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Consumers continue to reshape the food and beverage marketplace driven by desires for higher quality life experiences. Many of these desires translate in to a search for balance and energy when it comes to health and wellness and a curiosity for new food and beverage experiences with a “simpler,” cleaner ingredient profile. Here are four examples of trends from 2015 that will exert considerable influence in the year ahead on both the food industry and food culture itself.[…] Continue Reading »

After a great MURTEC keynote speech by Capriotti’s CMO/CIO Jason Smylie, I was inspired to read the futurist mainstay “The Singularity is Near” by Ray Kurzweil. In it, Kurzweil spends many of the early pages ruminating on the wonder of exponential growth. He references Moore’s Law in which Gordon E. Moore, co-founder of Intel, observed the exponential improvements in processing power of integrated circuits (because of a doubling of the density of transistors).[…] Continue Reading »

Just a few years ago, most Americans probably never heard of Nando’s or peri-peri sauce, but in the U.K., Nando’s was just as much of a household name as McDonald’s. The Portuguese grilled chicken chain actually originates from South Africa, and after gaining cult-like status in the U.K., Nando’s made a splash in the U.S. where it has had success in Chicago and Washington, D.C.[…] Continue Reading »

Menu boards are critical to many restaurant and foodservice operations: customers can’t order what they can’t see. And yet, we rarely consider their impact on the bottom line. Does the type of menu board matter — a digital board vs. a chalkboard? Do consumers really want photos? Have calorie counts had an impact?

To understand menu boards, Datassential surveyed over 1,500 consumers and 350 operators for our brand new Menu Board Keynote Report.[…] Continue Reading »

The Q2 2015 Restaurant Social Media Index rankings are in!

Last quarter, Panera Bread took No. 1 for the Top 25 National Restaurant Brands of Q1 2015. This month, the artificial-ban brand falls to No. 4, and is replaced by Chick-fil-A. Check out the Top 10 list below, where we also delve deeper into the Top 3.[…] Continue Reading »