Economic Issues

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By Kelly Killian, Executive Editor

Published in Restaurant Business newsletter

In its annual state of the industry forecast, Technomic is predicting moderate growth in 2014 and 2015—mostly in limited-service restaurants, fueled by fast casual.

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New data from NPD Group shows 2 billion fewer restaurant visits in May 2014 than six years ago, and traffic is unlikely to pick up soon.

A deep dive into the numbers shows that full-service restaurants saw a much higher increase in jobs than employement overall. But that has little impact on the debate over the minimum wage and tipped workers.

A new study suggests that companies should cool it with location-based marketing.

The franchisors apologized after reports they bought expired beef and chicken from a local supplier they’ve since dropped. 

The city of Eugene is ready to mandate the benefit, but its surrounding county has other ideas. 

The city has redefined “chain” as a business with at least 19 identical units, a change that could exempt more start-ups from development restrictions. 

A new report finds that the state could lose $2.2 billion and 17,000 agriculture jobs due to its water shortage, which is expected to continue into 2015 and further affect food prices.