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.

This Week in Foodservice: September Restaurant & Bar Sales Post Moderate Increases

A series of macroeconomic indicators posted positive results in September and the restaurant industry analysts remain positive about the results individual publicly traded companies are reporting, writes Jerry Stiegler as part of his "This Week in Foodservice" blog post.

This Week in Foodservice: The CIT Group Inc. Is Largely Positive on U.S. Restaurant Industry

Financial giant CIT turned its spotlight on restaurants and forecast steady improvement despite the slow recovery. The head of CIT's Restaurant Industry Practice says that lenders that had stepped away from restaurants during the downturn are returning to finance acquisitions, expansion or re-models but noted that smaller companies and franchisees of smaller chains continue to have difficulty getting financing.

This Week in Foodservice: Restaurant Performance Index Shows a Nice Improvement

While the National Restaurant Association offered some good news in the form of its monthly RPI, other foodservice-related economic indicators were not as positive.

This Week in Foodservice: What Darden Restaurants Can Tell Us about the Economy

Job creation is the key to jump-starting the U.S. economy, so by closely examining the performance of one multi-concept restaurant operator we can get an idea of what's to come, writes Jerry Stiegler in his latest blog post.

This Week in Foodservice: Census Bureau Reports Restaurant Sales Increase Again in August

Foodservice-related economic indicators continue their roller coaster ride while a series of chains continue to navigate the choppy waters of today's business climate.

This Week in Foodservice: The Employment Picture

Amid the confusing and bleak U.S. employment figures emerges one positive note: the foodservice industry continues to add jobs.

NRA's Restaurant Performance Index Retreats

The Restaurant Performance Index managed to stay in positive territory at 100.2 even though both major components of the Index fell. The Current Situation Index dropped 1.7 in July leaving it below 100 for the first time in nine months at 99.8. While 53 percent of the operators surveyed reported their same store sales increased the biggest block of operators (46 percent) said traffic declined.

Inc.'s List of the Fastest Growing U.S. Companies Includes 27 Foodservice Businesses

While the housing market continues to be an anchor in the U.S. economy, Inc. Magazine recognizes a handful of foodservice operators for their rapid growth in recent years.

Foodservice Operations Lead in Franchise Failure

This Week in Foodservice reviews the latest franchise failure data, economic news, and foodservice reports. 

July Restaurant and Bar Sales Remain Positive

While July foodservice sales appear better than expected, there remains some uncertainty around the impact such economic factors as employment levels and food prices are having on the foodservice industry.

This Week in Foodservice: Good Markets for Selling Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

In this week's blog, Jerry Steigler takes a look at the most restaurant-dense markets in the U.S. and sifts through the sands of economic data in search of some implications for the foodservice industry.

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