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Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery® Recognizes Azusa Franchisee For Best Sales Performance
PR Newswire (press release)
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery is pleased to announce that Marie Callender’s franchisees Bob LaRue, and brothers, Brian and Dave McDonough, whose restaurant is located at 1175 E. Alosta …

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SpenDifference Offers Supply Chain Strategies to Counter Restaurant Sales SlumpBusiness Wire (press release)DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With restaurant sales weakening amid growing concerns about rising labor and healthcare costs, smart operators are find…

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Forget Starbucks (SBUX), Buy These Restaurant Stocks InsteadZacks.comNotably, same-store sales growth has been rather dull in the restaurant space during the first half of 2016, given the difficult sales environment. Despite economic growth, somewhat l…

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The Denver ChannelSome Chick-fil-A restaurants donating 15 percent of sales to Compassion InternationalThe Denver ChannelCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Three Chick-fil-A restaurants in Colorado Springs will donate 15 percent of their sales this week to two…

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How To Become A Wine Sales Rep
VinePair
Nathaniel Ross Center, who works for T. Edward Wines as a sales rep, got into the job at a point when he realized his music career wasn’t going to support him, but he also didn’t want to work in a restaurant where he would be “stuck in one place all day.

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PYMNTS.comHas The Restaurant Industry Leveled Off?PYMNTS.comEven during the recession of 2008, restaurant sales fared better than any retail sector that year, with sales dropping only 1 percent compared to a 10 percent dip for the overall retail sector…

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Troubles at Pie Five lead to negative fiscal 2016 for Rave Restaurant Group
Pizza Marketplace
Sales trends in the fourth quarter were very challenging for the Pie Five system, as was the case in much of the fast casual segment,” Rave Restaurant Group’s interim CEO Clinton Coleman said in a statement. “Comparable store sales in our Dallas-Fort …

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Troubles at Pie Five lead to negative fiscal 2016 for Rave Restaurant Group
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Sales trends in the fourth quarter were very challenging for the Pie Five system, as was the case in much of the fast casual segment,” Rave Restaurant Group’s interim CEO Clinton Coleman said in a statement. “Comparable store sales in our Dallas-Fort …

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Phoenix Business Journal
Valley restaurants hire big-time execs to drive healthy food trend
Phoenix Business Journal
More than seven in 10 adults are trying to eat healthier at restaurants than they did two years ago, according to a survey from the association, and in its “What’s Hot 2016 Culinary Forecast,” seven out of the top 20 food trends revolved around healthy

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Barron’sNo Restaurant RxBarron’s… and Burger King, a unit of Restaurant Brands International (QSR), all reported that North America same-store sales fell sharply from the first quarter. In earnings calls, management attributed the drop to vague facto…

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WKRG
ABC Board Says No Alcohol Sales Outside of Restaurant
WKRG
An old law that is suddenly being enforced again has folks downtown more than a little upset. But there could be changes coming soon. If you’ve eaten downtown in the last 24 hours, you’ll have seen the signs. All alcoholic drinks must be purchased inside.

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Boulder Weekly
Fall food trends
Boulder Weekly
Like anything good in life, the food industry is always in flux, changing and growing according to the latest tastes like a living, breathing organism. One year the trend is white tablecloths and three-course meals, the next it’s bone marrow donuts

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Finding Restaurant Investment Ideas as Traffic SlowsMorningstar.comWe believe a framework for identifying the most successful limited-service restaurant chains will help investors find names best positioned to outperform industry traffic trends over th…

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RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Results
PR Newswire (press release)
“Sales trends in the fourth quarter were very challenging for the Pie Five system, as was the case in much of the fast casual segment,” said Clinton Coleman, Interim Chief Executive Officer for Rave Restaurant Group, Inc. “Comparable store sales in our …

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Food, beverage industry going strong in LovelandBizWest MediaIf you research any town in the United States, some of the aspects you may find yourself looking into are the food and beverage trends in the region. Thankfully, Loveland can be very proud of…

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Find Natural Food Trends for C-Stores at Outlook Leadership Conference
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CHICAGO, Sept. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Outlook Leadership Conference, along with most of the convenience retailing industry, has expanded into organics with the launch of its “Better for You” Pavilion, a dedicated area inside the event’s C-Store …

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Find Natural Food Trends for C-Stores at Outlook Leadership ConferenceYahoo FinanceWinsight, LLC is a business-to-business media and information services company specializing in the convenience-retailing, restaurant and noncommercial foodservice indust…

