The restaurant industry continues to bring big changes to the table, and the new year is sure to take the breakthroughs of 2022 to new heights. Nimbler restaurant formats with smaller footprints and a focus on takeout and delivery are a case in point.
Topics: Technology, Trends, Takeout, Sales & Profitability, Operations, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Off-Premises
Happy days are here again—well, maybe not quite. Given tech advances and an ebbing pandemic, we've entered a promising new era for foodservice, but operators still have a lot on their plates. Economic uncertainty and hard-to-manage margins could cause many to tighten belts, if not eat losses. And the hypercompetitive landscape can make it all the more challenging to attract and retain customers.
Topics: Technology, Trends, Takeout, Delivery, Sales & Profitability, Operations, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Off-Premises
Spurred on by the pandemic, the foodservice industry shifted from sampling automation technologies to feasting on them as touchless solutions to labor shortages and platforms for safer, more streamlined operations.
Topics: Technology, Trends, Takeout, Sales & Profitability, Operations, Off-Premises, Touchless
Food plays an integral role in a number of fall and winter celebrations—Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are the top holidays consumers associate with special dishes, flavors and eating occasions.1
Topics: Promotions, Marketing & Communications, Takeout, Meal Kits, Dessert, Holidays, Seasonal, NILLA Wafers, NABISCO GRAHAMS, Customer Experience, Menu Strategy, Limited Time Offers (LTOs)
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.
Topics: Takeout, Delivery, Product Quality & Safety, Operations, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Off-Premises, Ghost Kitchens