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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. Retail shelves...

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. While it’s my job to share what I’ve learned from studying ...

Jun 1, 2017
Foodservice

The Growing Influence of U.S. Hispanics: Are you Ready?

If you’ve heard me speak in public then you’re well aware of how I describe change in food and beverage habits – slow like the movement of the tectonic plates, but this means you need to take many...

Jan 18, 2017
Foodservice

Globally Mobile

As fascinating as the foodservice business is to me, I appreciate that not much ever happens in it compared to, say, consumer electronics or gaming. In those markets there are blockbuster new prod...

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 CRES...

Dec 14, 2016
Foodservice

Foodservice Delivery’s One-Two Punch

There has been a sort of double arms race in delivery of late.   The first arms race is built around information technology. This race has mostly been run by plucky startups. The introduction of a...

Dec 13, 2016
Foodservice

Predictions for the Food and Beverage Industry: Consumers Having It Their Way

You’ve probably heard me say already that food and beverage consumption patterns are slow to change, but lately I find myself eating those words (pun intended). My colleagues and I at NPD have bee...

Nov 18, 2016
Foodservice

From Dubai: An American Perspective on Delivery Tech

I was just at a conference in Dubai.  It was intended to be a global conference and, if you looked at the attendees, it pretty much was; especially from an American point of view.  The content was...

Generation Alpha Rises

I should go to more conferences. 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...

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. Just t...

Is it Time for Innovation in the Yogurt Category?

When I’m on vacation I do my best to turn work off in my brain, but since I study food trends for a living that’s often hard to accomplish. Take for example a trip I recently took to Munich, Germa...

Oct 19, 2016
Foodservice

Pizza Roboto

Two articles came across my screens here at the NPD Global Foodservice Blog Mountain Redoubt.  The first is another piece of evidence that living in Mountain View, CA shifts you perceptibly into t...

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. I love drones. I love delivery because it account...

Sep 22, 2016
Foodservice

An Etsy-like App for Home Cooked Meals

When my wife and I were new parents, tired and broke, we once vacationed in Minneapolis by staying in her brother's house while he and his wife were away.  It was a small and lovely house near the...

Sep 8, 2016
Foodservice

Brexit and Global Foodservice

There's a lot going on in the U.S. these days that is drawing the attention of Americans and generally dumbing them down to world affairs.  I mean, what could be more important than Ryan Lochte's futu...

To the Internet I Eat, Follow Up

Some time ago I posted about my first box from the Plated meal delivery service and since then I’ve tried other services as well. Our research on meal kit delivery services has shown many consumer...

To The Internet I Eat!

I’ve often wondered if I could convince Grubhub Seamless to give me equity in the company given the number of times I use their service. I probably order food for delivery from the internet too of...

“There’s a war on sugar – not candy”

I just returned from the National Confectioners Association’s State of the Industry conference where the phrase, “There’s a war on sugar – not candy,”  seemed to be a recurring theme. In today’s age o...

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 pati...

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

Everyone is on the qui vive for the next wildly inventive food fad. Who knows, maybe for the next fad even people living here around the global food blog’s mountain redoubt will get a chance to eat/se...

Dec 13, 2012
Foodservice

Food TruckinˈAlong

Is there anything in the foodservice business that is more appealing than a Taco Truck? As a former restaurant guy, I have to say that the idea that all I need is a kitchen with wheels and no dining r...

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