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US Indie Restaurant Count Down, But Still 50%+ of Total US Indie Restaurant Count Down, But Still 50%+ of Total
There is a flipside to the gloomy news about independent restaurants in the United States, according to the NPD Group. While the number of independent restaurant units in the nation dropped by

After More than a Decade, Menu Labeling Mandatory in USA After More than a Decade, Menu Labeling Mandatory in USA
On May 7, federal law went into effect requiring retail stores that sell prepared food and restaurants in the United States with 20 or more locations to list calorie counts on their menus.

McDonald's HQ Restaurant in Chicago Features Global Menu McDonald's HQ Restaurant in Chicago Features Global Menu
From Canada’s Mighty Angus Burger to the Cheese & Bacon Loaded Fries from Australia, McDonald’s is now serving up menu favorites from around the world in a one-of-a-kind global inspired

Dr. Oetker’s New Website Serves UK Foodservice Industry Dr. Oetker’s New Website Serves UK Foodservice Industry
Dr. Oetker has launched a dedicated website to support foodservice customers and drive businesses in the United Kingdom. The frozen pizza and bakery specialist’s new hub –

Jollibee Foods Takes Majority Stake in Smashburger Jollibee Foods Takes Majority Stake in Smashburger
Pasig, Philippines-headquartered Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) has acquired an additional 45 percent of the Denver, Colorado-headquartered Smashburger fast-casual burger restaurant chain for

Restaurant Count in USA Dips 2% in 2017, Reports NPD Restaurant Count in USA Dips 2% in 2017, Reports NPD
The number of restaurants in the United States was 647,288 in the autumn of 2017, a two percent decrease from a year ago, based on a recent count made by the Port Washington, New York-headquartered

Restaurants Boosting Meal Deal Offers to Increase Traffic Restaurants Boosting Meal Deal Offers to Increase Traffic
With restaurant traffic in the United States stuck between an anemic one percent increase and flat for several years now, restaurant chains are turning to value deals, new menu items, or optimizing

Sysco Acquires Kent Frozen Foods in United Kingdom Sysco Acquires Kent Frozen Foods in United Kingdom
Houston, Texas-headquartered Sysco Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Kent Frozen Foods, a British foodservice distributor that generated revenues of £47 million during the year...

USA Restaurant Performance Index Rises 0.5% in September USA Restaurant Performance Index Rises 0.5% in September
Driven by a more optimistic outlook among restaurant operators in the United States for future business conditions, the Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) registered a moderate gain in September.

NRA Restaurant Performance Index Declines Again in US NRA Restaurant Performance Index Declines Again in US
As a result of dampened sales and traffic levels and a mixed outlook for future business conditions in the United States, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant (NRA) Performance Index

Foodservice Traffic Grows in Markets Outside USA in Q2 Foodservice Traffic Grows in Markets Outside USA in Q2
With the United States being the exception, foodservice markets around the world realized various degrees of visit growth in the quarter ending June this year, reports the NPD Group, a Chicago,

Smiles Pay the Bill for Diners at KPRO by KFC in China Smiles Pay the Bill for Diners at KPRO by KFC in China
Smile, you’re on “Smile to Pay” camera! Yum China’s recently opened KPRO by KFC restaurant in Hangzhou, the hometown of e-commerce giant Alibaba, integrated Alipay’s new facial recognition payment

Martin Preferred Foods Copes with Houston Flood Havoc Martin Preferred Foods Copes with Houston Flood Havoc
For the first time in the 74-year history of the Martin Preferred Foods (MPF), weather conditions forced the closure of its Houston facilities on August 28 due to the catastrophic effects of

Partnership Announces McDonald’s Growth Plan for China Partnership Announces McDonald’s Growth Plan for China
Following completion of a strategic partnership agreement with CITIC Capital and the Carlyle Group, Oakbrook, Illinois, USA-headquartered McDonald's Corporation has unveiled plans to significantly

UberEATS and Chrissy Teigen Treats on McDelivery Day UberEATS and Chrissy Teigen Treats on McDelivery Day
From New York City to New Zealand and from Canada to the Netherlands, McDonald's has expanded McDelivery with UberEATS to 13 countries, including 3,500 restaurants in the United States in the past

