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 notes that the NRA's Restaurant Performance Index shows soft sales but foodservice operators continue to invest in their businesses. Also, inflation remains under control but operators need to rely on promotions to pull in customers, Sysco reports sales growth, a dozen plus chains reveal their comp store sales and much more.
This week we provide an update on September retail sales, review the delayed employment figures provided by the government, look at lingering effects of the government shutdown, report on Panera Bread's equipment buying plans, and much more.
Technomic's "Final Chapter" looks at the impact of the economic climate on the restaurant community as we head toward the end of the year. This week's blog post also takes an early look at the financial impact of the government shutdown, the effectiveness of restaurant advertising and a lot more.
This week we explore sales at casual restaurants, what people think of Congress, where business people really eat and more.
This Week in Foodservice looks at the impact of the federal government shutdown including the lack of government data and the jobs picture as well as fast-casual restaurant growth, more money for equipment distributors to finance inventory and much more.
Restaurant operators may be doing OK for now but they remain concerned about the future. Plus, the latest report on the Gross Domestic Product disappoints, Canadian chains' sales grow and much more in This Week in Foodservice.
A casual dining chain makes an electronic leap, the Federal Reserve votes no confidence for the economy, Tim Horton's plans substantial changes, second quarter restaurant traffic and more.
August restaurant sales increased, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Meanwhile, some observers question the U.S. Labor Department's huge drop in jobless claims. This week, we also take a look at the U.S. birth rate, food trucks at Disney World, McDonald's sales and much more.
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.
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.
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.