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Big Restaurant Chains Grow Sales by 5% in 2015, Fast-Casuals Double That

Jimmy John's store front after the rain

CHICAGO—In 2015 the 500 biggest restaurant chains accelerated sales growth in the United States to a 4.9 percent increase for the group as a whole, totaling an estimated $288 billion in sales.

Boomers Snack More Often than Millennials

CHICAGO—Millennials are the apple of today's marketers when it comes to targeting consumers, but surveys show that it is really the Boomers who shine.

Franchised Restaurants and Hotel Hiring Up in February

Workers at a Five Guys franchise assemble burgers. (Photo:BMM)

ROSELAND, N.J.—Private-sector franchise jobs in the United States rose by 18,500 during the month of February. The number of jobs and the rate of job growth in February for franchised establishments was down from January's robust numbers.

Restaurant Units Dip in America but Rise in Major Metros

New restaurant being constructed
New chain restaurant being constructed

CHICAGO—Total restaurant count in America has decreased by 0.6 percent from a year ago to 629,488 units, according to a count of U.S. commercial restaurant locations compiled by a major foodservice researcher.

Hotel Spa Departments Follow Industry Trends

Coming out of the great recession, U.S. hotel operators struggled to earn revenue from sources other than the rental of guest rooms. However, in 2014, we began to see guests spend their money in other areas of the hotel. According to the 2015 edition of Trends® in the Hotel Industry, rooms revenue increased by 7.3 percent in 2014. Concurrently, revenue within the food and beverage and other-operated departments grew by 6.2 percent.

Advantage of Grocery Stores over Restaurants

When a new law was passed in France that required all restaurants to provide doggy bags to customers who want to take their leftovers home I yawned. I did not give it much thought until my inbox was filled with questions about food waste, discarding of old and outdated food.

Restaurant Delivery Grows by Double Digits

CHICAGO —Food delivery traffic, outside of pizza delivery, has grown by 33 percent since 2012, according to foodservice researcher the NPD Group. Meanwhile, traditional quick service restaurant (QSR) pizza delivery is on the decline.

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.