Tom Bené to Succeed Bill DeLaney as Sysco CEO in 2018 Tom Bené to Succeed Bill DeLaney as Sysco CEO in 2018
Sysco Corporation announced on July 18 that CEO Bill DeLaney will be succeeded by Tom Bené, currently president and chief operating officer. He will become president and as well as chief executive

Central Foods Makes Grant Thornton Top 100 List Central Foods Makes Grant Thornton Top 100 List
Frozen food distributor Central Foods has been named as one of the best performing businesses in Northamptonshire, England. The firm, which is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, has earned

McCain Rolls with OFM to Bring Street Food to LACA Event McCain Rolls with OFM to Bring Street Food to LACA Event
Jon Knight, co-founder of Original Fry Up Material (OFM), will be cooking up school dinner classics with a street food twist, showcasing how McCain Foodservice frozen potato products can work well

Will Amazon’s Food Business Appetite Extend to Grubhub? Will Amazon’s Food Business Appetite Extend to Grubhub?
Amazon's push into the food sector in North America could enter the restaurant pick-up and delivery realm if Wedbush analyst Aaron Turner is correct with his post-Whole Foods takeover analysis,

US Restaurant Traffic Holds Steady in Q1, Sales Edge Up US Restaurant Traffic Holds Steady in Q1, Sales Edge Up
The restaurant industry in the United States is an economic bellwether and the read for the first quarter of 2017 is steady as she goes, reports the NPD Group, a Chicago, Illinois-based global

US Foods Buys F. Christiana, Enhances Louisiana Service US Foods Buys F. Christiana, Enhances Louisiana Service
Rosemont, Illinois-headquartered US Foods has announced that it is acquiring F. Christiana, a broadline distributor of food and food-related products concentrating on center-of-the-plate categories

Central Foods Frozen Product Line is 100% Trans Fat Free Central Foods Frozen Product Line is 100% Trans Fat Free
British frozen food distributor Central Foods has confirmed that it’s a “trans fats free” zone. The issue of trans fatty acids, or artificial trans fats, has been high on the health agenda in

Gluten-free Foods in Focus During Coeliac Awareness Week Gluten-free Foods in Focus During Coeliac Awareness Week
With demand for gluten-free products continuing to soar, frozen food distributor Central Foods has calculated that if all the 12-inch gluten-free pizza bases it sold in the last year were laid end

RBI to Expand Burger King Reach in Sub-Saharan Africa RBI to Expand Burger King Reach in Sub-Saharan Africa
Restaurant Brands International Inc. (RBI) announced on April 4 that Burger King Europe GmbH (BKE) has closed a multi-country development agreement in sub-Saharan Africa with Servair S.A. to lead

Introducing Bidfood: New Name for Bidvest Foodservice Introducing Bidfood: New Name for Bidvest Foodservice
Bidvest Foodservice has announced that it will be trading under the new name of Bidfood starting April 3. The change follows the separation of the global Bidvest Foodservice wholesale businesses

New Executive Officers and Board Members at US Foods New Executive Officers and Board Members at US Foods
US Foods Holding Corp., one of the largest foodservice distributors in the United States with nearly 25,000 employees and sales of approximately $23 billion per year, has named several new officers

Five Eating Attitudes and Behaviors to Watch in 2017 Five Eating Attitudes and Behaviors to Watch in 2017
In a world of uncertainty, one thing is certain in 2017: people will eat! But how and where people source meals and the attributes that will win share of wallet are ever changing, and according to...

Mintel Spots Trends that Will Impact Foodservice Sector Mintel Spots Trends that Will Impact Foodservice Sector
Mintel, a London-headquartered market intelligence agency with offices in major cities around the world, has identified four key trends expected to transform the foodservice industry in the United

McDonald's Refranchises Units in Malaysia, Singapore McDonald's Refranchises Units in Malaysia, Singapore
McDonald's Corporation has selected Lionhorn Pte. Ltd. as the developmental licensee (DL) for its Malaysia and Singapore markets. Lionhorn is led by Sheik Fahd and Abdulrahman Alireza, who

