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Consumer Trends

Consumer trends, insights and preferences

Consumer Trends

Lunch spending set to rebound

After a 4% decline in 2009 and another 3% decline in 2010, lunch daypart sales are set to pick up in 2011. Unemployment and the economic slump spurred budget-conscious consumers to cut back on lunch spending in restaurants, but creative marketing and unique offers spurred consumers to come back.

Consumer Trends

Fruit and vegetable consumption up among kids

Younger children are consuming more fruits and vegetables, while adults and teens seem to be slacking off, according to research commissioned by the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) and conducted by NPD Foodworld.

In a recent Technomic survey of 1,500 consumers, 70 percent said they eat dessert at least once per week away from home. The Dessert Consumer Trend Report goes on to explain how restaurants can capitalize on this interest and boost incremental dessert sales.

Chipotle Mexican Grill opened its first ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen in September, making it unofficially "official" that fast-casual Asian chains are a...

The seven experienced chefs at the Kraft Culinary Centre joined together to craft their own 2012 predictions. The food trends they chose are bolstered by their working in the trenches every day—along with year-long analysis of internal food casts and menu insights. Their back-of-the-house predictions range from reimaging the past to a rededication to simplicity.

An impressive 82% of Americans plan to enjoy ice cream this July as the industry celebrates National Ice Cream month. This figure came out of an independent survey commissioned by Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest ice cream chain.

Healthier choices, more local produce and rising menu prices are just a few of the trends restaurants are expecting to see in 2013, according to Restaurant.com, a site that offers discounts to diners. The popular site recently polled 106 fast-casual, QSR and full-service restaurants across the country to find out what’s on operators’ radar in 2013.

July is National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday (July 22nd this year) is National Ice Cream Day, both officially designated by President Reagan back in 1984. From single scoop cones to drinkable desserts, operators are offering Americans many tempting ways to indulge this summer.

Restaurant loyalty programs often have it all wrong. It’s not about wooing the hot new customer, it’s about loving the one you’re with.

Consumers expect to try something they haven’t tasted before when they visit an independent restaurant, reported Technomic at its MenuMonitor conference.

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