http://www.bluemaumau.org/trendspagestories en Americans Change, Eat Out Less http://www.bluemaumau.org/14229/americans_change_eat_out_less <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/111014_1747_AmericansCh1.jpg" width="457" height="302" /></div> <p>CHICAGO &mdash; Americans are sourcing more meals from home than they have in years. There has been a decline in restaurant usage and an increase in meals from home</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14229/americans_change_eat_out_less" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14229/americans_change_eat_out_less#comments food trends eating trends Harry Balzer The NPD Group Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:47:19 +0000 BMM 14229 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Retail Sales Post 5% Gain in October http://www.bluemaumau.org/14218/retail_sales_post_5_gain_october <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>NEW YORK &ndash; Retail chain-store sales in the United States posted a gain of 4.6% for the fiscal month of October on a year-over-year basis, according to a tally of comparable-store sales compiled by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14218/retail_sales_post_5_gain_october" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14218/retail_sales_post_5_gain_october#comments retail trends ICSC International Council of Shopping Centers shopping mall Thu, 06 Nov 2014 18:46:45 +0000 BMM 14218 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Holiday Jobs to Hit 14-Year High http://www.bluemaumau.org/14215/christmas_seasonal_jobs_hit_14_year_high <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>CHICAGO&mdash;Retailers are expected to hire more temporary employees this holiday season than at any time since the 21st century began, according to an outplacement consultancy. The bad news for brick and mortar retailers is that hiring continues to shift towards online retailers.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14215/christmas_seasonal_jobs_hit_14_year_high" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14215/christmas_seasonal_jobs_hit_14_year_high#comments retail trends Christmas retail season Holiday Season jobs report retail jobs seasonal recruiting Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:31:27 +0000 Don Sniegowski 14215 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Franchises Add 16,970 Jobs in October 2014 http://www.bluemaumau.org/14214/franchises_add_16970_jobs_october_2014 <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="McDonald's &quot;now hiring&quot; sign" src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7506/15539945320_3b7f2c380d_c.jpg" style="width: 680px; height: 330px;" /></div> <p>ROSELAND, N.J. &ndash; Jobs in the franchise sector increased by 16,970 during the month of October. Franchise jobs tied small business&#39; monthly growth rate of 0.2% in October over the preceding month, according to the ADP National Franchise and Small Business Report. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14214/franchises_add_16970_jobs_october_2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14214/franchises_add_16970_jobs_october_2014#comments trends franchise employment franchise establishment economic performance franchise hirings franchise jobs Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:07:52 +0000 BMM 14214 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Chicken Sandwiches Grow, Despite Being Dwarfed by Burgers http://www.bluemaumau.org/14165/chicken_sandwiches_grow_despite_being_dwarfed_burgers <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Sonic&#039;s cheesy pub chicken sandwich" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/resize/Crispy%2BChicken%2BCheesy%2BPub%2BSandwich-334x220.jpg" style="width: 334px; height: 220px;" width="334" height="220" /> <div class="caption">Sonic&#39;s cheesy pub chicken sandwich. Photo/BusinessWire</div> </div> <p>CHICAGO &mdash; Hamburgers have been and are the chosen sandwich ordered at restaurants and other foodservice outlets, but an increasing number of consumers are becoming enamored with breaded chicken sandwiches, reports foodservice researcher The NPD Group.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14165/chicken_sandwiches_grow_despite_being_dwarfed_burgers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14165/chicken_sandwiches_grow_despite_being_dwarfed_burgers#comments food trends breaded chicken sandwich food research food trends hamburger The NPD Group Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:21:39 +0000 BMM 14165 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Soft September for Franchise Jobs http://www.bluemaumau.org/14151/soft_september_franchise_jobs <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>ROSELAND, N.J. &ndash; Franchise jobs in the United States were soft in September. Hiring of both full time and part time workers increased by only 16,930, according to payroll provider ADP. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14151/soft_september_franchise_jobs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14151/soft_september_franchise_jobs#comments trends ADP Research Institute auto dealership hiring franchise jobs Moody's Analytics restaurant job creation Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:39:21 +0000 BMM 14151 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Shrinking Middle Class Take Toll on Restaurant Industry http://www.bluemaumau.org/14142/shrinking_middle_class_take_toll_restaurant_industry <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/resize/092414_1754_ShrinkingMi1-330x252.png" style="height: 252px; width: 330px;" width="330" height="252" /> <div class="caption">Source: NPD; 3 years ending June 2012, 2013, 2014,*compound annual growth rate</div> </div> <p>CHICAGO &mdash; The gap between high- and low-income groups is the <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/12/05/u-s-income-inequality-on-rise-for-decades-is-now-highest-since-1928/">widest it has been</a> since the Roaring Twenties, nearly a hundred years ago. The share of U.S. consumers who identify with the middle class has never been lower.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14142/shrinking_middle_class_take_toll_restaurant_industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14142/shrinking_middle_class_take_toll_restaurant_industry#comments food trends foodservice research The NPD Group Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:54:35 +0000 BMM 14142 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Consumers Say Want Healthier Menus at Big Chains http://www.bluemaumau.org/14136/consumers_say_want_healthier_menus_big_chains <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Jason's Deli" src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2942/15151904718_53780cf024_b.jpg" style="width: 330px; height: 330px;" /> <div class="caption">Salad &amp; cancer center sign on every Jason&#39;s Deli table. photo by bmm</div> </div> <p>CHICAGO &ndash; Consumers say that major chains are missing the mark in their lack of healthy menu item offerings. According to restaurant researcher Technomic&#39;s white paper, Better-for-You Chains: Consumer Ratings of Restaurants&#39; Healthy Offerings, a majority of consumers say it is important for restaurants&mdash;even quick-service concepts&mdash;to ensure that healthy options are offered. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14136/consumers_say_want_healthier_menus_big_chains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14136/consumers_say_want_healthier_menus_big_chains#comments food trends consumer food rankings healthy menu item trend restaurant research Technomic Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:08:11 +0000 BMM 14136 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Beverage Innovation Helps Restaurant Visits http://www.bluemaumau.org/14135/beverage_innovation_helps_restaurant_visits <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>CHICAGO&mdash;A fifth of today&#39;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.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14135/beverage_innovation_helps_restaurant_visits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14135/beverage_innovation_helps_restaurant_visits#comments food trends food research leading beverage trends non-alchohol beverage trends restaurant research Technomic Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:08:44 +0000 BMM 14135 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Trends in Hotel Franchise Fees, The Numbers http://www.bluemaumau.org/components_franchise_fees <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="US hotels' franchise related fees as a percentage of rooms revenue from 2007 - 2013" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/091614_1906_TheComponen1.png" style="float: right; height: 257px; width: 330px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px;" />Hotel franchise companies (&quot;the brands/chains&quot;) charge their franchisees a series of fees that cover a variety of services provided by the franchisor. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/components_franchise_fees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/components_franchise_fees#comments hotel trends hotel franchising fees hotel trends in franchise fees PKF Hospitality Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:06:19 +0000 Robert Passikoff 14129 at http://www.bluemaumau.org