restaurant_sector_tim_horton%E2%80%99s_joe%E2%80%99s_crab_shack_ruby_tuesday#comments Trends Wed, 02 Dec 2015 20:42:04 +0000 Steven Johnson 14807 at http://www.bluemaumau.org U.S. Historic Hotel Outlook Is Extremely Strong http://www.bluemaumau.org/us_historic_hotel_outlook_extremely_strong <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>The outlook for the U.S. lodging industry, particularly historic hotels, continues to be extremely strong, according to PKF Hospitality Research (PKF- HR is a CBRE company).</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/us_historic_hotel_outlook_extremely_strong" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/us_historic_hotel_outlook_extremely_strong#comments Trends hotel RevPar trends Thu, 15 Oct 2015 16:39:06 +0000 Robert Mandelbaum 14741 at http://www.bluemaumau.org All Day Breakfast Isn’t a New Thing http://www.bluemaumau.org/all_day_breakfast_isn%E2%80%99t_new_thing <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>When I was in college on the East Coast, when we were leaving the bars late at night we&#39;d all go &quot;out for breakfast.&quot; The food itself wasn&#39;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.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/all_day_breakfast_isn%E2%80%99t_new_thing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/all_day_breakfast_isn%E2%80%99t_new_thing#comments Trends foodservice research The NPD Group Fri, 14 Aug 2015 22:53:25 +0000 Bob O'Brien 14633 at http://www.bluemaumau.org