How Fast Casual Tops Franchise Growth with Better Bottom Lines

Nobody should be surprised that fast casual leads all other industry segments in overall sales growth and unit growth. Observers could plainly see that in Technomic’s Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, or with their own eyes, as the newest restaurants in town are probably fast-casual concepts and are probably packed with a line to the […]

Top 500 Brands Keep Franchisees Close — and Sales Growth Closer

If I had a dollar for every time over the past five years that I’ve heard, “Franchisees are just better at running stores than giant corporate brands,” I would probably have enough money to pay any chain’s franchisee fee and build a new restaurant. Such conventional wisdom seemed airtight recently, as franchise-unit openings have far […]

How Fast Casual Can Win Hispanic Consumers

Restaurants cannot ignore the growing Hispanic population and the spending power these consumers hold. Understanding the needs and how to reach these consumers is crucial for any foodservice operation. Specific areas of opportunity exist in fast casual that could help entice Hispanic consumers to spend their foodservice dollars in the segment. Since 2013, Hispanic consumers’ […]

Targeting the Hispanic Foodservice Consumer

Efforts to appeal to the fast-growing Hispanic population in the U.S. are heating up. Late last year, Pizza Hut announced it’s launching a Spanish-language version of its website, and KFC debuted a new family-focused ad campaign for its Favorites Buckets to target the Hispanic market. Last June, Dunkin’ Donuts launched a new Twitter handle, @DunkinLatino, […]

Most Consumers Wouldn’t Change a Thing About Fast Casual

Consumers like the variety offered on the menu at fast-casual restaurants, but that does not necessarily mean they’re looking to spice things up with a lot of change. There are several ways fast-casual brands provide variety to consumers, either by having just a handful of items that can be customized however customers want or by […]

Happy Hour Consumers Are Food-Focused

Food, specifically the type of food available, has a stronger impact on where consumers visit for happy hour than alcohol drinks do. Asked specifically about food and beverage drivers, most consumers who go to bars, restaurants and other foodservice locations for happy hour (61%) say the type of food available is important in their decision […]

Merger Conditions Could Boost Burger King’s Image in Canada

UPDATE 11 a.m. CST: Tim Hortons shareholders have approved the chain’s takeover by Burger King, The Globe and Mail reports. The Tim Hortons-Burger King merger is one step closer to completion after the Canadian government signed off on the deal last week. Conditions attached to the deal’s approval could ease any hard feelings harbored by […]

Economy Sending Mixed Messages for Foodservice Growth

Moving into the second half of 2014, the economy is sending mixed signals. Revisions of Q1 2014 GDP numbers suggest that the economy contracted almost 2 percent through the winter while job growth has been shockingly robust. Further, because healthcare accounts for nearly 18 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the significant uncertainties associated with […]

Impulse Snacking Across the U.S. [Infographic]

With half of consumers saying they snack at least twice a day, the snack daypart is one to take heed of. However, many snacking occasions tend to be on the go and unplanned. This week’s Regional Consumer Infographic gives some insight into Spontaneous Snacking and how different aspects of this daypart vary by region. Having […]

Breakfast at All Hours — Regional Preferences [Infographic]

In recent years, there has been activity around operators promoting all-day (and even all-night!) breakfasts. Consumers confirm their around-the-clock interest in what is typically a morning meal in this week’s Regional Consumer Infographic, which takes a look at Breakfast at All Hours. Having trouble viewing our Infographic in Firefox? Try installing the latest Firefox pdf […]