Foodservice Flavor Lifecycle Accelerates as Ingredient Variety Explodes

Technomic Inc.’s study explores innovation resulting from consumers’ proliferating demand for new, unique tastes Forty percent of consumers say they are more willing to visit a restaurant that offers new and/or innovative flavors, according to the new Technomic 2015 Flavor Consumer Trend Report. Though classic flavors still appeal, consumers are increasingly driven to experiment with […]

Challenged by Per Capita Consumption, Beer Industry Realizes Nominal Growth

Beer remains the most frequently consumed alcohol type and the largest adult beverage industry, but is challenged by ongoing declines in per capita consumption, according to Technomic’s 2015 BeerTAB Report. The overall beer industry grew slightly in 2014 (0.4%), an improvement over 2013. However, category performance within the industry was varied-craft and imported beers are […]

Innovative Desserts Can Boost Check Averages and Drive Off-Peak Traffic

Restaurants can seize opportunity to indulge diners’ appetites for new flavors at meal’s end Consumers love dessert: 63% indulge at least once a week. While most customers tend to favor standard sweets like cookies, cakes and pies, many seek to finish their restaurant meals with something new, according to Technomic’s Dessert Consumer Trend Report. The […]

5 Charts That Explain McDonald’s Move Toward Antibiotic-Free Chicken

A major portion of McDonald’s supply chain is getting the Chipotle Mexican Grill treatment, as the world’s largest burger chain will begin sourcing chicken only from poultry suppliers that don’t use human antibiotics on their animals. Leaders of the Golden Arches also announced McDonald’s would only sell milk from cows that have not been treated […]

Consumers Increasingly Want to Know What’s in Their Food, Reveals New Technomic Study

Today’s healthy food tells a story, and consumers want to hear it. Recent research by Technomic shows that most consumers want restaurants to be more transparent about menu-item ingredients. Further, two in five consumers cite a rising concern over food additives. Because of this growing concern, health claims that convey wholesome, pure ingredients resonate strongly. […]

Bar and restaurant alcohol sales to show modest growth in 2015, finds Technomic

Beer and bars struggle, but premiumization and price increases spark dollar growth Drink sales in bars and restaurants are projected to grow modestly in 2015, according to Technomic’s expectations for the on-premise alcohol industry. Conditions at major chain restaurants that serve alcohol are slowly improving, and greater consumer confidence will lead to a more positive […]

Turf Wars: For Bakery and Coffee Cafes, Growth Means Capitalizing on the Others’ Strengths, says Technomic

While bakery and coffee cafes have much in common, consumers have distinct preferences toward one over the other for certain types of visits. For example, bakery cafés have a stronghold on midday occasions, whereas coffee cafés win with breakfast and beverage occasions. As a result, bakery cafés are hoping to boost traffic by strengthening their […]

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 […]

Investors Moving ‘Freaky Fast’ to Buy Jimmy John’s?

Update 4:30 p.m. September 24: Jimmy John’s announcement Wednesday that it had experienced a data breach was an unusual bit of bad news for the chain, which has seen strong sales and unit growth in the past decade. Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches is in the news with recent speculation that ownership may be looking to […]

For Beer, a “Perfect Storm” Benefits Some Brands, Threatens Others, Finds Technomic

Momentum among smaller brands and categories and higher price tiers continues Changing consumer taste preferences, varied levels of cost-consciousness and competition from spirits and wine are converging to re-shape the beer industry and its growth opportunities in 2014 and beyond. “It’s really a perfect storm scenario that’s creating opportunities for some beer marketers and headaches […]