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 […]

What’s in a name?

It seems like every day, there’s a new flavour or flavour combination being introduced, from Ben & Florentine’s Brie & Blueberries French Toast to the Works Gourmet Burger Bistro’s Reese’s PBC burger (featuring Reese Peanut Butter Cup-stuffed patties). As the population becomes more multicultural and is exposed to a wider range of flavours, operators are […]

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 […]

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 […]

Technomic’s Take: 2016 Food Trends

The U.S. restaurant industry is evolving in profound ways, according to Technomic. The nation’s leading food research and consulting firm lays out 10 trends that may prove transformational in 2016, ranging from menu tweaks to technological and social upheavals. Technomic’s consultants and experts base their annual predictions on site visits in trendsetting cities plus interviews […]

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 […]

QSRs take on ‘better burger’ with better-for-you offerings

As health and quality concerns become increasingly prominent among consumers, QSR burger chains are looking to fight off negative health perceptions. Burgers are typically seen as indulgent, with health concerns being a key deterrent for consumption. Consequently, healthful burgers have their appeal; 37% of Millennials say they try to opt for healthful options when ordering […]

Save Room for Sales Growth by Making Dessert More Appealing

Dessert remains the ultimate add-on for most restaurant brands, a sweet layer of incremental sales that leaves a lasting positive impression for the guest when done right. Unfortunately, according to the Dessert Consumer Trend Report, slightly more of today’s consumers rarely or never eat dessert (14% vs. 11% in 2013) and two-thirds of these customers […]

Spiked Milkshakes Add Novelty to Adult-Beverage Menus

Adult milkshakes may not be new to the market, but operators are taking them in exciting new directions. Building on a trend that went mainstream in the wake of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Brews’ successful 2012 rollout of beer-fueled milkshakes, many operators have been focusing much of their adult beverage menu development on adult […]

Fast-Casual Restaurants Enhance Catering Programs

Fast-casual restaurants are elevating their catering programs to increase sales. Catering and delivery services are becoming essential to eateries looking to grow within the fast-casual segment. This year, operators have introduced catering to new markets, tested delivery service, updated menus and launched catering promotions: Native Foods Café and Donatos Pizza are growing their catering programs. […]