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Why Small Businesses are Failing Less

falling rate of business failureSmall business failure rates have been declining for years. "The rate at which American employers go under has fallen by 30 percent since 1977," writes Professor Scott Shane of Case Western Reserve University.

New U.S. Dietary Guidelines Remind Consumers to Reduce Sugar

Sugar cubesCHICAGO—The new U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, issued last week, recommends something that consumers have already caught on to — limit sugar intake. U.S. consumers have already indicated that sugar is the number one item that they try to avoid in their diet.

Cheap 3D Printer on the Horizon

3D printing could be the next big thing, causing a major shift in the way people interact with technology and paving the way to major business opportunities.

Americans Continue to Shift to Franchise Jobs in December

McDonald's hiringROSELAND, N.J.—December's franchise job report shows that America continues to move to a job force of franchise workers. Private-sector franchise jobs in the United States increased by a whopping 48,600 hires during the month of December, according to transactional payroll data analyzed by the ADP Research Institute.

Coffee Prices Down Drastically

The increased rain in Brazil has meant bumper coffee crops, resulting in a 28 percent slump in price over the past year. The price slide appears likely to continue.

 

Resolution, Smezolution! Consumers Choose Healthier Living over Dieting

Beef patties with broccoli. Creative Commons photo on Flickr
Photo by Mikko Kuhna

CHICAGO—Each New Year is ushered in with celebrations, toasts, and diet ads to encourage weight loss resolutions, but U.S. consumers today prefer living healthier lifestyles as opposed to restricting their habits with dieting. Consumers define their own diets by putting more focus on the authenticity and purity of the foods they eat, according to NPD's recently released Eating Patterns in America, an annual compilation of ongoing food and beverage consumption research.

That Was Then

If you’re old enough (and you probably aren’t), you remember when chicken sandwiches were once new, innovative items on fast food menus. And then, when fried chicken took on a less-than-healthful patina, grilled chicken sandwiches were brought in to address issues of healthy preparation. One wonders where the grill lines came from in restaurants that had no char broilers?

2016 Food Outlook: Satisfying the Growing Demand for 'Wholesome and Real'

Keeping up with the latest health trends in the foodservice industry is an ongoing challenge.  Fortunately for restaurant operators, consumers’ definition of healthy food has broadened.

Consumer Confidence Grows in December

NEW YORK—The Consumer Confidence Index has improved in December. The index now stands at 96.5 (1985=100), which is up from 92.6 in November, according to The Conference Board.

Revenue Premiums Offset Higher Costs in Historic Hotels

Some old hotels age gracefully and have achieved the status of "grande dame" hotels. These properties typically compete in the luxury or upper-upscale market segments, and frequently achieve occupancy and average daily rate (ADR) premiums versus their contemporary competition.