Specialty Segments to Supercharge Fast Casual’s Momentum

The fast-casual segment has had a remarkable run of sales and unit growth the past 10 years, enjoying broad success in familiar menu categories like Mexican, sandwiches and burgers. But the salad days for specialty fast-casual brands and their burgeoning segments—like build-your-own salad, Mediterranean, pizza and barbecue—are just beginning, and their development likely will sustain […]

What Drives Canadian Soup & Salad Occasions?

Soup, a traditional comfort food, and salad, quintessential healthy fare, are significant parts of the Canadian diet. Nearly three-fifths of consumers prepare soup (55 percent) and salad (59 percent) at home at least once a week. Further, these offerings hold similar weight in foodservice settings; 50 percent order soup at least some of the times […]

Technomic Reveals Trends, Customer Preferences for Soup and Salad

Soup, a classic comfort food, and salad, quintessential healthy fare, are favorites of the American diet. Ongoing emphasis on healthful eating, along with the rise of the fast-casual segment and retail prepared foods—both strong channels for soup and salad—continue to keep these offerings in the limelight. Across the foodservice spectrum, operators are capitalizing on the […]

What Consumers Are Looking for in Salads

Options, options, options: If there’s one theme to be gleaned from Technomic’s new Left Side of the Menu: Soup & Salad Consumer Trend Report, it’s that consumers want more options when it comes to restaurant salads. They want choices of portion sizes, and to be able to bundle salads with other items (especially sandwiches). They […]

Soup’s On! (and Salad too)

Soup and salad are a significant part of the American diet. Although today’s consumers say they are eating these two menu items slightly less often than two years ago, soup and salad still hold widespread appeal for a variety of dayparts and mealparts, according to Technomic’s 2014 Left Side of the Menu: Soup & Salad […]