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Our Eight Most Popular Food Service and Grocery Market Research Blogs of 2019

Posted by TrendSource on 12/12/19 10:00 AM

It's that time of year again!

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Topics: Market Research, Fast Casual, Marketing, Grocery, Omnichannel, Retail, Digital Technology, Amazon, vegan

2019 Fast Casual Food Industry Report

Posted by TrendSource on 9/19/19 10:45 AM

Yet fast casual remains a singular force in food service, one that continues to dominate the cultural landscape. So, a little more than a decade into its reign, we thought we’d check in on the industry: what do consumers want from a fast casual experience, what are they actually getting, and how can operators start to bridge the difference? What concepts most excite consumers, which seem passé at this point, and what can QSR and casual dining operators learn from all of this? These are some of the questions we set out to answer in our 2019 Fast Casual Food Industry Report.

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Topics: millennials, Food Service, Fast Casual, Consumer Insights Studies, Delivery, vegan

Cheesecake Factory Goes Fast Casual, Now It's Time to Put in the Food Industry Market Research

Posted by TrendSource on 5/16/19 8:55 AM

The Cheesecake Factory, everybody’s favorite ‘everything under the sun’ casual dine-in, is going fast casual, rolling out a piloted pan-Asian fast casual concept in a tony Los Angeles suburb. The new location, called the Social Monk (more on the name and the monk later) will look to capitalize on food service and fast casual trends, and when an avowed leader of the casual dine-in segment is jumping into the fast casual life raft, it merits some contemplation (yes, that is a monk joke).

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Topics: Market Research, Food Service, Customer Intercepts, Fast Casual, Panel Surveys, Shopalong, Food

Fast Casual Quickly Turning to Ethnic Fare: What the Food Service Market Research Says

Posted by TrendSource on 2/7/19 9:25 AM

You don’t need a business blog to tell you that fast casual is big (we know: you come for the business but stay for the fun).

With lower overhead than dine-in restaurants and a fresher, less industrial factory vibe than QSRs, they have been the thing that food dreams are made of ever since Chipotle went from 16 Colorado stores to national dominance in a little under five years.

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Topics: Market Research, Food Service, Fast Casual, Food

Dine Alongs and Focus Groups: How Chipotle May Have Avoided its Stringy Cheese Incident

Posted by TrendSource on 10/11/17 7:08 AM

Chipotle has a cheesy problem, more specifically a queso one. After testing the new product in Colorado and California, the food purveyor—whose last 18 months have been, well, challenging—rushed it to market with much, much fanfare and the results have been less than impressive. According to Business Insider, only about 15% of customers are actually ordering the product, and it's reception on social media has been somewhere between caustic and molten.

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Topics: Market Research, Food Service, Restaurant, Fast Casual, Food Safety, Panel Surveys, Shopalong, Beyoncé

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