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Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog, Marketing/Branding

Despite a still-slow economy, quick service restaurants should still see an increase in visits this year, according to the research firm NPD Group. To make sure you’re doing everything you can to get your restaurant sales up, keep up on the latest food trends for 2013. Using local food sources, adding healthy kids’ meals, offering more fruits and vegetables and having snacks as meals on your menu could help boost sales as consumers on the go want fresh and healthy choices when they need to grab a quick bite. Read more… Small Business Tip of the Day: It’s Breakfast Hour Somewhere
Customer Service, Home Page Blog, Just Getting Started

Sometimes the simplest idea can make the difference between profits and stagnation. Breakfast items have been a hot addition to restaurant menus for the past few years, and now the latest twist is McDonald’s adding their most popular breakfast items to their “Late Night” menu, available from midnight to 4 a.m. Still trying to regain lower-income customers who left during the recession and haven’t returned to the Golden Arches yet, McDonald’s thinks this small change could lure some back in the “midnight hours. Read more…

Tasty Food Trends for 2013 and Beyond
Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog, Restaurants
Tasty Food Trends for 2013 and Beyond
7 June 2013

Do you own a restaurant, catering business or food-service business? Then you’ll want to know what food trends were hottest in the first quarter of 2013. Whole grains: Companies ranging from Auntie Anne’s and Jamba Juice to Sandella’s Flatbread Café have added whole grain items to their menus. Passion fruit: Passion fruit (shown here) is a popular ingredient or flavoring—witness items such as Baskin-Robbins’ Berry Passionate Frozen Yogurt, Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Passion Fruit Smoothie and Lucille’s Smokehouse’s Spiced Rum Punch. Read more…

Is Your Restaurant Giving Customers What They Want?
Customer Service, Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog
Is Your Restaurant Giving Customers What They Want?
30 May 2013

What do restaurant customers really want from your restaurant? Even more important than the food, service is a crucial factor that can make or break your business, according to a new poll conducted by Restaurant. com and reported by Restaurant Hospitality. Nearly 95 percent of the more than 2,000 survey respondents say an outstanding server has the potential to make a restaurant meal memorable. Read more… Small Business Tip of the Day: What’s for Breakfast?
Home Page Blog, On Your Way, Restaurants

Sandwiches aren’t just for lunch anymore. If you own a restaurant, coffee shop or café, you can increase your sales by adding breakfast sandwiches to your menu. The popularity of the breakfast sandwich has surged this year: The product is appearing on 8.1 percent more chain restaurant menus than last year. Read more… Small Business Tip of the Day: I (Won’t) Drink to That
Business, current events, Getting Advanced

Restaurant owners are worried a proposal to lower the legal blood-alcohol content could hurt restaurant sales without helping to save more lives. Reacting to the National Transportation Safety Board’s proposal to lower the legal limit to 0. 05 percent from 0.08 percent, restaurant groups such as the National Restaurant Association have expressed concern the move would hurt the industry, which makes much of its profits off of alcohol, and punish responsible adults who enjoy a drink with their meal. Read more…

What Matters Most to Restaurant Customers?
Customer Service, Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog
What Matters Most to Restaurant Customers?
22 May 2013

What are customers looking for when they decide whether or not to eat at your restaurant? A new study by Mintel found that cleanliness (cited by 96 percent of survey respondents), a wide menu selection and variety (94 percent) and comfortable seating (91 percent) are the most important things people look for when deciding where to eat out. While these general factors mattered most to customers of all ages and ethnicities, Mintel also found that different demographic groups have different things they look for when choosing a restaurant. For example, about 93 percent of those aged 65 and up say noise level is important to them when dining out, compared to 82 percent of respondents overall. Read more… Small Business Tip of the Day: Gluten-Free Profits
current events, Home Page Blog, On Your Way
21 May 2013

Gluten-free products aren’t just for purely allergic or dietary reasons anymore. The gluten-free trend is being boosted by fad diet enthusiasts as a way to eat better and lose weight. According to Datamonitor, global sales of gluten-free products are expected to grow to $4.3 billion by 2015. Read more…

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