Consumer Trends

Satisfying a digital hunger

In its just-released 2012 Restaurant Industry Forecast, the National Restaurant Association reports that there is an increasing consumer interest in high tech interaction in restaurants. The NRA's statistics show that consumers up to the age of 55 support new restaurant technologies. But the majority of the restaurant industry does not seem to be keeping pace.

Asparagus Growing In Popularity Among Diners

(April 30, 2012 - The Packer)—Asparagus is the new green bean on restaurant menus.“Every restaurant serves some sort of asparagus dish,” said Bruce...

The 2012 Future 50 has distinguished itself as being one of the most varied collections of menus we’ve ever featured in our annual ranking of the fastest growing small chains in the country. The largest menu category represented—“varied menu”—typifies this.

Foodservice is very much at home in the "Away From Home" portfolio of Campbell Soup Co., Camden, NJ. The branded manufacturer recently announced a strategic...

This sweet, creamy holiday drink is a crowd pleaser with or without the added bourbon kick. These places are incorporating the flavor of eggnog in festive treats—mostly sans alcohol.

A group of panelists at an analysts' conference here couldn't seem to agree on a strict definition for fast-casual, said to be the fastest-growing segment of the restaurant industry.

Deals are no longer driving restaurant traffic, according to a recent report from the Chicago-based NPD Group. In fact, customers perceive discounted meals offered over a prolonged time period as regular pricing—not a bargain.

American mothers, all 82.5 million of them, are—surprise!—quite often swayed by the whims and desires of their children.

Breakfast emerged as the humble champion starting with the 2007 economic downturn, and it hasn’t stopped yet.

For reasons he can’t explain, five years ago, Jose Cuevas’s waitstaff languished at JumBurrito in Midland, Texas. “Some stores were doing well and others just horrific,” says Cuevas, founder and president of the Mexican fast casual chain with six locations and $5.2 million in annual sales.

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