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jCarbonara
Joe Carbonara

Labor Lessons

Real growth continues to be hard to come by for the foodservice industry. In fact, overall customer traffic was flat through the first quarter of 2016, according to The NPD Group, a market research firm covering the foodservice industry. Revenues and customer traffic may be inching along, but one area growing at breakneck speed is labor costs.

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jMartinez
Juan Martinez

Post NRA Thoughts: My Labor Costs are Killing Me! What Can I do About It?

The National Restaurant Association’s annual trade show has come and gone to much fanfare. From what I saw and read, the participation was phenomenal. We were able to bring our full consulting team from all of our offices and even made time to break some bread together.  This year, I also participated in a panel discussion that explored unit economics  and was moderated by Steve Romaniello, managing director of Roark Capital.

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jStiegler
Jerry Stiegler

Food Delivery Up, Meal Kit Potential and More

What’s up with meal kits? More consumers are having restaurant meals delivered but there’s a catch. Dunkin’ Donuts cuts a major deal with BJ’s Wholesale club. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice

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13 Trends and Issues to Watch in 2013

Trends come and go. That's why they're called trends. But some stick around for longer periods of time, having greater impact on the foodservice industry. We've identified some of those stronger trends that picked up steam in 2012 and seem to be headed for greater impact in 2013. Take a look.

1. Back to the Bar: The Continued Emergence of Restolounges

2. Farm-To-Glass Cocktails and Sharable Plates

3. Sous Vide

4. Better-for-You Food and Food for Special Diets

5. Genetically Modified Organisms

6. School Foodservice Changes

7. Reducing Water Footprints

8. Food Trucks

9. Franchising at Home and Abroad

10. Generational Shifts

11. Uber Local

12. Mobile Apps and Tablet Tech

13. Fast Fine

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