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Industry Trends

Trends in the on-premise alcohol industry.


News
Restaurant Industry Outlook Improves as Restaurant Performance Index Tops 100   April 30, 2010

Fueled by improving sales and traffic levels and growing optimism among restaurant operators, the NRA’s comprehensive index of restaurant activity rose sharply in March.More>>

Article
Confidence & Sales are Up – Will Diners Drink Up?   April 19, 2010

In the wake of stronger consumer confidence and increased sales, savvy operators are examining how to court a customer now accustomed to getting “deals” when dining out.More>>

Restaurant Performance Index News
Positive Outlook Pushes Restaurant Performance Index To Highest Level in More Than Two Years   March 31, 2010

The Expectations Index rose to a 29-month high, but same-store sales and traffic levels remained soft, according to the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index.More>>

News
Brewers Association Announces 2009 Craft Brewer Sales Numbers   March 9, 2010

Craft brewer sales grow 7 percent in a year of decreased beer sales for other brewers.More>>

Article
Picking a POS   March 8, 2010

Finding the right POS system is a critical step in managing your business allowing you to track sales and ensures quick training of servers so they can spend more time with customers.More>>

Article
Too Cool For School   March 8, 2010

Ice affects every aspect of mixed drinks and does so with little cost and no marketing or packaging. Ice plays a crucial role in making the best drink possible.More>>

Article
Vodka Competitions in Finland, Tiki Seminars in Greece    February 23, 2010

Patricia Richards placed fourth at Finlandia Vodka Cup; Stan Vadrna and Jeff “Beachbum” Berry create “Bum Berry’s and Captain Vadrna’s Faux-Tropical Bar School,” a four-day Tiki Bar immersion course.More>>

Article
Brooklyn's Sandbox Expands to Provide Party and Packing Needs in One Place   February 18, 2010

Sandbox, a packing and shipping company operating in New York, announced it is expanding its services to offer live DJ performances, film screenings and video consoles.More>>

Article
(Cautious) Optimism Abounds for On-Premise Industry   February 8, 2010

Beverage pros are optimistic about job security, DISCUS’ forecast calls for higher on-premise spirits sales and NRA projects 1.2 percent dollar growth in full-service restaurant sales.More>>

Article
Spirits Industry “Recession Resilient”   February 8, 2010

Citing figures that show distilled spirits volume grew 1.4 percent but revenue held steady at $18.7 billion in 2009, DISCUS CEO Peter Cressy calls the industry “recession resilient.”More>>



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