Source: NPD Group/ReCount® Spring Releases
Don’t write the obit for independent restaurants just yet. The NPD Group’s latest ReCount census of commercial restaurant locations finds that numbers of both independent and chain restaurants have risen. This is the first time since 2009 that both sectors have increased due to a decline in the number [...]
As the London Olympic Games prepare to open, new research finds the UK’s restaurant scene surprisingly healthy. The latest QuickBite survey conducted for London-based researcher Horizons by YouGov finds the British are dining out more with the highest frequency since December 2010.
The average British adult dined away from home 2.77 times on average during [...]
The “mini” trend seemed to have played itself out last year when BK Burger Minis came and went at Burger King, but the increasing popularity of snack items—especially chicken snack foods such as Chicken McBites—is making small big time again.
Apparently not satisfied with the success of the McBites, McDonald’s is again testing the popularity [...]
Higher food prices seem a certain result of the drought that has parched about one-third of the U.S. How high prices might go, which proteins will see the sharpest gains and when operators and consumers will feel the impact are the key questions, and there are disagreements and conflicting forecasts. Should burger-concept operators [...]
It’s easy to over-analyze McDonald’s marketing skills because the chain does so much marketing, but it is just as easy to overlook some small efforts that show its finesse. An example: In many markets around the world, McDonald’s is promoting Olympics-themed Coke glasses. Coke-glass promotions are a long-standing tradition with McDonald’s and the offer does [...]