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Consumers Want More Grocery Store Prepared Meals. How Should Grocers Adapt?

Grocery Store Prepared Meals

The consumer dollar has spoken: the best thing since sliced bread is sliced turkey. A new FMI report, the FMI Power of Foodservice at Retail, seems to show that deli-prepared food purchases are up 9.3% compared to 2019 numbers and up 2.4% year-over-year in unit sales. It’s clear that consumer appetite for grocery store prepared […]

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Consumers Want More Grocery Store Prepared Meals. How Should Grocers Adapt?

The consumer dollar has spoken: the best thing since sliced bread is sliced turkey. A new FMI report, the FMI Power of Foodservice at Retail, seems to show that deli-prepared food purchases are up 9.3% compared to 2019 numbers and up 2.4% year-over-year in unit sales. It’s clear that consumer appetite for grocery store prepared […]

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How is Oath Pizza Building a Feel-Good Pizza Brand?

Statista states there are more than 75,000 pizza restaurants in the United States. That’s a lot of slices served every year! For a business to stand out in the pizza market, it must find ways to melt hearts with more than cheese, sauce, and dough. Personal pizza lover, Barbara Castiglia of Modern Restaurant Management […]

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Shake Shack Kiosks Are the Latest Innovation for 35 Locations

Shake Shack kiosks are the path forward with the company announcing 35 locations under construction for the digital ordering system, as reported by QSR. A total of 10–15 drive-thrus, walk-up windows, core buildings, food courts, and disruption of typical fast-food giant real estates such as roadside pull-offs and stadiums, have been planned. Sam Oches, Editor […]

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Catering is Marketing

Catering is a growing trend in the restaurant industry that brings enormous growth opportunities and since the pandemic, opportunities that bring new customers to the table are critical. The restaurants that embrace the innovative possibilities of catering are seeing the benefits. One national multi-concept restaurant platform believes catering isa great way to introduce new […]

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2023 Restaurant Trends The Industry Should Watch

There are plenty of stand-out statistics when it comes to food and beverage trends in consumers’ habits and market conditions. 2023 restaurant trends are no different. Guests are looking for authentic experiences, and whether that’s in the environment or the food, restaurants should find the best ways to deliver. Andre Natera, Host, Chef’s PSA […]

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Domino’s EV Fleet: The Worlds Largest Pizza Company Goes Electric

There’s an electric revolution happening at the world’s largest pizza company. A total of 800 Chevy Bolt EVs will be added to Domino’s EV fleet starting in 2023, making the company the largest electric pizza delivery fleet in the US. Clyde Boyce, Advisory Board Chairman, EV Chargers and Installation LLC, gives his analysis on […]

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Data Privacy Lawsuits Sweeping the Healthcare and Tech Sectors and What They Mean for the Industry
December 7, 2022

Data privacy lawsuits have rapidly increased in the healthcare and technology sectors in recent years, in part due to the increasing demand for access to sensitive medical data as well as the emergence of innovative products and services that rely on personal information. Since these attacks have occurred, companies have been forced to rethink […]

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Legalized Sports Betting Could Benefit the US Economy
December 7, 2022

Sports betting has continued to explode in the U.S. despite the reticence of many states to legalize the practice. One of the benefits cited by proponents of legalized sports betting is the tax revenue that states are able to collect. A recent piece in D Magazine analyzed just how much a state like Texas […]

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Will the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Revenue Continue Through the Rest of the Holiday Season?
December 7, 2022

This year, retailers kicked off the holiday season early with deals beginning prior to Thanksgiving weekend. The encouragement from retailer sales to have consumers begin their holiday shopping early, has made some impact with this year breaking record revenue over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales prove positive in predicting […]

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Shake Shack Kiosks Are the Latest Innovation for 35 Locations
December 2, 2022

Shake Shack kiosks are the path forward with the company announcing 35 locations under construction for the digital ordering system, as reported by QSR. A total of 10–15 drive-thrus, walk-up windows, core buildings, food courts, and disruption of typical fast-food giant real estates such as roadside pull-offs and stadiums, have been planned. Sam Oches, Editor […]

