7 responses

  1. Rebecca Mallett
    Rebecca Mallett
    April 11, 2012

    I love this infographic. The Hoover’s and First Research teams did a great job of visually representing restaurant industry trends. I especially like that the urban farm-to-table movement and food trailer trends are mentioned. I’ve noticed these growing quickly, particularly in Austin. Ready-to-eat health food restaurants also seem to be popular. I’d love to see more about these new sources of competition.

  2. Laura Huchzermeyer
    Laura Huchzermeyer
    April 11, 2012

    Yes, love the infographic also!
    Do farmers’ markets count as competition to restaurants? They seem to be popping up everywhere. In addition to produce and meats, many also offer ready-to-eat goodies such as breads, pastries, sandwiches, and drinks.

  3. Nikki Sein
    Nikki Sein
    April 11, 2012

    Many municipalities in the US require that food storage and preparation take place in a state-licensed commercial kitchen. This extra step could complicate logistics and increase costs for farmer-vendors. This is why most of the freshly prepared food we see at farmers markets is from existing restaurants. For purveyors with a commercial operation already in place, farmers markets could simply provide a new channel to sell goods.

  4. Alexandra Biesada
    Alexandra Biesada
    April 11, 2012

    Airports are another hot growth area for restaurants thanks to captive travelers and the fact that airlines no longer serve food on domestic flights. The variety at major hubs like DFW is impressive — from food court fare to sit-down, white-linen tablecloth establishments. I’m a big fan of food trailers, which are relatively inexpensive ways to test a new concept.

  5. Stuart Hampton
    Stuart Hampton
    April 11, 2012

    Eye catching. If infographics like this one can hook readers to delve further into the well-written, in-depth material on companies and industries that Hoover’s and First Research teams serve up everyday, let’s do some more.

  6. Nikki Sein
    Nikki Sein
    April 11, 2012

    I agree, Stuart. More and more companies are creating new departments dedicated solely to content creation to showcase their value proposition. In fact, Coca Cola is leveraging content in the form of storytelling as a central component of its strategy to double its business by 2020. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LerdMmWjU_E)

  7. Deepak
    May 11, 2012

    Looks great! Awesome work!

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