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The Unfamiliar Face of New Competitors

The restaurant industry has been undergoing some pretty major changes lately. Restaurant delivery growth has skyrocketed in recent years. Automation is transforming the industry, one human-replacing-robot at a time, too. And the bulk of the companies paving the way for those trends are still just startups. Today, “startup” seems an almost euphemistic word for companies that are bringing in millions…read more →Read more...

What to Do When Sales Are Down

Even the savviest executives find themselves plagued by the persistent, nagging feeling that comes with negative sales and traffic. In the restaurant industry, that feeling is amplified. Tonight, there will be dozens of CEOs who go to bed stressed out, worried what the board will say after yet another down week. Some might console themselves with the thought that it’s…read more →Read more...

Restaurant Delivery Will Reshape the Foodservice Industry

We’ve all heard of UberEats, Postmates, and Caviar. Chances are, you may have even used a mobile delivery service to order lunch. But the future of food delivery is more than a flash-in-the-pan. Delivery isn’t the new quinoa, or 2017’s answer to kale. It will fundamentally alter the foodservice business, and lead to a seismic shift in the restaurant industry….read more →Read more...

What the Future Holds for Restaurant Mergers and Acquisitions

The future is never certain, but it’s safe to say that now’s a good time for restaurant mergers and acquisitions. The recent news that Restaurant Brands International (the parent company of Burger King and Tim Hortons) would be paying top dollar to acquire Popeyes raised some eyebrows. The $1.8 billion transaction — worth more than six times the chicken chain’s…read more →Read more...

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...