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Technomic's Take

We are pleased to introduce our thought-leadership newsletter, Technomic’s Take. Within this informational series, discover the opinions of Technomic experts as it relates to varying hot-button foodservice industry issues, including in-depth commentary and an outlook for the future.

Technomic's Take

By Wade Hanson, Principal on May 30, 2018 Running a supermarket in today’s business environment is a challenge for even the most accomplished leadership teams. Consumer preferences are changing at a rapid pace, long-standing core product categories are in decline, deflation is an ongoing concern and the physical transformation of stores is seen as both a necessity and a tremendous strain on resources. Read more »

By Aaron Jourden, Senior Research Manager, Global on April 6, 2018 Many corners of today’s world are going through a period of nationalism and turning inward. This is evidenced by events such as Britain’s Brexit vote or the "America First" stance of the current U.S. administration. Read more »

By Kelly Weikel, Director of Consumer Insights on January 19, 2018 It’s no secret that consumer interest in natural and organic fare has risen dramatically in recent years. Social media aggregates show that each term has increased more than 300% in consumer discussions, postings and shares since 2011. Read more »

By Sara Monnette, Vice President of Innovation on November 17, 2017 Not every day is business as usual in the restaurant industry. Operators and their suppliers understand the influence that cyclical events such as Christmas, Mother’s Day and Super Bowl Sunday have on their brands, the brands they service and the industry at large. Read more »

By Donna Hood Crecca, Associate Principal on October 20, 2017 It’s widely accepted that the core c-store customer has been and always will be male, young, blue-collar workers. Many c-store operators and suppliers refer to this consumer as “Bubba” Read more »

By David Henkes, Senior Principal on August 17, 2017 Independent restaurants have been central to the success of both foodservice distributors and food and beverage companies serving the industry. They are more profitable (mostly due to inefficiencies of the purchase process and pricing practices that aren’t transparent) Read more »

By Erik Thoresen, Principal on June 30, 2017 The consumer is bound to be the inevitable winner in Amazon’s recently announced deal to acquire Whole Foods. More importantly, integrating the two operations will not be easy at the outset. This new union also tells a tale of colliding missions. Read more »

By Joe Pawlak, Managing Principal on May 25, 2017 The restaurant industry is facing its most challenging environment since the Great Recession. Our recently released restaurant forecasts suggest that despite expected growth above 3% for 2017 and 2018, growth will come from menu price increases and positive menu mix shifts rather than all-important traffic gains. Read more »

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