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.

Study Projects Compound Growth Rate for U.S. Foodservice Market

Restaurant sales in June were slower than in May. A new report looks for foodservice to grow 3.33 percent in the next 5 years. A C-store chain says it will open at least 600 locations in the next few years. Taco Bell expands their Cantina concept. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Sysco Acquires Supplies on the Fly, Casual Restaurant Sales Weak in June and More

The number of new jobs came back strong in June but restaurant hiring slowed. Sysco bought Supplies on the Fly. The NPD Group says many countries saw traffic gains in the first quarter. Casual restaurant sales were weak in June. The fast-casual segment continued to post strong growth numbers last year, per Technomic. McDonald’s will spend big to modernize its German restaurants. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Limited Service Beats Full Service, College and University Foodservice Gains, and More

Are restaurant sales heading downward? Limited-service restaurant chains handily outperformed full-service chains last year. Study shows what eating at home really means. College/university foodservice operators saw a traffic boom in the past year. Frisch’s introduces a new restaurant design. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Casual-Dining Sales Still Soft, Barnes and Noble Upgrades Its New Cafes and McDonald’s Stresses Expediency

Social interaction is just as important as the food to many restaurant patrons. Restaurant brands support supermarket offerings. Fast feeders have improved their satisfaction rating with consumers. New Barnes & Noble stores will have much larger cafes and menus. McDonalds is stressing urgency over perfectionism. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Restaurants Outperform Retail Segment, Consumers Like to Eat Out and More

Restaurant sales showed solid growth in May. New study shows all consumer income groups devote about the same percentage of their day-to-day spending at restaurants. Prices consumers pay for food away from home continues to rise faster than food at home prices. Johnny Rocket’s opened their first drive thru location. The Ricker’s C-store chain has expanded their foodservice menu extensively. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

Restaurant Unit Growth Stays Flat, New Meal Periods Take Shape and More!

New machines are competing with restaurants. Foodservice traffic growth is slow but there are some bright spots. Unit growth stays slow for a third consecutive year. Introducing two new meal periods: brunchfast and brupper. McDonald’s serves as a gathering spot in many communities. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

New Employment Numbers Stumble, Burger 21 Opens Bar and Much More

New hiring stumbles badly in May. The NRA reported restaurants turned in a good performance in April as operators continue to invest. Burger 21 introduced a new restaurant with a full-service bar. McDonald’s Australia opened a new restaurant to test different types of French fries. Starbucks is introducing a line of cold beverages that will be the foundation for a new “cold bar.” These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice. 

Fast Food Fight: Value Menu Wars, Robots vs. Employees, New Designs Drive Sales

Who is winning the restaurant wars? Home sales are looking up. McDonald’s CEO doesn’t see robots affecting restaurant employment. Krystal says its new design is driving sales. Arby’s has a new smaller unit designed for expansion into urban areas. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

New Labor Rule’s Effect on Foodservice, Operators Optimistic for the Future and More

A new labor department rule on overtime pay may have major impact on foodservice. An American Express survey finds operators are optimistic about the future. The NPD Group says independent operators are spending more with broadline distributors. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Restaurant Sales on the Rise, McDonald’s Tests New Burger Patties and Much More

Restaurant sales picked up in April after faltering in March. Will McDonald’s need to buy a bunch of refrigerators in the future? Foodservice operators keep hiring at a rapid pace. All this plus more than two dozen comparable store sales reports and a lot more This Week In Foodservice.

Restaurant Index Retreats, Limited-Service Growth Continues and Much More

The U.S. economy barely grew in the first quarter. McDonald’s looks at smaller restaurants. Chipotle’s free burrito offer seems to be successfully luring customers. These stories and a whole lot more including over a dozen comparable store sales reports.