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U.S. Restaurant Count Continues Slide

U.S. Restaurant Count Continues Slide

The total number of U.S. restaurants continues to decline because of continuing losses of independent locations. But independent burger-menu quick-service shops are accounting for very little of that decline. The Spring 2016 census from The NPD Group finds a 1% drop in the U.S. restaurant count to 624,301, compared with the spring 2015 census. Chain […]

Are Price Hikes Killing Lunch?

Are Price Hikes Killing Lunch?

Menu-price increases are eating restaurants’ lunch. Data from The NPD Group find that lunch, which accounts for 33% of foodservice traffic, has been losing customers for two quarters. The damage to the business is largely self-inflicted: NPD says consumers are being priced out of lunch, especially in fast-casual concepts. For the quarter ended in June, […]

What College Students Want From QSRs

What College Students Want From QSRs

This fall, about 20.5 million students will be enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities, where they will encounter sophisticated and diverse campus foodservice options. Of course, that won’t keep them from occasionally visiting off-campus restaurants, where they’ll have strong expectations about taste, price and quality. A new study of college-student eating habits and expectations conducted […]

Nomura Sees McD’s Comp Sales Fading

Nomura Sees McD’s Comp Sales Fading

Nomura restaurant analyst Mark Kalinowski maintains both his Neutral rating of McDonald’s Corp. stock and his forecast for the chain’s Q2 same-store sales, which will be reported next week. But Q3 and Q4 likely will be more difficult, and the Grand Mac and Mac Jr. burgers aren’t likely to go national before early 2017, according […]

McDonald’s Tests Sriracha Big Mac Sauce

McDonald’s Tests Sriracha Big Mac Sauce

McDonald’s hasn’t finished testing new ideas in San Diego. The latest is the addition of a “Signature Sriracha” flavor package with the Signature Crafted Recipes menu it began testing in February. These are burgers customers can customize with one of several flavor/toppings packages. Ask for a Signature Sriracha burger and you get new Sriracha Big […]

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 […]

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