US Restaurant Visits Decline in Third Quarter, Says NPD US Restaurant Visits Decline in Third Quarter, Says NPD
A confluence of squeezed consumer wallets, the rising cost of dining out, and changing needs and wants has brought restaurant industry traffic growth in the United States to a halt in the first two

Zen-Noh Acquires Asian Food Distributor Scotch Frost Zen-Noh Acquires Asian Food Distributor Scotch Frost
Uddingston, Scotland-based Scotch Frost of Glasgow Ltd (SF) has been purchased by Zen-Noh, a Japanese federation of 1,173 agricultural cooperatives and allied enterprises that promotes itself as a

Technomic Trims US Restaurant Business Growth Projections Technomic Trims US Restaurant Business Growth Projections
As consumer traffic declines, it appears that both 2016 and 2017 will not be as positive as first anticipated, based on Technomic’s United States restaurant industry forecast released in May of

After Trump’s Triumph, What’s Ahead for Food Industry? After Trump’s Triumph, What’s Ahead for Food Industry?
In the wake of political outsider and underdog Donald J. Trump’s stunning upset victory over Washington insider and establishment favorite Hillary Clinton in being elected the 45th President of the

Sysco Reports First Quarter Double Digit Earnings Growth Sysco Reports First Quarter Double Digit Earnings Growth
Houston, Texas-headquartered Sysco Corporation, North America’s largest distributor of foodservice products, on November 7 announced financial details for its 13-week first fiscal quarter 2017,

SIAL Paris Pays Special Tribute to Foodservice Sector SIAL Paris Pays Special Tribute to Foodservice Sector
Joël Robuchon, named "Meilleur Ouvrier de France" in 1976, "Chef of the Year" in 1987 and "Chef of the Century" in 1990, is the world's most starred chef to date.Once again, the world’s foodservice...

Baldwin Replaces Schlemon as CEO of Benihana Chain Baldwin Replaces Schlemon as CEO of Benihana Chain
Benihana Inc. has named Thomas J. Baldwin as its chief executive officer and president. He succeeds Steve Shlemon, who had served as ceo since February of 2014. Baldwin is currently on the

July Serves Up Weakest US Restaurant Sales Since 2013 July Serves Up Weakest US Restaurant Sales Since 2013
Chain restaurant operators and observers in the United States are anxiously searching for clues into the steady decline in comparable sales and traffic. Despite generally positive economic news,

Captain D's to Expand in Louisiana and Beyond this Year Captain D's to Expand in Louisiana and Beyond this Year
Captain D’s LLC, a leading fast casual seafood restaurant operator in the United States, has announced plans to enhance its presence in Baton Rouge and other locations in Louisiana as part of

McD Q2 Comparable Sales Up; Revenues and Net Income Down McD Q2 Comparable Sales Up; Revenues and Net Income Down
McDonald’s Corporation on July 26 reported that global comparable sales increased 3.1% during the second quarter of 2016, which ended on June 30. Profit amounted to $1.09 billion, or $1.25 a share,

Restaurant Sales Decline Two Consecutive Quarters in US Restaurant Sales Decline Two Consecutive Quarters in US
The bad news continued for the US restaurant industry during the second quarter of 2016. Same-store sales growth during the three-month period was -0.7 percent, which followed last quarter’s -0.2

Wendy's Entering Brazil Market through Joint Venture Wendy's Entering Brazil Market through Joint Venture
The Dublin, Ohio, USA-headquartered Wendy's Company will soon be selling hamburgers, french fries and other products in Brazil following the grand opening of two flagship restaurants in São Paulo

McDonald's to Open First Restaurant in Kazakhstan McDonald's to Open First Restaurant in Kazakhstan
McDonald’s Corporation will open its first restaurant in Kazakhstan on March 8, in the capital city of Astana. It will mark the 120th country in which the Oak Brook, Illinois, USA-headquartered

Sysco to Buy Brakes, Top European Foodservice Distributor Sysco to Buy Brakes, Top European Foodservice Distributor
Houston, Texas-headquartered Sysco Corporation, North America’s largest distributor of foodservice products, announced on February 22 that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Brakes...

