Looking for some of the week’s top information? Check out these five stories from the foodservice industry from October 1-5.
by Central Copywriters Emily Rollins and Tracey Rector
Positive News for Beer Sales
According to a recent study by the Beer Institute, beer sales are finally looking up after a three year period of little to no progression. “Beer sales by volume increased year-over-year for the first eight months of 2012,” said a HuffPost article. Craft beers have particularly become more popular. HuffPost added they have been the strongest sector of 2012 (so far).
McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. will remain the home of the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show and International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event through 2021. To summarize, NRA President and CEO Dawn Sweeny told Annika Stensson for NRA that they decided on Chicago again because it’s a location “that embodies so many of our industry’s unique qualities and values.” She added it’s a “world-class travel destination that provides outstanding business facilities, coupled with world-renowned restaurants, vibrant culture and dynamic entertainment.”
Restaurant Menu and Remodel Changes
In the last few months, we’ve seen restaurants across the country updating their menus and/or building design. Red Lobster and Taco Bell are two restaurants jumping on board and are making changes for their customers. Nation’s Restaurant News said Red Lobster will put a new menu in place on October 15 “that includes more non-seafood meal options, more pieces of fresh fish, and more items that cost less than $15.” Then in a separate article, NRN discussed Taco Bell’s plan to remodel some of their locations, which comes just after a major menu revamp. NRN added one of the newly redesigned buildings opened in the middle of September in Commerce City, Colo.
Health-conscious consuming is on the rise, and has caused many restaurants to rethink their menu and beverage offerings. “Many guests don’t want to drink their calories, but they want to enjoy their dining experience with an appealing beverage,” said Cheryl Dolven, MS, RD, Director of Health and Wellness at Darden Restaurants for a NRN article. In an effort to improve your beverage selection, here are three ways you can revamp them. First, jazz up your water! Make water more exciting by adding lemon, lime, berries or even cucumber slices. Second, offer a wider variety of lower-calorie beverages such as green and herbal teas, skinny lemonades or lighter slurpees. Finally consider how you serve your beverages. Add more ice, serve drinks in tall, skinny glasses or don’t offer refills, the article suggests.
Columbus Day Deals
Columbus Day is quickly approaching! If you’re looking to dine out on Monday to celebrate or to simply enjoy the weekend, we’ve found some great online deals to help you save money and time!