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Consumers, Millennials report strong visitation, interest according to Datassential

Market heats up

With the true “Chipotle of pizza” title up for grabs, the race to saturate the fast casual pizza market continues to heat up — and consumers are interested, according to Datassential‘s upcoming Creative Concepts TrendSpotting Report, which covers these pizza concepts in-depth.[…] Continue Reading »

Fast casual has certainly given other segments in the restaurant industry a run for their money in the past few years, and it’s no surprise that this segment has become the fastest-growing in the industry. The combination of fresh, made-to-order, customizable and less costly food is more appealing in terms of healthiness, transparency and cost-saving options. But most recently, we’re seeing casual dining trends increase as well, with consumers visiting casual restaurants even more than fast casuals, proving that a little competition can be a good thing.[…] Continue Reading »

Facebook falls

Had Facebook not been the social behemoth that it is, most people would have probably bailed on this promiscuous social network that assumes we are OK with them selling ads based on our actions. The reality is that Facebook will prevail again, but in a way that may not be suitable for the restaurant business.[…] Continue Reading »

Since 1983 chefs, winemakers and other foodservice professionals have gathered in Lyon, France for Sirha, the biennial international hospitality and foodservice conference that also encompasses two of the world’s most prestigious cooking competitions: the Bocuse d’Or and the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie, or World Pastry Cup. While these events — often referred to as the culinary Olympic Games — have been drawing chefs to Sirha for decades, this year will mark the debut of an event at the conference.[…] Continue Reading »

The $27 billion Fast Casual segment of the $632 billion restaurant industry grew at an astonishing 20.8% in 2011 over 2010, confirming that there is no slowdown in the appeal of Fast Casual to a broad range of consumers. This rising tide won’t automatically lift all Fast Casual boats, though. Successful brands know they have to keep their fingers on the pulse of the Fast Casual customer’s needs, wants, and choices if they want to capture their best share of this growing market demand.[…] Continue Reading »