en UK Restaurant Visits Up while US Dips in Q2 <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Just at the end of the second quarter of 2016 Britain voted to leave the European Union. But at that point, United Kingdom consumers had already made enough foodservice visits to give the United Kingdom the strongest global foodservice market for the quarter, reports The NPD Group.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trends Tue, 04 Oct 2016 20:13:11 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15494 at Consumer Confidence Index Increases in September <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Consumer confidence has improved from August to September. The Conference Board&#39;s Consumer Confidence Index grew to 104.1 in September from 101.8 in August. It was 100 when it was created in 1985.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trends Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:03:16 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15480 at U.S. Restaurants Drop in Count, Chains Flatline <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="Family restaurant" src="" style="width: 320px; height: 180px;" /><br /> Despite a growing population, the United States only had 624,301 restaurants in spring 2016. That is a one percent decrease in eateries from spring 2015, according to a major foodservice researcher. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trends Tue, 20 Sep 2016 06:23:22 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15462 at Health Concerns over Rise of Grocerants <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Supermarket offers prepared lunch bowl of sashimi" src="" style="width: 320px; height: 213px;" /> <div class="caption">Major supermarket offers sashimi bowl for lunch. (photo/sniegowski)</div> </div> <p>With the rise of the grocerant &mdash; supermarkets that offer prepared, restaurant-style food&nbsp;&mdash; comes an increase in consumer concerns over food safety. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trends Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:51:52 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15454 at Restaurant Lunch Visits Decline Sharply from a Changing American Lifestyle <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Wendy's value 4 for $4 lunch meal" src="" style="width: 321px; height: 180px;" /> <div class="caption">Americans look for value offerings &nbsp;Photo/bmm</div> </div> <p>Restaurateurs are having a tough time competing with the changing work and lifestyle habits of Americans, especially when it comes to lunch. Lunches at restaurants, which account for a third of all restaurant traffic, have posted consecutively steeper declines over the past six months, according to a major research group.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Foodservice Trends Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:26:44 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15445 at Restaurant Traffic Remains Flat in Second Quarter <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="inside a diner" src="" style="width: 320px; height: 215px;" /> <div class="caption">Photo by <a href="" target="_blank">Matts Edenius</a></div> </div> <p>A major foodservice researcher reports that consumer traffic in restaurant establishments was flat in the second quarter, following an already horizontal first quarter of 2016. That is two consecutive quarters not of a contraction but rather a lack of vigor&nbsp;when it comes to consumer visits to the hyper competitive restaurant industry.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trends Tue, 30 Aug 2016 21:33:16 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15405 at Consumers Blame Restaurants for Third-Party Mistakes <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Even if a restaurant has a contract with a third-party ordering and delivery service, the majority of consumers (76%) still hold the restaurant at least partially responsible for any order errors, according to a foodservice researcher.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trends Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:41:49 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15396 at Generations Approach Dinner Differently <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="" src="" style="height: 320px; width: 320px;" width="320" height="320" /> <div class="caption">Photo from <a href="" target="_blank">Wikipedia</a></div> </div> <p>If there is a meal that exemplifies the differences among generations, it is dinner. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trends Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:59:30 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15369 at Franchise Jobs Have Solid Gain in July; Finding Workers Becomes Harder <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="Monthly change in Franchise Jobs x 1,000 from June 2011 to July 2016" src="" style="float: right; height: 320px; width: 320px; margin-left: 6px; margin-right: 6px;" />ROSELAND, N.J.&mdash;Jobs in franchise establishments increased by 21,200 in July, according to ADP Research Institute. That monthly gain is solidly above the average of 19,400 jobs added each month by franchises since June of 2011, a period of over 5 years.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trends ADP Franchise Jobs Report Thu, 04 Aug 2016 13:11:48 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15332 at Lunch Visits Cool as Competition Heats Up <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Chicago&mdash;The rough news for restaurateurs is that consumers are purchasing lunch away from home slightly less often now than two years ago, according to a foodservice researcher. Worse,</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trends Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:59:49 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15324 at