餐饮行业趋势观察
Countering new competition: Competitive forces on restaurants are growing, Sloan warned. Convenience stores will be providing more competition for restaurants. A survey of c-store operators published in January projected foodservice as the highest potential for sales growth in the years ahead, with 57 percent of c-store owners citing it as the top segment to improve sales, followed by 12 percent saying home-meal replacement had the greatest potential. More...
The next great American fast casual restaurant is among us
The next game-changing restaurant concept is likely already beginning to grow somewhere in the world, using a combination of mobile media and social networking to connect with consumers, writes Paul Barron in this excerpt from "The Chipotle Effect." "We must change now; the consumer is blazing past us on a rocket ship loaded with iPhones, tablets, and social networks, and the future of this business is dependent on how we connect with them at this critical time." More...
Mintel: Local produce edging out organic in terms of consumer importance
"Natural and organic produce items aren't completely passe, but local varieties are steadily gaining ground," said John N. Frank, category manager, CPG food and drink reports at Mintel. "Interestingly enough, senior citizens are even more likely to believe that buying local produce is more important than organic." More...
Yes, we have many bananas
Americans have long enjoyed bananas as a part of favorites such as the banana split, bananas Foster and the household staple of banana bread. Today chefs are turning out novel variations of some of the traditional dishes and creating innovative sweet and savory dishes made with bananas, both green and starchy and ripe and sweet, and their kissing cousin, the plantain. More...
Breaking Into the Pop-Up Restaurant Business
Partners Leo Beckerman and Evan Bloom invested their own funds to debut a weekly pop-up last year. The pair only broke even, but the traditional deli proved popular enough to convince friends and family to invest the $100,000 they needed to open a permanent version of Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen in San Francisco's Mission District.More...
The Naked Cocktail
“When you have the audacity to 'run naked through the streets,' so to speak, and put all your cards on the table, it improves guest confidence in us to create and recreate our cocktails,” explains Magarian. Beyond educating consumers and building customers’ confidence, full disclosure on a cocktail menu may also be a key tactic to have signature drinks transform into promotional vehicles for a bar or restaurant. More...
Music industry targets small restaurant
In 1999, Congress passed the Fairness in Music Licensing Act which exempts some uses of music from copyright fees. For example, a restaurant that has less than 3,750 square feet and plays the radio -- but does not charge guests admission to hear the music -- could be exempt. However, if it uses another means to transmit music – like a live band or performer – that could trigger a licensing fee clause to one of the big three performing rights groups. More...
5 Online Marketing Strategies Every Restaurateur Should Know About
In recent years, a number of hyperlocal platforms have stepped in to make it easier for independent restaurateurs to develop websites, manage social media, and cultivate better relationships with their customers online. Here are five tips from experts in the hyperlocal industry about what restaurant owners can do to improve and expand their presence online. More...
三月份菜单看点:快餐厅促销热潮消退
“I think that many QSRs are using a month where they need to focus on higher-priced fish offerings for Lent to test a move up in price for other [menu] categories, as consumers appear to be gaining more confidence,” Ludington told Nation’s Restaurant News. More...
Learn How to Write a Business Plan for Your Restaurant
Writing a business plan for a restaurant requires a great deal of thought and careful calculations. A template like this one can prove to be a great help. You may also wish to invest in industry-specific software and seek out the counsel of veteran restaurant owners. Your figures and research will highlight for you the most effective ways to implement and develop your business. More...
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