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Gluten Avoiders Reach New High in 2013

  "I'm trying to cut back/avoid gluten in my diet."
NPD Tracks Gluten Avoidance
Source: NPD Group/Dieting Monitor, 52 week year ending Jan. 30, '13

CHICAGO —As of this January about a third of U.S. adults say they want to cut down or be free of gluten in their diets, the highest percentage making this claim since market researcher The NPD Group, began asking the question in 2009.

Brand Protection Stifles Restaurant Growth

Restaurant brand protectionism is what many chain restaurant marketing managers focus on and continue to do. All retail food and restaurant industry research consistency shows that that brand and or “Channel” protectionism is only important to the BRAND MARKETER. The research concludes it is not important to the consumer.

Wonder No More: Flowers Foods to Pay Real Dough to Buy Hostess Brands

Not very long ago there was a caseload of stories about the Hostess Company disappearing into bankruptcy, and with it its roster of brands. At the time our brand metrics pointed to the fact that it wasn’t likely that competitors – let alone consumers – were just going to sit there and let Hostess brands’ ‘use-by’ dates expire.

Non-traditional Food Retailers Pose More Threat to Restaurant Chains

The line between restaurants and food retailers is growing ever thinner. The fight for America’s food dollars continues to intensify as consumers find fresh prepared ready-2-eat food options at a wide and growing array of outlets across almost every channel: convenience stores, chain drug stores, restaurants, grocery stores, club stores, vending and even more non-food retailers like dollar stores.

Convenience Store Food Profits to Grow

CHICAGO—Foodservices are increasingly becoming convenience stores' most profitable category as gas and tobacco revenues fall, says foodservice researcher Technomic.

In Tough Times Franchisors Continue to Pull Away from Running Own Restaurants

As Burger King, KFC, Arby's and Applebee's sell off company-owned restaurants to franchisees, reporter Jonathan Maze writes that franchisors are increasingly refranchising.

First Restaurant Unit Increase Since 2009

Spring 2012 Restaurant Unit Change from Q1 2011  
Restaurant Unit Change
Source: The NPD Group/ReCount spring survey

CHICAGO — A newly upbeat industry posted a 0.5 percent gain in restaurant counts in spring 2012 with U.S. restaurant visits and consumer spending increases after a nasty recessionary slump.

Hi-Tech: Two-Year-Old Sandwiches

Two-year-old sandwich ready to eat; photo/BBC video

The military gave us nuclear power, jets, the walkie-talkie, digital photography, the Internet, GPS and now — the two-year-old sandwich.

Hooters Exposes Twin Peaks

From Hooters website, Hooters wallpaper
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ATLANTA – Hooters of America is accusing a new competitor of stealing confidential business information to gain unfair competition in its most profitable locations.

World Foodservice Sees Demand Sag

World foodservice demand, NPD
Source: The NPD Group/CREST, quarter ending June 2011

CHICAGO — As goes consumer confidence so goes the global foodservice industry. When consumer confidence sagged in the second quarter this year so did foodservice traffic in most countries around the world, according to The NPD Group, a market researcher.