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FI Fast Break audio news: May 18, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine the struggles of many ghost kitchens and update the baby formula shortage. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – May …

Analysis: How Papa Johns is Accelerating Growth

Pizza chain Papa Johns has mounted a charge during the pandemic, leading to plans to open as many as 1,800 new locations worldwide by 2025. “Our outlook for developing new stores and introducing more customers …

Vietnamese Restaurants See Opportunity at the Drive-Thru Window

Vietnamese restaurants see potential in the fast-food category. Many American cities, such as Philadelphia, Washington and San Jose, California, are experiencing a surge of new Vietnamese restaurants, reported The New York Times (April 26). And Vietnamese restaurateurs are hoping to …

How Restaurants Can Retain Price-Conscious Consumers

A recent survey of middle-income households shows 57% anticipate buying fewer takeout and dine-in meals, reported Restaurant Business (April 20). At the same time, restaurants are struggling to keep prices in check. With these factors in …

Why Restaurants are Venturing into the Metaverse

Restaurant chains are entering the great unknown, taking bold leaps into the “metaverse.” It’s the latest endeavor by fast-food brands to reach potential customers where they’re at. The Food Institute investigated exactly how the strategy …

Projecting the Plant-Based Future

Plant-based meats are about to become much more mainstream – Christina Russo is convinced of it. As alt-meats have found their way onto the menus of fast-food chains like Burger King, McDonald’s and KFC, plant-based ...

FI Fast Break audio news: March 9, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine restaurant chains’ recent appeal to video gamers, increasing support for U.S. agriculture, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News …

FI Fast Break audio news: Feb. 23, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we update the ongoing bird flu outbreak, the restaurant industry’s recovery, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Feb. 23, …

FI Fast Break audio news: Feb. 16, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine America’s bird flu outbreak, inflation, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Feb. 16, 2022 The FI Fast …

FI Fast Break audio news: Feb. 9, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine Walmart’s online grocery growth, the popularity of Veganuary, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Feb. 9, 2022 …

FI Fast Break audio news: Feb. 2, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine the restaurant industry’s outlook for 2022, labor shortage strategies, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Feb. 2, …

How Will Fast-Food Value Deals Look Different This Year?

Fast-food value deals are back, but they’re not quite the same as before. Over the past several weeks, brands such as McDonald’s have returned to value messaging for the first time in several years, noted …

FI Fast Break audio news: Jan. 26, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine Coca-Cola’s experiment with alcohol, Walmart’s investment in indoor farming, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Jan. 26, …

FI Fast Break audio news: Jan. 19, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine the evolution of convenience stores, and provide an update on port backlogs. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Jan. …

FI Fast Break audio news: Jan. 12, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine projected food-cost increases, businesses’ “boomerang” employee issue, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Jan. 12, 2022 The …

What is the Net Value of Restaurant Subscription Services?

More quick service restaurants (QSRs) are rolling out subscription services in the new year to leverage the pandemic pivot towards mobile ordering and remain top of mind with consumers. Throughout the month of January, Sweetgreen …

FI Fast Break audio news: Jan. 5, 2022

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine the flexitarian movement, the rise of convenience stores, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Jan. 5, 2022 …

FI Fast Break audio news: Dec. 28, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we examine the future of trade shows, the prospects for plant-based cheese, and more. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Dec. …

Plant-Based Alternatives Push Further into Fast-Food

Plant-based offerings continue to expand across restaurant menus, as major players like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat broaden their partnerships with fast-food chains. McDonald’s recently announced plans for a major U.S. expansion of its plant-based …

FI Fast Break audio news: Dec. 22, 2021

This week, in The Food Institute’s quick-hitting, audio news podcast, we break down predictions for food inflation and multiple labor disputes. The Food Institute Podcast · FI Fast Break News – Dec. 22, 2021 The …

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. …

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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 …