Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Consumer Trends

Top LTOs of 2017

The Top 500 chains unveiled more than 13,000 limited-time offers in 2017, but only some can be winners with consumers.

From regional American to ethnic versions and spicy to sweet variations, here are the barbecue sauce flavors on the rise, according to Technomic data.

This chain recently introduced a brunch menu at two locations

Offering slow-smoked meats flavored with proprietary rubs and sauces in a Southern farmhouse-style setting

The specialty FSR category includes subsegments like barbecue, fondue and small global cuisines.

Maple flavors are growing at lunch and dinner and in beverages.

More than half of the restaurant industry’s $491 billion in sales come from the Top 500 chains. And these giants grew at a modestly stronger rate, both in terms of sales and store counts, than the industry overall. Restaurant Business focused on the leading 250 performers to identify trends for our first-ever special report delivering lessons from Technomic’s annual Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report. This special package includes lessons for all operators from the largest chains by segment, menu category and more.