Yum! Brands Executive Chairman Novak to Retire in May Yum! Brands Executive Chairman Novak to Retire in May
Yum! Brands, Inc. has announced that its executive chairman, David C. Novak, 63, plans to retire in May of 2016 and step down from the board of directors following the Louisville, Kentucky,

Sysco Names Bené President and Chief Operating Officer Sysco Names Bené President and Chief Operating Officer
Veteran foodservice distribution executive Tom Bené has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of Sysco Corporation, effective January 1.  Reporting directly to CEO Bill

US Restaurant Visits Should Edge Up in 2016, Says NPD US Restaurant Visits Should Edge Up in 2016, Says NPD
During 2015 the foodservice industry in the United States recovered customer volume lost during the Great Recession, and will end the year with total traffic reaching 61 billion, visits up 1

KFC's 'Finger-Lickin' Good' Chicken Heading to Tibet KFC's 'Finger-Lickin' Good' Chicken Heading to Tibet
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) plans to build a 4.67-hectare frozen storage area in the suburbs of Lhasa to prepare for expansion into Tibet, according to Xinhua, the official press agency of the

Good Appetite for McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast, Says NPD Good Appetite for McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast, Says NPD
Initial analysis of McDonald’s two-month-old all-day breakfast offering in the USA indicates that the program has been successful in attracting new customers and luring back lapsed clientele as

McDonald's Says No to REITs, Yes to Signature Burgers McDonald's Says No to REITs, Yes to Signature Burgers
After lengthy deliberation, McDonald's Corp. has decided not to spin off its properties into a real estate investment trust (REIT), even though a number of shareholders had pushed for such action....

After Two Years, McDonald's Quarterly Results Up in USA After Two Years, McDonald's Quarterly Results Up in USA
Uplifted by its first quarterly same-store restaurant sales increase in the United States in two years, along with solid performances in China, Australia, the UK, Germany and Canada, McDonald's...

Yo Ho Ho! Talk like a Pirate and Get Free Fish at LJS Yo Ho Ho! Talk like a Pirate and Get Free Fish at LJS
Ahoy there, matey! Long John Silver’s (LJS), the Louisville, Kentucky-headquartered quick service restaurant chain that specializes in seafood, is celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19...

New High-Tech Chip Machine Vends Fries in Flash for Cash New High-Tech Chip Machine Vends Fries in Flash for Cash
Drop the euro coin right into the slot – you want to eat something that’s really hot. The french fry vending machine is ready to sell, just tap the color screen’s condiment icon and presto-change-o:...

Burgers Boost Lunch Visits at Casual Dining Restaurants Burgers Boost Lunch Visits at Casual Dining Restaurants
There is a battle for restaurant lunch visits between casual dining restaurants and quick service restaurants in the United States, and the weapon of choice between these contenders is America’s...

Technomic Analysis Identifies Six Foodservice Trends Technomic Analysis Identifies Six Foodservice Trends
Having recently passed the 2015 midway point, research experts at Chicago, Illinois-headquartered Technomic have taken stock of the market forces and menu trends emerging in the United States...

Satriano Assumes Command from Lederer at US Foods Satriano Assumes Command from Lederer at US Foods
Pietro Satriano took over as president and ceo of Rosemont, Illinois-headquartered US Foods on July 13. He replaced John Lederer, who will stay on as an advisor to the company and its board of...

Judge Puts Brakes on Sysco-US Foods Merger Deal Judge Puts Brakes on Sysco-US Foods Merger Deal
A federal judge in the United States on June 23 handed down a preliminary injunction halting Houston, Texas-headquartered Sysco Corporation’s bid to acquire Rosemont, Illinois-based US Foods Inc., a...

Amy’s Debuts Six Products, Ready to Roll with Drive-Through Amy’s Debuts Six Products, Ready to Roll with Drive-Through
Petaluma, California-headquartered Amy’s Kitchen, a producer of ready meals and other products made with organic and non-GMO ingredients, recently added two new entrees, three pizzas and a burrito to...

KFC Battles Negative Online Rumors in Shanghai Court KFC Battles Negative Online Rumors in Shanghai Court
The “Colonel” is counter attacking, as China’s largest quick service restaurant operator pushes back against rumor mongers accused of spreading false information about its chicken products on the...

