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. […]

Top 100 U.K. Chain Restaurants Continue to Increase Sales and Units

The 100 largest U.K. restaurant chains recorded a 6 percent annual sales increase in 2014, compared to 6.4 percent the prior year. According to data released by Technomic Inc. in its annual reporting on the top U.K. restaurant chains, the number of units grew by more than 4.3 percent in 2014, compared to unit growth […]

Technomic’s Take on 2015 U.K. Food and Restaurant Trends

What’s ahead for the U.K. foodservice industry? After weighing in on the top emerging trends in the U.S., leading food research and consulting firm Technomic shifted its gaze to the U.K. market and sees these transformative food and restaurant trends for the coming year: Trend 1. Alternative Diet Focus The forthcoming allergen labelling requirements will […]

U.K. Chains Look Across the Pond for Growth

The increase of hot dogs and barbecue dishes on menus is evidence of American influence on U.K. dining. But several U.K. restaurant chains are wagering that North American diners are hungry for a taste of Britain. Technomic’s U.K. Foodservice Digest uncovered a handful of brands following in the footsteps of Pret A Manger, attempting to […]

No Satisfaction: U.K. Chains Face Increasing Consumer Demands

The latest National Customer Satisfaction Index (NCSI-UK), which was released last week, drew two big conclusions about the restaurant industry. The first is that customer satisfaction with all types of restaurant chains has decreased. Nearly every chain measured had lower scores. According to the NCSI-UK, “Customer satisfaction with limited service restaurants is down 1.3 per […]

Mock Trial: U.K. Restaurants Differentiate with Alcohol-Free Cocktails

As they continue to innovate on the menu, U.K. restaurants are looking at their drinks offerings to differentiate their brands. Technomic has seen a 26% year-over-year increase in the number of mocktails, or original adult-focused beverages without alcohol. These potables offer something special for guests who choose not to have a cocktail or for those […]

U.K. Chains Focus on Community Efforts

Almost a year ago, when Technomic outlined key trends for U.K. restaurants in 2014, we expected a surge in brand campaigns communicating product quality and traceability, and marketing initiatives focusing on the use of British and Irish ingredients. We see the trend deriving from both the demand from consumers for information about the food they […]

U.K. Restaurant Brands Hit the Reset Button

Several U.K. chains are revamping their image to please current customers and appeal to a broader audience by refurbishing restaurants, updating brands and rolling out new prototypes. Trendier décor and an emphasis on customer needs are the hallmarks of these updates, all in the effort to create a more contemporary brand. Here are a half-dozen […]

U.K. Operators Take a Fresh Look at Salt and Pepper

They’re on every table of every restaurant and pub, so why call them out on the menu? Salt and pepper are seasoning staples, yet many U.K. operators are specifying how they are used in new menu items. Part of the trend derives from menu items being more descriptive overall. But also, menu developers and consumers […]

Hot-Dog Craze Keeps Rolling in the U.K.

Hot dogs, still hot? You bet your buns. The hot-dog craze that started to take off in the U.K. in late 2012 rolls on, with the number of hot dogs menued at U.K. chain and independent restaurants tracked by Technomic’s MenuMonitor online resource surging 156% from Q2 2013 to Q2 2014. In addition, the number […]