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Eater Montreal (blog)Three Food Trends Rolled into One at New CDN SpotEater Montreal (blog)Those questions include: is the combination of poke, sushi and burrito elements an example of food trend overkill? What are the semantic rules around using the w…

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QSRweb.com (blog)
Rooting out today’s top culinary trends
QSRweb.com (blog)
Root vegetables are the food service trend of the moment, according to research on the top plant-based edibles in restaurant kitchens and menus from market research publisher, Packaged Facts. Packaged Facts researchers collected consumer survey data …

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NorthJersey.comTasty Life: Should I stay or should I go? Current food trendsNorthJersey.comAs a curious and adventurous foodie, I am always on the search for the next big thing in food to alleviate the doldrums of the same-old, same-old New Jersey food…

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Packaged Facts: 6 Fresh Foods From the Garden Shaping Culinary Trends
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ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — More than non-GMO, more than local, organic, or natural, more even than low price, consumers value freshness in food—and nothing says freshness like garden-fresh vegetables or fruit, according to market …

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Supermarket News
Supermarkets must sell an experience, as well as great food
Supermarket News
Sessions on saving the center store, reinventing the perimeter, tapping restaurant trends to drive supermarket sales and designing and merchandising delightful in-store spaces reflected grocers’ need to remain competitive amid unprecedented industry …

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Food and Beverage News and Trends- 15 September 2016Lexology (registration)The nonprofit group Healthy Food America reported in late August on a study showing consumption of soda and sugary drinks in low-income neighborhoods of Berkeley, California dro…

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CIT Franchise Finance Expands Mid-Cap Restaurant Sales Team …Business Wire (press release)NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CIT Group Inc. (NYSE:CIT), cit.com, a leading provider of commercial lending and leasing services, today announced that CIT …a…

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New York Times
The Magnificent 10: Restaurants That Changed How We Eat – The …
New York Times
From HoJo’s to the Four Seasons, a Yale professor picks the groundbreakers in America’s culinary past.

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Nation’s Restaurant News
Kruse/Thorn: Calling out overused restaurant jargon
Nation’s Restaurant News
While not as noisy as all the political bloviating, these earnest, rhetorical efforts at culinary correctness have created a contemporary restaurant vocabulary that’s almost as annoying, from my perspective. A few examples, some taken from the pages of

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Market RealistPositive Long-Term Macro Trends Can Grow the Restaurant Industry …Market RealistLower oil prices and unemployment rates globally could support the restaurant industry.and more »

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Market Realist
Restaurant Spending: A Continuing Trend
Market Realist
While restaurants fall in the consumer discretionary sector, the bottom line is simple: people need to eat – and they have endless choices on how to satisfy this need. Over the past 150+ years, historical trends have revealed that people are turning

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Eater
Eric Ripert Doesn’t Follow Food Trends
Eater
To anyone who claims that fine dining is dying: Eric Ripert would like a word. The acclaimed chef at New York’s Le Bernardin and author of the new memoir 32 Yolks has dedicated his career to high-end culinarily experiences, and witnessed the power of a …

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Eater
Is Colonialism the Worst Restaurant Trend of 2016?
Eater
Which 2016 restaurant trends need to die already: emoji menus? Rainbow foods? Frosé? How about colonialism. Considered a source of deep shame for many in the Western world, a couple of restaurants have inexplicably decided that Britain’s colonial …

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Motley Fool
How Far Will Fast-Food Restaurants Push Innovation?
Motley Fool
Deutsch does not think that fast-food companies will stop marketing ridiculous menu items tied to snack foods, but he does agree that healthier choices will be part of the future. “We are seeing overall trends like interests in healthier but still

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Top Tech News
Hungry Startup Uses Robots To Tap Multibillion-Dollar Pizza Market
Top Tech News
Zume is one of a growing number of food-tech firms seeking to disrupt the restaurant industry with software and robots. “We’re going to eliminate boring, repetitive, dangerous jobs, and we’re going to free up people to do things that are higher value

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Christian Science Monitor
Why are restaurants losing sit-down customers?
Christian Science Monitor
The food industry is still growing, but in different sectors than before. Mid-range, sit-down restaurants like Chili’s are stuggling, while new food trends take hold, especially among young people, who often want their food quickly and on-the-go

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CBS NewsWhy sit-down restaurant chains are sufferingCBS NewsNEW YORK – Customers have been walking away from sit-down chains as convenience and affordability take precedence. Ruby Tuesday said this week that its CEO is resigning, and the chain forecast…

