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Consumer Trends

Consumer trends, insights and preferences

Consumer Trends

Weather put a big chill in northeast sales

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.

Consumer Trends

The Week in Franchising, March 6

A roundup of developments affecting franchisees and franchisors.

Move over carrots and broccoli. A variety of “new” vegetables is showing up on restaurant plates. And it’s not happening in fine dining alone. Many chain and casual concepts are incorporating items like kale, beets and Brussels sprouts on their menus—inspired by chef-driven dishes at more upscale spots.

While mothers continue to trump sweethearts when it comes to the most popular holiday to dine out, one-quarter of Americans will be sitting in restaurants on February 14, according to research from the National Restaurant Association (NRA). As Valentine's Day falls on a Thursday this year, the annual reservation survey from OpenTable also shows diners will be celebrating love well into the weekend. Results from both sources revealed a number of different dining trends and habits operators can use to sweeten the holiday for everyone

A recent Technomic study found that healthy meal options for kids are more important to parents than expansive kids’ menus. Combined with the current issues around children and obesity, updating your menu offering for young guests may seem daunting. Several industry programs have not only been created to help operators approach these issues, but are celebrating successes.

"The Disruptors" is our examination of 10 factors that are rocking restaurants to their core and revolutionizing how operators do business for a decade, a generation or a lifetime.

A list of the 10 U.S. restaurants with the highest reviews on OpenTable underscores the differences in how critics and the public perceive restaurants.

The public has fallen head over heels for the new on-demand delivery options, a new Technomic study finds.

Just starting to get their own spending power, Gen Z is now in operators’ sights. Because of their limited budgets, this generation frequents QSRs the most.

This year’s Future 50 emerging restaurant concepts share many commonalities, a number of which will be discussed at the upcoming Restaurant Trends & Directions conference in Chicago.

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