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2023 Restaurant Trends The Industry Should Watch

There are plenty of stand-out statistics when it comes to food and beverage trends in consumers’ habits and market conditions. 2023 restaurant trends are no different. Guests are looking for authentic experiences, and whether that’s in the environment or the food, restaurants should find the best ways to deliver. Andre Natera, Host, Chef’s PSA […]

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Why Restaurants Doubled Down on Thanksgiving Promotions This Year

Restaurants pushed for a seat at the table for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner with Thanksgiving promotions, convenience, and lower prices for families. As grocery store prices rise and convenience becomes more valuable to consumers, restaurants across the country are seeing an opportunity to put on their own Thanksgiving promotions for Thanksgiving dinner. Businesses like Bob […]

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Food & Beverage Trends Forecast: What We Can Expect in 2023

As we near the end of the year, restaurants and those in the food and beverage industry are taking stock of what trends have proved successful this year, and which have not. Barbara Castiglia of Modern Restaurant Management gives her take on what trends are here to stay, and what innovation we can expect as […]

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Food & Beverage Trends Forecast: What We Can Expect in 2023
November 23, 2022

As we near the end of the year, restaurants and those in the food and beverage industry are taking stock of what trends have proved successful this year, and which have not. Barbara Castiglia of Modern Restaurant Management gives her take on what trends are here to stay, and what innovation we can expect as […]

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Restaurant Sales Are Up, But Foot Traffic Is Down. Why Is That?

The third quarter was a good quarter for chain restaurants. However, more sales do not necessarily translate into more customers. Lisa Miller, President, Lisa W. Miller & Associates, gives her take on why consumers and restaurant operators alike are seeing such dramatic changes in sales and traffic volume:   “So restaurant sales are up, […]

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Changing the Stigma Around Franchising

Franchising is perceived as a difficult commitment to make, and often entails a range of investment hurdles. For many this is enough frustration to turn investors away, but what if there was light at the end of the tunnel? Thomas Nieto, CEO of Main Squeeze Juice Co, highlights some major drawcards to franchising, and […]

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Open for Business? What’s Going On With Restaurant Operating Hours?

You may have noticed your local bagel shop doesn’t open as early or stay open as late as it used to. No longer can you pop into the corner store and treat yourself to a late-night snack. But you aren’t alone in your observation. Hundreds of thousands of restaurants across the U.S. are shifting or […]

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Open for Business? What’s Going On With Restaurant Operating Hours?
November 23, 2022

You may have noticed your local bagel shop doesn’t open as early or stay open as late as it used to. No longer can you pop into the corner store and treat yourself to a late-night snack. But you aren’t alone in your observation. Hundreds of thousands of restaurants across the U.S. are shifting or […]

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Current Restaurant Investments in Loyalty Programs

It’s no secret that restaurants need repeat customers for continued success. Retention is a vital aspect of the restaurant industry, especially since the pandemic. Loyalty Reward Programs are more than just a sound strategy; they can help boost a restaurant’s profits by 95% through repeat business.   So, what can a great loyalty program due […]

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How Which Wich Is Innovating Through Staffing Challenges

Changing the future of restaurant staffing is a new digital ordering tool. According to QSR, a disappointing restaurant experience during the pandemic prompted Which Wich CEO Jeff Sinelli to introduce Yellow Lab technology, an in-store digital ordering service that allows guests to order from a kiosk rather than at the counter. YellowLab’s remote ordering kiosks […]

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Making Healthier Easier with Healthy Franchising

What do consumers want these days? Healthy food and beverage options. While the restaurant industry faces numerous challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, an emerging trend in restaurant franchises is offering healthy menu options.  One such franchise, The Main Squeeze Juice Co., inspires to make healthy easier with a nutritionist-designed, superfood-inspired menu, […]

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Catering is Marketing
December 2, 2022

