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: Things Aren't As They Seem

Despite the fact recently released employment numbers are worse than they appear on the surface foodservice operators continue to hire people. And although negative, the casual restaurant sales reported by Knapp-Track may actually be better than it appears. Also, this week we take a look at a marketing research report that says fast food is "back on track," among many other economic and foodservice news items.

Despite Going Backward the Restaurant Industry Still Moved Forward in July

The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index retreated for the second month in July but still was in positive territory, which signals growth among the key industry segments the survey tracks. The report also indicates that most operators continue to move forward with capital expenditures. Also, this week we take a look at why Gross Domestic Product data managed to be reassuring, alarming and a whole lot more.

 

Consumers Choices Becoming Clear

As their cars get older and food trucks become more prevalent, the way consumers use foodservice continues to evolve. Also, This Week in Foodservice explores disaster plans, growth chains and much more. 

Taking a Closer Look at Labor, Retail and Hotel Foodservice and More

Lots happening in the foodservice arena these days, including the re-opening of the Boston restaurant most affected by the marathon bombings, potential changes to hotel foodservice and much more. 

U.S. Restaurant and Bar Sales Outperform Overall Retail Sales in July

This Week in Foodservice looks at Commerce Department advance sales estimates for July as well the employment picture, economic stats and consumer sentiment in order to deliver a well-rounded picture of the economy issues surround the foodservice industry.

This Week in Foodservice: June's Performance Slower than Many but Restaurant Industry Expansion Continues

Looking for some good news? Well the restaurant industry remained in expansion mode in June despite not growing as fast as the previous month. The bad news? The country's employment remains muddled, at best, which will continue to hinder foodservice growth. 

This Week In Foodservice: A Look Back at the First Half of This Year and a Timid Look Ahead

While a variety of economic indicators continue to show improvement over the last year's performance, they still continue to lag behind what many consider to be healthy levels. So what does that mean for the foodservice industry? It will remain in a take-share mode for a while longer. 

This Week in Foodservice: Knapp-Track Shows Soft Casual Dining Sales for June

While sales among casual dining chains remained soft during June, the longer term outlook for their fast-casual counterparts remains bright. 

This Week in Foodservice: Retail Sales Turn Soft in June but Restaurant Sales Remain in Positive Territory

Restaurant and bar sales posted stronger results in June than they did in the same period last year. At the same time, individual restaurant operators continue to look for new ways to deal with the Affordable Care Act. 

This Week In Foodservice: Wall Street’s View of Restaurants

Which is a better indicator of future industry performance: consumer-related economic data or the performance of restaurant stocks so far this year? You can decide as we explore a pair of restaurant industry reports from Wall Street analysts.

This Week in Foodservice: The National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index Hit a 14-Month High In May

Restaurant industry performance took a big step in the right direction in May but consumer sentiment remains mixed.