5 Reasons Burger King Wins with Tim Hortons Beyond the Tax Inversion

Yesterday Burger King announced plans to acquire Canadian coffee-café chain Tim Hortons, which would enable the burger chain to relocate its headquarters to Canada. The move would lower its tax obligations, a fact the media has latched onto. But even without the so-called tax inversion, Burger King could win with the deal. Here’s how. Burger […]

Burger King’s Profitable Franchise Model

Burger King reported another strong quarter with double digit growth in EBITDA and net income, which grew 12.1% and 19.4% respectively in Q2-14 on a year-over-year basis. Reducing its base of company-owned stores to 52 units, from 1,295 in 2011, the company’s 100% franchise model has proven successful and maximized shareholder value. Refranchising benefited the […]

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 […]

Quenching Thirst at Canadian Limited-Service Restaurants

Here’s one thing every restaurant operator can likely agree upon: beverage purchases are a great way to improve check averages. But how does this play out among Canadian consumers at limited-service restaurants? Coffee Fuels Fast-Food Visits It’s no secret that Canadians love their beverages. Anyone who has seen the drive-thru line at Tim Hortons could […]

Five Key Fast-Casual Findings from Technomic’s LSR Report

We’ve discussed the threat of growing pains for the fast-casual restaurant segment, as the fast-casual space becomes more crowded and fast-food and casual-dining concepts aim to reclaim some of the business they’ve lost to the new(er) kids on the restaurant block. Now, new research from Technomic’s Future of LSR: Fast-Food & Fast-Casual Restaurant Consumer Trend […]

Technology as a Driver of Limited-Service Restaurant Visits

Despite their low check average relative to full-service concepts, limited-service restaurants (LSRs) account for half of all foodservice sales; they posted earnings of $231 billion in 2013. The segment’s success is in visit frequency, as 64 percent of consumers report visiting fast-food concepts once a week and 40 percent report visiting fast-casuals with that frequency. […]

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 […]

British Restaurants Target International Markets for Expansion

A British supermarket giant heads to India; one of the U.K.’s leading coffee chains makes its American debut; and a fast-casual chicken champion arrives in the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi: It’s been a busy start to the year for several top U.K. foodservice brands hungry to expand abroad.  Tesco, Costa Coffee and […]

Social Media to Sustainability: Preferences and Priorities of Canadian Restaurant Users

How likely are Canadian consumers to engage with restaurants via Facebook? How important to restaurant-goers are issues such as recycling and food composting? Do Canadians really want to see nutrition info on menus nationwide? The latest trend report from Technomic’s Canadian Consumer Brand Metrics research program tackles these questions and more. For restaurant operators, the […]

The Evolving Pizza Landscape

Pizza is undoubtedly one of America’s favorite foods, with the pizza category representing a significant proportion of limited-service sales and bested only by the burger category. Technomic’s 2014 Pizza Consumer Trend Report finds that 75 percent of consumers eat pizza twice a month or more often, and consumers report an average of 3.4 pizza occasions per […]