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7 foods and beverages college-age customers crave—and 3 falling from favor

Gen Z dominates college campuses these days. Here’s what consumers in that age group are increasingly interested in ordering—and what they’re snubbing.

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Technomic Index: Limited-service chains widen the gap

Sales rose 1.7% in April, thanks to strong improvement in quick-service and fast-casual chains, as dine-in remains a challenge.

The chain’s sales rose 28% in the market in April, according to Technomic data, explaining the quick decision to expand the test, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

According to Technomic data, the generation has been shrinking its visits for the past year, especially in casual dining, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Customers paid higher prices at restaurants early this year, but they went out less often, according to the March Technomic Chain Restaurant Index.

The math is simple: A strong economy = strong steakhouse business.

The restaurant industry is expected to grow 3.9% this year, even as real growth remains more modest.

A look at Technomic data in the Chicago market shows how much the frigid weather hurt traffic.

The largest restaurant concepts proved resilient last year, while Chick-fil-A leapfrogged Burger King and Wendy's to become the fifth-largest chain and Panera Bread joined the top 10.

But prices, not traffic, continued to boost sales throughout the industry, according to the Technomic Chain Restaurant Index.

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