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Burger Consumption Stays Strong

Burger Consumption Stays Strong

Americans’ love affair with burgers is still on, still hot. “Burgers certainly aren’t going away,” says Jennifer Aranas, project director for Chicago researcher Datassential, which has released its MenuTrends Keynote Report on Burgers. “In terms of consumption, they’re still going strong.” Three out of four Americans had a burger in the past week–23% had one […]

QSRs’ Labor Productivity Challenge

QSRs’ Labor Productivity Challenge

As restaurants look ahead to the challenge of higher wages, quick-service operators already face a labor productivity deficit. The foodservice industry’s overall labor productivity—output per hour—rose just 0.3% from 2013 to 2014, compared with 2.6% for wholesale trade and a 1.9% increase for retail trade, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. […]

Independent Burgers’ Growth Falters

Independent Burgers’ Growth Falters

The number of limited-service burger restaurants declined in the past year, following several years of dramatic unit growth that contrasted with slow growth for burger chain restaurants. The NPD Group’s Spring 2015 census of restaurants open as of March 31, 2015, shows a 1% drop in the overall number of restaurants (all types), driven by […]

Burger Chain Traffic Continues Decline

Burger Chain Traffic Continues Decline

While overall foodservice customer traffic is at its highest level in six years thanks to breakfast popularity and spending is up, customer counts at QSR burger chain restaurants continue to slip, according to new data from The NPD Group. For the 12 months ended in May 2015, restaurant and foodservice visits were 61.1 billion, compared […]

McDonald’s Operators: We Need Help

McDonald’s Operators: We Need Help

McDonald’s Corp.’s U.S. franchisees are losing faith that a turnaround in their business is coming, judging by comments from 29 operators (who own a total of 208 restaurants) compiled by Mark Kalinowski. The six-month outlook average of 1.69—on a scale where 1 is poor and 5 is excellent—is the lowest it has been in the […]

Dine-in Restaurant Visits Rise

Consumers increasingly are taking a seat and eating meals in restaurants rather than picking up takeout or drive-thru meals to eat elsewhere, according to new data from The NPD Group. On-premises dining has increased for three consecutive years and continues to grow while off-premises dining has been flat or down. For the 12 months ended […]

Survey: McDonald’s Breakfast Ranks High

McDonald’s is testing all-day-breakfast operationally this month before it commits to expanding it, but consumer demand certainly is there. New research from YouGov BrandIndex finds that 41.8% of consumers who eat breakfast away from home at least once a month say they would consider purchasing breakfast from McDonald’s next time they are looking to eat. […]

2014 Sales by the Top 5 Burger Chains

BurgerBusiness.com’s annual update shows that the balance of power at the top of the burger-chain pyramid remains unchanged. Given some of the reporting that has appeared recently, one might guess that the McDonald’s empire had crumbled. While 2014 unquestionably was a bad year for the Arches, its industry supremacy remains intact. In global sales, U.S. […]

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