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2017 Top 500: Seafood

The seafood menu category continues to slowly sink, having declined 0.8% in sales to $5.3 billion and 2.1% in unit counts to 1,377 in 2016 from the prior year.

Consumer Trends

How chains are connecting with consumers

In addition to measuring chains’ operational attributes, Technomic also rated their connections to consumers through a series of questions designed to gauge loyalty and perception of a brand.

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The casual chain has received funding from one of its suppliers.

With flat sales and unit growth (0.4% and -0.9%, respectively), the small seafood segment of the 2016 Top 500 ranking overall is treading water.

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.

Listings intended to indulge chefs' moods at the moment, a Japanese tradition, are appearing in a broad range of restaurants.

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Red Ash will feature pasta and pizza.

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