Very Important Beverage Professionals Chain Beverage Buzz: November 11, 2013

National Restaurant Association NRA Urges Senate Action on Patent Reform
The National Restaurant Association and 36 state restaurant associations have called on the U.S. Senate  to support reforms to provide restaurants and other technology end-users with relief from abusive infringement lawsuits brought by patent trolls. Patent assertion entities, also known as PAEs or patent trolls, are organizations that seek to profit by claiming ownership of patents on widely used business tools or technologies. MORE>>

Technomic BlogTechnomic's New Flavor Study Highlights the Importance of Innovation
The most familiar, tried-and-true flavors may have impressive staying power on menus, but Technomic’s most recent flavor findings also signal the need for operators and suppliers to stay on top of flavor trends by reinvigorating classic offerings with new and unique twists. Three-fourths of consumers (73 percent) say that if they try and like a menu item with an innovative flavor, they would be highly likely to return to the restaurant for the same menu item. MORE>>

National Restaurant NewsHot Restaurant Menu Trends for 2014
The coming year will be a year of blurred lines in the hospitality industry, with hotel lobbies doubling as living rooms, croissants doubling as doughnuts, and vegetables doubling as dessert ingredients, a hospitality consulting group predicts. “Blurred Lines” was the theme of the latest annual trend-prediction webinar given by Andrew Freeman, chief executive of San Francisco-based hospitality consulting firm Andrew Freeman & Co. MORE>>

DiageoBack in Growth Mode, DC&E Keeps the Lifestyle Brands Coming
It’s been a little over year since Diageo reorganized its U.S. wine business, Diageo Chateau & Estat, naming Claudia Schubert president of the unit in September 2012 following a high-profile rollout of three new Millennial-targeted wine brands—Butterfly Kiss, Rose’n’blum and Stark Raving—earlier that summer. In the 12 months through this past June, DC&E reversed the trend on a portfolio that had been in decline, posting net sales up 4% on a volume increase of 1% (the previous year, the division’s sales had slipped 7% by value and 5% by volume). Diageo NA president Larry Schwartz credited “innovation and price increases” as contributing to the turnaround. MORE>>

Chili'sChili's Grill & Bar to Roll Out Delivery
Chili’s Grill & Bar is introducing delivery and will roll out the service to 450 restaurants by the end of November, executives said Wednesday. The casual-dining chain had been testing delivery and will begin offering it permanently in more than a quarter of its 1,552 units, executives of parent company Brinker International Inc. told analysts during a call to discuss first-quarter earnings. MORE>>

beerGlobal Beer Trends Report 2013
A detailed picture of the world beer market in an easily digestible format. Researched and published by Canadean Why was the report written? The 2013 Global Beer Trends Report published by Canadean covers historical and forecast global beer consumption trends, production, imports and exports data across 168 markets worldwide. The report is numbers based and available exclusively in Excel, allowing easier interrogation and manipulation of data. MORE>>

National Restaurant AssociationOctober Job Growth Positive, Despite Government Dysfunction
In his latest commentary, the National Restaurant Association's Chief Economist Bruce Grindy analyzes the latest jobs report.  Both restaurants and the overall private sector registered solid job growth in October, as the government shutdown had little impact.  However, restaurant operators’ outlook for economic conditions sunk to a nine-month low. Job growth surprised to the upside in October, as the private sector shrugged off the partial government shutdown to register its largest monthly gain in eight months.  According to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the private sector added a net 212,000 jobs in October, the strongest performance since a gain of 319,000 jobs in February. MORE>>

TechnomicTechnomic Examines Consumer Perceptions of Restaurant Advertising
In a new white paper, Technomic reveals what consumers think about leading restaurant brands' advertising efforts. As reported in "Perceptions of Restaurant Advertising: Consumer Assessments of the Leading Chain Brands" restaurant brands are measured on three attributes related to advertising: Has memorable advertising. Has advertising I can relate to. Has advertising that makes me hungry. Taken together, these attributes provide a holistic view of consumers' perceptions of advertising messaging from the leading restaurant brands. MORE>>


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