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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

Franchise Frenzy: The Boom in Fast-Casual Segment Franchise Opportunities

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Dec 16, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Despite the unprecedented challenges the restaurant industry faced in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic—including an estimated $255 billion sales loss1—franchising activity didn’t come to a complete halt.

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Topics: Quick Service Restaurant, Casual Dining Restaurant, Delivery, OREO, Cookies, Foodservice Industry, Menu, Menu Strategy, Food & Beverage, Sales & Profitability, Drive-Thru, Limited Time Offers (LTOs)

How The Cookies Crumbl: Cookies Hit Sweet Spot on National Cookie Day and Every Day

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Dec 3, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Foodservice operators who are hungry for sales can always count on cookies. In fact, the beloved baked goods staple raises so much dough at limited service restaurants, cookies are the segment’s most menued dessert item.

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Topics: Desserts, Cookies/Bars/Snacks, Menu, Flavors & Ingredients, Operations, Branded Ingredients, Limited Time Offers (LTOs)

Menu Innovation Mania: Global Trends Reflect Hunger for Fearless Flavor Profiles

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Nov 30, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Consumers favor flavor when it comes to menu attributes—and that applies to both limited-service and full-service restaurants and across generations, according to survey data from the market research firm Technomic. Overall, consumers rank “appealing taste and flavor” the top traffic driver for LSRs (60%) and FSRs (64%).1

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Topics: Menu, Flavors & Ingredients, Sales & Profitability, Operations, Flavor Profiles, Fast-Food Restaurants

Say Cheese! Mac ’n’ Cheese  Brings Smiles (and Sales!) to Foodservice Operators

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Nov 23, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Comfort foods tend to be versatile, mash-up worthy staples that bring tastebuds bliss as quick bites, sides or entrees—and there may be none more beloved than macaroni and cheese.

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Topics: Menu, Sales & Profitability, Operations, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Flavor Profiles

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