Chain News & Profiles includes news on chain restaurants, operations, profiles, trend pieces and new concepts.
As the first half of the year comes to a close, now is a good time to take inventory of the state of the U.S. economy and how the foodservice industry has fared compared to other industries to date.
There's no shortage of economic news these days but finding reliable sources that provide consistent results can be a challenge. In this week's blog post, Jerry Stiegler examines a few options and explores a variety of foodservice data, including comparable store sales for some chains, consumer traffic levels for the first quarter and more.
This week's chain operating report includes new menu items for Taco Bell and Pizza Hut; Starbucks expanding its coffee reach; and expansion into the Caribbean, South America and Texas markets, among others, for several other multi-unit operators.
A new bar menu from Flemming's, Pizza Hut looks to take a slice of the sandwich segment, a new prototype for Souper Salad and several chains open new locations mark this week's Chain Operating Report.