Articles of interest to the foodservice industry which provide industry insights and perspectives on consumer and menu trends, restaurant chain and concept growth and market performance and intelligence.

  • Dunkin’ Acquisition Talks Signal Restaurant Real Estate Consolidation
    By Lou Hirsh, CoStar NewsOctober 29, 2020 | 4:47 P.M Talks that could result in the parent of Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings buying doughnut and ice cream seller Dunkin’ Brands Group not only signals the pandemic is driving restaurant business consolidation. It may also lead to more jointly run… Read more »
  • Balducci’s, King Foods’ Owner Accepts $75 Million Bid for Gourmet Grocery Chains
    New Jersey-Based Firm Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection During Pandemic – by Linda Moss, CoStar News – August 24,2020 The owner of Kings Food Markets and Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market has accepted a $75 million stalking-horse offer for the two regional chains, yet another example of gourmet grocers continuing… Read more »
  • How C-Store Operators Are Innovating the Fountain – New products, promos offer dispensed beverages a way forward
    How C-Store Operators Are Innovating the Fountain – By Amanda Baltazar on Jun. 23, 2020 CHICAGO —Over the past year, fountain beverages have been hit from two sides. For one, an ever-expanding array of packaged beverages in convenience stores’ coolers is providing heavy competition. Meanwhile, this spring, the COVID-19 pandemic forced many operators to shut… Read more »
  • Industry experts at LJR Hospitality Ventures, ConStrata Consulting, and FoodserviceResults announced the release of IMPACT! (Immediate, Measurement, Pivot, Actionable, Competitive, Tactics)
    June 25, 2020 – Industry experts at LJR Hospitality Ventures, ConStrata Consulting, and FoodserviceResults announced the release of IMPACT! (Immediate, Measurement, Pivot, Actionable, Competitive, Tactics) a program developed by the partnership to support multi-unit foodservice operators in assessing their current operations, technology, and positioning as they emerge from the impact… Read more »
  • The Keys to Guest-Pleasing Fusion Cuisine
    WHEN IT COMES TO FUSION CUISINE, THERE ARE NO RULES PER SE, BUT AUTHENTICITY AND FAMILIAR FORMATS CAN GO A LONG WAY IN WINNING GUESTS. APRIL 2020 AMANDA BALTAZAR – Link to FSR Story In 2008 then-unknown chef Roy Choi opened his food truck, Kogi Korean BBQ, in Los Angeles. Serving… Read more »
  • Future of Restaurants – Corona Time – June 10th Air Date
    6/10/2020 How many restaurants will close for good? Thirty year restaurant industry analyst Darren Tristano with FoodserviceResults joins show host/broker Michael Bull to discuss the state of the restaurant industry. Listen to the Michael bull CCIM and Foodservice Results CEO and Industry Expert Darren Tristano discuss the ramifications of our… Read more »
  • Devastated US Restaurants Look to Landlords for Rescue
    Food and Beverage Industry Seeks New Rent Structures, Partnerships to Survive COVID-19 By Linda Moss CoStar News June 12, 2020 | 4:17 P.M. Link to Original Story Some U.S. restaurants are going to great lengths to try to protect patrons during the pandemic. In Ohio, tables are partitioned by clear vinyl… Read more »
  • Restaurants Could Adapt to Coronavirus Era as Food Halls, Parisian Parlors
    Large Common Spaces Give Patrons Sense of Safety Amid Outbreak By Linda Moss CoStar News June 15, 2020 | 4:33 P.M. Architect Ed Eimer is a food hall advocate who maintains that the model could be an important recovery vehicle for the U.S. restaurant industry, hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.… Read more »
  • Crafting a New Route for Artisan Foods
    Small-batch artisanal products poised to strengthen, sources say By Amanda Baltazar on Jan. 13, 2020 Food is increasingly part of the craft movement. Today’s consumers increasingly want their food to be artisanal, small-batch, healthy, organic and local, as well as from a supply chain that’s transparent and from a farm or plant… Read more »
  • 2020 Future of Fast Casual Report
    Which brands and categories are best positioned to recover after the pandemic? FAST CASUAL | APRIL 2020 | RACHEL PITTMAN & SAM OCHES   A decade ago, fast casual underwent a genesis. Once a niche category with a few players spread across a handful of cuisines—say, Chipotle and Baja Fresh covering Mexican and Panera Bread… Read more »