New Consumer Study from Technomic Reveals Emerging Generational Preferences and Opportunities in Foodservice

Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers total about 74 percent of the U.S. population—and make up the bulk of today’s foodservice consumers. Technomic recently examined the needs and behaviors of each generation—including our very first look at Generation Z—to uncover a number of differences and similarities by cohort. Gen Z, the first true […]

Investors Hungry for U.K. Chain Restaurants

The recent sale of PizzaExpress to Chinese firm Hony Capital is just one of several recent deals illustrating investors’ appetite for growing U.K. restaurant and pub brands. Private-equity firm Hony’s £900 million acquisition of PizzaExpress from Cinven, owner of the group that operates Zizzi Italian restaurants, was announced earlier this month. The deal, which the […]

Making the Most of Dessert Menu Space

Technomic’s MenuMonitor online resource reveals that dessert menus are contracting in the U.K., as many restaurant operators are deciding it’s not worthwhile from either a cost or an operations perspective to maintain lengthy lists of post-meal treats. Interestingly, that contraction is even more pronounced in the full-service restaurant sector, where the number of desserts on offer […]

Hot Potato: Topping Restaurant Sandwiches Across the World

Potatoes have long played a supporting role on menus, rounding out entrées in varying forms: mashed, scalloped, roasted, twice baked, to name just a few. But the humble spud has moved from side dish to center stage recently, with potato-topped sandwiches appearing on menus worldwide. As beef, pork and produce prices surge in global markets, […]

Younger Diners Drive Growth For Canadian Limited-Service Restaurants

What do Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Thai Express and Starbucks have in common? All saw double-digit percentage sales growth in Canada in 2013—and all are significantly more likely to be visited at least occasionally by 18- to 34-year-olds than by consumers ages 35 and up. That’s one intriguing finding we can identify by comparing restaurant […]

Satisfying Cravings for Classic Sandwiches

Stand down, sriracha: While Canadian diners may be warming to sandwiches featuring a wider variety of global flavours, there’s also still strong interest among consumers and operators alike in old-school deli favourites. Asked the open-ended question of whether there were any sandwiches or sandwich ingredients they would like to see on more menus, several consumers […]

Finding Balance on Fast-Casual Menus

On fast-casual menus, as in life, it’s all about balance. At Technomic’s Restaurant Trends & Directions Conference last month, Captain D’s Seafood Vice President of Marketing Strategy & Insights Bindi Menon discussed the concept of balancing customers’ entire check—that is, keeping check averages consistent even when consumers opt for a lower-priced or specially priced entrée […]

What Boomers Want from Fast-Casual Restaurants

Boomers account for more than one-quarter of the U.S. population. And while their use of fast-casual restaurants lags that of younger generations, Boomers can be a loyal and lucrative audience for fast-casual brands that know how to market to them. Overall, 49% of Baby Boomers (ages 49 to 68) visit fast-casual restaurants once a month or more […]

New Opportunities for Vodka

What goes around comes around. Ten years ago, vodka was a star at the bar, with consumers clamoring for the fruity new expressions that were debuting from top brands. For those who preferred to sip their spirits straight, premium brands rose to new prominence, aided by the marketing (in popular music and by suppliers themselves) of vodka […]

Tapping into Adult Beverage Trends for Differentiation

Strolling through the bustling neighborhood of restaurants and bars in Long Island’s Huntington, NY, Saturday evening, I found my attention captured by a sidewalk sandwich board boasting “12 Wines on Tap.” The restaurant’s windows were open, revealing a warm, inviting and fairly busy bar. Intrigued by the wines on tap and reassured by the number […]