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What Is A Restaurant? The Definition Is Changing

Americans love convenience and consumer demand for convenient foodservice is changing what constitutes a "restaurant" in America. According to a new report from the National Restaurant Association, off-premise sales now account for 60% of all foodservice occasions. read more

Americans love convenience and consumer demand for convenient foodservice is changing what constitutes a "restaurant" in America. According to a new report from the National Restaurant Association, off-premise sales now account for 60% of all foodservice occasions. Mobile ordering and delivery are the latest revolutions in a string of foodservice conveniences that have progressed over the past century from traditional table service in sit-down restaurants to drive-thru service in fast food restaurants (pioneered by White Castle and McDonald's) to fast casual, quick service restaurants, and mobile food trucks. Today, many restaurants consist solely of a brand, an online menu, and a delivery service, with no dining space whatsoever. Others with sit-down restaurants have incorporated mobile ordering, payment, and delivery into their business models to meet the demands of younger consumers who expect that everything can be purchased through a smartphone and delivered. According to the report, 39% of restaurant customers have used the drive-thru channel more this year than last year, 34% have used delivery more than a year ago, and 29% have ordered takeout more often than last year. Restaurateurs are changing their business models and their physical facilities to meet changing consumer preferences. Get the full story here from Forbes.

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10 Grocery Shopping Trends in 2019

How are your fellow Americans cooking and eating at home these days? Here are a few highlights from the latest Grocery Shopper Trends report, straight from longtime food industry analysts, The Hartman Group. read more

How are your fellow Americans cooking and eating at home these days? Here are a few highlights from the latest Grocery Shopper Trends report, straight from longtime food industry analysts, The Hartman Group. Households in the U.S. are sharing breakfasts and lunches only about 2x a week and 1.5x per week, respectively, but Americans share dinner 3.25x a week. One third of households have at least one member following some kind of diet plan. Older generations (boomers) are more likely to seek out claims on packages that are low-sugar, low-carb, low-fat, low-sodium, and high-fiber. Millennials, on the other hand, are drawn to claims like natural, free-range, gluten-free, or certified humane. At some point in any given 12 month period, one out of ten U.S. grocery shoppers has subscribed online to a meal kit delivery service. Today’s average grocery shopper shops at 4.4 different retailers (online or in store), and 33% of Americans shop at online-only grocery retailers “at least occasionally.” Frequent online grocery shoppers tend to be urban, male, millennial, parents, and college-educated with household income above $100k. Want to know more? Get the full story from Food Navigator here.

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