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After 5 Quarters of No Growth, Guest Traffic in U.S. Restaurants Dips Yet Again in Q2

Customer visits to U.S. restaurants and foodservice outlets remained negative in the quarter ending in June.

Restaurant Traffic Stalls Then Drops

Empty line at a SaladWorks restaurant
Empty line at a SaladWorks franchise (photo/bmm)

After two consecutive quarters of flat-lined consumer visits, U.S. restaurants had a turn for the worse: a decline in traffic during the third quarter of 2016, according to a major foodservice researcher. And if that news wasn't bad enough, for the first time in five years the quick service restaurant sector had a decline in consumers.

More Growth for Fast Casual Restaurants in Units and Visits

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Panera Bread (photo/bmm)

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.

Beverage Orders Down at Restaurants

soda fountain photo by Blue MauMauCHICAGO—Although consumers who visit restaurants order drinks 70 percent of the time when visiting restaurants, beverage orders have declined 4 percent or 2 billion servings over a five-year period, finds a foodservice researcher. The researcher says consumers changing tastes and cost consciousness are behind the declines.

Pumpkin Beverages Spice Up Business for Restaurateurs

CHICAGO — One foodservice researcher has discovered that pumpkin specialty drinks for a limited, seasonal time benefits businesses. Limited time offers for pumpkin specialty drinks can spur additional purchases by established customers, bring in new customers, draw customers from competitors, and stimulate business during slow periods.

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.

Visits Highest in Six Years and Higher Average Eater Checks Pump Up Consumer Spending

CHICAGO – Restaurant traffic hit its highest level in six years. Not only that but higher average tickets fueled a 3 percent increase in consumer spending at U.S. restaurants and foodservice outlets in the year ending May 2015 compared to year ago, reports foodservice researcher The NPD Group.

Global Lunch Traffic Improves but Major Chain Visits Weaken

CHICAGO – Lunch visits at foodservice outlets in several countries improved for the second consecutive quarter.

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.

Down Again in May, McDonald’s Makes Changes

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Robert Gibbs at his last press conference for Pres. Obama.

OAK BROOK, Ill. – McDonald's Corporation announced Monday that its same-restaurant sales for the United States was down 2.2 percent for May, lower than expectations.