True Food Kitchen topped restaurant data firm Fishbowl's 2018 list of hot emerging restaurant brands, a roster that in past years has predicted the success of Shake Shack and Sweetgreen. Bareburger, Harvest Seasonal Grill, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and Tupelo Honey round out the top five on the list, which evaluates eateries based on factors including positive reviews and social media rankings.
Yelp users have posted more than 24 million restaurant reviews since the service launched 14 years ago and online reviews now play a key role in many consumers' restaurant choices, according to a ReviewTrackers survey. Tracking online reviews for trends can help restaurants improve, said Michael Franks, owner of Chez Melange in Redondo Beach, Calif.
Sharing is on the rise at both trendy indie eateries and chains including Applebee's as a way to encourage communal dining and give guests a taste of more menu items, but it's definitely not for everyone, Alex Williams writes. The practice raises issues about food preferences, meal pacing, etiquette and cost that don't come up when dishes aren't shared, he writes.
Walgreens is taking over pharmacy accounts for Price Cutter, letting the grocer focus on expanding curbside pickup and delivery services in the Springfield, Mo., market. Pharmacy drive-thrus will be converted for grocery pickup at the Missouri grocer.
Researchers have estimated that mumps vaccinations are effective for 27 years on average, with 25% of people vaccinated against mumps in childhood losing protection in nearly eight years, while 50% and 75% will be at risk in about 19 years and 38 years, respectively. The findings, published in Science Translational Medicine, suggest that booster shots at age 18 may maintain immunity among those who received two-dose immunization as children, researchers said.
Georgia-Pacific has launched a campaign for Quilted Northern to let shoppers know that the brand is "just really nice toilet paper." The simple message is repeated in nine 15-second ads designed to convey the product's strength and quality.
Clean-label beverages with engaging brand stories and innovative flavors are finding fans in the beverage community, writes Donna Berry. New products such as Purpose Tea's single-source bottled tea and Sunup's canned coffee brewed from unroasted beans aim to capture consumers seeking transparent ingredients.
COCO5 plans to increase its in-store sampling activity following a $1.5 million infusion. "If you don't taste it -- and I don't care how pretty the bottle is -- how are you going to know to buy it?" CEO Scott Sandler said of the sports-drink brand's demo-centered strategy.
Portland, Ore., is the "most friendly" American city for food truck businesses, followed by Denver, Orlando, Philadelphia and Indianapolis, a US Chamber of Commerce Foundation study finds. Food trucks often face regulatory challenges, which makes some cities like Boston and Seattle harder to navigate, the study said.