Consumer Trends

Current influences on consumer spending and value decisions

Explore the latest insights into consumer spending and value decisions amidst ongoing inflation. Learn how rising food-away-from-home (FAFH) costs impact behaviors and discover strategies for targeting key demographics and addressing operator challenges in our current economic environment.


McDonald's changes its supply chain leadership

Executive Summary: New executives with Chili’s, Corner Bakery, Noodles & Company, CKE Restaurants, Cornerstone Restaurant Group, Dig, Skyfire, Vintner’s Resort, Hathaway’s Restaurant and Skyfire.

Pay for CEOs at publicly traded restaurants took off last year, but remains lower than average among public companies, even as tenure for the position remains volatile.

The Bottom Line: The fast-casual burger chain chain lured one of the restaurant industry’s up-and-coming chief executives with $7.3 million in signing bonuses and stock awards.

Over the past 15 months, at least a dozen restaurant chains and major franchisees have named women to be their chief executive. Here's a look at this new group of CEOs.

A Deeper Dive: Therese Gearhart, president and CEO of the Women’s Foodservice Forum, joins the podcast to talk about the industry’s track record of promoting women.

Park will replace Clay Johnson, who will remain with the owner of KFC and Taco Bell as a senior advisor.

The Bottom Line: Starbucks and now Dutch Bros are giving some key executives barista training and having them work in the field. That should become standard.

Nearly a quarter of the year's 524 workplace homicide victims were serving customers or tending a retail establishment, the figures indicate.

Women remain underrepresented in the executive ranks nationwide. But things are improving, especially at restaurant chains. And these CEOs are leading the way.

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