Morning Meal Traffic Drives Growth, Unit Growth Remains Flat and More

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FlashNews from Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

June 15, 2016


Morning Meal Traffic Helps Drive Restaurant Industry Growth FE&S FlashNews

Though total restaurant industry traffic was flat in the first quarter of 2016 compared to last year, the morning meal — breakfast and a.m. snack — continues to fuel the industry’s visit growth. During the first quarter of 2016, total industry morning meal visits increased by 2 percent compared to the same period last year, according to The NPD Group. Quick-service restaurants experienced a 4 percent uptick in morning meal visits. Servings of breakfast foods increased by 8 percent, and breakfast sandwiches and other breakfast items topped the industry list of growing foods.


Restaurant Unit Growth Stays Flat, New Meal Periods Take Shape and More! FE&S FlashNews

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.

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Council of State Restaurant Associations Announces New Executive Vice President FE&S FlashNews

The Council of State Restaurant Associations Board of Directors hired Anuja Miner to serve as its new executive vice president.


Foodesign Associates Adds Project
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Nuong Nguyen-Chadwick has joined Foodesign Associates as a principal and project director for the Charlotte, N.C.-based foodservice design agency. Nyugen-Chadwick, a native of Vietnam, has more than 20 years’ experience in commercial design, including 12 in foodservice.


Chain Profile: Cici’s Ups Its Game FE&S FlashNews

The buffet chain dropped “pizza” from its name, moved away from the commodity feeder look and developed a smaller, far more efficient kitchen.


Pie Five Names New VP of Operations FE&S FlashNews

Pie Five Pizza Co. tapped Wendy Moats to serve as its senior vice president of operations. In her new role, Moats will aid in Pie Five’s evolution with such initiatives as a new interior package and the introduction of online ordering with loyalty integration later this summer.

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