2016: A Happy New Year On-Premise?

Restaurants, bars, hotels, nightclubs, fast-casual – the on-premise is a diverse and vibrant channel in the alcohol industry. Where’s it headed? Good question. Its growth trajectory is fairly reliant on consumers’ comfort level with discretionary spending, but their desire to relax, socialize, indulge and explore also plays a key role, as our recently released BarTAB […]

Brands Increasingly Drive Adult Beverage Orders

When I think of beer, I think of 312 and Yuengling, and when I think of rum, I think of Captain Morgan. These are the brands that I order when dining out. Brands are synonymous with our favorite alcohol drinks, no matter what our particular preferences are. Recent research from Technomic’s Trends in Adult Beverage […]

All-Day Breakfast Rising

The big news in foodservice recently was McDonald’s introducing what many have long been waiting for: all-day breakfast. Other limited-service chains like White Castle and Golden Corral also recently extended breakfast service to later in the day, but some operators have already answered the calls for all-day eggs and biscuits with breakfast-focused concepts of their […]

Fast-Casual Barbecue Concepts Look to Smoke Competition

Barbecue restaurants have resonated with patrons for years thanks to their homestyle offerings and friendly atmosphere. Some of the most successful barbecue concepts in recent years have been in the fast-casual sector; in fact, fast-casual barbecue concept Dickey’s Barbecue Pit was ranked among the top five fastest growing LSR chains in Technomic’s 2015 Top 500 […]

Race for Adventurous Consumers Tightens Between Flavor-Forward LSRs, FSRs

There is a real return on investment for any restaurant putting forth the effort to identify the next big ingredient or flavor—and it’s more than just street cred in food magazines and TV segments. Two in five consumers say they are more likely to visit a restaurant that offers new or innovative flavors. For a […]

Technomic Predicts 2016 Restaurant Trends for the U.K.

What’s the outlook for the U.K. foodservice industry? After identifying the top emerging trends in the U.S. and Canada, leading food research and consulting firm Technomic zeroed in on the U.K. market and sees these five trends impacting restaurants in the coming year: Trend 1: Fast-casual fever. The U.K. is due for a fast-casual revolution. […]

Darren Tristano Appointed President of Technomic

Winsight, LLC (“Winsight”), a business-to-business media and information company specializing in the convenience-retailing, restaurant and noncommercial foodservice industries, announced today that it has appointed Darren Tristano as President of Technomic. Winsight acquired Technomic, a provider of primary and secondary market information and advisory services to the food industry, in August.  Tristano joined Technomic in 1994 […]

Bring It On Home

With the holidays approaching, football and hockey seasons in full swing and temperatures dipping, interest in dining at home is mounting. Operators are looking to reach these at-home diners by introducing value-focused takeaway meals and promotions. Here are a few recent examples: East Side Mario’s launched a Buy One, Take One Home deal. Guests could […]

Profitable Franchisees Propel Fastest-Growing Restaurant Brands

Technomic report shows appeal to high-caliber operators, not just consumers, crucial to expansion Restaurant chains aiming to expand their national footprints even more through franchising should continually focus on the unit economics within the footprint of each store. This increasingly profitable business model will then entice growth-minded franchisees with an increasingly profitable business model. The […]

Technomic’s Consumer 4Sight Group Takes a Deep Dive into Gen Z Foodservice Usage Patterns

Gen Zers’ engagement with technology and “foodie” behaviors make them some of the savviest consumers ever The next generation of American consumers is ethnically diverse, tech-savvy and on the move. Technomic’s Special Topics Study, GEN Z: Decoding the Behaviors of the Next Generation, finds that they are discerning consumers, driven mainly by flavor, and that […]