Get Noticed: How to Attract Restaurant Investors

Concepts no longer have to achieve $200 million in sales to attract investors. Private-equity firms are increasingly seeking to invest in smaller emerging concepts featuring winning menus, service formats and footprints. For example, several emerging fast-casual chains received multi-million dollar investments in 2015 despite operating fewer than 10 units, including Melt Shop, Honeygrow and MAKE […]

Is McDonald’s Turning the Corner?

For the first time in two years, McDonald’s saw positive same-store sales in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2015. The fourth-quarter comparable sales results, released at the end of last month, surpassed expectations even further, jumping 5.7% for U.S. stores from a year earlier. Subsequently, stock prices reached an all-time high in February, […]

How Shifting Health Priorities Will Change Foodservice in 2016

Per tradition, health is a foremost consideration in the New Year. But it’s not just in January that consumers are prioritizing foodservice health. Consumers are increasingly concerned about transparency—what’s in their food and where it came from—and operators and suppliers are feeling the heat. Technomic called out modernization of the supply chain as a 2016 […]

Looking Ahead: Top 500 Unit-Growth Forecast

Technomic’s unit-growth forecast for Top 500 chains helps draw a map of what to expect from the chain-restaurant industry as we approach the end of 2015 and move into the New Year. We recently compiled this Top 500 chain unit-growth forecast for 2015 using third-quarter unit counts obtained from public company filings, web collection and […]

Concepts Think Small for Big Success

Think small. It’s a common theme in the foodservice industry at the start of every new year, as patrons make resolutions to get healthy and operators roll out items with smaller portions and fewer calories. Chains like Amsterdam Falafelshop, Blackwood BBQ, Little Big Burger and Tava Indian Kitchen have built their brand on these small […]

Tips from the Menu Experts

Like most consumer-facing businesses, foodservice has a seasonal rhythm. Moving into the year-end holiday season, chefs, operators and suppliers are thinking about winter LTOs as well as menu introductions for 2016. So this is a good time to share key insights from presenters at Technomic’s recent conference for subscribers to our MenuMonitor database, which tracks […]

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 […]

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. […]

The On-Demand Delivery Revolution

We have just released Technomic’s trend predictions for the coming year. I’d like to take a closer look at No. 10—what we’re calling “The Delivery Revolution”—which may transform the foodservice industry more than the other nine trends put together. The proliferation of order-and-pay mobile apps and third-party online ordering and delivery services like GrubHub is […]

Fast-Casual Upstarts Recruit Big-Time Investors for Accelerated Growth

LeBron James has made another monumental decision to switch teams, and while this one did not require a self-indulgent TV special—or cause any of my colleagues from Ohio to burn his jersey—it probably will turn out to be another shrewd move to a winning organization. The basketball star has cut ties with McDonald’s and will […]