Few management jobs are tougher than that of a food service industry manager. Besides managing fluctuating costs of raw materials, vendor relationships, and of course, unpredictable customer trends, theyve got to do it all with a staff that turns over 113% annually (!), on average. But dont pity restaurateurs - our study reveals that a whopping 92% of diners feel that customers service is good, great, and excellent, 94% feel their favorite restaurants are easy to get to, and 53% feel that prices are affordable.
Such news is compounded by the near-end of the health fad. 44% of consumers have told us that they are not concerned about how healthy the food is at their favorite restaurants, compared to 39% who are. Although we do not have internal historical figures to compare, anecdotes about failing health-food business models (Forbes magazine recently profiled such a firm), and the rationalizing of health food selections (and food service costs) are indicators that consumers arent about to make it a full-fledged cultural change.
Finally, Id like to speculate on a trend that emerged when asked whether consumers prefer combo selections or picking whatever they want from restaurant menus. 62% of consumers have told us that they prefer choosing any selection of items they want from menus as opposed to 38% who prefer choosing combo selections. Although offering individual value items has differentiated Wendys, but almost killed McDonalds, casual dining has rarely packaged and offered their menu as combos. Perhaps its time for a re-evaluation of how menus are presented on both sides.
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