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Is the Fast-Food Industry Ripe for Unionization?

Multiple Starbucks locations have examined unionizing of late, which begs the question: Is this a harbinger of things to come in the fast-food industry? Fast-food workers have pushed for a $15 minimum wage, and the …

Restaurants Slim Down Menus and Target Innovation Ahead of 2022

As another challenging year for the restaurant industry winds down, operators continue to push back on the permeating impacts of COVID-19. All the while, innovative prospects glimmer on the horizon. Reduced Menus Increased food costs …

FI Fast Break audio news: Dec. 8, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine New York City’s vaccination mandate, optimism within the fine-dining space, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Dec. …

FI Fast Break audio news: Dec. 1, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine how restaurants are rethinking delivery, grocery chains’ big boost from Turkey Wednesday 2021, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break …

Lunchtime Rush Coming Back for Restaurants

Online and physical restaurant visits during lunch rose 4% in the year ending September 2021 compared to a year ago when visits were down 11%, based on The NPD Group’s U.S. foodservice industry tracking. “Consumers are …

FI Fast Break audio news: Nov. 23, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine the “Strikesgiving” trend, Thanksgiving shopping projections, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Nov. 23, 2021 The FI …

FI Fast Break audio news: Nov. 17, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine rising food prices, the so-called “shroom boom,” and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Nov. 17, 2021 The …

FI Fast Break audio news: Nov. 10, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine changing consumer purchasing habits, the lunch day-part’s recovery at restaurants, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Nov. …

Subway Continues Brand Refresh with Unique New Bread

Subway is getting back to the diet business, becoming the first quick-serve restaurant to offer a 1-net-carb bread. The sandwich chain, which has nearly 40,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries operated by franchisees, always …

FI Fast Break audio news: Oct. 6, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine the projected uptick in holiday spending, the rise in seafood consumption, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – …

FI Fast Break audio news: Sept. 29, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine the increasing attractiveness of restaurant stocks with investors, Barstool Sports’ expansion into the food industry, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI …

FI Fast Break audio news: Sept. 22, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine the latest in e-grocery platforms, update African swine fever concerns, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Sept. …

FI Fast Break audio news: Sept. 15, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine the rise of 10-minute “ultrafast” delivery, and how Misfits Market was able to double its valuation in a matter of months. The Food …

FI Fast Break audio news: Sept. 8, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine QR codes’ resurgence in restaurants, the demands of today’s workers unions, and the frustrations of U.S. ranchers. The Food Institute Podcast · FI …

FI Fast Break audio news: Sept. 1, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine the popularity of loyalty programs, the ascent of dollar stores, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Sept. …

FI Fast Break audio news: Aug. 25, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine U.S. food distributors’ supply chain pain, unique new restaurant endorsement deals, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – …

FI Fast Break audio news: Aug. 18, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine the historic recent jump in menu prices, equipment shortages at restaurants, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – …

FI Fast Break audio news: Aug. 11, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine how consumers are stocking their pantries due to the Delta variant, the restaurant industry’s recovery, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI …

Beans: The Future of Carbohydrates?

Legumes have long been a staple in human diets, and they’re getting new life in the form of pasta. These alternative pastas are made from a range of lentils/beans including edamame, red lentils, fava beans, …

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FI Fast Break audio news: Aug. 4, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine Kroger’s unique new ghost kitchen setup, how restaurants are addressing wage “compression,” and the dwindling American beer market. The Food Institute Podcast · …

FI Fast Break audio news: July 28, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we break down the surging prices of both seafood and coffee, vaccination requirements in California, and new unemployment statistics. The Food Institute Podcast · FI …

Experts Weigh in on Addressing Subway’s Challenges

Whether there’s something fishy or not about Subway’s tuna, the fast-food chain has a real public relations problem. Couple that with franchisees chafing at corporate rules and negative reviews of its new menu options, and …

FI Fast Break audio news: July 21, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we break down the major ingredient shortages multiple QSRs are dealing with, the growth of online grocery shopping, and the future of alternative seafood. The …

FI Fast Break audio news: July 14, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we break down a few innovative strategies for navigating the labor shortage, examine a major new company entering the cultured-meat market, and more. The Food …

FI Fast Break audio news: July 7, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we break down the latest customer satisfaction ratings for fast-food chains (featuring a surprising last-place finisher), the increasing global demand for poultry, and more. The …

UPDATE: QSRs Rethinking Value Meals as Costs Rise

Fast-food chains, such as McDonald’s and KFC, appear to be cutting discounts and pushing more expensive meals post-pandemic. QSRs are cutting back on $5-and-under “value” menu items in favor of $10-$30 meal combinations in order …