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Soft Drinks Still Number One at Restaurants but Consumption Down

Photo by Don SniegowskiAmerican consumers have been drinking fewer purchased beverages for the last decade, but when they do they turn to coffee, soft drinks, milk, iced tea or bottled water. 

2016 Veterans Day Free Meals and Deals

On Veterans Day, which annually falls on November 11, a substantial list of restaurants and other types of businesses are offering special deals to military and veterans—including free meals, free haircuts, discounts and more. Applebee's, Chili's, Figaro's Pizza, Golden Corral, IHOP and Wienerschnitzel are some of the participating restaurant franchises.

UK Restaurant Visits Up while US Dips in Q2

Just at the end of the second quarter of 2016 Britain voted to leave the European Union. But at that point, United Kingdom consumers had already made enough foodservice visits to give the United Kingdom the strongest global foodservice market for the quarter, reports The NPD Group.

Consumer Confidence Index Increases in September

Consumer confidence has improved from August to September. The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index grew to 104.1 in September from 101.8 in August. It was 100 when it was created in 1985.

U.S. Restaurants Drop in Count, Chains Flatline

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Despite a growing population, the United States only had 624,301 restaurants in spring 2016. That is a one percent decrease in eateries from spring 2015, according to a major foodservice researcher.

Health Concerns over Rise of Grocerants

Supermarket offers prepared lunch bowl of sashimi
Major supermarket offers sashimi bowl for lunch. (photo/sniegowski)

With the rise of the grocerant — supermarkets that offer prepared, restaurant-style food — comes an increase in consumer concerns over food safety.

Restaurant Lunch Visits Decline Sharply from a Changing American Lifestyle

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Americans look for value offerings  Photo/bmm

Restaurateurs are having a tough time competing with the changing work and lifestyle habits of Americans, especially when it comes to lunch. Lunches at restaurants, which account for a third of all restaurant traffic, have posted consecutively steeper declines over the past six months, according to a major research group.

Restaurant Traffic Remains Flat in Second Quarter

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Photo by Matts Edenius

A major foodservice researcher reports that consumer traffic in restaurant establishments was flat in the second quarter, following an already horizontal first quarter of 2016. That is two consecutive quarters not of a contraction but rather a lack of vigor when it comes to consumer visits to the hyper competitive restaurant industry.

Consumers Blame Restaurants for Third-Party Mistakes

Even if a restaurant has a contract with a third-party ordering and delivery service, the majority of consumers (76%) still hold the restaurant at least partially responsible for any order errors, according to a foodservice researcher.

Two Thirds Making Minimum Wage Can’t Make Ends Meet

A CareerBuilder survey shows that 75 percent of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck at least sometimes and that of those earning minimum wage, 66 percent can't make ends meet.