Very Important Beverage Professionals Chain Beverage Buzz: Decemeber 9, 2013

National Restaurant AssociationWhat's Hot in 2014 Culinary Forecast Confirms Sourcing, Nutrition Trends
The National Restaurant Association's annual What’s Hot culinary forecast predicts menu trends for the year ahead by surveying nearly 1,300 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) – and the results for 2014 are in. The top restaurant menus trends for 2014 focus on local sourcing, environmental sustainability and nutrition - children's nutrition in particular. These trends have been gaining momentum for several years, indicating that these wider themes influence the national culinary scene. MORE>>

TechnomicHigh-Priced Adult Beverages Grow On-Premise Despite Overall Slowdown
Premium adult beverages are providing momentum to the on-premise channel despite cautious consumers. Higher-priced spirits and beer categories in particular are growing in restaurants and bars, although the channel is slowing overall according to Technomic's just-released 2013 BarTAB Report. The on-premise channel grew in total volume (0.7 percent) to reach 1.9 billion gallons and sales rose 3.5 percent to $97.3 billion in 2012. Projections call for slight declines in volume in 2013 and 2014, but continued dollar growth. MORE>>

HootersHooters Co-Owner to Acquire Spoon Bar & Kitchen
Chanticleer Holdings Inc., which owns and operates Hooters restaurants in international emerging markets, has agreed to acquire the one-unit fine-dining Spoon Bar & Kitchen in Dallas. The Charlotte, N.C.-based Chanticleer said Thursday that it intends to buy the 58-seat seafood restaurant from Irving, Texas-based CapRock Services, a financial services company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. MORE>>

WineWine Sales Up in Limited-Service Sector
Restaurant Sciences LLC, an independent firm that tracks food and beverage product sales throughout the foodservice industry in North America, reported that the sales of on-premise wine fell 2.6 percent from May to October of this year, compared to the same timeframe in 2012. Despite the overall decline, wine sales saw a 10 percent growth in family dining and limited-service restaurants during this period. MORE>>

Islands Fine Burgers and DrinksIslands Restaurants Licenses Beanstalk's Software
Islands Restaurants and Beanstalk Data jointly announced a licensing and servicing agreement for the beach-inspired casual-dining restaurant company to utilize Beanstalk’s new CRM Marketing Master product. The CRM Marketing Master is a real-time software-as-a-service (SAAS) module that offers business-to-consumer companies like Islands a simple, unique, and effective way to aggregate all of their existing silos of customer data into a single location.  Many business-to-consumer companies typically have multiple silos for customer data: one for mobile app users, another for web, email, SMS subscribers, and social media. MORE>>

Technomic Blog2014 Drink Trends in Focus
Tracking the trends in adult beverage and really distilling them down to what will drive (or drag) the industry requires a unique blend of analytics, insights and instinct. Luckily at Technomic, our adult beverage team of experts possesses a wealth of all three, honed via more than 35 years of combined experience following and analyzing the business. Based on our ongoing research into spirits, wine and beer volume and sales, as well as our extensive consumer surveys and discussions with brand marketers, on-premise and retail operators and other drinks professionals, we have identified the trends that we foresee shaping the drinks business in 2014. MORE>>

Cheesecake FactoryThe Holidays are Twice as Nice with Two Seasonal Offers from The Cheesecake Factory
The Cheesecake Factory celebrates the holidays with the return of its ‘Slice of Joy’ gift card offer to reward in-restaurant and online gift card purchasers with a complimentary slice of cheesecake. The Cheesecake Factory also announces the return of its seasonal Peppermint Bark Cheesecake, a wintertime favorite available now in all of its restaurant locations nationwide. MORE>>

NACS OnlineTrans Fat Ban Could Impact Restaurants
A couple of weeks ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled its proposed ban on partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), which is the main source of trans fats. While the agency didn’t outline exactly how that would effect restaurant foods, many operators are concerned about redoing recipes for baked goods and fried foods, Nation’s Restaurant News reports. MORE>>

ApplebeesApplebee's Readies for New Unit Growth
It was an achievement against all odds: Over the past five years, during a crippling economic downturn, the company that is now DineEquity Inc. bought the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar chain for $2 billion and set out to sell roughly 475 company restaurants. MORE>>


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