Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: September 21
Looking for some of the week’s top information? Check out these five stories from the foodservice industry from September 17-21.
Quick Service Restaurants Continue To Lead In Sales
The latest Nation’s Restaurant News’ MillerPulse survey, which reviewed quick service restaurants (QSRs) and full service restaurants, determined QSRs continue to be in the lead. NRN said “restaurant industry same-store sales improved overall in August, but the gap between the quick service and full service segments continue to widen.” Review the article to view the article and the “restaurant industry same-store sales, traffic” graph.
The standard amount for diners to tip is typically around 15 to 20 percent. However, according to recent findings by the New York Post, New Yorkers are starting to tip more often in the 25 percent range. They spoke with Sarah Fones, who asked a great question–will a 15 percent tip make a restaurant patron look like a “cheapo?” And the New York Post is also discovering many different kinds of places are providing more opportunities to tip workers. The New York Post said two coffee bars in Midtown and the Upper West Side have created the DipJar, which will allow guests using credit cards to tip. This could only make one wonder–if tipping standards have been raised in New York, will that change things for restaurants around the country? Only time will tell.
McDonald’s Delays The “McRib”
McDonald’s McRib, a limited time offer many customers wait year round for, usually is promoted in late October. However this year, customers will just have to wait. NACS Online reported the chain has pushed back the release of the McRib to from late October to late December, as it is a time when company sales are slower. NACS Online added McDonald’s will debut two other limited time offers–The Cheddar Bacon Onion Angus Burger and Cheddar Bacon Onion Chicken Sandwich.
The NRA analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and discovered a 0.3 percent increase in menu prices for the month of August. They added there was a 2.8 increase from August 2011 through August 2012. Piggy-packing onto Nation Restaurant News’ recent statistics on QSRs, NRA said “figures further suggest that menu prices in the quick service segment outpaced prices at full service restaurants.” They added those menu prices grew 3.3 percent over the last year.
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