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7 tech takeaways from the National Restaurant Association's annual forecast

Restaurants will add more technology in 2024, even as some consumers say they’ve had enough, according to the State of the Restaurant Industry report.

Consumer Trends

Why Reddit couldn't stop talking about Taco Bell last year

The chain made headlines with a slew of new menu items, but it was something else that drove discussion online.

With its accessible and affordable array of international products, Trader Joe’s opens consumers’ palates to unfamiliar cuisines. But it can work both ways, say operators—restaurants also provide taste experiences that benefit retail sales.

After scouring dozens of end-of-year industry reports, we gathered the predictions that rose to the top. Here’s what the forecasters say will most impact menus and operations in the year ahead.

Projections call for heavy purchases of both on-premise and to-go meals, while consumers are already spending more on gift cards.

As menu prices rise at fast-food restaurants, customers are looking to convenience stores for meal deals.

Restaurant Rewind: Deep-frying a whole bird is no longer a novelty. But the alternative prep method was largely unknown until recent decades. Here's how the process evolved from crazy notion to viable option.

Menu prices are up. Restaurant traffic is down. And grocery inflation is easing. How will Turkey Day 2023 shape up?

More than half of people say they’re getting tired of tip requests as their own finances worsen, according to a new survey.

Lower-income people are clearly pulling back, while higher earners and families show resilience, according to new data.

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