Frozen Food Wholesaler in Thailand Seeks to Expand via IPO Frozen Food Wholesaler in Thailand Seeks to Expand via IPO
P-Mart Superstore Co., Ltd., an expansion-minded frozen food wholesaler in Thailand, intends to raise 5 million baht ($151.51) through an initial public offering (IPO) over the next 18 months. It has...

US Restaurant Sales Top Grocery Store Sales for First Time US Restaurant Sales Top Grocery Store Sales for First Time
Monthly sales at restaurants exceeded grocery store receipts in the United States sales for the first time on record last December, according to data from the US Census Bureau released on May 13....

With Sales Still Sliding, McDonald's Unveils Turnaround Plan With Sales Still Sliding, McDonald's Unveils Turnaround Plan
The business downturn continues for McDonald's Corporation, as the Oak Brook, Illinois, USA-headquartered company recently reported that comparable sales decreased 0.6% in April. While turnover rose...

Salmon Brands Receives Seafood Prix d’Elite Top Honor; Big Prawn Company, Marine Harvest Net Special Awards Salmon Brands Receives Seafood Prix d’Elite Top Honor; Big Prawn Company, Marine Harvest Net Special Awards
Salmaraw from Salmon Brands of Oslo, Norway, was named the best new retail product during the 15th annual Seafood Prix d’Elite new products competition at Seafood Expo Global in Brussels, Belgium....

Brakes Group’s Purchase of Davigel from Nestlé Imminent? Brakes Group’s Purchase of Davigel from Nestlé Imminent?
The Ashford, Kent, UK-based Brakes Group, a leading foodservice supplier in the UK, Ireland, France and Sweden, reports that it is engaged in exclusive discussions to acquire the Davigel SAS unit...

Lamb Weston/Meijer Shares Value in Sustainability Report Lamb Weston/Meijer Shares Value in Sustainability Report
Well on its way to reaching 2020 target goals, Lamb Weston/Meijer has achieved continued reduction in the use of water, energy, emissions and waste, according to the 2012-2014 Sustainability Report...

McDonald's USA Acts to Limit Antibiotic Use in Chickens McDonald's USA Acts to Limit Antibiotic Use in Chickens
McDonald's USA on March 4 announced new menu initiatives which include only sourcing chicken raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine. In addition, its restaurants in the...

Poor Performance in Asia Hurts McDonald’s January Sales Poor Performance in Asia Hurts McDonald’s January Sales
While slightly better than expected same-store results for McDonald’s Restaurants in the United States and Europe saw comparable revenues rise in January by 0.4% and 0.5%, respectively, plummeting...

Jacobs Brothers New CEOs at Delaware North Group Jacobs Brothers New CEOs at Delaware North Group
Jeremy Jacobs, chairman of Buffalo, New York-headquartered Delaware North, one of the largest privately held global hospitality and foodservice companies in the world, announced on January 6 that his...

Shake Shack IPO Should Generate Cash for Major Expansion Shake Shack IPO Should Generate Cash for Major Expansion
With thanks and a nod of appreciation to the Temptations for taking a bit of lyrical license from a page of their 1970’s songbook: Let us tell you about a place we know – to get in on the ground ...

Aviko General Manager Lists Eight Trends to Watch in 2015 Aviko General Manager Lists Eight Trends to Watch in 2015
As general manager of Blackburn, England-headquartered Aviko UKI, Mohammed Essa knows a lot about frozen potato and snack product markets in Great Britain and Ireland, as well as a good deal about...

US Restaurant Performance Index Posts Gain in October US Restaurant Performance Index Posts Gain in October
Driven by stronger sales and customer traffic and a more optimistic outlook among restaurant operators in the United States, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI)...

McDonald’s Slump Slows; China Unit Says ‘No’ to GM Fries McDonald’s Slump Slows; China Unit Says ‘No’ to GM Fries
First the bad news: Global sales for McDonald’s Corporation decreased 0.5% in October of 2014, compared to the same month last year. Systemwide revenues, which include franchisees as well as...

Popeyes Flexes Seafood Menu Muscle to Hook New Business Popeyes Flexes Seafood Menu Muscle to Hook New Business
While best know for New Orleans-style fried chicken, the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. (PLKI) chain of quick service restaurants (QSR) is spicing up offerings of fish and seafood dishes in a bid to...

