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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 […]

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 […]