http://www.bluemaumau.org/trendspagestories en In a Growing Economy, U.S. Restaurant Outlets Decline http://www.bluemaumau.org/16316/growing_economy_us_restaurant_outlets_decline <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Empty boxes in an empty, shuttered bakery" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4701/38460155470_d67d30aebb_n.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 213px;" /> <div class="caption">Empty cash drawer &amp; boxes&nbsp;inside&nbsp;a&nbsp;shuttered&nbsp;QSR</div> </div> <p>The U.S. restaurant count reached 647,288 units in the autumn of 2017. That is a&nbsp;2 percent decrease in the number of restaurant outlets from a year ago. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/16316/growing_economy_us_restaurant_outlets_decline" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/16316/growing_economy_us_restaurant_outlets_decline#comments Trends Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:02:25 +0000 Don Sniegowski 16316 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Gen Z Expects Food Flavor and Nutritional Benefit over Branding http://www.bluemaumau.org/16299/gen_z_expects_food_flavor_and_nutritional_benefit_over_branding <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Generation Z, those born from 1997 to present, now represent 27 percent of the U.S. population. They are a larger group than Millennials, and although only older Gen Zs are entering adulthood, their impact on the food industry is already being felt, finds a new study by international researcher The NPD Group.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/16299/gen_z_expects_food_flavor_and_nutritional_benefit_over_branding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/16299/gen_z_expects_food_flavor_and_nutritional_benefit_over_branding#comments Trends Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:58:53 +0000 Don Sniegowski 16299 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Marriott Introduces IoT Hotel Room of the Future http://www.bluemaumau.org/16202/marriott_introduces_iot_hotel_room_future <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Marriot IoT hotel room" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/u9/IoT-Room_Mirror-Image1-2.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 160px; float: right; margin-top: 3px; margin-bottom: 3px;" width="320" height="160" /> <div class="caption">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;IoT yoga routines &amp; wake-up alarms on verbal or mobile command</div> </div> <p>Marriott International, now the largest hotel company in the world since its acquisition of Starwood Hotels &amp; Resorts last year, is working with Samsung and Legrand to create the hospitality industry&rsquo;s Internet of Things (IoT) hotel room of the future. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/16202/marriott_introduces_iot_hotel_room_future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/16202/marriott_introduces_iot_hotel_room_future#comments Trends Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:06:30 +0000 BMM 16202 at http://www.bluemaumau.org After 5 Quarters of No Growth, Guest Traffic in U.S. Restaurants Dips Yet Again in Q2 http://www.bluemaumau.org/16048/after_5_quarters_no_growth_guest_traffic_us_restaurants_dips_yet_again_second_quarter_2017 <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Customer visits to U.S. restaurants and foodservice outlets remained negative in the quarter ending in&nbsp;June.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/16048/after_5_quarters_no_growth_guest_traffic_us_restaurants_dips_yet_again_second_quarter_2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/16048/after_5_quarters_no_growth_guest_traffic_us_restaurants_dips_yet_again_second_quarter_2017#comments Trends casual dining foodservice research full service restaurant QSR The NPD Group Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:40:46 +0000 Don Sniegowski 16048 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Generation X Now Represents Nearly a Quarter of All Restaurant Visits http://www.bluemaumau.org/15987/generation_x_now_represents_nearly_quarter_all_restaurant_visits <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Generation X, ages 36 to 52, now represents 23 percent of all restaurant visits, not a significant difference from Boomers and Millennials, who represent 26 and 25 percent of visits respectively, according to a new foodservice study published by researcher NPD Group.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15987/generation_x_now_represents_nearly_quarter_all_restaurant_visits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15987/generation_x_now_represents_nearly_quarter_all_restaurant_visits#comments Trends Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:43:03 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15987 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Franchise Hiring Lowest in Almost Five Years http://www.bluemaumau.org/15893/franchise_hiring_hits_five_year_low <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>National employment in the private sector was up by&nbsp;177,000 jobs in April, a moderate slowdown compared to previous months. However, franchised establishments were especially hard hit. Franchise jobs increased by only 5,400 in April, according to the monthly ADP National Franchise Report. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15893/franchise_hiring_hits_five_year_low" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15893/franchise_hiring_hits_five_year_low#comments Trends Wed, 10 May 2017 18:43:29 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15893 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Restaurant Count in 2016 Drops Most Since Recession http://www.bluemaumau.org/15862/restaurant_count_2016_drops_most_recession <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>The number of restaurants in the United States has fallen to its lowest level in ten years, according to a count of commercial restaurant locations compiled each spring and fall by a major foodservice researcher. Restaurant locations fell in 2016 by two percent, according to The NPD Group.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15862/restaurant_count_2016_drops_most_recession" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15862/restaurant_count_2016_drops_most_recession#comments Trends Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:10:52 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15862 at http://www.bluemaumau.org U.S. Hiring Booms in February, while Franchise Hiring Lags http://www.bluemaumau.org/15799/us_hiring_booms_february_while_franchise_hiring_lackluster <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="workers" src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5324/30713665741_90ba5d532e_c.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 180px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;" />Nonfarm private sector employment in the United States grew by a whopping 298,000 in February, according to actual payroll data compiled by the ADP National Employment Report. The U.S. economy has not had such a stellar monthly job number in years.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15799/us_hiring_booms_february_while_franchise_hiring_lackluster" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15799/us_hiring_booms_february_while_franchise_hiring_lackluster#comments Trends Thu, 09 Mar 2017 17:27:35 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15799 at http://www.bluemaumau.org QSR Traffic Stalls, Full Service Visits Down in 2016 http://www.bluemaumau.org/15740/qsr_traffic_stalls_full_service_visits_down_2016 <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/resize/File%20Feb%2008%2C%201%2046%2049%20PM-320x320.jpeg" style="float: right; width: 320px; height: 320px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" width="320" height="320" />As goes the U.S. quick service restaurant (QSR) segment, so goes the total foodservice industry. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15740/qsr_traffic_stalls_full_service_visits_down_2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15740/qsr_traffic_stalls_full_service_visits_down_2016#comments Trends Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:33:20 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15740 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Research: Canadian Full-Service Restaurants Should Expand Convenience and Differentiation http://www.bluemaumau.org/15724/research_canadian_fullservice_restaurants_should_expand_convenience_and_differentiation <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>A restaurant researcher finds that full-service restaurants in Canada are slowing as competition heats up from the more nimble fast-casual segment. The researcher, Chicago-based Technomic, says that full-service restaurants need a better answer in growing demand through a convenient, differentiated dining experience.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15724/research_canadian_fullservice_restaurants_should_expand_convenience_and_differentiation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15724/research_canadian_fullservice_restaurants_should_expand_convenience_and_differentiation#comments Trends Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:03:40 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15724 at http://www.bluemaumau.org