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.

Restaurant Sales Start Strong in 2015, Even Casual Dining and Much More

U.S. January retail sales slipped but restaurant sales started the year on a high note. Knapp-Track data shows casual restaurant chains did well in January, too. And the LA Times reported that minimum wage increases don’t force restaurants out of business but that other problems are created. These stories and more in This Week In Foodservice.

Fast-Casual Continues to Lead the Way, Mixed News for McDonald’s and Much More

The U.S. employment picture brightens as foodservice continues to be a big factor in job growth. Other news this week in foodservice includes questions about the Sysco/US Foods deal, fast-casual continues to lead the way in traffic growth, and despite a rough January some bright spots may be starting to emerge for McDonald’s. 

Comparing 2015 Forecasts, Sysco’s US Foods Efforts and Much More

This week we compare 2015 forecasts from the National Restaurant Association and Technomic, look at projections for worldwide foodservice equipment sales and update Sysco’s latest efforts to gain approval of its deal to acquire US Foods.

Analyst Bullish on Restaurants in 2015, Starbucks Payment App Hits Big and More

A Wall Streeter is bullish on restaurants in 2015. The housing market news was good in December. Should YUM spin off Taco Bell? McDonald’s financials remain weak while there is speculation on what Big Mac will trim from their menu. These stories and a whole lot more in This Week in Foodservice.

This Week in Foodservice: Restaurant Sales Rise, Diner Traffic Up and Much More

Retail sales weakened in December but restaurants showed a nice sales increase. Technomic reports diner traffic is up. Restaurant “real” sales should have been up last year. Various studies show confidence in the U.S. is improving.

Casual Dining Turns Corner, Arby’s Revamp Pays Off and Much More

Knapp-Track finds reasons for optimism among the casual-dining chains. Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index (finally) turns positive. Employment reports are pretty good and that includes foodservice hiring. These items and a whole lot more in This Week In Foodservice.

Mergers and Acquisitions Tripled in 2014, Wendy’s Sues Major Franchisee and More

The NRA’s Restaurant Performance Index slipped in November. If it seems mergers and acquisitions were up last year in foodservice, you’re right. Wendy’s is taking one of their largest franchisees to court. These and a lot more stories in This Week In Foodservice.

November Sales Strong, Minimum Wage Debate Still Raging, Sysco Merger Carries Steep Penalty and More

November retail sales were stronger than anticipated while restaurant sales performed well, too. A study of minimum wage increase produces negative results. Sysco’s proposed merger with US Foods carries a steep penalty. This and lot more in This Week In Foodservice.

Foodservice Hiring A Bright Spot, McDonald’s Struggles Continue, Starbucks Growing Dayparts and Much More

The employment picture brightened in November with foodservice doing heavy hiring. Is $2.00 a gallon gas in our future? McDonald’s continues to face struggles. Starbucks is broadening its menu. And a lot more.

RPI Bounces Back, Global Fast Food Market on the Rise, and Much More

The Restaurant Performance Index bounced back in October. Global fast food charges ahead. McDonald’s and KFC are doing a great job with social media. These stories and a whole lot more in This Week In Foodservice.

Q3 Restaurant Traffic Flat, Pizza Hut and Arby's Revamping

Third quarter customer traffic was flat, sales up, according to The NPD Group. Technomic looks for the Top 500 Chains to have a healthy increase in units. Sysco is planning on divesting assets to gain government approval for its US Foods acquisition. This and a whole lot more in This Week In Foodservice.