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2017 Trends: Americans Embrace Customized Wellness, Eating at Home and Good Causes

Americans will take a more personal approach to their health and wellness in 2017.

Restaurant Bubble about to Burst?

After spending a year investigating the state of American restaurants, a journalist concludes that they're in a bubble that is about to burst. Seasoned restaurant pros may or may not agree with him, but he weaves a narrative that points to some serious problems.

Ruby Tuesday Takes a Tumble

Ruby TuesdayRuby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE:RT) announced on Thursday that its same-restaurant sales declined by 4.1 percent in its second quarter of its fiscal 2017, which ended November 29, 2016.

Good Times and Bad Daddy’s Report Mixed Quarterly Same-Restaurant Sales

Good Times Restaurants Inc. [NASDAQ: GTIM] announced Wednesday that same-restaurant sales for its Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard franchise chain dropped by 0.5 percent in its fiscal first quarter of 2017, which ended December 27, 2016.

Can Mobile Augmented-Reality Save Full Service Restaurants?

I stated two years ago that meal kits were training wheels for Millennials.  In 2016 the meal kit industry reached $1.5 billion in sales, according to Market research publisher Packaged Facts.

World Foodservice Traffic Rises in Q3

The global foodservice industry held steady in the third quarter of 2016. It performed better than the previous quarter despite encountering strong headwinds — an earthquake in Italy, a terror attack in France, a potential recession in Canada, concerns over the impact of Brexit, and two years of a deep recession in Brazil.

McDonald's Delivery Experience Will Deliver Incremental Success

Most have read by now that next month McDonald’s will begin testing food delivery at 200 Florida restaurants, according to the Chicago Tribune. In 2016 McDonald's will have recorded $1 billion in global delivery sales.

After Brand Leaves Yum, Franchise Owners Turn A&W Around

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As America's oldest existing restaurant chain looks to 2017, franchisee-owned A&W Restaurants, Inc. says it is thriving. The franchisor says it will soon celebrate its five-year anniversary of franchisee ownership. Since leaving Yum Brands (NYSE:YUM), A&W says it has figured out how to turn the brand around. It has grown despite the restaurant sector experiencing sluggish sales.

President of Focus Brands Discusses Operating Restaurants, Keeping Franchisees Happy

President of Focus Brands North America Paul Damico says in a video-recorded interview that the restaurant business has changed drastically. "Ten years ago it was fairly simple and straightforward to run a restaurant. Today it's very, very complicated," he observes. [Via Fast Casual]

Food Retailers Battle for a Share of the Stomach

Dollar stores, grocery stores, restaurants, convenience stores and non-traditional fresh food retailers the ilk of IKEA, and Costco are all in a fierce battle for the food dollar.