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Five Undercurrents of Grocerant Success in 2017

There are five undercurrents of growth that are driving the continued expansion of grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh food.

Japan: Franchisor Seven-Eleven Outperforms Competitors

Seven-Eleven's ready-made take-away meals. (photo:wikimedia)

Japanese convenience store franchisor Seven-Eleven Japan, or 7-Eleven as its much smaller sister company is known in the United States, grew its operating profits by 4 percent for its nine-month period to ¥187.1 billion (US$1.64 billion).

Jobs Are Heating Up for Fast-Food Workers

Restaurant owners are giving referral bonuses, weeks of paid vacation, higher pay and other enticements in their effort to find workers. Restaurant employers are struggling to find workers.

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.