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2017 Trends: Americans Embrace Customized Wellness, Eating at Home and Good Causes

Americans will take a more personal approach to their health and wellness in 2017.

Americans Love Breakfast and Morning Snacks

McDonald's all day breakfastCHICAGO—The consumption of breakfasts and morning snacks, wherever it might be, is forecast over the next few years to grow faster than the American population.

Resolution, Smezolution! Consumers Choose Healthier Living over Dieting

Beef patties with broccoli. Creative Commons photo on Flickr
Photo by Mikko Kuhna

CHICAGO—Each New Year is ushered in with celebrations, toasts, and diet ads to encourage weight loss resolutions, but U.S. consumers today prefer living healthier lifestyles as opposed to restricting their habits with dieting. Consumers define their own diets by putting more focus on the authenticity and purity of the foods they eat, according to NPD's recently released Eating Patterns in America, an annual compilation of ongoing food and beverage consumption research.

Franchisee Profits Crucial to Franchisor Growth

Restaurant chains aiming to expand their national footprints even more through franchising should continually focus on the unit economics within the footprint of each store.

COSI Chain Shrinks in Q2, Franchise Sales Slide

Cosi ChicagoBOSTON – Cosi Inc. (NASDAQ:COSI) reported same-restaurant sales for its 32 fast-casual franchises was down 5.5 percent in the second quarter of 2015. However, its company-owned stores rose 2.1 percent in same-restaurant sales for the quarter.

More Consumers Dine-In than Dine-Out

Denny's dinerCHICAGO—More customers sit down to eat their meals in restaurants than carry it out or use the drive-thru, reports a foodservice researcher.

Tour Zoës Kitchen Mobile App

Tour the Zoës Kitchen mobile app through this online video. The fast-casual chain is not franchising now, but is planning on it in the future.


Johnny Rockets Hires Charles Bruce as CEO

Logo provided by Johnny RocketsALISO VIEJO, Calif. –Johnny Rockets has hired Charles Bruce as its new president and chief executive officer of the 330 restaurant chain.

Golden Corral Names Lance Trenary CEO

New CEO Lance Trenary

RALEIGH, N.C. – Golden Corral appointed Lance Trenary as its president and chief executive officer effective January 1. Trenary replaced CEO Ted Fowler, who retired at the end of 2014 and had held the top position with the company since 1989.

As US Sales Dry, Dunkin' Looks at Europe

Dunkin' Donuts
A Dunkin' shop in America, photo/bmm

America may run on Dunkin' but what about Europe? After sixty years, Europe accounts for only 1 percent of Dunkin' Donuts' $9.3 billion in sales.