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Fast Casual Continues Growth Leadership

Fast Casual Continues Growth Leadership

Fast-casual restaurants represent just 7% of QSR visits. The segment’s 19,043 units account for less than .03% of the total U.S. restaurants (629,488). But fast-casual chain restaurants account for more than their share of growth. According to new data from The NPD Group, fast-casual chain restaurant locations increased in number by 5% during the 12-month […]

Tight Market Boosts Innovation’s Value

Tight Market Boosts Innovation’s Value

Growth and innovation are both more likely to come from smaller chains rather than the largest in the year ahead, Peter Backman, managing director of British researcher Horizons, said this week at his company’s Annual Briefing in London. His observations are applicable globally. He told attendees that the UK foodservice market was likely to fall […]

Independent QSR Burger Count Falls

Independent QSR Burger Count Falls

The total U.S. restaurant count decreased slightly (-0.6%) from a year ago to 629,488 total unit, according to the count of U.S. commercial restaurant locations compiled in the spring and fall each year by The NPD Group’s ReCount tracker.  The reason for the anemic overall growth rate is simple: the number of independent restaurant units […]

Wendy’s Gives a QSR Tutorial

Wendy’s Gives a QSR Tutorial

I want to look past the basics of Wendy’s Q4 and 2015 sales report on Tuesday, although those numbers were quite strong, as you’ve likely seen. North American company same-store sales were up 4.8% for the quarter, 3.3% for fiscal 2015. Average unit sales increased 3% to $1.54 million and company-store margins rose 190 basis […]

Five Burger Trends for 2016

Five Burger Trends for 2016

My prediction for 2015 was for a Year of the Cheeseburger, meaning renewed popularity for classic, simple, top-quality burgers, and I think that has been one of this year’s most prominent narratives. OK, the forecast for more burger/coffee pairings may not have been prescient, but expectations that in-house pickling, breakfast burgers and non-meat burgers would […]

Retail Continues to Steal QSR Visits

Retail Continues to Steal QSR Visits

The burger menu is impressive, with nine different builds that include a $10 Lamb Gyro Burger and an $8 South of the Border Veggie Burger. But this isn’t the menu at a pricey fast-casual restaurant: it’s what’s offered at The Burger Bar by Wegmans, a prepared-food kiosk within a few Wegmans supermarkets in New York […]

Breakfast Foods, Visits Rise and Shine

Breakfast Foods, Visits Rise and Shine

Tomorrow’s national rollout of all-day breakfast at McDonald’s will only accelerate the morning meal’s already red-hot growth for foodservice. Data released this week from The NPD Group show that restaurant customer traffic at breakfast was up 5% for the 12-month period ended June 2015. That followed a 2% rise the previous year. Quick-service restaurants are […]

Restaurant Ad Spending Drops 10.4%

Restaurant Ad Spending Drops 10.4%

Restaurant ad spending nosedived in Q2 despite several major marketing pushes from high-flying chains. Over the April-May-June period, restaurants spent $1.546 billion on measured-media advertising, according to Kantar Media. That’s not insignificant, but it is a surprising 10.4% below the $1.724 billion that restaurants spent during 2014’s Q2. Overall U.S. ad spending also was down […]

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