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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

From Nation’s Restaurant News

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.

Higher Tips for Restaurant Workers?

From New York Post

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”

From NACS Online

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.

Rise in Menu Prices

From the National Restaurant Association

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.

10 Products to Update Your School Foodservice This Fall

From The Central Blog

Whether a school cafeteria needs new equipment to help comply with new USDA guidelines, or to just have something more efficient, Central is a great resource.  We recently released our “10 Products to Update Your School Foodservice this Fall.”  It includes many products and and product categories for schools to review if considering new equipment.



Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: January 6

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Here are five stories from the foodservice industry for the first week of the new year, January 2 through January 6.

Food Legislation for the New year
From SmartBlog on Restaurants, Read Blog

With a new year comes new legislation.  Rebecca Pollack Scherr of Smart Blog on Restaurants put together an article covering the top food legislation for this year.  A few things mentioned include where shark fins will be illegal and where farmers will have to have licenses of inspection in order to be able to sell.  It also includes information on bills such as the Food Safety Modernization and Child Nutrition Acts.  Read more on SmartBlog on Restaurant’s website

Poster Requirement Delayed for the Third Time
From National Restaurant Association, Read Article

By April 30, all restaurants subject to the National Labor Relations Act must have this poster posted at their establishment.  The original deadline was November 14, 2011 then was moved to January 31, 2012.  However, it’s been moved again to April 30.  Read the full article here.

The Restaurant Performance Index Is Highest Since November
From National Restaurant Association, Read Article

According to a recent article by Annika Stensson, the restaurant performance index (RPI) is the highest it’s been since November.  This is all based on the current situation and future predictions.    Read more on the NRA website.

Rising Menu Prices

Image: Alvimann/MorgueFile

Restaurants over the country have started to announce this week they will have to raise prices.  Starbucks and Denny’s are two who have already posted information.  However on the flip-side, Steak n’ Shake recently announced they will actually freeze their menu prices for 2012.



2012 Social Media Predictions
From Mashable, Read Article

Social media won’t be slowing down in 2012 and continues to be a beneficial and budget-friendly tool for businesses.  Mashable recently put together seven of their social media predictions covering information from Facebook and Twitter to the up-and-coming sites.  If you  haven’t started using social media for your establishment, now is the time.  Most are free and they are a great way to attract business.  Read all on the Mashable website.