Catering is a growing trend in the restaurant industry that brings enormous growth opportunities and since the pandemic, opportunities that bring new customers to the table are critical. The restaurants that embrace the innovative possibilities of catering are seeing the benefits. One national multi-concept restaurant platform believes catering isa great way to introduce new […]

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Opportunities Available for Women in Franchising

It may come as a surprise to some, but entrepreneurship is experiencing growth after the pandemic as many people have decided that they want to work for themselves. A great way to become your own boss is to start a franchise. However, the rate of women who own franchises is falling behind their male […]

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Why Inflation is Pushing Restaurant Consumers Downmarket

Sam’s Thoughts: Hi there. I’m Sam Oches, Editor in Chief of Nation’s Restaurant News. Restaurants have been battered by inflation in the past year. You’re especially seeing this in the increase in cost of goods. They have had to pass this along to the customer by increasing their prices. A lot of the restaurants in […]

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Segway Robotics from Kitchen to Your Dining Table with Tony Ho

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are driving innovations in robotics to meet needs across multiple sectors in virtually every industry. Segway, known for its scooters, also develops robotic technology aimed at simplifying the process for transporting people and objects, according to Tony Ho, vice president of robotics and business development at Segway Robotics.  And in […]

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Segway Robotics from Kitchen to Your Dining Table with Tony Ho
August 5, 2022

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are driving innovations in robotics to meet needs across multiple sectors in virtually every industry. Segway, known for its scooters, also develops robotic technology aimed at simplifying the process for transporting people and objects, according to Tony Ho, vice president of robotics and business development at Segway Robotics.  And in […]

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Digestible: Why Your Microbiome Matters for Sports and Active Nutrition

Athletes and fitness enthusiasts are known for taking care of their bodies while pushing themselves to continuously strive to improve their performance. To support this lifestyle, individuals need to take care of themselves in and out of the gym and sports arena. From proper nutrition and sleep to taking care of sore muscles and injuries, […]

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The Evolution of Self-Checkout Technology

Self-checkout solutions are gaining validation for their mass deployment across retail, QSR and hospitality verticals. As industries change and adapt, so too SCO processes, technology, and offerings. Beyond Technology reached out to Craig Bevan, VP Sales Commercial Director for Acrelec Group, for his perspective on the self-checkout & self-service kiosk landscape. “To the purist, a […]

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How Anthony Bourdain Inspired a Banker to Create a Culinary Brand

From new technologies and changing food trends to supply chains and innovative concepts, the restaurant industry is everchanging. Host Andre Natera shares kitchens, plates and stories with food and beverage superstars, preparing a new dish and offering valuable insights from the front lines of the culinary industry.   The pandemic threw a lot of curveballs at the […]

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How Anthony Bourdain Inspired a Banker to Create a Culinary Brand
September 23, 2021

From new technologies and changing food trends to supply chains and innovative concepts, the restaurant industry is everchanging. Host Andre Natera shares kitchens, plates and stories with food and beverage superstars, preparing a new dish and offering valuable insights from the front lines of the culinary industry.   The pandemic threw a lot of curveballs at the […]

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How B2B Brands Pivoted Overnight To Meet Customer Demands

Over the past year and a half, companies have had to make a lot of changes and quickly. For B2B brands, this is no different, as brands have had to pivot overnight to meet their customers’ demands. Giving insights on this episode of the podcast is Christian Yungbluth, Director of Global Marketing at Hatco […]

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How Have Drive-Thru and QSR Technologies Evolved during COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted every corner of the foodservice industry, and this was especially true for drive-thru and QSR operations that had yet to digitize their drive-thru operations. With in-person dining off-limits for the better part of a year in many parts of the world, brands quickly shifted to prioritizing their drive-thrus. This spurred acceleration […]

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How the Hospitality Staffing Landscape Changed

From new technologies and changing food trends to supply chains and innovative concepts, the restaurant industry is everchanging. Host Andre Natera shares kitchens, plates and stories with food and beverage superstars, preparing a new dish and offering valuable insights from the front lines of the culinary industry.   Workforce management has always been a challenge in hospitality. […]

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Is Cash Still King for Restaurant Goers? Exploring the Trend of Cashless Payments
September 6, 2022

Key Insights: 60% of people believe society will go cashless in their lifetime. Restaurants that don’t offer various cashless payment options could miss out on business. Not offering cash payment options could be a discriminatory practice. Is the world reaching the apex as a cashless society? Perhaps, not yet, but more and more, people are […]

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The Drive-Thru is Pivotal for QSR’s But How Can They Be More Efficient?

