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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

Not Chicken Feed: Burgers Still Beef Up Bottom Line More Than Chicken

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Oct 19, 2021 8:00:00 AM

The sky's the limit for chicken sandwich sales as restaurant chains peck and claw to meet market demand. But even as chicken sandwiches reach new heights of popularity and profitability, burgers remain the meat that can’t be beat.

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Topics: Trends, Quick Service Restaurant, Menu, quick service restaurants, Flavor Profiles, Fast-Food Restaurants, Sandwiches/Burgers

Not Winging It: More Chicken Innovation, Higher Sales

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

The chicken sandwich wars have catapulted a menu staple to new heights of popularity and profitability. America’s insatiable appetite for chicken sandwich variations and a young market hungry for bold new taste adventures have dovetailed to create sky-high demand for chicken innovation. As a result, the stakes for quick-service chains clawing their way up the pecking order of chicken sandwich concepts continues to rise.

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Topics: Millennials, Trends, Quick Service Restaurant, Menu, Sales & Profitability, Operations, quick service restaurants

Snack Happy: Snacking Trends Give Foodservice Operators Plenty to Smile About

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

Snacks continue to evolve far beyond the occasional treat—and sales have been sweet. In fact, over the past two years, the snackification of consumers’ eating behavior has become so widespread, snacking now accounts for 48% of all eating and drinking occasions, according to the market research firm The Hartman Group.1

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Topics: Snacking, Trends, Snack, snacks, Restaurants, COVID-19, Coronavirus

Game On! Competition Heats Up as Restaurants Recruit Sports Stars to Score Sales

Let's Chat Snacks Posted on Aug 24, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Consumers love to feast on sports and food—and the restaurant industry learned long ago that pairing the two is a powerful way to score big business. Sports with a side order of food (and vice versa) is a surefire way to bring stadium-capacity crowds of sports fans to the table for special promotions and limited time offers.

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Topics: Restaurant Operations, Trends, Promotions, Operations, Limited Time Offers (LTOs), Third-Party Delivery (3PD)

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