Bring It On Home

With the holidays approaching, football and hockey seasons in full swing and temperatures dipping, interest in dining at home is mounting. Operators are looking to reach these at-home diners by introducing value-focused takeaway meals and promotions. Here are a few recent examples: East Side Mario’s launched a Buy One, Take One Home deal. Guests could […]

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. […]

Mashups Disrupt Menus

Mashup food items are currently at the center of menu innovation, especially at the QSR level. These mashups cause quite a stir in the press and are often backed by large publicity and multimedia campaigns. Most are limited-time offers or test items but some are launched as permanent menu items. They are meant to garner […]

Delivering the Future of Fast Casual

Dozens of fast-casual brands have been making smart investments in the guest experience within their restaurants, from remodeled dining rooms to digital kiosks or apps that make ordering faster and easier. Some forward-thinking chains are making these in-restaurant improvements now, laying the groundwork for a future in which that level of service extends “beyond the […]

Millennials: A Grab-N-Go Generation [Infographic]

Millennials are a generation on the go, looking for convenience in all aspects of the foodservice occasion—including format. Continuing yesterday’s discussion of generational differences, this week’s Consumer Flash infographic displays Millennials’ affinity for grab-n-go options, perfect for a meal on the run. [View larger INFOGRAPHIC: Millennials: A Grab-N-Go Generation ] Source: This infographic is powered by […]

Location, location, location! [Infographic]

Convenience is a key consideration in foodservice occasions, and a restaurant’s location can be the defining factor of ease. This week’s Consumer Flash infographic visualizes how a convenient location contributes to the value equation and is a driving force in a variety of restaurant occasions. Having trouble viewing our Infographic in Firefox? Try installing the latest Firefox […]

Pertinence of Portability [infographic]

Consumers are increasingly on the go and demanding more portable food options across meal occasions. This week’s Consumer Flash looks at the Pertinence of Portability. Having trouble viewing our Infographic in Firefox? Try installing the latest Firefox pdf viewer. You may also save the file, and view it in your preferred application. [View larger INFOGRAPHIC: […]

Irish Whiskey Makers’ Eyes Are Smiling

Bar owners and suppliers eager for consumers to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a bit of Irish whiskey should have reason to cheer this year: The Irish whiskey segment is on a hot streak. Retail sales of the spirit rose more than 21% to $638 million in 2013, based on preliminary data from Technomic’s new […]

Technomic’s New Takeout Report Highlights Need for Consistency, Convenience

Today’s consumers order takeout on a regular basis. In fact, more than half (51 percent) report doing so at least once a week. When consumers think of takeout, fast food usually comes to mind. However, with the exception of fast-food concepts, prepared foods from grocery stores are utilized more often for takeout than any other […]

U.K. Restaurants Rethink the Lunchbox

One of the newest trends in on-the-go dining in the U.K. is all about thinking inside the box. Boxed meals and snacks for takeaway are appearing on menus at several of the U.K.’s top limited-service restaurant chains, promising consumers either a flavour-packed complete main dish or a hearty snack in the convenience of an easily […]