Month: September 2017

CEO of Au Bon Pain, Ray Blanchette is thrilled to be in a position where he can make a difference. The well-known pastry shop is committed to providing fresh baked goods with clean labels and no preservatives. They have also just set up online ordering and payments for their patrons. Busy individuals can place and pay for their orders on line, walk in and grab their ready to go bag and be on their way.

Read more: Au Bon Pain’s CEO on Why Making a Difference Matters

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It is shown that lately that small restaurant brands have increased by 32% over the past few years. These small restaurants only have 25 sites or less, and are expanding six times faster than larger companies with 100 or more sites, which are expanding at only 7.6%. Medium size companies, with only 25-99 sites, are expanding their number of sites by 47.7%. These small-branded companies are doing better with expanding their companies than the big name restaurants in the United Kingdom.

Read more: Small restaurant brands are growing six times faster than their larger rivals

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A new tax on sugar in beverages taking effect in the U.K. next April is prompting many local manufacturers to look at ways to reduce sugar in their products. These companies- mostly craft soda and soft drink makers, and the restaurants that serve their products will have to either change the ingredients in their products or increase prices. However the new tax isn’t the only reason these companies are reformulating- they are also following a trend of health-minded consumers preferring less sweet and more varied offerings. This means that many companies are looking into sweetening and boosting flavor with stevia, chicory root, cardamom, pimento berry and other exotic ingredients to keep up with changing consumer demand.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Hackney restaurant is riding the trend of healthy drinks to stay ahead of the curve by using vinegar based drinks
  • Sales for sugar free drinks are rising and new ginger based carbonated drinks are appealing to new consumers
  • The restaurant bar scene is experimenting with new craft drinks that are healthier and carbonated by tonics

“The restaurant has built a cult following for so-called drinking vinegars made with organic apple cider vinegar, which has been rediscovered as a new wonder ingredient by the clean-eating generation.”

Read more: https://www.bighospitality.co.uk/Article/2017/09/25/How-restaurants-improving-soft-drinks

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A public opinion poll from consumers about their views of advertising from restaurants from anything like McDonald’s to fine dining restaurants found the views to be interesting. Consumers really like the ads that state the words “delicious” and “tasty” and like friendly customer service that comes with the food service. In times today, consumers are eating more fast food than going out and dining, which is making the restaurant industry grow very very little. One way that consumers respond to food advertisements include the frequency on how much the restaurants are visited; they have the best ads. The three words that appeal consumers are “friendly”, “tasty”, and “delicious”. A great marketing statement that appeals the consumers is “Made fresh daily”.

Key Takeaways:

  • Along with keywords that describe how healthy and tasty the food it, consumers really respond positively to humorous advertisements.
  • New food delivery and cook at home subscription plans are changing what the public eats daily.
  • About a tenth of the working population
    in the States is involved in food service.

“Americans are dining out less frequently, and the restaurant industry is experiencing little or no growth.”

Read more: https://www.restaurantnewsresource.com/article96479.html

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FoodLogiQ is a leader in food safety software and has recently secured a new lead investor to ensure its continued rapid growth. Renewal Funds, based out of Vancouver, will provide funds for FoodLogiQ to map the worlds food chain. This will allow consumers to make informed choices about the safety of the food they eat. FoodLogiQ already has an impressive customer base, including popular eateries such as 5 guys, Panda Restaurant Group, Buffalo Wild Wings and Whole Foods Market, just to name a few. With this new investor, the list is sure to continue expanding.

Read more: FoodLogiQ Secures Lead Investor for Series B Financing

News

If there is one thing that the American population loves in their food, it is that of the beloved and delicious bacon. However, many restaurants and food locations disappoint when it comes to the quality of their bacon, leaving many in the search of locations that do the delectable item right. This list provides insight into the best bacon treatment and quality among restaurant chains in the country, to ensure you go to the place that is best.

Read more: Which Restaurant Chain has the Best Bacon?

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The Big Hospitality online website presents a new article referencing and discussing the problem with some restaurants being too noisy and causing people to eat at other establishments that are not geared toward sit down dining. The article explains that Speak Easy did a campaign recently related to this issue. The article describes the ways that the charity is looking to help restaurants solve this growing issue with loud customers and overall noise levels in sit down style restaurants.

Key Takeaways:

  • Patrons do not like noisy restaurant and some are as loud as lawnmowers
  • Most patrons want a restaurant that has a buzz to it, but is not real loud
  • 43% of diners would take out food rather than have to eat in a noisy restaurant

“These results demonstrate the business case for restaurants putting some real consideration into their acoustics”

Read more: https://www.bighospitality.co.uk/Article/2017/09/20/New-research-names-the-noisiest-restaurant-chains-as-overbearing-sound-levels-drive-diners-to-takeaways

Commentary

As the face and operations of business in nearly all sectors and industries changes at a rapid pace, perhaps no industry is more impacted by the technological innovations than the fast-casual sales businesses, especially restaurants. The ability to attain everything with smartphones has made going out to eat essentially obsolete, as people tend to favor the efficiency and ease of picking up their phone, and having their food delivered directly to their doorstep without ever having to leave home.

Read more: 3 Keys to a Fast Casual Renaissance

News

Restaurant managers and owners have a difficult time coming up with ideas for their fresh restaurant markets. However, October helps out with National Pizza month and National Chili month. Restaurant owners can use these special occasions for dish ideas. But that is not all. The entire month is lined up with celebrations like Egg Day, Gumbo Day, Pasta Day and Fried Scallops Day. Not to mention for beverages it is Vodka Day and Frappe Day in October. Many ideas come to mind when we think of the celebrations. Deserts are also celebrated in October like Candy Apple Day and Caramel Custard Day.

Read more: Restaurant Marketing Ideas for October

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The E Tundra online website presents a new article that discusses and references a new trend going on at the Rayback Collective. The article is authored by Natalie Fauble. Her main theme for the article is that leads must lead by example. It then goes into the dimensions of beliefs and trends that a local business in Colorado is trying to establish and exemplify to others around it. Farm and Smoke and Two Hands Mobile Kitchen are referenced within the text.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Rayback Collective installs more bike racks on bike paths and has eco-friendly goals.
  • Rayback has a goal of zero waste in the area that is situated near bike paths.
  • Rayback Collective is Colorado’s first food park. It partners with 60 different local businesses.

“The Rayback Collective calls the space formerly occupied Rayback Plumbing Supply as home. Owned by World War 2 Honorably Discharged veteran Marion Rayback for 60 years, Rayback Plumbing responded to service calls and new construction projects before specializing in the sale of used and new plumbing supplies.”

Read more: http://blog.etundra.com/spotlight-on/green-rayback-collective/

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