http://www.bluemaumau.org/trendspagestories en Restaurants Change to Meet Consumers' Evolution in Soup, Salad and Healthful Fare http://www.bluemaumau.org/15089/restaurants_change_meet_consumer%E2%80%99s_evolution_soup_salad_and_healthiness <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>CHICAGO&mdash;Soup and salad consumption has held steady over the past couple of years as consumers look to these for traditional better-for-you meals and add-ons. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15089/restaurants_change_meet_consumer%E2%80%99s_evolution_soup_salad_and_healthiness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15089/restaurants_change_meet_consumer%E2%80%99s_evolution_soup_salad_and_healthiness#comments Trends Tue, 19 Apr 2016 18:46:58 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15089 at http://www.bluemaumau.org America Loves Snacking but Still Wants Its 3 Meals http://www.bluemaumau.org/15085/america_loves_snacking_still_wants_its_three_meals <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Sitting down for wine and cheese" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/23/31477315_05400d98b9_b.jpg" style="width: 330px; height: 181px;" /> <div class="caption">Wine &amp; cheese. (Photo:<a href="https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/23/31477315_05400d98b9_b.jpg" target="_blank">Thomas Hawk</a>)</div> </div> <p>CHICAGO&mdash;Snacking is all the rage. But contrary to popular belief, Americans still eat three main meals a day.&nbsp; American consumers snack a lot, after all, snacking between meals account for about a third of all eating occasions, according to foodservice researcher The NPD Group. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15085/america_loves_snacking_still_wants_its_three_meals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15085/america_loves_snacking_still_wants_its_three_meals#comments Trends Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:02:25 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15085 at http://www.bluemaumau.org More Growth for Fast Casual Restaurants in Units and Visits http://www.bluemaumau.org/15067/more_growth_fast_casual_restaurants_units_and_visits <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Panera Bread" src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5313/14377647871_01eb7b4871_n.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 155px;" /> <div class="caption">Panera Bread (photo/bmm)</div> </div> <p>CHICAGO &mdash;Fast casual&nbsp;restaurant chains, which are upscale quick service restaurant (QSR) concepts, continue&nbsp;to be on a winning streak. The segment is growing&nbsp;in both restaurant unit count and customer visits, which is better than can be said for the restaurant industry as a whole. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15067/more_growth_fast_casual_restaurants_units_and_visits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15067/more_growth_fast_casual_restaurants_units_and_visits#comments Trends foodservice research NPD Group Sun, 10 Apr 2016 10:17:03 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15067 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Franchises Grow 22,000 Jobs in March http://www.bluemaumau.org/15049/franchises_grow_22000_jobs_march <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="A concierge" src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7323/16390467105_ae2ae0e8d3_n.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 221px;" /> <div class="caption">A hotel concierge. Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/121483302@N02/16390467105/in/faves-16943730@N00/" target="_blank">Jason Kuffer </a></div> </div> <p>ROSELAND, N.J.&mdash;Private-sector franchise jobs in the United States grew by 22,000 during March, according to payroll service provider ADP. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15049/franchises_grow_22000_jobs_march" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15049/franchises_grow_22000_jobs_march#comments Trends ADP National Franchise Report franchise employment franchise hiring hotel employment restaurant employment Fri, 01 Apr 2016 02:37:33 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15049 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Big Restaurant Chains Grow Sales by 5% in 2015, Fast-Casuals Double That http://www.bluemaumau.org/15037/big_restaurant_chains_grow_sales_5_2015_fastcasuals_double <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Jimmy John's store front after the rain" src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1685/25413830954_04dd104955_c.jpg" style="height: 186px; width: 331px;" /> <div class="caption">(photo/<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluemaumau/25761916364" target="_blank">bmm</a>)</div> </div> <p>CHICAGO&mdash;In 2015 the 500 biggest restaurant chains accelerated sales growth in the United States to a 4.9 percent increase for the group as a whole, totaling an estimated $288 billion in sales. