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Beef prices have been rising for several years and there’s seemingly no ceiling, an ongoing trend that’s challenging restaurants and retailers to make changes ranging from price increases to putting less beef on the plate to promoting poultry and other animal proteins in the supermarket.

Retail and wholesale beef prices edged even higher this summer, according to the Agriculture Department, as growing demand for U.S.[…] Continue Reading »

As consumers become more aware of where their food is coming from, restaurants and retailers alike are getting into the sustainability game. From a business standpoint, incorporating things like sustainable design makes sense because it helps the bottom line. But having a strong message of sustainability associated with a business is also advantageous in the food and beverage industry from a branding perspective.[…] Continue Reading »

When Denny’s recently unveiled their newest restaurant, set to open in Manhattan’s Financial District, the design was nearly unrecognizable. The new restaurant is full of dark woods, tufted leather seats, copper ceilings, and full-wall photographic murals. There is even a craft cocktail bar serving pre-Prohibition era cocktails and an eye-catching $300 “Grand Cru Slam” which pairs two entrees with a bottle of Dom Perignon and a “bartender high-five.”

But the new Denny’s concept is representative of a broader shift in the industry, as a number of brands seek to regain market share lost during the recession and compete with fast casuals for the Millennial dollar.[…] Continue Reading »

Last winter’s blizzards and arctic blasts started becoming a distant memory the minute restaurants around the country set up the patio tables and opened the rooftop decks for the season. Restaurants with outdoor dining spaces in many markets have gone from being a nice perk to a must-have, especially in places where the out-of-doors is a major draw.[…] Continue Reading »

Every day two-thirds of consumers eat breakfast, most of it at home. But in the past few years restaurants have been working hard to lure customers away from their kitchens by expanding into the breakfast day part and adding innovative breakfast items. Taco Bell’s breakfast menu, which the company rolled out nationwide earlier this year, was the chain’s largest menu expansion in the brand’s history, with Taco Bell President Brian Niccol noting that, “Breakfast is the fastest growing day part in QSR.”

In order to understand the breakfast landscape, from consumer habits and preferences to opportunities for operators, manufacturers, and distributors, Datassential focused on breakfast for the launch of our brand new MenuTrends Keynote report series.[…] Continue Reading »