The pandemic accelerated many aspects of the restaurant industry, including the ways in which consumers interact with QSR’s. Bringing in the Global Head of Technology for Xenial, host Barbara Castiglia spoke with Chris Siefken about the changing nature of QSR’s and the technology that is here to address them. Restaurant technology is, and always has […]

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Why Restaurants Are Historically Slow at Adopting New Technology

The restaurant industry has historically been slow to shift and adopt new technology. Ben Simmons, Co-founder and COO of Table Needs recalled a meeting in 2012 when a restaurant owner was considering building a website. Websites were pretty mainstream, but it shows an example of generalization. Today, as reported by Restaurant Dive, 77% of […]

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Loyalty Programs Should Maximize Customer Value Not Discounts

Groupon has it wrong. Or at least partially. Taking a deep dive into customer data and analytics, Zach Goldstein, CEO & Founder of Thanx, a loyalty, CRM, and guest engagement platform shares his insight on what it means to build customer loyalty with The Main Course host Barbara Castiglia. Our understanding of what loyalty […]

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Loyalty Programs Should Maximize Customer Value Not Discounts
August 1, 2022

Groupon has it wrong. Or at least partially. Taking a deep dive into customer data and analytics, Zach Goldstein, CEO & Founder of Thanx, a loyalty, CRM, and guest engagement platform shares his insight on what it means to build customer loyalty with The Main Course host Barbara Castiglia. Our understanding of what loyalty […]

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Jollibee Has the Mission to be a Top Five Restaurant Group in the World

Barbara Castiglia interviews Maribeth Dela Cruz, President of Jollibee North America, to discuss Jollibee and its presence in North America. Jollibee is on the fastest growing Asian restaurant companies in the world. Cruz has been with the Jollibee company for thirty years and has worked her way from shift manger to her current role as […]

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Coffee Entrepreneur Discusses How He Has Helped Establish One of the Most Popular Chains in the Midwest

The co-CEO and co-founder of Biggby Coffee, Mike McFall, talked with host Barbara Castiglia of the podcast “The Main Course,” about the rise of his coffee chain. Founded in Lansing, Michigan over 27 years ago, today Biggby Coffee is one of the most popular coffee chains in the Midwest region. McFall said decades ago […]

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The Retired CEO of YUM! Brands Has the New Goal of Developing the Next Generation of Leaders

David Novak was the first of his family to graduate from college. He studied journalism at the University of Missouri and started working in advertising. After a few turns in his career, Novak found joy in working in the restaurant industry. He eventually co-founded Yum! Brands and acted successfully as CEO for many years. […]

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The Retired CEO of YUM! Brands Has the New Goal of Developing the Next Generation of Leaders
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The Retired CEO of YUM! Brands Has the New Goal of Developing the Next Generation of Leaders
May 23, 2022

David Novak was the first of his family to graduate from college. He studied journalism at the University of Missouri and started working in advertising. After a few turns in his career, Novak found joy in working in the restaurant industry. He eventually co-founded Yum! Brands and acted successfully as CEO for many years. […]

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Burnout is a Concern in the Hospitality Industry But How Does Your Team Address It?

Healthy Pour is a consultancy whose mission is to improve the mental health and well-being of individuals, communities, and organizations within the hospitality and adjacent sectors through education, coaching, intervention development, and research. Laura Louise Green, Founder of Healthy Pour, joined Barbara Castiglia to talk about this critical concern in the restaurant and hospitality […]

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Is Holistic Nutrition the Answer for Improving Overall Nutritional Needs?

