Archive for February, 2017

6 Trends Redefining Hotel F&B

Hotel food and beverage trends historically haven’t been on the cutting edge. For the most part, they’re still not forecasting trends so much as they are responding to them. The rise of healthier options certainly isn’t a surprise, considering “natural” and “fresh” have been the most bankable words in food for quite some time now. And with urbanization leading to…read more →Read more...

Why India’s Foodservice Industry Is One of the Fastest-Growing in the World

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos made headlines in June 2016, when he announced the e-commerce giant would invest $3 billion into India, citing the region’s “huge potential.” That this came on the heels of the company’s 2014, $2 billion infusion, was big news. While Apple’s Tim Cook once said India is where China was “maybe seven to ten years ago,” Bezos…read more →Read more...

Private Equity Deals Make Their Mark On the Middle East Restaurant Industry

As countries around the Middle East expand their identities and economies beyond oil production, the world has taken note. This has been seen through a regional construction boom, increased tourism and an uptick in Western-style consumerism — and private equity has found a home in the region’s restaurant industry, as a result. Activity in the food and beverage (F&B) industry…read more →Read more...

UAE, Saudi Arabia Restaurant Markets Well-Positioned for Growth

Weakened by depressed oil prices, unfavorable currency trends and a still-ailing world economy, restaurants in the Middle East faced a challenge-packed 2016. About two-thirds of restaurant operators in the United Arab Emirates reported stagnant or declining same-store sales midway through the year, and in Saudi Arabia lower oil prices depressed employment, which in turn affected demand for dining out. Some…read more →Read more...

QSR in the Middle East: A Land Of Opportunity

Macroeconomic, social and political megatrends are shaping the future of the restaurant industry in the GCC. 2016 was a slow year in terms of economic growth. Fortunately, growth in 2017 will outpace that of last year, thanks to fiscal reforms and an improvement in both investor sentiment and business confidence. Still, there’s a lot of uncertainty looming. How will unemployment…read more →Read more...

Five Times Restaurant Chains Used Cause Marketing to Their Advantage

From even a cursory glance at the restaurant marketplace, it’s evident that Cause Marketing has become an integral part of the restaurant business. Even in the worlds of QSR and fast casual, people crave transparency and wholesomeness. Cause Marketing — the act of aligning a brand with a cause, to produce profitable and societal benefits for both parties — sounds…read more →Read more...