“The average restaurateur makes about 4 cents for every dollar, and now with decreased traffic and increased costs, it’s even more challenging for them,” says Jim Osborne of US Foods--one of the giants of foodservice distribution to restaurants, hotels, catering, schools and more. On the latest From the Cold Corner Podcast, I talk with Osborne about US Foods’ latest initiative—the Restaurant Reopening Blueprint—to help restaurateurs navigate new guidelines for service, staffing, and customer behavior due to coronavirus.
When asked about the economy, restaurant operators are generally optimistic about business conditions.
April 18, 2019
The National Restaurant Association (NRA), Washington, D.C., released its “2019 State of the Restaurant Industry report,” which examines significant forces impacting and shaping the restaurant industry, including the economy, workforce, technology, food and menu trends, as well as developments pertaining to table service and limited-service restaurants.
From focusing on health and sustainability to embracing global cultures and supporting meaningful causes and partners, there's a renewed energy and deeper sense of caring to do the right thing for yourself, others and the world at large.
November 30, 2018
af&co., San Francisco, debut its 2019 trends report.
Despite abiding by their own definitions, consumers may still reconsider their restaurant orders if they think an item has too many calories.
November 1, 2018
Consumers are increasingly taking on a more personalized, holistic view of health, and making food and beverage choices based on their personal definition of health, such as food described as natural, organic, high in protein or functional, according to a study released by Technomic, Chicago.
Millennials and other diners have inspired restaurateurs to expand into more diverse areas such as salads, new-wave Asian (including fusion noodles, stir-fry and sushi) and boundary-pushing global cuisines.
May 1, 2018
Millennials want it their way. However, the shift toward fresh, creative and personalized made-to-order foods has become a game-changing development in the fast-casual foodservice segment, according to a report published by Packaged Facts, Rockville, Md.
Findings, which range from menu trends to operational predictions, reflect the restaurant industry's continued dedication to finding new approaches to the ever-evolving circumstances.
November 3, 2017
While many shifts in the restaurant industry are slow to take hold, the use and availability of data is one trend that's quickly emerging, according to the 2018 Restaurant Trends Forecast, produced by Restaurant Business magazine, Chicago, and Technomic, Chicago.
The May 2020 issue of Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine highlights sustainable solutions for companies along the cold chain, plus coronavirus and food safety coverage, lift truck technology, pizza innovations, new dairy and dairy-alternative products, plus much more—just click the stories below to start reading.