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15037/big_restaurant_chains_grow_sales_5_2015_fastcasuals_double" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15037/big_restaurant_chains_grow_sales_5_2015_fastcasuals_double#comments Foodservice Trends Blaze Pizza fast-casual restaurant Freshii full service restaurant Jersey Mike's Jimmy John's McDonald's Mod Pizza Panera PIeology Subway Sweetgreen Taco Bell Technomic Zo√ęs Kitchen Thu, 24 Mar 2016 23:24:40 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15037 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Boomers Snack More Often than Millennials http://www.bluemaumau.org/15003/boomers_snack_more_often_millenials <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img align="right" alt="" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/030816_1608_BoomersSnac1.jpg" width="375" height="375" />CHICAGO&mdash;Millennials are the apple of today&#39;s marketers when it comes to targeting consumers, but surveys show that it is&nbsp;really the Boomers who shine. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15003/boomers_snack_more_often_millenials" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15003/boomers_snack_more_often_millenials#comments Trends Tue, 08 Mar 2016 16:08:55 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15003 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Franchised Restaurants and Hotel Hiring Up in February http://www.bluemaumau.org/14990/franchised_restaurants_and_hotel_hiring_february_2016 <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="" src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1631/25382323736_3323f51404_c.jpg" style="width: 330px; height: 186px;" /> <div class="caption">Workers at a&nbsp;Five Guys franchise&nbsp;assemble burgers. (Photo:BMM)</div> </div> <p>ROSELAND, N.J.&mdash;Private-sector franchise jobs in the United States rose by 18,500 during the month of February. The number of jobs and the rate of job growth in February for franchised establishments was down from January&#39;s robust numbers. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14990/franchised_restaurants_and_hotel_hiring_february_2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14990/franchised_restaurants_and_hotel_hiring_february_2016#comments Trends Wed, 02 Mar 2016 21:59:40 +0000 Don Sniegowski 14990 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Restaurant Units Dip in America but Rise in Major Metros http://www.bluemaumau.org/14983/restaurant_units_dip_america_major_metros <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="New restaurant being constructed" src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1544/24615637613_c5e3f8ecba_n.jpg" style="width: 330px; height: 220px;" /> <div class="caption">New chain restaurant being constructed</div> </div> <p>CHICAGO&mdash;Total restaurant count in America has decreased by 0.6 percent from a year ago to 629,488 units, according to a count of U.S. commercial restaurant locations compiled by a major foodservice researcher. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14983/restaurant_units_dip_america_major_metros" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14983/restaurant_units_dip_america_major_metros#comments Trends QSR Wed, 24 Feb 2016 15:57:01 +0000 Don Sniegowski 14983 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Restaurant Delivery Grows by Double Digits http://www.bluemaumau.org/14955/restaurant_delivery_grows_doubledigits <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>CHICAGO &mdash;Food delivery traffic, outside of pizza delivery, has grown by 33 percent since 2012, according to foodservice researcher the NPD Group. Meanwhile, traditional quick service restaurant (QSR) pizza delivery is on the decline.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14955/restaurant_delivery_grows_doubledigits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14955/restaurant_delivery_grows_doubledigits#comments Trends Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:16:48 +0000 Don Sniegowski 14955 at http://www.bluemaumau.org New U.S. Dietary Guidelines Remind Consumers to Reduce Sugar http://www.bluemaumau.org/14876/new_us_dietary_guidelines_remind_consumers_reduce_sugar <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="Sugar cubes" src="/sites/default/files/resize/SugarCubes_0-330x186.jpg" style="width: 330px; height: 186px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" width="330" height="186" />CHICAGO&mdash;The new U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, issued last week, recommends something that consumers have already caught on to &mdash; limit sugar intake. U.S. consumers have already indicated that sugar is the number one item that they try to avoid in their diet. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14876/new_us_dietary_guidelines_remind_consumers_reduce_sugar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14876/new_us_dietary_guidelines_remind_consumers_reduce_sugar#comments Trends food products food retailing restaurant food offering restauranting Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:15:13 +0000 Don Sniegowski 14876 at http://www.bluemaumau.org