Dasvidania to McSochi Spirit, Hello Burger Cold War Dasvidania to McSochi Spirit, Hello Burger Cold War
The flavor of savoring of McDonald’s menu fare continues to be out of political favor among authorities in Moscow these days, as the world’s leading quick service restaurant chain is under increased...

Tim Hortons-Burger King Merger Sealed for $12.5 Billion Tim Hortons-Burger King Merger Sealed for $12.5 Billion
After several days of speculation in financial circles and among the business press, an agreement was reached on August 26 to create the world’s third largest quick service restaurant (QSR) company,...

NPD Reports Slow Traffic Growth Weakens Restaurant Expansion NPD Reports Slow Traffic Growth Weakens Restaurant Expansion
With little growth in consumer visits to restaurants in the United States, restaurant units grew less than one percent (.8%) in the spring 2014 compared to the spring of 2013, according to the NPD...

PRC Says No Spoiled Meat from Shanghai Husi Sent to Japan PRC Says No Spoiled Meat from Shanghai Husi Sent to Japan
An investigation into a food safety scandal in China last month that impacted business for a number of quick service restaurant chains and convenience stores in the PRC and Japan has found no...

Japan McDonald´s Opts for Thai Chicken after China Meat Scare Japan McDonald´s Opts for Thai Chicken after China Meat Scare
Tokyo-headquartered McDonald’s Holdings Company (Japan), Ltd. announced on July 25 that is prohibiting the sale of all products containing chicken meat from China, and has switched sourcing...

CIA Gets Umami Briefing from Japanese Specialists CIA Gets Umami Briefing from Japanese Specialists
Umami has recently become a trendy term in global gastronomy circles. It is no secret, however, that the subtle “5th Taste” has been present in all cuisines with a time-honored history. Most...

Flat Sales for McDonald’s; Another Food Crisis in PRC Flat Sales for McDonald’s; Another Food Crisis in PRC
Global comparable sales were relatively flat for McDonald's Corporation during the second quarter that ended on June 30, 2014, the Oak Brook, Illinois, USA-headquartered company announced on July 22....

Yum Profits Up 19%; First KFC Unit Opens in Bolivia Yum Profits Up 19%; First KFC Unit Opens in Bolivia
Louisville, Kentucky, USA-headquartered Yum Brands Inc. posted a 19% increase in second-quarter 2014 profits, fueled by rebounding business at its KFC units in China where concerns about food safety...

Y-Pulse Identifies Top Foodservice Trends on Campus Y-Pulse Identifies Top Foodservice Trends on Campus
Ten years ago Y-Pulse, a Chicago-based research and consulting firm, began tracking foodservice trends through the leading foodservice directors in the education segments across the United States to...

Technomic Scales Back US Restaurant Sales Forecast Technomic Scales Back US Restaurant Sales Forecast
Following lackluster first quarter results, largely weather-related, Chicago-based research firm Technomic has dialed down its estimate for 2014 restaurant sales growth in the United States from 3.5%...

Butternut Squash Pakoras Strike Gold Twice in London Butternut Squash Pakoras Strike Gold Twice in London
And the winner is: Butternut Squash Pakoras by The Authentic Food Company Ltd! Having earned Gold status in the Starter/Buffet/Appetizer Product category, the product later topped seven other Gold...

It’s Back! McLobster Now on McMenus in Atlantic Canada It’s Back! McLobster Now on McMenus in Atlantic Canada
Look out operators of roadside hot shop seafood stands in Atlantic Canada, you’ve got major competition for lobster sandwiches now that the McDonald’s Restaurants chain has placed its seasonal...

LJS on Board with BAP; Announces Fish & Fries Giveaway LJS on Board with BAP; Announces Fish & Fries Giveaway
Add Long John Silver’s (LJS) to the growing list of retailers and foodservice operators worldwide that are Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) market endorsers. The Louisville, Kentucky-headquartered...

McDonald’s Global Sales Rise in May, as US Revenues Fall McDonald’s Global Sales Rise in May, as US Revenues Fall
McDonald's Corporation has announced that global comparable sales increased 0.9% in May of 2014. This was despite a 1% decrease in business rung up in the United States, where the company has...

