McDonald’s announced that it will be closing 700 stores globally as part of its reorganization. The closures represent 2% of the chain’s total number of restaurants, The Wall Street Journal reports. McDonald’s recently reported a 2.6% drop in profits during its quarterly report.
Top Non-alcoholic Restaurant Drinks
Looking to bump up restaurant revenue? Try adding one of these top five drinks to your menu says Nation’s Restaurant News:
· Coconut Water
· Organic Coffee
· House-made Sodas
· Specialty Iced Teas
· Gourmet Lemonade
Millennials Like It Hot
From wings to sauces, spicy hot dishes are all the rave with younger diners, Money magazine reports. “We've witnessed that phenomenon in our own restaurants, where potential menu items that used to be rated as 'too spicy' in our market tests just a few years ago are now just right," Brad Haley, chief marketing officer of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's tells Money.
Kraft Removes Artificial Coloring From Iconic Mac n’ Cheese
Kraft Foods says that it will remove artificial coloring from its macaroni and cheese by 2016. The company plans to replace the artificial coloring with paprika, annatto and turmeric to help with color, The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Four Tips On Using Video To Improve Your Business
Most restaurants use video to monitor for theft, and that makes sense. Studies show that nearly 75% of employees do steal from their employers, and some do so repeatedly. However, video can also help grow your business. Studying and learning from how employees interact with customers helps to improve the customer experience, QSRweb reports. Owners can also use video as “game film” to teach employees better ways to improve service and upselling opportunities through improved operational game planning. "We use video analytics to do audits where we’re looking for what we call our pillars of throughput—operational things like being ready for the shift, all hands on deck, and all the food prepared. If the video shows us that those elements are in place, we know we’re going to bring more customers through the doors, which results in higher sales,” Tim Spong, director of safety, security and risk at Chipotle, tells QSRWeb.
Blue Bell’s Blues
Blue Bell Creameries of Texas has shut down its plants and recalled all of its ice cream products due to Listeria. Ten people have been sickened from Blue Bell products, three have died, and the scare now touches four states, The Food Institute reports. According to the company’s CEO, Blue Bell is removing all of its products for sale and ceasing production until it finds the source of the outbreak.
Mobile Apps Lead To More Sales
If you are not using mobile apps, you are losing sales, a new study by the NPD Group says. Establishments that do have mobile apps for ordering and paying the bill increased sales by 0.06%, NPD found. Fast casual restaurants are the most likely to use mobile apps, which now account for 1% of their sales.
Hostess Back On The Market
Two years after the Apollo Group and C. Dean Metropoulos bought Hostess for $410 million; the maker of the iconic Twinkies and Hostess Cupcake is back on the market for $2 billion, The New York Post reports. The new Hostess has 1,000 employees, five manufacturing locations, and contract drivers. The old company had 14 manufacturing facilities, 9,000 employees, and 5,000 dedicated drivers delivering product twice a week. A new formula for Twinkies now keeps them fresher longer, so the deliveries are less frequent. According to The Post, bids will be accepted beginning in mid-May.
Sandwiches Are Hot
Sandwich sales in the fast casual sector are soaring, Techonomic reports, up over 15% last year. The reason? Innovative combinations and that good old standby barbecue, not to mention the fact that chains like Jimmy John’s, Firehouse Subs, and Which Wich are also catering to ethic tastes with entrees like chili pulled pork and Rue Bourbon shrimp.
Chipotle Starts Home Delivery
America’s favorite Mexican restaurant now delivers, USA Today reports. The new service is available in 67 cities across the U.S., and is expanding. "This is about the changing dynamics of retail," Christopher Muller, professor of hospitality at Boston University tells USA Today. "It’s the fallout of the Internet shopping world." Chipotle is using Postmates as its delivery service, which charges a minimum of $5.00 and above. Also contemplating joining Chipotle in the delivery scheme are Starbucks and Baskin-Robbins.
Spam Takes A Tour
Relishing its newfound fame among some U.S. chefs, Hormel is launching a 12—city Spam Tour called the “Spamerican” Tour. The tour has already stopped in Los Angeles and San Francisco, but don’t fret, stops are planned for the following cities;
· Denver (May 2 – 5)
· San Antonio (May 9 – 11)
· Tulsa (May 14 – 18)
· Atlanta (May 22 – 27)
· Jacksonville (May 32 – June 2)
· Nashville (June 11- 14)
· Charlotte (June 18 – 20)
· Washington, D.C. (June 24 – 28)
· Philadelphia (July 2 – 4)
· Chicago (July 8 – 15)
Foodservice Sales Up In First Quarter
America’s restaurants and bars are back, folks! Through the first quarter, overall sales were up 9% from last year to $146 billion, The Food Institute reports. Full –service restaurants top the list at 9.5%, followed by eating and drinking establishments at 9.0%, limited-service restaurants at 8.6%, and drinking establishments at 4.1%.