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Consumer Trends

Consumer trends, insights and preferences

Consumer Trends

'Tis really could be a season to be jolly

A survey of corporate HR specialists shows considerably more companies are planning to hold end-of-year parties next month, and many plan to spend more than they have in the past. Restaurants are commonly the sites of such corporate bashes.

Consumer Trends

Small plates fuel shareable meals

Shareable meals, fueled by the trends of small plates and communal tables, have proven to be more than just a passing fad. Seventy percent of consumers order shareable meals so they can try more than one item on the menu, reveals a report by Technomic. Sharing small plates with dining companions also creates a more party-like experience—another craving patrons are seeking to satisfy.

If you really want to understand restaurant consumers, pay attention to what they do as much as what they say.

Growing consumer consciousness and customizable offerings are two of the top trends influencing the industry so far this year, Technomic says.

These are the fast-casual concepts with the highest ratings and the unique items their customers yearn for.

Aging consumers are bringing traditional indicators back in vogue, though they’re reluctant to pay more for items flagged that way.

There’s no such thing as business as usual anymore for restaurants. So what forces can operators expect to disrupt the industry in 2017? Here's a sneak peek.

This month, operators are breaking with tradition, or at least attempting to.

After chasing millennials for the last several years, many operators are turning focus back to baby boomers.

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