Delaware North Companies Acquires Patina Restaurant Group Delaware North Companies Acquires Patina Restaurant Group
Delaware North Companies, a global leader in the hospitality and foodservice industries, has closed on its acquisition of a majority interest in Patina Restaurant Group, announced Jeremy Jacobs Jr.,...

BurgerFi Ranks First in USA Fast-Casual Restaurants ‘Top 10’ BurgerFi Ranks First in USA Fast-Casual Restaurants ‘Top 10’
The fast-casual segment continues to lead growth within the restaurant industry in the United States. With an 11 percent increase in sales during 2013 and a nearly 8 percent increase in units,...

Growing Appetite for Frozen Hand-held Breakfast Items in USA Growing Appetite for Frozen Hand-held Breakfast Items in USA
Breakfast in America is blazing new trails, with protein, portability and ethnic flavors in the forefront. Restaurant breakfast menu trends – which often preview what will eventually reach...

Darden Steadfast in Opposition to Special Red Lobster Meeting Darden Steadfast in Opposition to Special Red Lobster Meeting
There continues to be plenty of advice being offered to owners of Orlando, Florida, USA-headquartered Darden Restaurants stock these days, as the company remains steadfast in it intention to spin off...

KFC Restages Brand in China with New Menu Offerings Promoted by Celebrities; Selfie Buckets Roll in Thailand KFC Restages Brand in China with New Menu Offerings Promoted by Celebrities; Selfie Buckets Roll in Thailand
And they’re off! While the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby thoroughbred horse race won’t take place at Churchill Downs in Louisville until May 3, KFC is already fast out of the gate with a stable...

Big Restaurant Chain Sales Gains Fall, Says Technomic Big Restaurant Chain Sales Gains Fall, Says Technomic
The 500 largest restaurant chains in the United States registered a 3.5% annual sales increase in 2013, a significant decline from 4.9% the prior year, according to data published by Technomic, Inc....

White Castle Debuts Belgian Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches White Castle Debuts Belgian Waffle Breakfast Sandwiches
Columbus, Ohio, USA-headquartered White Castle has rolled out a new line of Belgian Waffle breakfast sandwiches available in three varieties  with bacon, egg and cheese or sausage, egg and...

Darden Reports Sales Dip at Red Lobster and Olive Garden Darden Reports Sales Dip at Red Lobster and Olive Garden
Orlando, Florida, USA-headquartered Darden Restaurants, Inc. on March 21 reported that sales for the third quarter ending on February 23, 2014, fell by 1.1% to $2.23 billion, compared to $2.26...

Chick-fil-A, Sonic Drive-In Get Top Ratings from Customers Chick-fil-A, Sonic Drive-In Get Top Ratings from Customers
Chick-fil-A and Sonic Drive-In deliver the best customer experience in the USA fast food industry, according to the 2014 Temkin Experience Ratings, an annual ranking of companies based on a study of...

Restaurant Breakfast Visits Rise and Shine in USA Restaurant Breakfast Visits Rise and Shine in USA
Consumers in the United States cut back on their restaurant visits at lunch and supper in 2013, but increased their visits at breakfast time for the fourth consecutive year, reports The NPD Group, a...

Fries and Much More in Store at London Casual Dining Show Fries and Much More in Store at London Casual Dining Show
The shopping is sure to be quite serious, not casual, among those attending the first ever Casual Dining show in the United Kingdom, slated for February 26-27 at the Business Design Centre in London....

Wendy's Sells 70 Restaurants to MUY Hamburger Partners Wendy's Sells 70 Restaurants to MUY Hamburger Partners
The Wendy's Company on February 17 announced the sale of 70 restaurants in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex  area to Texas-based MUY Hamburger Partners, LLC, a Wendy's franchisee.  The...

McDonald’s Restaurants Now Doing Business in Vietnam McDonald’s Restaurants Now Doing Business in Vietnam
McDonald’s Corporation has opened its first restaurant in Vietnam, which also marks the 10,000th restaurant for the chain in the Asia, Pacific, Middle East and Africa (APMEA) region. The world's...

