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All Day Breakfast Isn’t a New Thing

When I was in college on the East Coast, when we were leaving the bars late at night we'd all go "out for breakfast." The food itself wasn't necessarily important but the fact that it would be our morning meal needed to be pointed out. I have since learned that men do this same thing all over the world.

You Can Bring Millennials to Tap Water but…

Out here at the global foodservice blog world headquarters in drought-stricken California there is great concern with the lack of water. A green lawn will make you a social outcast as fast as a few mattresses and rusty cars in the yard will.

300-Year-Old Pretzels and Other Ancient Doughy Foods

My wife and I were at a baseball game recently. Between innings she announced that she was going to get something to eat and drink and wondered (she's so nice) if I wanted anything. Surprising even myself, I said "a big pretzel." She came back with chicken nachos. They were delicious if you ignored the "cheese." There were no "big pretzels" in the zip code.

Cookies for Insomniacs, Delivered

Recently on some screen or another, I fleetingly read that the smart phone is the greatest tool ever invented for getting people to spend money.

Foodservices in China and Russia Swing Up and Down

China and Russia each demonstrated in their own way how things can swing from good to bad and back in a hurry in a developing foodservice market.

The Future of Foodservice Delivery

There is a lot of talk about delivery in the industry these days.  It is easy to get carried away with how important it is.  In 2014 delivery accounted for just under 4 percent of US foodservice industry traffic and is less important than it was in 2006, according to NPD's foodservice market research.

If Chains Are Growing, Why Does Everyone Talk about Independents?

I recently attended an excellent conference in Hamburg, Germany put on by Gretel Weiss, the publisher of FoodService Europe & Middle East magazine. The crowd there was fantastic. There are great sponsors and there is always great content.  One of the presenters waxed eloquent about the dynamic and creative foodservice developments in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, saying that these things were on their way across the US and to Europe.

Who Isn't Launching a Mobile App?

Have I mentioned how resentful I am that smart phones came into being just as I began to need glasses to read anything?  I’m resentful.

Will Australia's Beloved Flat White Coffee Unseat Lattes in America?

My Mother loved coffee and even late in her life, when she had trouble keeping track of anything, she could bang down a cup before I managed to get mine cool enough to drink.

2015 will be a Different Story

Last year in my post, Restaurant Recovery: One Stair Step at a Time, I pointed out the steady, if slow, growth of U.S. foodservice industry sales in the last half of 2013.