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January 17, 2020

7 easy ways to promote your restaurant’s healthy kids' meals

Our new What’s Hot menu trends report finds parents really do want healthier choices for kids when dining out. Here’s how to market them.

January 13, 2020

These Top 10 restaurant trends are what’s hot in 2020

From stress-busting foods to special burger blends and rejiggered classic cocktails, this year’s list highlights a combination of comfort mixed with a little bit of edginess.

December 19, 2019

Consumers in Seattle and DC spend the most in restaurants

Seattle and Washington, DC lead the major metropolitan areas in restaurant spending per capita.

December 18, 2019

Restaurant guests of 2030: Appealing to Gen Z with healthy options

A decade from now, most Gen Zers will be in their 20s and 30s. Are you ready to serve them? 

December 17, 2019

The restaurant of the future may use food to treat diseases

Restaurants in 2030 may be offering meals that provide specific health benefits, on an increasingly personalized level. 

November 21, 2019

Households in the West spent the most at restaurants in 2018

Household expenditures at restaurants rose faster than most other spending categories during the last 5 years, led by consumers in the West.

November 13, 2019

Minority share of population increases by 2030

Inclusion will help drive profitability and relevance for restaurants committed to diversity.

October 24, 2019

Teens in the labor force expected to fall to a 65-year low

Labor force growth will be dominated by older adults during the next decade, which will have implications for the restaurant workforce.

October 7, 2019

Are you maximizing your off-premises sales?

New report explores how operators of all sizes are harnessing technology to drive and manage off-premises sales.

September 20, 2019

Consumers want to increase their restaurant frequency

One-half of baby boomers want to use takeout and delivery more often.