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Burgers Boost Casual Dining Lunch

Applebee's burger promo

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

BLS Labor Productivity Chart

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

NPD Burger Unit Counts

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

McDonald's customers in Europe

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

McDonald's customer in Germany with cellphone

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 […]

McDonald’s Operators: We Need Help

McDonald's Creae Your Taste

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 […]

Trendspotting at the NRA Show


No one understands the foodservice business in the UK and Europe better than Peter Backman, managing director of London-based researcher Horizons. He also is one of the sharpest observers of the trends evident at the annual National Restaurant Association Show. Peter Backman was on the show floor for this year’s just-completed event as well and […]