http://www.bluemaumau.org/trendspagestories en Grocerants Rise as They Hone Their Appeal to Millennials http://www.bluemaumau.org/15204/grocerants_rise_appeal_millennials <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>CHICAGO&mdash;Supermarkets are raising the bar on their foodservice offerings and by doing so are attracting the attention of the coveted Millennials. Restaurant-quality and fresh food, chef-driven menus, and in-store experiences have given rise to the Grocerant.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15204/grocerants_rise_appeal_millennials" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15204/grocerants_rise_appeal_millennials#comments Trends Tue, 14 Jun 2016 16:51:23 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15204 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Fast Casual Traffic Softens while QSR Combo Meal Deals Bring Visits http://www.bluemaumau.org/15199/fast_casual_traffic_softens_while_qsr_combo_meal_deals_bring_visits <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>CHICAGO &mdash;The restaurant industry has been conducting business in a one percent world since 2010. Foodservice researchers expect visits to restaurants will increase minimally quarter-after-quarter, resulting in an average lift in traffic of one percent annually.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15199/fast_casual_traffic_softens_while_qsr_combo_meal_deals_bring_visits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15199/fast_casual_traffic_softens_while_qsr_combo_meal_deals_bring_visits#comments Trends Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:03:55 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15199 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Franchise Hirings Up Somewhat in May http://www.bluemaumau.org/15177/may_franchise_hirings_dim_compared_april <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="" src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7231/27348041831_ecdf169515_n.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 320px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;" />ROSELAND, N.J.&mdash;Franchise jobs in the American private-sector increased by 19,400 during the month of May. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15177/may_franchise_hirings_dim_compared_april" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15177/may_franchise_hirings_dim_compared_april#comments Trends Thu, 02 Jun 2016 16:36:35 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15177 at http://www.bluemaumau.org As Burger Wars Heat Up, Combo Value Meals Drive Traffic and Visits http://www.bluemaumau.org/15146/burger_wars_heat_combo_value_meals_drive_traffic_and_visits <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="Wendy's 4 for $4" src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7024/26617963034_db12983a24_n.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 213px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" />CHICAGO&mdash;Since last fall it has been a game of thrones among the top burger chains&mdash;Burger King, McDonald&#39;s, and Wendy&#39;s. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15146/burger_wars_heat_combo_value_meals_drive_traffic_and_visits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15146/burger_wars_heat_combo_value_meals_drive_traffic_and_visits#comments Trends Tue, 24 May 2016 11:54:51 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15146 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Independent Restaurants Raise Spending with Broadline Distributors http://www.bluemaumau.org/15134/independent_restaurants_raise_spending_broadline_distributors <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/resize/051916_1657_Independent1-320x213.jpg" style="height: 213px; width: 320px; float: right; margin-left: 6px; margin-right: 6px;" width="320" height="213" />CHICAGO&mdash;Despite declining unit counts for the last two years, independent restaurant operators represent a third of broadline foodservice distribution dollars, and their spending has increased year-over-year for the past two years.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15134/independent_restaurants_raise_spending_broadline_distributors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15134/independent_restaurants_raise_spending_broadline_distributors#comments Trends Thu, 19 May 2016 16:57:41 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15134 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Generation, Life Stage Affect Consumer Eating Habits http://www.bluemaumau.org/15125/generation_life_stage_affect_consumer_eating_habits <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Diners eat late at night at a Waffle House" src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7744/26858996262_fdbfac122d_c.jpg" style="width: 670px; height: 378px;" /> <div class="caption">Late night diners at a Waffle House. Consumer patterns shift. (Photo/sniegowski)</div> </div> <p>CHICAGO&mdash; What is myth and reality when it comes to eating patterns among the generations? Restaurant owners want to know. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15125/generation_life_stage_affect_consumer_eating_habits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15125/generation_life_stage_affect_consumer_eating_habits#comments Trends Wed, 11 May 2016 14:37:37 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15125 at http://www.bluemaumau.org 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