Super Bowl Kickoff for Jack’s New Bacon Insider Super Bowl Kickoff for Jack’s New Bacon Insider
Jack in the Box Inc. waited until Super Bowl Sunday on February 2, when American football fans from coast to coast gathered around television screens with plenty of food and drink, to roll regional...

McDonald’s Fourth Quarter Traffic Slows; Revenues, However, Rise 2% to $7.09 Billion McDonald’s Fourth Quarter Traffic Slows; Revenues, However, Rise 2% to $7.09 Billion
Oak Brook, Illinois, USA-headquartered McDonald's Corporation announced on January 23 that results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2013, showed higher revenues and earnings per...

US Restaurant Industry Expects More Growth in 2014 US Restaurant Industry Expects More Growth in 2014
This year should mark the fifth consecutive year of restaurant industry sales growth in the United States, despite a continued challenging economic landscape, according to the National Restaurant ...

Burger King Escalates Burger Battle in USA with $1 Rodeo Sandwiches Offer; Opens Restaurants in Sri Lanka Burger King Escalates Burger Battle in USA with $1 Rodeo Sandwiches Offer; Opens Restaurants in Sri Lanka
Miami, Florida, USA-headquartered Burger King Worldwide, Inc. has announced that it is introducing its new King Deals Value Menu including new Rodeo Sandwiches with the Rodeo Crispy Chicken and the...

GAA to Work with Chinese Foodservice Provider GAA to Work with Chinese Foodservice Provider
The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Wuhan Lanesync Supply Chain Management Co. Ltd., in which the two organizations will work collaboratively to...

Red Lobster Restaurants Very Much Open for Business Red Lobster Restaurants Very Much Open for Business
The Red Lobster restaurant chain on Dec. 30 flatly refuted rumors that it is closing. Rich Jeffers, speaking on behalf of Orlando, Florida, USA-headquartered Darden Restaurants Inc., which owns the...

New Cost Calculator App for Restaurateurs New Cost Calculator App for Restaurateurs
Houston, Texas, USA-headquartered Windsor Foods reports that its Cost Calculator smartphone app for iOS and Android devices has reached 40,000 downloads. The application is designed to help...

McDonald’s November Sales Edge Up 0.5%, Thanks to Europe McDonald’s November Sales Edge Up 0.5%, Thanks to Europe
Oak Brook, Illinois, USA-headquartered McDonald's Corporation announced on December 9 that global comparable sales increased 0.5% in November, despite disappointing performances in the United States...

Sysco and US Foods to Merge in $3.5 Billion Deal Sysco and US Foods to Merge in $3.5 Billion Deal
Sysco Corporation and US Foods, respectively ranked as North America’s No. 1 and No. 2 food distribution companies, on December 9 announced an agreement to merge. The total value of the transaction...

Yum Brands 5% Sales Slide in China During October Not as Bad as Expected; KFC Still Coping with Negative Publicity, While Pizza Hut Revenues Rise 10% Yum Brands 5% Sales Slide in China During October Not as Bad as Expected; KFC Still Coping with Negative Publicity, While Pizza Hut Revenues Rise 10%
October same-store sales for Yum! Brands, Inc. fell an estimated 5% within its China Division. This included an estimated decline of 7% at KFC and 10% growth at Pizza Hut Casual Dining, the...

Burger King Worldwide Results Satisfy Shareholders; Free SatisFries Samples Satisfy Weekend Diners in USA Burger King Worldwide Results Satisfy Shareholders; Free SatisFries Samples Satisfy Weekend Diners in USA
Miami, Florida, USA-headquartered Burger King Worldwide, Inc. on October 28 reported better than anticipated financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013. Earnings at 23 cents a...

Reinhart Names Rosina Frozen Food Supplier of Year Reinhart Names Rosina Frozen Food Supplier of Year
Rosina Food Products, Inc. has been selected as the “Frozen Food Supplier of the Year” by Reinhart Foodservice, the fourth largest foodservice distributor in the United States. Recognition for this...

Sysco Names India's Devi Seafoods  and Bonduelle Canada Top Suppliers Sysco Names India's Devi Seafoods and Bonduelle Canada Top Suppliers
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India-headquartered Devi Seafoods, Inc., a packer of frozen shrimp, and Montreal-based Bonduelle Canada Inc., a producer of frozen vegetable and potato products,...

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