CHICAGO—Snacking is all the rage. But contrary to popular belief, Americans still eat three main meals a day. 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.
CHICAGO —Fast casual restaurant chains, which are upscale quick service restaurant (QSR) concepts, continue to be on a winning streak. The segment is growing in both restaurant unit count and customer visits, which is better than can be said for the restaurant industry as a whole.
Workers at a Five Guys franchise assemble burgers. (Photo:BMM)
ROSELAND, N.J.—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's robust numbers.
CHICAGO—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.
CHICAGO —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.
CHICAGO—The new U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, issued last week, recommends something that consumers have already caught on to — limit sugar intake. U.S. consumers have already indicated that sugar is the number one item that they try to avoid in their diet.