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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Study Finds Low Appetite for Apps

Study Finds Low Appetite for Apps

If you’re struggling to develop a smartphone app for your restaurant, relax. New research from online-reservation service OpenTable finds that diners aren’t eager to download apps for their favorite restaurants. Instead they prefer to do an Internet search for your restaurant to get info. So invest in your website as well as an app. OpenTable’s […]

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