10 International Concepts Finding Success In The U.S.

Some of the United States’ largest restaurant chains, including McDonald’s, Starbucks and Applebee’s, conduct a significant amount of business overseas. So what are some of the larger international chains that are enjoying success in the U.S.? Several global chains are capitalizing on U.S. consumers’ appreciation for authenticity by bringing international fare, such as TOUS les […]

Regional Barbecue Sauce Preferences [Infographic]

Varieties of barbecue sauce are plentiful with seemingly every corner of the U.S. touting its own style. As we head into the long Memorial Day weekend — the unofficial start of summer grilling season — this week’s Regional Consumer Infographic takes a look at how taste preferences for regional barbecue sauces vary across the nation. […]

Value Menus as Traffic Drivers [Infographic]

While value is multi-dimensional—including the quality of food and beverage, and the quality of service and convenience—price is still a significant consideration in the value equation. This week’s infographic looks at regional differences when consumers where asked, “How likely are you to visit a restaurant because it offers a value or dollar menu?” Having trouble […]

Overseas Restaurant Operators Setting Up Shop in the States

As Technomic tracks restaurant news and developments on the global stage, we often come across exciting emerging concepts in international markets. Many of these concepts—like up-and-comers Cloud 9 in China and Fasso’s in India, both of which were profiled as part of our ongoing coverage of emerging markets—have solid appeal, growth funding, a market large […]

2013: Another Turbulent Year for the Restaurant Industry

Looking ahead begins with a glance back to see where we’ve been and what direction we’re heading. As we bid farewell to 2013, let’s pause to review key developments. Strikes for a $15 minimum wage find a receptive audience. Fast-food workers’ walkouts demanding higher pay have spread to 100 cities. The industry says doubling federal […]

Technomic On the Economy: The Final Chapter for 2013

I. INTRODUCTION As we enter the fourth quarter of 2013, the Eurozone continues its slow march to growth, which in turn has exposed several structural deficiencies in virtually all of the major emerging economies. By this standard, the consistent 2 to 2.5 percent GDP growth in the United States is impressive, especially in the face […]

Four Highlights from the Week in Fast Casual

The great philosopher Ferris Bueller once said: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” With that in mind, I wanted to pause this week to look at a few noteworthy news items that should be of interest to operators in the fast-paced fast-casual restaurant […]

Pork Takes Center Stage on Fast-Casual Menus

Pulled, chopped or wok-seared, pork is making its mark on fast-casual menus this fall. Several concepts that appear on Technomic’s list of the Top 150 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurants have added boldly flavored pork dishes as limited-time offers in the past several weeks. And while barbecued pulled pork remains an on-trend entrée, operators now are exploring […]

U.S. Restaurant Industry: Taking the Long View

“How is the industry doing?” That’s the number one question we’re asked at Technomic, and the one we spend the better part of our time trying to answer. But the picture is more complicated than it seems. The current moving average of restaurant sales (tracking July 2012–June 2013 receipts) is up 2.4 percent in inflation-adjusted […]

That’s a Wrap

Wraps’ popularity on U.K. menus has risen markedly over the past two years. The number of sandwich wraps on main menus at U.K. restaurants and pubs in Technomic’s MenuMonitor database surged 17.6 percent from the first quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of this year. And at the end of 2012, chicken sandwiches and […]