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New York Business Journal
Zagat: N.Y.C. a bit crazy for cauliflower rice, oyster happy hours
New York Business Journal
A full 60 percent of “avid diners” nationwide say they browse food photos on social media, and among them, 75 percent say they have picked a place to eat based on these photos alone, according to a National Dining Trends survey the restaurant review …
Social media influences consumer diningMeat & Poultry (registration)

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Digital Trends
Processed Pies: Silicon Valley’s Zume Pizza ready to offer you dinner made by a robot
Digital Trends
It is the latest in a new trend within the food industry — and a number of industries globally — to increasingly depend upon machines rather than human labor. And in this case, robots are not just taking your order or clearing your tables — they are

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Restaurant Stocks: Costs, Traffic, Comps Loom LargeZacks.comSoft Comps & Traffic Trends: Most of the restaurateurs have been bearing the brunt of soft comps and traffic trends in the first half of 2016, which is a matter of concern. Per market anal…

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Huffington Post
Why The Outrage Over Bon Appétit’s Pho Article Is Completely Justified
Huffington Post
Another aspect of the piece that’s been stirring the pot is Bon Appétit’s mention of the dish making its “list of the coolest restaurant trends for 2016.” Andrea Nguyen, a Vietnamese chef and cookbook author, noted that by doing so, a crucial aspect of

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Eater
Data Dive: Tracking the Poke Trend
Eater
According to data provided by Foursquare (the app for discovering new places), the Hawaiian foodtrend” has actually been imminent for quite some time. Eater recently mined that data to explore the roots of the poke craze — and project what the scope

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GreenBiz
Cut the beef — for health, for the environment and, er, for business?
GreenBiz
The authors pair this analysis with interviews with top industry players, data on U.S. meat consumption trends and other industry research to conclude that restaurant chains have an important business opportunity in reducing the total amount of beef

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Al-Arabiya
The next big ‘ting?’ Why Jamaican cuisine is a hot new trend
Al-Arabiya
While food trends come and go in Dubai, it would seem like 2016 has been the year of Jamaica with two new restaurants importing the good times island vibe to the city. We catch up with both Ting Irie and Miss Lily’s to find out what’s so special about …

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Wall Street Journal
Why Cracker Barrel Might Be Restaurant Recession’s Next Victim
Wall Street Journal
The down-home eatery—known for hearty food and tchotchkes, including those famous peg games—has so far bucked difficult industry trends, including warnings of a possible “restaurant recession.” Cracker Barrel has raised its full-year earnings

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CultureMap DallasNew ramen and izakaya restaurant in Plano nails all the hot trendsCultureMap DallasA cool new Asian restaurant combining some of the hottest trends in dining is about to open in Plano. Yatai Ramen Izakaya will open on September 15, in …

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CultureMap DallasNew ramen and izakaya restaurant in Plano nails all the hot trendsCultureMap DallasA cool new Asian restaurant combining some of the hottest trends in dining is about to open in Plano. Yatai Ramen Izakaya will open on September 15, in …

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Digital Trends
Umi Kitchen app delivers home-cooked meals to some New York City doorsteps
Digital Trends
Restaurant deliveries are certainly not new, especially not in New York City, but the delivery of home-cooked meals is original. If Umi’s concept spreads, someone is going to have to decide whether to call it meal-hailing or cook-sharing or something else.

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Baltimore Sun
At Polenta Cafe in Hampden, Italian cuisine goes gluten free
Baltimore Sun
Gluten-free Italian food may seem like an oxymoron. But Polenta Cafe proves it can be done, and taste good. The owners of Polenta Cafe in Hampden seem to know what they’re doing. They’re capitalizing on several restaurant trends at their cozy BYOB cafe …

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ZagatNational Dining Trends Survey: Social Media Habits, Viral Foods …ZagatMany of us have done it, and you know who you are. Plates of beautifully composed food hit the table and you instruct your dining companions to wait a few …and more&nbs…

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Eater
Five Food Trends American Diners Love: Survey
Eater
Among the food trends mentioned in Zagat’s report are the usual suspects (quinoa, avocado toast, sriracha), though the results are somewhat surprising. Turns out we haven’t quite reached peak avocado toast. In fact, 33 percent of respondents (up from

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Signs Point to Less and Better Meat as Good for BusinessNatural Resources Defense CouncilThe authors pair this analysis with interviews with top industry players, data on U.S. meat consumption trends, and other industry research, to conclude that resta…

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Exceed Culinary Expectations And Master Emerging Trends At The 2016 Florida Restaurant & Lodging ShowPerishableNews (press release) (registration)ORLANDO, FL — From Tuesday, September 27 through Thursday, September 29, over 8,000 restaurant and fo…

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