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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 […]

What’s Hot on UK Menus? Mac ’n Cheese

What’s Hot on UK Menus? Mac ’n Cheese

In 2014, the trendy food in the UK was hot dogs; last year the mother country was all over barbecue, specifically brisket burnt ends. So what’s hot now? Mac ‘n cheese. Its an old favorite but its appearance on UK menus has grown by 550% since 2010, according to the Menu Trends survey, conducted biannually […]

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 […]

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 […]

All-Day Breakfast Boosts Brand Perception

All-Day Breakfast Boosts Brand Perception

Sales results won’t be known for a while, but McDonald’s introduction of all-day breakfast has boosted consumer perception of its brand, according to data from YouGov BrandIndex. Among frequent breakfast eaters, the bounce has been even higher. McDonald’s overall perception score has lagged its competitors for more than a year in YouGov’s research. But as […]

Monday Meeting: Sodium & Saturation

Monday Meeting: Sodium & Saturation

New York City’s new labeling rule for high-sodium foods will have less impact on quick-service burger chains than the state’s planned gradual rise to a $15-an-hour minimum wage that New York state has approved. Members of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene voted unanimously last week to require restaurants to add […]

Burgers Boost Casual Dining Lunch

Burgers Boost Casual Dining Lunch

Casual-dining restaurants enjoyed a 2% increase in customer traffic at lunch during the 12 months ended in June 2015, according to The NPD Group. This was the mid-scale table-service segment’s first increase for the daypart in five years. How did casual dining improve in the face of fast casual’s steady growth? NPD says the “weapon […]

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