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.

Stealth Firm Looks to Dominate U.S. Beverages, Consumers say Eating Out Ruins Their Budget, February Foodservice Hiring Steady, and Walmart Moving into Prepared Meals

Stealth firm tries to unite and dominate the U.S. beverage market. Consumers blame eating out for ruining their budgets. Foodservice hiring was steady in February. Walmart readies a move into the prepared meal business. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Restaurant Performance Tumbled in January, Joint Employment Policy Reversed (Again), Double-Digit Growth Expected for Third-Party Delivery Platform

The National Restaurant Association says restaurant performance tumbled in January. The policy on joint employment was reversed again. Chipotle discontinues its Tasty Made burger concept. Double digit growth is predicted for the third-party delivery market. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Restaurant Sales Flat in January, Sales Growth Among Largest Chains Slowed, and the Number of U.S. Restaurants Dipped

U.S. retail sales declined in January while restaurant sales were flat. Rising government price indexes raise fears of higher inflation and interest rates. Technomic reports sales growth among the 500 largest restaurant chains slowed for the second consecutive year. The number of restaurants in the U.S. declined last year. These stories and whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Tax Changes Could Bump Up Casual Dining Sales in 2018, Starbucks to Pass on Tax Bill Savings to Employees, and Pilot Express Concept Puts Greater Emphasis on Food.

Restaurant industry analyst Malcolm Knapp looks to the future. A chunk of the money Starbucks will save due the new tax bill will end up in the pockets of their employees. McDonald’s “joint employment” trial may be nearing a settlement. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Technomic Predicts 2018 Foodservice Sales Will Fall Below Last Year, Labor Challenges Continue as Noted at Merrill Lynch’s Restaurant Conference, and Zoe’s Kitchen Unveils A New Design

Technomic looks at foodservice growth this year. Merrill Lynch reports on findings from chain restaurant conference. Zoe’s Kitchen unveils a new restaurant design. The Bento chain is growing and plans a new headquarters. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Another Year of Modest Growth for Restaurants, Pizza Hut Explores Self-Driving Vehicles, Red Robin Explores Eliminating Bus Boys, and More

 Restaurant sales increased in December, while menu prices continue to exceed the rise in grocery store prices. Tim Hortons' battles with some of their franchisees. Pizza Hut joins with Toyota to develop delivery vehicles. Red Robin will eliminate the bus boy position in its restaurants. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.