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.

Retail Sales Up, Panda Restaurant Group Invests in Urbane Cafe, Pizza Hut Develops New Oven-Hot Delivery System, and More

Total retail sales rose in September, as did restaurant sales, per the U.S. Census Bureau. Pizza Hut has developed an improved pouch for delivery orders. Urbane Cafe has received a strategic investment from the founders of the Panda Restaurant Group. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Over-Expansion May Be Hurting Restaurants, Restaurant Employment Fell in September, Coffeehouse Sales on the Rise and More

Merrill Lynch says over expansion is hurting restaurants. Restaurant employment fell dramatically in September. Premium products are driving up coffeehouse sales. Fast-casual restaurant sales growth is slowing in Canada. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

Restaurant Performance Continues to Slide, Early-Bird Diners Deemed a Win; Discord Among Those Who Study Minimum Wage Impact

The National Restaurant Association says restaurant performance continues to slide. The impact of minimum wage seems to remain in the eye of who runs the study. U.S.-based chains dominate the Top 500 franchise companies. Foodservice operators continue to target early-bird diners. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

 

Casual Dining Sales Soft, Foodservice Growing Outside U.S., Taco Bell to Open 300 Cantina Concepts, and More

Casual dining sales remained soft in August. Foodservice grew in every market outside the U.S. in the second quarter. Restaurants find changes have to be made to capitalize on takeout and delivery business. Taco Bell will open 300 of their Cantina concepts in the U.S. Electric powered car manufacturer Tesla may enter the C-store business. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

  

Restaurant Sales Up for August, Trustworthy Fast-Food Brands, Impact of Hurricane Harvey on Restaurants, and More

Restaurant sales increased in August. Do consumers trust fast-food chains? Restaurant prices continue to rise faster than prices at grocery stores. Hurricanes cause multiple problems for restaurants. A foodservice and lodging apprenticeship program is up and running. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

 

Two Burger Chain IPOs, McDonald’s Updates McCafe, Cracker Barrel’s Recovery Teams in Action and Kroger to Open its First Restaurant

Two burger chains prepare initial public offerings. Cracker Barrel’s recovery teams have restaurants affected by the hurricane up and running. The rule that effectively doubled the salary level of employees who were exempted from overtime pay appears dead. McDonald’s updates McCafe. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

July Restaurant Performance Weak, August Foodservice Hiring Slowed, New KFC Concept in China, and More

The National Restaurant Association reports restaurant performance was weaker in July. Foodservice hiring slowed in August. Waffle House takes on Hurricane Harvey. Domino’s has formed an alliance with Ford to develop a self-driving delivery car. YUM! China introduces a new KFC concept. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Minimum Wage Resistance in the Midwest, Chicago Proves Tough Burger Market, Sales Look Good for Michigan Restaurants, and Much More

Resistance to minimum wage increase arises in the Midwest. Hamburger chains find Chicago is a tough market. Does technology eliminate restaurant jobs? Michigan Restaurant Association survey shows sales are looking good. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Food Distributors’ Positive Quarterly Reports, Full-Serve Loses Favor, and Krystal Takes 75 to 24/7 Model

Distribution giants seem to be asking “What restaurant recession?” Consumers’ evaluation of full-serve restaurants declines. Chuck E. Cheese introduces a new restaurant design. Krystal moves to keep some units open 24 hours a day. These stories and a lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Good News in Latest U.S. Census Bureau Report, Little Caesar’s Pizza Portal Rollout, and Much More

Census Bureau reports positive July sales. Little Caesar’s rolls out the “Pizza Portal.” Millennials prefer some types of restaurants. Has Starbucks reached the saturation point? These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Foodservice Hiring Strong in July, Micro Chain Concepts Show Growth, and Casual Dining Sales Still Weak

Casual dining chain sales remained weak in June. Foodservice hiring was very strong in July. The NPD Group reports “micro chains” are a growing factor in some major cities. Grocery shoppers are looking for prepared food according to one expert. These stories and more This Week in Foodservice.

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