Small Plates Will Continue to Rise in Popularity, Replacing Traditional Mealparts

Evolving foodservice usage and behavior drives left side of menu opportunities, Technomic Inc. study finds. Though some foodservice consumers still view the left side of the menu (LSM)—particularly starters, small plates and sides—as “extras,” the LSM is uniquely positioned to serve consumers’ shifting dining needs. According to Technomic’s Starters, Small Plates & Sides Consumer Trend […]

Technomic Finds Millennials’ Adult Beverage Choices Evolving as They Mature

Millennials are highly engaged individuals that continue to combine adventure and increasingly sophisticated tastes in adult beverages. Nearly three in 10 adults in the U.S. are Millennials and of legal drinking age. The sheer size of the Millennial generation, (born between 1977 and 1992), makes it a crucial demographic for the adult beverage industry. Part […]

Demand For High-Quality and Better-For-You Burgers Will Lead to Continued Growth in the Better Burger Space

Burgers remain a staple in consumers’ diets, with consumers eating an average of 3.7 burgers a month, finds Technomic’s Canadian Burger Consumer Trend Report. Competition is high and the still emerging fast-casual burger segment will have to contend with rising commodity prices and the growing list of “better burgers” offered at lower prices by quick-service […]

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 […]

Competition Escalates as Quick-Service Restaurants Fight to Steal Share from Bakery and Coffee Cafés

Though bakery and coffee cafés face fierce competition from quick-service restaurants aiming to steal share, Technomic’s Canadian Bakery & Coffee Café Consumer Trend Report reveals that cafés will continue to thrive as they meet consumers’ demands for affordability and convenience while still providing quality. To stay ahead of the competition, these cafés are enhancing beverage […]

Wine Industry Growth Slows as Competition Heats Up, Finds Technomic

Brands and suppliers vie for share of increasingly fragmented wine market Following strong volume growth earlier in the decade, the wine industry’s upward trajectory continues, but the rate of growth has decelerated. In 2014, total wine volume rose 1.0 percent, and projections for 2015 and beyond call for a similar pace of industry expansion, according […]

Rising Beef Prices Driving Burger Industry Innovation

With the majority of consumers eating burgers at least weekly (57%), the popular entrée remains a staple of the American diet. Amid recent hurdles of rising beef prices and negative health perceptions, Technomic’s Burger Consumer Trend Report outlines key areas of opportunity relating to innovations that improve health and quality perceptions while maintaining a strong […]

Biggest Foodservice Franchise Companies Get Bigger, Accelerate Sales and Unit Growth

Technomic finds the Nation’s Top 400 Franchise Operators Outpace Restaurant Industry, Including Their Parent Franchisors The 400 largest franchise companies in the United States are growing even larger, striking while the restaurant acquisition market is hot and adding locations to their portfolios at three times the rate of unit growth for the chain restaurant industry […]

The Future of the Foodservice Supply Chain

Technomic and Deloitte Advisory research assesses what’s next in supply-chain logistics. Although today’s food supply chain infrastructure is efficient, the underlying assumptions that form its foundation are becoming less relevant. Consumers are demanding more locally sourced, fresh and sustainable food products from companies who are environmental stewards and good corporate citizens. Food Industry Logistics: Trends […]