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Lunch Visits Cool as Competition Heats Up

Chicago—The rough news for restaurateurs is that consumers are purchasing lunch away from home slightly less often now than two years ago, according to a foodservice researcher. Worse,

Delivery Eats into Drive-Thru Service

Jimmy John's deliveryCHICAGO—Foodservice delivery is the ultimate in dining convenience and is winning visits at the expense of restaurant drive thru. Over the past four years, delivery has grown by 69 million orders, while drive thru traffic fell by 128 million visits from May 2012 through May 2016, according to a recently released report by foodservice researcher The NPD Group.

Small Businesses Finding Pokémon Go Good for Business

Pokémon Go has come out of seemingly nowhere to become a major craze—and that can be good for small businesses.

Major Countries Show Foodservice Traffic Gains

MOS Burger, Tawaramachi, Japan
Mos Burger, Tokyo Japan (photo/Gullhem Vellut)

CHICAGO—With the exception of Russia, the world's major foodservice markets ended the first quarter of 2016 with an increase in traffic and consumer spending.

Franchise Hiring Way Up in June

Monthly Change in Franchise Jobs for last 5 years, Jun 2011 to Jun 2016

Data: ADP Research Institute; Chart: Blue MauMau

ROSELAND, N.J.—Payrolls for U.S. franchise establishments increased by a whopping 40,700 jobs for the month of June. It is the highest number of franchise hires in the last year since December's 45,200 and October's 47,900.

Grocerants Rise as They Hone Their Appeal to Millennials

CHICAGO—Supermarkets are raising the bar on their foodservice offerings and by doing so are attracting the attention of the coveted Millennials. Restaurant-quality and fresh food, chef-driven menus, and in-store experiences have given rise to the Grocerant.

Fast Casual Traffic Softens while QSR Combo Meal Deals Bring Visits

CHICAGO —The restaurant industry has been conducting business in a one percent world since 2010. Foodservice researchers expect visits to restaurants will increase minimally quarter-after-quarter, resulting in an average lift in traffic of one percent annually.

Franchise Hirings Up Somewhat in May

ROSELAND, N.J.—Franchise jobs in the American private-sector increased by 19,400 during the month of May.

As Burger Wars Heat Up, Combo Value Meals Drive Traffic and Visits

Wendy's 4 for $4CHICAGO—Since last fall it has been a game of thrones among the top burger chains—Burger King, McDonald's, and Wendy's.

Independent Restaurants Raise Spending with Broadline Distributors

CHICAGO—Despite declining unit counts for the last two years, independent restaurant operators represent a third of broadline foodservice distribution dollars, and their spending has increased year-over-year for the past two years.