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Virtual Brands, Real Revenue: Online-Only Restaurant Operations Tap Into Need for Safety

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Jan 4, 2022 8:00:00 AM

On- and off-premises, foodservice has had so many twists and turns, it’s hard to keep track of all the pandemic-propelled trends. But while on-site traffic has made significant inroads thanks to the widespread availability of vaccines and the lifting of restrictions, all roads still lead to safety.

As the COVID-19 crisis lingers and breakthrough cases and variants continue to be concerns, consumers hunger for peace of mind and feed on foodservice brands that emphasize safety. Research data underscores the critical importance of precautions as pandemic-related problems persist. 

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Topics: Takeout, Delivery, Product Quality & Safety, Operations, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Off-Premises, Ghost Kitchens

Under Wraps: What’s Next for Off-Premises Packaging?

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on May 20, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Off-premises dining now comprises a larger portion of overall sales than it did pre-pandemic in all six major restaurant segments (family dining, casual dining, fine dining, quick service, fast casual, and coffee and snack).1 No doubt, the demand for takeout will remain strong in the coming months as summer temperatures and higher vaccination rates prompt consumers to seek a convenient way to dine outside—and take leftovers home.

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Topics: Noncommercial, Promotions, Marketing & Communications, Family Restaurant, Takeout, Regional, Business & Industry, Commercial, Quick Service Restaurant, Casual Dining Restaurant, Fine Dining, Delivery, National, Local, Beverages, Main Dishes, Lunch, Dinner, Single-Serve, Family, Freshness, Grab-and-Go, Foodservice Industry, Menu, Customer Experience, Consumer, Menu Strategy, Product Quality & Safety, Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Food & Beverage, Health & Wellness, Packaging, Sales & Profitability, Delivery App, Drive-Thru, Consumers, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Curbside Pickup, Fast-Casual Restaurant, Off-Premises, Consumer Behavior, Sandwiches/Burgers, Design, Digital/Online Ordering, Third-Party Delivery (3PD), Safety & Sanitation, Mobile App, Outdoor Dining, Waste Reduction, Touchless, On-Premises

Kitchen Heat: A Look Back at a Pressure-Cooker Year

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Jan 26, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Tight margins and an increasingly competitive landscape may have given the foodservice industry cause for concern year after year, but nothing could have prepared it for the sweeping impact of COVID-19 in 2020. The seismic shift to off-premises channels as restrictions on dine-in service and prolonged suspensions of onsite dining took hold brought a feast of challenges and opportunities, changing the direction of foodservice for years to come.

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Topics: Technology, Trends, Mobile, Takeout, Delivery, Foodservice Industry, Product Quality & Safety, Sales & Profitability, Operations, COVID-19, Coronavirus

In Restaurants We Trust: New COVID-19 Cases Turn Up the Heat on Operator Credibility

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Jul 21, 2020 8:00:00 AM

The roadblocks on the road to reopening continue. As the number of coronavirus cases rises in reopened states such as Texas, Florida, Arizona and others, fear of infection at restaurants seems to be growing at a fever pitch, threatening to grind dine-in services to a halt.

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Topics: Restaurant Operations, Product Quality & Safety, Social Responsibility, Sales & Profitability, Operations, COVID-19, Coronavirus

Turning the Tables: Restaurant Operations Prep to Reopen (Part 2)

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Jun 30, 2020 8:00:00 AM

To serve up sales and mitigate the shortfall during the COVID-19 outbreak, foodservice operators have had to think outside of the box. Now, many are thinking outside—as in al fresco—in  states and cities where dine-in remains prohibited. And even where dine-in restrictions have eased, al fresco dining still offers a breath of fresh air for consumers eager to dine out—and an opportunity for sales-hungry operators to feed the bottom line.

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Topics: Takeout, Delivery, Product Quality & Safety, Social Responsibility, Drive-Thru, COVID-19, Coronavirus

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