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Jun 19, 2019
Foodservice
Winning the Moment

Every day consumers make many decisions about eating. Throughout their decision-making journey there are inflection points when foodservice operators and manufacturers can win the moment.

Mar 8, 2019
Foodservice
Breakfast Is Sunny Side Up

Breakfast at restaurants and foodservice outlets has shown consistent traffic growth over the last several years. The only foodservice meal with year-over-year growth.

Feb 26, 2019
Foodservice
France: A Restaurant’s Interior Design Is Just as Important as What’s on the Menu

The NPD Group’s foodservice industry expert for Europe and Russia offers insight on the importance of interior design in today’s restaurants

Feb 4, 2019
Foodservice
UK: Driven by technology and convenience, British foodservice industry visits fall as consumers increasingly prefer ‘off-premise’ dining options

Dominic Allport, UK’s Insight Director for market research company, The NPD Group, provides insight into expectations for the British foodservice industry through the end of 2020.

Jan 18, 2019
Foodservice
In 2018, Russian Consumers Sought Value When Dining Out

In Russia, throughout most of 2018 there was a noticeable shift in consumer behavior around eating out, with the average individual check in foodservice was virtually flat compared to the same time period in 2017, while the average price per item on the menu increased.

Jan 3, 2019
Foodservice
Eating Trends in 2019

Sluggish growth will continue in the food and foodservice industries in 2019. In order to grow, food companies, grocers, foodservice distributors and operators must align with changes in consumption patterns, be leaders in creating customer solutions, and be differentiated in product innovation, quality, experience, and execution.

Dec 20, 2018
Foodservice
Are 3rd Party Restaurant Apps Too Restrictive?

Most common uses for apps like Grubhub/Seamless, UberEATS, and DoorDash are looking up items, paying for meals, and checking prices. While branded restaurant apps see special offers and loyalty rewards as their top uses. Are loyalist restaurant users short-changed using third-party apps?

Nov 26, 2018
Foodservice
The Grocery Center of Store Is Growing Again

After years of being held back by the health-focused “fresh” movement that kept more consumers in the perimeter of the store, the grocery center of the store is growing again. The consumer spoke and frozen and packaged foods manufacturers, whose products are located in the center of store, started listening.

Black Friday Through the Eyes of NPD’s Industry Advisors

NPD’s industry advisors hit the stores over Black Friday weekend. See their observations on store traffic, what was hot, consumer sentiment, and more.

Are Subscription Meal Kits Doomed?

It’s no secret the subscription-based fresh meal delivery kits are facing struggles. The solution may be for these services to take a multi-channel approach and be where consumers shop for meals.

Oct 2, 2018
Foodservice
Let’s Disrupt the Overuse of Disrupt

The buzzword these days is disruption. What was initially used as a term to define technology-enabled services or products that target an established market and eventually move their way up to overtake the market leaders — think Uber — is now a catchall to describe any change or innovation.

Jun 18, 2018
Foodservice
If Consumers Call It Meat, It’s Meat

There is a debate surrounding the formal definitions of “meat” and “milk” in light of more plant-based meat and milk alternatives in the marketplace.

Apr 23, 2018
Foodservice
Today’s Realities Are Redefining Foodservice

Convenience is and will always be the chief reason consumers use restaurants, but the definition of convenience changes as consumers’ daily realities change.

Mar 5, 2018
Foodservice
Watch Out World, Here Come the Zs!

Although it may be easy to assume that Gen Zs will carry on the attitudes and behaviors of Millennials, that assumption is likely incorrect.

Jan 5, 2018
Foodservice
New Year, New Realities

Technology, generational change, and emerging consumer food values will result in new realities for both retail food and foodservice in 2018 and beyond.

Dec 12, 2017
Foodservice
Foodservice Convenience At The Speed Of Light

I have been in the foodservice industry, actually working in the industry and later watching the industry, for a real long time.

