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.

Employment Data Looking Up, McDonald's U.S. Sales Take a Hit and Much More

This week we crunch the latest employment numbers, check in on casual dining via the Knapp-Track report, look at the only foodservice segment that grew last year according to NPD, and a whole lot more.

U.S. Economy Trudges Along and a Variety of Foodservice Industry Data is Released

This week we look at where the U.S. economy stands one month into the year, review a soft December as reported by the National Restaurant Association, cover Sysco's financial performance, and a whole lot more.

 

Forecasting 2014: A Closer Look

This week we compare the National Restaurant Association's 2014 Forecast to Technomic's updated numbers and explore the significance of a variety of foodservice-related economic indicators.

Restaurant Sales Data for 2013, Improving Service Raises the Bottom Line and Much More

This week we take a look at December retail sales and how restaurants fared last month and for all of 2013. We will also look at the affect improved service has on fast food sales, and much more.

Casual Dining Sales, Employment News, and Concerns Over Sysco Buying U.S. Foods

This week we take a look at December sales from casual dining chains, an overview of employment data and explore reports that operators may be nervous over the Sysco acquisition of U.S. Foods. We will also take a look at two chains' different franchising strategies and much more.

Some Key Economic Indicators Looking Up for 2014

The National Restaurant Association kicks off 2014 with positive industry news, the Wall Street Journal looks for an improving jobs picture in the New Year, white table cloth restaurants hire only the best for wait staff and much more in This Week in Foodservice.

 

Restaurant and Bar Sales Outpace the Industry

This week the November U.S. Department of Commerce sales numbers bring good news for restaurants. And we take a look at the KnappTrack report on casual dining restaurants, U.S. chains operating in Africa and much more.

What Would a $15 Minimum Wage Mean to the Restaurant Industry? And Much More

How would a $15 per hour minimum wage affect the restaurant industry? Well, the answer depends on who you ask. This week we explore several different theories while taking a look at a variety of other economic indicators and foodservice-related developments.

RPI Up, Mixed Results for Thanksgiving Sales, Bars vs. Restaurants, Updated Equipment Supplier Data and Much More

While the National Restaurant Association shared some good news, Christmas sales figures were less encouraging. In restaurant news, the bars with food vs. restaurants with drinks debate continues and much more. 

October Sales Data, Forecasting 2014, and Red Robin's Remodel

This week FE&S blogger Jerry Steigler takes a look at sales data for October, examines one of the soon-to-be-many forecasts for 2014, finds a restaurant chain that's redesigning its dining areas to appeal to different demographic groups and much more.

Finding Qualified Foodservice Employees, Looking at Consumers' Preference for Fast-Casual and More

This week we examine the complicated reasons why some foodservice operators can't find help, despite high levels of unemployment. We also look at consumers' preferences for fast-casual over fast food restaurants, follow up on last week's McDonald's story, and much more.