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Tis the season to party and companies are starting to do just that again, according to a new survey from executive search firm Battalia Winston, which found 96% of U.S. companies will throw holiday parties this year. That’s up from a post-recession low of 74% in 2011 and nearly on par with the all-time high of 97% hit in the boom years of 1996 and 1997.[…] Continue Reading »
It’s been another uncertain year for consumer spending, the strength of the economic rebound, the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act and food trends that may shift dining traffic patterns.
Now eateries are gearing up for the holidays, starting next week when more than 33 million Americans are expected to get some part of their Thanksgiving dinner from a restaurant, according to the National Restaurant Association, which also expects business to boom on Black Friday and again around Christmas and New Year’s.[…] Continue Reading »
Bruegger’s Bagels and Caribou Coffee have been neighbors in several locations for years, but they’ll get even closer in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market today when they open their first two co-branded stores. The test will expand to a total of six stores in the coming months, including retrofitted Bruegger’s and Caribou stores and brand-new builds by both companies next year.[…] Continue Reading »
A few new reports paint a picture of the hot restaurant trends for next year, including one not-so-hot prediction that an increased focus on health could lead to fewer restaurant visits in 2014. The report from AlixPartners leads off with the good news — nine months into 2013, restaurant spending has returned to pre-recession levels, the number of restaurants in financial distress is at a record low and inflationary pressures on commodity prices have eased.[…] Continue Reading »