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.

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.

Steady Restaurant Industry Performance Index, Chipotle to Test Drive-Thru Service

Restaurant industry performance in June was consistent with May, per the National Restaurant Association. McDonald’s quarterly financial performance exceeded Wall Street’s forecasts. Buffalo Wild Wings opened its B-Dub Express concept in Minnesota. Chipotle Mexican Grill will add a drive-thru window as a test to one of the chain’s Ohio locations. These stories and a lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Disagreement Over Impact of Higher Minimum Wage, Restaurant “Real” Sales Up Fractionally, Blaze Pizza May Be Fastest-Growing Chain Ever, and More

Experts disagree on impact of higher minimum wages. Restaurant “real” sales were up fractionally in the first half of the year. Foodservice jobs are at risk of being automated. Blaze Pizza may be the fastest-growing chain ever. These stories and many more This Week in Foodservice.

 

Restaurant and Bar Sales Decline in June, Chipotle Introduces New Concept, Customers Want Memorable Interactions, and More

Sales at restaurants and bars declined in June. The spread between food-away-from-home prices and food-at-home prices narrows. A consulting firm focuses on how restaurants can improve their customers’ experience. Chipotle introduces a new concept. These stories and a lot more This Week in Foodservice.

 

Foodservice Operators Continue to Hire in June, Restaurant Performance Index Better in May, Two of the Largest Foodservice Distributors Show Growth for 2016, and More

The Restaurant Performance Index improved in May. Gross Domestic Product for the first quarter was revised upward. Foodservice operators continued to hire in June. Two of the three largest foodservice distributors saw sales growth last year. A pizza restaurant develops robots for the kitchen. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

 

Consumers Evaluate Restaurant Chain Performance, Growth Possibilities for Food Hall Concept, Casey’s General Store’s Delivery Success, and More

Consumers evaluate restaurant chains’ performance via two new surveys. Consumers who download third-party delivery apps don’t cut back on restaurant visits. Casey’s General Store offers delivery service. One consultant sees food halls growing. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Soft Sales in May for Restaurants, Fast-Casual Sales Growth Slows, Price Difference Narrows in Food at Home Versus Away from Home

Restaurant sales were soft in May. Price difference narrows between food at home and food away from home. Fast-casual sales growth slows. Digital sales at Panera Bread hit $1 billion. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Foodservice Forecasts, Wall Street Likes Fast Feeders, Consumers Using Delivery and Drive-Thru

Here’s a quick look at 2017 forecasts for foodservice. The NPD Group describes foodservice performance as “steady.” Wall Street likes fast feeders. The Labor Department reverses rules on who controls employees. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

More Capital Equipment Investments Expected, Fast-Casual Sales Likely to Slow, Consumers Balk at Better-Burger Prices, and More

The National Restaurant Association says industry performance softened in April. Foodservice operators kept hiring in May. Fast-casual sales are predicted to slow this year. Panera Bread found a way to achieve faster service. Shift in dining habits hurts lunch business. Some consumers are balking at the price of better burgers. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

 

Real Restaurant Growth Eking out Positive, Delivery Worthy of Design Spec, McD’s Holds on to No.1 Spot

Real restaurant industry growth to date is barely positive according to one estimate. Restaurant design of the future may center on take out service. The Nielsen Company sees c-stores as having both challenges and opportunities. McDonald’s remains the world’s largest restaurant company. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.


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