In the latest episode of the podcast “There’s More to IT,” host Jason Claybrook brings on his wife Niki, and diverges from technology to discuss maintaining healthy-eating habits, as more and more people return to work traveling as pandemic restrictions ease. As a holistic nutrition consultant based in Texas, Claybrook consults clients that have […]

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Using Data to Create a Smarter Restaurant

Jessica Valenzuela conceptualized the GoGoGuest system while using the free wifi at cafes around Europe. What started as a wifi marketing solution has evolved into a more significant consumer connection. The company’s capabilities connect the consumer to the restaurant amenities and leverage their information back to the restaurant. Today, GoGoGuest services over 300 customers across […]

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Consumers Want More Grocery Store Prepared Meals. How Should Grocers Adapt?
December 6, 2022

The consumer dollar has spoken: the best thing since sliced bread is sliced turkey. A new FMI report, the FMI Power of Foodservice at Retail, seems to show that deli-prepared food purchases are up 9.3% compared to 2019 numbers and up 2.4% year-over-year in unit sales. It’s clear that consumer appetite for grocery store prepared […]

Read More
How is Oath Pizza Building a Feel-Good Pizza Brand?
December 6, 2022

Statista states there are more than 75,000 pizza restaurants in the United States. That’s a lot of slices served every year! For a business to stand out in the pizza market, it must find ways to melt hearts with more than cheese, sauce, and dough. Personal pizza lover, Barbara Castiglia of Modern Restaurant Management […]

Read More
Shake Shack Kiosks Are the Latest Innovation for 35 Locations
December 2, 2022

Shake Shack kiosks are the path forward with the company announcing 35 locations under construction for the digital ordering system, as reported by QSR. A total of 10–15 drive-thrus, walk-up windows, core buildings, food courts, and disruption of typical fast-food giant real estates such as roadside pull-offs and stadiums, have been planned. Sam Oches, Editor […]

Read More
Catering is Marketing
December 2, 2022

Catering is a growing trend in the restaurant industry that brings enormous growth opportunities and since the pandemic, opportunities that bring new customers to the table are critical. The restaurants that embrace the innovative possibilities of catering are seeing the benefits. One national multi-concept restaurant platform believes catering isa great way to introduce new […]

Read More
2023 Restaurant Trends The Industry Should Watch
December 1, 2022

There are plenty of stand-out statistics when it comes to food and beverage trends in consumers’ habits and market conditions. 2023 restaurant trends are no different. Guests are looking for authentic experiences, and whether that’s in the environment or the food, restaurants should find the best ways to deliver. Andre Natera, Host, Chef’s PSA […]

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Domino’s EV Fleet: The Worlds Largest Pizza Company Goes Electric
December 1, 2022

There’s an electric revolution happening at the world’s largest pizza company. A total of 800 Chevy Bolt EVs will be added to Domino’s EV fleet starting in 2023, making the company the largest electric pizza delivery fleet in the US. Clyde Boyce, Advisory Board Chairman, EV Chargers and Installation LLC, gives his analysis on […]

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Opportunities Available for Women in Franchising
November 30, 2022

It may come as a surprise to some, but entrepreneurship is experiencing growth after the pandemic as many people have decided that they want to work for themselves. A great way to become your own boss is to start a franchise. However, the rate of women who own franchises is falling behind their male […]

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Why Restaurants Doubled Down on Thanksgiving Promotions This Year
November 29, 2022

Restaurants pushed for a seat at the table for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner with Thanksgiving promotions, convenience, and lower prices for families. As grocery store prices rise and convenience becomes more valuable to consumers, restaurants across the country are seeing an opportunity to put on their own Thanksgiving promotions for Thanksgiving dinner. Businesses like Bob […]

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Food & Beverage Trends Forecast: What We Can Expect in 2023
November 23, 2022

As we near the end of the year, restaurants and those in the food and beverage industry are taking stock of what trends have proved successful this year, and which have not. Barbara Castiglia of Modern Restaurant Management gives her take on what trends are here to stay, and what innovation we can expect as […]

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