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Major Consumer Foodservice Trends in MEA

by , , , , and February 6th, 2016
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The consumer foodservice industry in the Middle East & Africa region is changing at a fast pace, witnessing a movement towards chained players from traditional independent ones, as well as increasingly adopting health and wellness trends. Moreover, delivery service expansion is also becoming more popular, with consumers looking for convenience as a growing workforce means […]

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Clean Labeling in Consumer Foodservice

by February 5th, 2016
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Consumers are demanding food from operators that are free from additives, and in the industry today its expected of operators to make an effort toward clean labeling. This action is widespread in the industry currently, but there will be a point where consumers will see chains that haven’t taken steps towards clean labeling as inherently […]

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McDonald’s Turnaround on the Right Track

by January 25th, 2016
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McDonald’s just released its fourth-quarter results, and the results are relatively positive considering what the industry was expecting. McDonald’s is attributing these results to the all-day breakfast launch that came in October 2015. For the upcoming year, McDonald’s will stick to its strategy of trimming back menu items, focusing on speed and efficiency and emphasizing […]

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Can McDonald’s Restore Faith in its Brand?

by January 15th, 2016
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McDonald’s, facing increasing competition from fast-casual operators and changing consumer preferences, was able to post some positive results in the third quarter of 2014. The chain recently simplified its menu, lowering operating costs and catering to the specialist trend in fast food. Now that the chain has simplified the menu, focusing on the quality and […]

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Brooklyn’s Coffee Shop Scene Shows Growing Demand for Specialty Coffee

by January 6th, 2016
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  A look at Brooklyn, New York’s “third wave” coffee shop scene indicates a rising interest in specialty coffee in the US and beyond. Americans’ interest in all things handcrafted and artisanal has led to a strong demand for specialty coffee such as single-origin beans prepared with pourover methods using the Chemex and Hario V60 both […]

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Chipotle’s Food Safety Scares may have Lasting Effects

by December 21st, 2015
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US-based fast casual operator Chipotle is under fire for food safety concerns as of late following outbreaks of E. Coli and norovirus linked to tainted food. Food safety scares usually follow a predictable pattern, but Chipotle has yet to identify exactly how and why their food supply was tainted. Its entirely possible that Chipotle has become […]

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Brooklyn’s Third Wave Coffee Shops Signals Growing Emphasis on Sourcing

by December 15th, 2015
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  Two big trends exhibited in the Brooklyn coffee shop scene indicative of larger trends are single-origin coffee and direct trade coffee. In the past, grocery stores and coffee shops served blended coffee from multiple regions. This is more cost effective, but there is a shift towards single-origin coffee. Single-origin coffee comes from a single […]

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Key Takeaways from the NRN International Top 25 Foodservice Chains

by November 18th, 2015
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Euromonitor International and Nation’s Restaurant News identified the top 25 international foodservice operators outside North America. This list is based on system-wide sales, corporate revenue, unit metrics and market share statistics. The importance of Japanese companies in this list is striking, especially considering that three of the top 25 are Japanese convenience store chains: 7-Eleven, Lawson […]