Consumer Trends http://restaurant-hospitality.com/taxonomy/term/6596/more en Non-GMO menu items can earn higher markups http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/no-gmo-menu-items-can-earn-higher-markups <div class="field-deck"> A new study finds customers will pay extra to eat restaurant meals free of genetically modified ingredients. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A new study finds customers will pay extra to eat restaurant meals free of genetically modified ingredients.</div> <p><a href="http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/no-gmo-menu-items-can-earn-higher-markups" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/no-gmo-menu-items-can-earn-higher-markups#comments Consumer Trends Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:14:00 +0000 56271 at http://restaurant-hospitality.com <p>Restaurants that offer non-GMO menu items might get away with higher prices.</p> Lackluster restaurant sales could point to broader downturn http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/lackluster-restaurant-sales-could-point-broader-downturn <div class="field-deck"> Is the restaurant industry the canary in the coal mine for a recession? </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Is the restaurant industry the canary in the coal mine for recession?</div> <p><a href="http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/lackluster-restaurant-sales-could-point-broader-downturn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/lackluster-restaurant-sales-could-point-broader-downturn#comments Consumer Trends Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:54:00 +0000 56261 at http://restaurant-hospitality.com <p>Empty seats could be a more common sight if the economy goes south.</p> Thinkstock Meal kit growth not hurting restaurants—yet http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/meal-kit-growth-not-hurting-restaurants-yet <div class="field-deck"> Although consumers care deeply about the food they put on the table at home, they don’t necessarily want to cook it themselves. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Although consumers care deeply about the food they put on the table at home, they don’t necessarily want to cook it themselves.</div> <p><a href="http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/meal-kit-growth-not-hurting-restaurants-yet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/meal-kit-growth-not-hurting-restaurants-yet#comments Consumer Trends Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:23:00 +0000 56131 at http://restaurant-hospitality.com <p>Meal kits, while costly, provide customers with everything they need to produce chef-designed meals at home.</p> Plated Gift cards spur higher full-service check averages http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/gift-cards-spur-higher-full-service-check-averages <div class="field-deck"> Bump not so big at quick-service, according to a recent survey. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Bump not so big at quick-service, according to a recent survey.</div> <p><a href="http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/gift-cards-spur-higher-full-service-check-averages" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/gift-cards-spur-higher-full-service-check-averages#comments Consumer Trends Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:07:00 +0000 56061 at http://restaurant-hospitality.com <p>Fleming&#39;s promotes gift cards throughout the year and offers buyers the option to personalize cards with their own messages.</p> Fleming's Millennials driving sales of grocery prepared foods http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/millennials-driving-sales-grocery-prepared-foods <div class="field-deck"> Restaurants still hold the upper hand when it comes to young adults. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Restaurants still hold the upper hand when it comes to young adults.</div> <p><a href="http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/millennials-driving-sales-grocery-prepared-foods" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/millennials-driving-sales-grocery-prepared-foods#comments Consumer Trends Tue, 05 Jul 2016 07:27:00 +0000 55591 at http://restaurant-hospitality.com Thinkstock Could bar reservations help increase revenue? http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/could-bar-reservations-help-increase-revenue <div class="field-deck"> Treating your bar area as a glorified waiting room instead of as a destination dining experience? You could be missing an opportunity. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A new survey from OpenTable suggests that offering reservations for bar dining would make better use of your bar space. Among the potential benefits: additional seat inventory, faster turn times and, some say, enhanced hospitality. </div> <p><a href="http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/could-bar-reservations-help-increase-revenue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/could-bar-reservations-help-increase-revenue#comments Consumer Trends Operations Tue, 07 Jun 2016 14:38:00 +0000 55161 at http://restaurant-hospitality.com <p>Best seat in the restaurant? Allowing guests to reserve bar seats is proving profitable for some operations.</p> Thinkstock For breakfast, think smoothies http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/breakfast-think-smoothies <div class="field-deck"> Two-fifths of consumers drink their morning meal, Mintel says. Are you ready for them? </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Two-fifths of consumers would rather drink their breakfast, according to Mintel research.</div> <p><a href="http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/breakfast-think-smoothies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/breakfast-think-smoothies#comments Consumer Trends Wed, 01 Jun 2016 14:07:00 +0000 55021 at http://restaurant-hospitality.com <p>Seattle-based Evolution Fresh is tapping into demand for functional beverages.</p> Getty Images Study: How millennials regard online restaurant reviews http://restaurant-hospitality.com/social-media/study-how-millennials-regard-online-restaurant-reviews <div class="field-deck"> A recent study reveals that a bad online opinion carries more weight than a positive one. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A bad online restaurant review carries more weight than a positive one, according to a recent study.</div> <p><a href="http://restaurant-hospitality.com/social-media/study-how-millennials-regard-online-restaurant-reviews" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://restaurant-hospitality.com/social-media/study-how-millennials-regard-online-restaurant-reviews#comments Consumer Trends Social Media Wed, 01 Jun 2016 14:00:00 +0000 54991 at http://restaurant-hospitality.com <p>If you&#39;re going to spotlight reviews of your restaurant, make sure to choose those written by more credible sources.</p> Thinkstock Millennials seeking alternatives to traditional burgers http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/millennials-seeking-alternatives-traditional-burgers <div class="field-deck"> Consumers' top non-beef choices include chicken, turkey and bison, according to a recent Mintel study. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Consumers' top non-beef choices include chicken, turkey and bison, according to a recent Mintel study.</div> <p><a href="http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/millennials-seeking-alternatives-traditional-burgers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/millennials-seeking-alternatives-traditional-burgers#comments Consumer Trends Thu, 19 May 2016 15:27:00 +0000 54471 at http://restaurant-hospitality.com <p>The grass-fed beef 55 burger at the Rusty Spoon, Orlando, satisfies a shift toward grass-fed beef and other alternative burger proteins.</p> Rusty Spoon Superfoods business continues to pack a punch http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/superfoods-business-continues-pack-punch <div class="field-deck"> Retail product introductions in the category have doubled over the last five years. On menus? Not so much. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Retail product introductions in the category have doubled over the last five years. On menus? Not so much.</div> <p><a href="http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/superfoods-business-continues-pack-punch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://restaurant-hospitality.com/consumer-trends/superfoods-business-continues-pack-punch#comments Consumer Trends Thu, 05 May 2016 19:11:00 +0000 54111 at http://restaurant-hospitality.com <p>Superfoods have been in the news for years, but consumer momentum in that category seems to be building.</p> Thinkstock