This Week in Foodservice

Jerry Stiegler

Jerry Stiegler

This Week in Foodservice provides a high-level summary of the economic data, financial news, menu updates and numerous other statistical packages and developments that impact foodservice operators, consultants, dealers, manufacturers, reps and service agents. In his weekly blog, Jerry Stiegler aggregates key industry data through his infamous Green Sheet and provides some brief analysis that will help foodservice professionals navigate the sea of information. Jerry is a long-time member of the foodservice industry, whose experience includes working for Restaurants & Institutions magazine and FE&S.

Extent of Fast Food Worker Strike Unclear, More Americans Going Out For Turkey and More

What really happened during the recent restaurant “strike?” One in ten Americans will eat their Thanksgiving dinner in a restaurant. Food-away-from-home prices continue to increase faster than grocery store prices. Consumers still aren’t in a mood to spend. These stories and whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Retail Sales Soft, Fast-Casual Still Hot, and More

U.S. retail sales were soft for the third month but restaurants continue to move ahead. The NPD Group says foodservice did well in many countries this summer. Dave Anderson has returned to Famous Dave’s. The fast-casual segment remains hot. These stories and a lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Foodservice Hiring Hits 2015 High, Consumers Not Too Worried About Calories, E. Coli or Carcinogenic Meats

Merrill Lynch examines the restaurant market. Foodservice operators hired heavily in October. Sysco and the Performance Food Group both reported strong financials. Putting calorie counts on the menu doesn’t seem to effect what fast food customers order. These stories plus comparable-store sales for 20 chains and more. 

NRA Challenges NY's Minimum Wage Increase, McD's Adjusts Menu for All-Day Breakfast and More

The NRA reports their index is down again but operators keep spending. Buffalo Wild Wings will curtail expansion in areas with a high minimum wage. The NRA challenges New York State’s increase in minimum wage at fast food operations. McDonald’s chops menu choices to accommodate its all-day breakfast program. A dozen major chains report comparable-store sales. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.\

Not Enough Cooks, McDonald’s Faces Media Bias and Much More

Malcolm Knapp reports on September. Did the media do a hatchet job on McDonald’s? All-day breakfast may be working for Big Mac and the world’s largest restaurant chain may have begun a turnaround. A shortage of cooks is beginning to hurt restaurants. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Restaurant Sales Up, Red Robin Ramps Up Bar Business as Neighborhood Bars Close and Much More

The Census Bureau reported restaurant sales did well in September. YUM! plans to spin off its China division. McDonald’s all-day breakfast appears to be a hit with consumers, but the same can’t be said for franchisees. Food away from home prices accelerate. Red Robin “takes back the bar” just as neighborhood bars fold. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Operators Prefer DSRs Take the Order, YUM Under Pressure, Domino’s Holding Its Prices and More

Operators like the DSR to take their orders. Will YUM sell its China operation? Domino’s Pizza nixes menu price increases. A Target store adds a new kind of Starbucks. The NPD Group reports breakfast traffic is up. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

McDonald’s Updates Canadian Operations, Dunkin’ Discusses Slowing Sales and More

The National Restaurant Association reported that business was soft in August. Foodservice hiring remained strong last month. McDonald’s makes major changes in their Canadian operations. Dunkin’ Donuts says slowing sales are the result of higher prices that the chain raised in response to increasing minimum wage requirements. These stories and a whole lot more, This Week in Foodservice.

NYC Loses Take-Out Case, C-Store Opens Sit-Down and More

Starbucks attempted to deal with scheduling problems but came up short. New York City tried to rid the city of foam and hard plastic food containers but was shot down in court. Johnny Rockets and the QuikTrip C-store chain have both introduced new concepts. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Major Chains Under Pressure to Spin Off Real Estate, Sysco’s Three-Year Plan and Much More

The Federal Reserve surprised many by keeping interest rates near zero. Major chains are under pressure to spin off their real estate holdings but the IRS may intervene. Sysco has a three-year plan that includes focusing sales attention on independent restaurants. Foodservice prices continue to increase faster than overall consumer prices. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Wawa Remodels for Foodservice, McDonald's Starts Battle for Breakfast, and More

Restaurant sales remained moderately strong in August. Job openings hit an all-time high in July. Operators are not standing idly by while McDonald’s rolls out its all day breakfast program. Wawa says foodservice was the primary reason for the largest remodeling program in the c-store chain’s history. To escape expensive ground floor rents, New York City restaurants continue to lease upper floors. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

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