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Smart spending

The August 2009 NRA expectations Index reported that “45 percent of restaurant operators plan to make a capital expenditure for equipment, expansion or remodeling in the next six months.” Whether that prediction comes true remains to be seen. But this year’s crop of new products puts the emphasis on helping operators maximize every dollar.

Consumer Trends

Customers will pay more for better atmosphere

Patrons may grumble when restaurants raise food prices, but they seem willing to spend more for better service. According to a survey of 500 consumers from American Express MarketBriefing, diners would spend more money for pleasant atmosphere, cleanliness and friendly staff than they would for healthier menu items or freshly baked bread.

HATBORO, PA (January 6, 2012)—Benjamin Foods has been recognized by SmartCEO Magazine as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Greater...

SALT LAKE CITY (September 13, 2012)—Nicholas & Company has promoted three Vice Presidents to Executive Vice Presidents. Dave Robbins, Ed Carr and George...

If a restaurant staff knew how much a broken dish or glass cost to replace, they might be more careful when handling it—especially if they benefited from the savings in breakage.

Consumers anticipate the demand for healthier eating to increase over the next two years, according to proprietary health and wellness research conducted in 2004-05 for Campbell Soup Company, Campbell Foodservice.

You can’t run a restaurant without ice—and lots of it.

The strategic location of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria along the NorthAfrican coast has played a major role in their culinary legacy.Although the three...

The dip in dining-out dollars has been a boon for certain menu items—and pizza is one of them.

After a 4% decline in 2009 and another 3% decline in 2010, lunch daypart sales are set to rebound 2% to $114 billion in 2011. Unemployment and the economic slump caused budget-conscious consumers to cut back on lunch spending in restaurants, but creative marketing and unique offers are spurring them to come back.

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