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A Season to Savor: Holiday Menu Food for Thought

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Dec 21, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Every year foodservice operators hope consumers deliver an eagerly anticipated holiday gift: a surge in sales. This year, the market research firm Datassential is the bearer of glad tidings in its Foodbytes Holiday Issue, and there are positive signs that the industry will continue to ring up strong sales long after ringing in the new year.

While many operators are understandably wrapped up in supply chain and labor shortage challenges, the industry can still take comfort and joy in the nationwide rollout of vaccines and the rollback of restrictions. Virus variants may add to an air of uncertainty, but as Renee Lee Wege, senior publications manager at Datassential, put it: “As always, though, the industry has proven time and time again throughout the pandemic just how innovative and resilient it is, and theres no doubt thatll continue.”1

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Topics: Trends, Menu, Flavors & Ingredients, Menu Strategy, Sales & Profitability, Operations, Fast-Casual Restaurant, Off-Premises

Digging In: Restaurant Brands Chart Course to Feed Growth

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Nov 2, 2021 8:00:00 AM

More market share is high on the menu of must-haves for restaurant operations these days. Growth strategies are shifting into high gear as major chains vie for returning on-site traffic while expanding off-premises channels that have proven to be powerful revenue engines. As a result, the long stretch of belt-tightening has given way to a feeding frenzy of capital investment and global growth.

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Topics: Sales & Profitability, Operations, Drive-Thru, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Fast-Casual Restaurant, Off-Premises

Bite to Treat: Building the Best Between-Meal Snack Menu

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Oct 28, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Driven by a need for nourishment, distraction and other factors,1 in recent years, snacking has become somewhat of a national pastime.

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Topics: Snacking, Noncommercial, Promotions, Salads, Side Dishes, Beverage, Business & Industry, Commercial, Cookies/Bars/Snacks, Beverages, Appetizers/Snacks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Snack, Better-for-You, Bars, Single-Serve, Grab-and-Go, Foodservice Industry, Menu, Consumer, Menu Strategy, Sustainability, Food & Beverage, Packaging, Sales & Profitability, Brownies, Drive-Thru, Dessert Pizza, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Fast-Casual Restaurant, Branded Ingredients, Consumer Behavior, Value, Indulgence, Limited Time Offers (LTOs), Dips/Spreads/Sauces, Sandwiches/Burgers, Prepackaged, Design, Functional, Healthful, Sweet, Breads/Muffins/Pastries, Fresh

A Thirst for Sales: Nonalcohol Beverages Help Restaurant Operations Refresh Business

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Sep 7, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Nonalcohol beverages are generating a lot of buzz these days. Ingenious infusions and eclectic flavor profiles are raising the category’s profile as foodservice operators strive to satisfy the market’s thirst for bold, refreshing taste adventures.

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Topics: Beverages, Shakes/Frozen Beverages, Menu Strategy, Sales & Profitability, Operations, Fast-Casual Restaurant, Fast-Food Restaurants

Growing ... Growing ...Not Gone: Big Restaurant Brands Post Big Sales Despite Pandemic

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Aug 31, 2021 8:00:00 AM

As debates about vaccination rates and the impact of the Delta variant of COVID-19 continue, major restaurant brands are feasting on profits. In particular, the fast food and fast casual segments are picking up speed in the race to regain revenue lost during the pandemic. In some cases, sales are soaring past pre-pandemic levels.

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Topics: Menu Strategy, Sales & Profitability, Operations, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Fast-Casual Restaurant, Fast-Food Restaurants

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