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.

Pizza Hut’s New Ovens, Olive Garden Adds Catering and Much More!

Incentives are the norm for selling franchises. Economic expansion slowed to a crawl in the fourth quarter. Pizza Hut is investing in new ovens. Olive Garden takes their catering program nationwide. Seattle’s $15 minimum wage is being challenged in court. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

In Search of Chipotle’s Customers, The All-Day Breakfast Bonanza and More!

Where did Chipotle’s customers go? Food away from home prices continue to increase faster than at retail stores. McDonald’s operators find all day breakfast works as fourth quarter sales improve. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Strong December for the Restaurant Industry, The Impact of All-Day Breakfast and More!

Restaurants ended 2015 with another month of strong sales in December even though overall retail sales were down. The Christmas selling season turned out to be a good one after all. A Wall Street firm is very bullish on Restaurant Brands International. The Sheetz C-store chain is raising store employees' wages. Are there negative aspects to increasing breakfast sales? One industry observer thinks so. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

The Curious Case of Chipotle, A Positive Projection for Casual Dining and More

The Chipotle saga continues. Foodservice operators were hiring in December. Malcolm Knapp is modestly optimistic about casual restaurant sales in 2016. These stories and a whole lot more in This Week in Foodservice.

Cornell Study Supports Wage Increases, NPD Group Talks Traffic and More

The National Restaurant Association reports the industry continues to grow. The NPD Group says restaurant traffic has now recovered from the recession. Cornell University thinks an increasing minimum wage is good for foodservice. Mergers and acquisitions in the restaurant industry were down sharply last year compared to 2014. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Competitors Take on All-Day Breakfast, Chipotle's Image Woes and More

Casual-dining chains same-store sales were up marginally in November. How competitors can take on McDonald’s all-day breakfast. Christmas season drives restaurant sales. Krispy Kreme is adding baristas to boost coffee sales. Chipotle’s image plummets. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice. 

Chipotle’s Food Safety Woes, All-Day Breakfast Boom Continues and More

Government stats say restaurants continue to lead retail sales. All-day breakfast drives traffic and sales for McDonald’s. Chipotle encounters more food safety problems. The National Restaurant Association will challenge the New York minimum wage in court. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

More Minimum Wage Debate, NRA to Sue NYC, and More

Operators continue to wrestle with wage increases. Foodservice remains a leader in new hires. The CEO of CKE blasts the recent NLRB decision on joint employment. The National Restaurant Association will sue New York City over the menu labeling rule on sodium. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Foodservice Showing Gains: Casual Dining and Big Three Chains Up, Among Others

The NRA says foodservice showed a moderate gain in October. Casual dining chains saw comp-store sales decline in October. Big three hamburger chains are expected to have strong sales in October and November. McDonald’s all-day breakfast may be hurting family dining operators. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

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.