Taco time: Mexican mainstay second only to salsa in U.S. popularity

Taco time: Mexican mainstay second only to salsa in U.S. popularity

The boom in Hispanic influence extends beyond population growth and rising affluence to also include noticeable gains in the popularity of Hispanic cuisine. Today, National Taco Day, corresponds with the recent release of a new Packaged Facts report packed with essential insights and trends related to Hispanic foods and beverages--including tacos!


On National Coffee Day—and everyday—the best part of waking up is…

On National Coffee Day—and everyday—the best part of waking up is…

It’s largely true, America really does run on Dunkin’, among other foodservice coffee companies. So celebrate National Coffee Day 2016 with not just a cup of your favorite brew, but a special discount from Packaged Facts. You’re welcome America.


Loyalty programs and the future of foodservice

Loyalty programs and the future of foodservice

The future of foodservice is now. This blog and its corresponding Packaged Facts report offer essential insights to help restaurants and businesses continually adapt to evolving consumer trends. For information on the report click here.

April 6 - Retailer emphasis on loyalty programs is influenced by the growing realization that coupons and discount deals often cause only a short-term traffic spike but generally fail to build long-term guest loyalty. This is part of the reason why, compared to...


Chipotle’s microbial quandary highlights industrywide food safety concerns

Chipotle’s microbial quandary highlights industrywide food safety concerns

The following blog is based on current events and analysis featured in Consumers and Food Safety in the U.S.: Implications for Marketers, Retailers and Foodservice. Save 10% on the report with promo code PFSAVE10.

Jan. 13 - Last year, Chipotle Mexican Grill discovered a hard lesson: it’s all fun, games, and shrewd capitalism until customers fall victim to a foodborne illness. The scrutiny that has plagued the company following a series of E. coli outbreaks has tarnished the reputation of a cha...


Restaurant loyalty programs catch on among frequent users but apps alone not the key

Restaurant loyalty programs catch on among frequent users but apps alone not the key

This blog is based on the Packaged Facts report Future of Foodservice: Food and Beverage Menu Trends & Opportunities. Purchase the report by December 1 and receive 5% off with promo code PF081715.

Retailer emphasis on loyalty programs is influenced by the growing realization that coupons and discount deals often cause only a short-term traffic spike but generally fail to build long-term guest loyalty. This is part of the reason why, compared to other food and non-food retailers (especially the...


Restaurants tap innovation in culinary development and marketing to drive protein on menus

Restaurants tap innovation in culinary development and marketing to drive protein on menus

Consumers are looking for foods that provide health and wellness benefits and contain ingredients that address illness mitigation. Packaged Facts data from a January-February 2014 survey notes that 57% of consumers are looking for foods with nutrients that address health concerns. Among the nutrients consumers are keying in on is protein. Protein provides many benefits, including its support of weight management and proper growth, immune, heart and respiratory function.

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More Mediterranean on the menu

More Mediterranean on the menu

Food from Italy, Spain, Morocco, Greece, Turkey and other countries that border the Mediterranean Sea have long been popular in the U.S., but today’s curious eaters are digging deeper to find new dishes and turning to new outlets for fresh and healthful meals.

At the National Restaurant Association Show in 2013, the popularity of this fare was on display in everything from tapas-centric heat-n-serve foods, flatbreads and wraps, to Mediterranean-inspired stuffed meat and cheese items.

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