Aug 31, 2017
Foodservice
Pizza Hut Delivers in the Flood

I'm a Houston resident and like most Houstonians I've been battling flood waters all week. One of the things I’ve been amazed by during Harvey is just how good the food industry is.

Jul 11, 2017
Foodservice
What’s Really Happening With Independent Restaurants?

I’m very privileged to get to travel this great nation each week and share data and insights about food and beverage consumption trends.

Jun 1, 2017
Foodservice
The Growing Influence of U.S. Hispanics: Are you Ready?

Beyond making foods simpler to prepare or helping Hispanics by reducing the time it takes to prepare ingredients, there are other ways to take those little steps along the path to long-term success.

Jan 18, 2017
Foodservice
Globally Mobile

The old method of ordering is the same size that it was ten quarters ago and the other two methods have grown consistently, quarter-after- quarter.

Jan 10, 2017
Foodservice
Most Millennials are Vegetarians...Kind Of

I love reading things about the tastes of Millenials. For instance, I recently read that restaurants supposedly can really go a long way with them by offering vegetarian fare. I've been using

Dec 14, 2016
Foodservice
Foodservice Delivery’s One-Two Punch

The introduction of apps that aggregate many different restaurants, chains, and independents has created a situation in which local restaraunts in general are now able to compete with chains on a more equal footing.

Dec 13, 2016
Foodservice
Predictions for the Food and Beverage Industry: Consumers Having It Their Way

younger consumers already consume fresh foods at rates higher than older adults did when they were the same age.

Nov 18, 2016
Foodservice
From Dubai: An American Perspective on Delivery Tech

The Americans, like the Chinese, Canadians, Australians and various Europeans, are concerned about food delivery services apps.

Generation Alpha Rises

I was just at a global foodservice conference in Dubai (with a distinctly American agenda) and came across the term "Generation Alpha," which covers anyone born after 2010.

Nov 1, 2016
Foodservice
A Coffee Shop Down Under Defines Authenticity

This little business, Two Penny Blue (the name refers to a stamp), is maybe my favorite business in the world. It's tucked into an arch in the old post office building in Sydney, Australia.

Is it Time for Innovation in the Yogurt Category?

Quark cheese is not yogurt, but it is consumed the same way, tastes and looks similar, and wouldn't ask consumers to make any drastic changes in their behaviors.

Oct 19, 2016
Foodservice
Pizza Roboto

3-D pizza printers with robotic ovens/cutters/boxers inside self-driving delivery vans.

Oct 4, 2016
Foodservice
Fly My Pretties, Fly!!

Two blistering hot delivery stories in the news this week: Amazon Food in London and Chipotle/Alphabet delivering burritos at Virginia Tech via drone.

Sep 22, 2016
Foodservice
An Etsy-like App for Home Cooked Meals

While it's hard to compete with traditional take home foods, no single home cook needs a mass market.

Sep 8, 2016
Foodservice
Brexit and Global Foodservice

The British market was the strongest global market in Q2 2016 tracked by NPD's CREST foodservice market research.

To the Internet I Eat, Follow Up

Executive director of food consumption and beverage, Darren Seifer shares his experience with meal delivery kits and is curious to see if he can stick with it.

To The Internet I Eat!

Two blistering hot delivery stories in the news this week: Amazon Food in London and Chipotle/Alphabet delivering burritos at Virginia Tech via drone.

“There’s a war on sugar – not candy”

NPD’s ongoing snacking research shows that consumers try to avoid sugar earlier in the day, but around 8 pm they are most likely to indulge in sweets.

That Was Then

We found that consumers were reporting a fair number of broiled chicken sandwiches at a chain that we knew did not offer broiled chicken sandwiches.

It’s A Chicken! It’s A Doughnut! It’s A Chicken Doughnut!

It’s A Chicken! It’s A Doughnut! It’s A Chicken Doughnut!

Dec 13, 2012
Foodservice
Food TruckinˈAlong

There are between three and four thousand high-end food trucks and near 3 million traditional food trucks

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