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Consumer Trends

Consumer trends, insights and preferences

Consumer Trends

Consumers' Choice Award-winning chains

Technomic looks at consumers’ assessments of more than 60 attributes in order to determine the winners of its annual Chain Restaurant Consumers’ Choice Awards.

Consumer Trends

Fewer vegetarians and more meatless eaters mean menu repositioning

Holistic approaches to health are increasingly driving meatless choices.

As the restaurant business continues to meet hurdles and headwinds in the current year, these forces will steer the industry in the next.

The new heart throb: Chick-fil-A.

Consumers increasingly expect loyalty programs at limited-service restaurants, and women are key to driving membership usage. New Technomic research unveils six things women in particular want from an LSR rewards program.

Here are stealable applications for the menu and more, inspired by casual dining.

More Americans are classified as obese than ever before, yet a large proportion of obese people do not think they are fat, according to a study conducted at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Tiffany M. Powell and colleagues found that among 2,000 obese Dallas county residents, only a small percentage believed they needed to lose weight.

With the economic slump continuing and the already vast selection of beers, wines and liquors on the market growing in size and scope, it is no wonder that a recent Gallup poll indicates that the rate of alcohol consumption among Americans is at a 25-year high.

The Latino cuisine market is still seeing double-digit growth, garnered by the rapidly expanding Hispanic population in the United Sates as well as increased interest by non-Latino fans of the food.

The area’s freakish weather contributed to a 4.4 percent year-over-year decline in sales and a 5.9 percent drop in traffic for restaurants open at least a year.

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