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Consumer Trends

Consumer trends, insights and preferences

Consumer Trends

Demand for gluten-free increases

An increasing number of restaurants are responding to the more than 18 million Americans with gluten intolerance. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness states that only 3.5% of those with the disease have been diagnosed to date, but many more consumers have gluten sensitivities or are embracing gluten-free menu items and products for their “healthy halo.”

Consumer Trends

Pizza profits during tough times

While not exactly rolling in dough, the pizza category is experiencing modest growth, according to a 2011 report from Mintel. Pizza is affordable, convenient and a canvas for variety—three favorable factors in today's challenging economy.

The following verbatims are from a study conducted by Y-Pulse LLC of nearly 1,800 kids between the ages of 5 and 15. For kids that picked fast food restaurants as their favorite place to eat, many mentioned convenience as their primary reason.

Each year, the National Restaurant Association surveys over 1,800 chefs who are members of the American Culinary Federation to get their top trend predictions. The forecast looks bright for cheese, as reported in the NRA’s “What’s Hot 2013 Chef Survey.”

Beating the heat is the name of the game, incorporating fresh, seasonal ingredients and eclectic flavor profiles in everything from iced tea to ice cream

Here’s what other RLC attendees took away from the 2014 Restaurant Leadership Conference.

Where do consumers look for deals and how do they use these incentives when making dining decisions? Technomic's consumer fact check provides insights.

Rick Bayless, Chris Bianco, Lettuce Entertain You and Michael Symon are all firing up new ventures.

Beyond a carton of crayons and toys, operators have found new ways to provide contemporary family-friendly atmospheres through research, design and partnerships.

Customers reveal which chain subs spark their strongest yearnings.

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