Comfort foods are rising as a top food category during the coronavirus pandemic

Comfort foods, bowls increase in popularity in restaurants: Technomic report

Forty-six percent of restaurant operators find success with comfort foods

Comfort foods are rising as a top food category during the coronavirus pandemic. The rationale might be as simple as what is commonly thought: When consumers are facing an uncertain future, familiar and comforting preparations and ingredients become more desirable. Data released in November by foodservice consultancy Technomic prove out this category leadership.

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A survey by trend-tracking firm Datassential calls out some of the challenges of the winter ahead for restaurants. In many areas, traffic is down and the coronavirus is spreading rapidly

At onset of dark winter of trepidation, consumers fear local restaurants to fare worse in colder months

New wave of coronavirus may curb restaurant operator confidence

Recent survey data by trend-tracking firm Datassential identify some of the challenges of the winter ahead for restaurants. In many areas, traffic is down and the coronavirus is spreading rapidly, potentially cramping operator confidence, which had been on an uptick. Restaurant operators face a winter in which more than 60 percent of consumers are either not working overall or working/attending school from home. A total of 25 percent of respondents indicated they were working or learning from home and 38 percent said they were not working overall

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Starting Monday, November 30, Panera will offer coffee subscriptions as part of a gift package

Panera Bread promotes MyPanera+ Coffee Subscription as holiday gift-giving solution

Bakery-cafe chain to offer gift subscriptions starting November 30

Panera Bread launched a new Cyber Monday promotion to put the spotlight on its MyPanera+ Coffee Subscription program. Starting Monday, November 30, Panera will offer coffee subscriptions as part of a gift package. Through the gift coffee subscription, customers will be able to purchase and send MyPanera+ to people on their holiday shopping list at a discount.

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As the latest wave of coronavirus spreads across the country, the National Restaurant Association pushed back against governors and new restrictions on restaurants

National Restaurant Association urges governors to reconsider restaurant business restrictions amid latest coronavirus wave

Association chief executive pens letter to National Governors Association

As the latest wave of coronavirus spreads across the country, the National Restaurant Association pushed back against state governors’ new restrictions on restaurants. In a letter sent to chair of the National Governors Association (NGA), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Association further noted that restaurants have been following enhanced Food and Drug Administration practices, and strengthening their safety protocols.

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