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Restaurant Traffic Stalls Then Drops

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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

Panera Bread
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.

Shakeup at Famous Dave’s Management and Board

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MINNETONKA, Minn. – Famous Dave's of America announced a shakeup of its officers and board members late last month. At the corporate officer level, it has appointed new board member Ed Rensi as its chief executive officer, replacing John Gilbert III.

Total Restaurant Visits Dip in First Quarter

CHICAGO — The downside for the U.S. restaurant industry in the first quarter of 2014 was that total restaurant visits dipped. The upside is that delivery orders received a boost.

Russia, UK and Australia Lead in Foodservice Traffic Growth at End of 2013

CHICAGO — A burgeoning foodservice market, nice weather, and an improved economy were factors contributing to foodservice traffic growth in Russia, Great Britain, and Australia in the last ca

The Next Big Food Thing

Way back in the 1980′s our insightful and creative chief industry analyst, Harry Balzer, observed that if a food manufacturer wanted their product to grow, they needed to think of a way to “put it on pizza.”

Britain’s Restaurant Traffic Bucks Softness of Other Economies

British Flag

CHICAGO — Britain's restaurant and foodservice industry benefited from the area's glorious weather with strong visit and spending growth in the third quarter.

Drive-thrus Keep Driving On

I took note of all the articles about the slowing of drive-thru service times and felt I had nothing to say about them.  I personally have always thought of drive-thrus as being “the big lie” of customer service.

Lunch Visits for Retail Prepared Foods See Double-Digit Growth Since 2008

Retail Prepared Foods Market: the Competition
NPD: Retail Prepared Foods Outlets Distribution of Traffic
Source: The NPD Group

CHICAGO —Restaurants compete most heavily with retail stores for prepared food orders at supper and snack, but the strongest visit growth for retail prepared foods has been at lunch.

The City with the Most Fast Casual Restaurants Per Resident Is…

Lexington, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky ranks #5. Photo by bmm of a race at Keeneland Race Track, Lexington, Ky.

CHICAGO — Colorado sits on top of the country when it comes to having the most fast-casual restaurants per resident. Its mile high city of Denver ranks second, according to foodservice researcher the NPD Group. The research shows that fast casual chain units increased by 7 percent from last year's spring census.