Food Service

Food service trends: the ‘hipsterisation’ of the burger industry

In a clear reflection of the growth being seen in the boutique burger restaurant segment, recent consumer research suggests younger generations are increasingly seeking-out less mainstream fast-food options…Read More

Beef Central, January 17, 2017

McDonald’s reports weaker second quarter, as ‘recovery’ remains elusive

McDonald’s much-heralded recovery will have to wait at least another quarter before it shows positive results, as the company posted another disappointing second quarter result on Friday…Read More

Beef Central, July 27, 2015

Food service: Coffee kings give steakhouse market a stir

The highly successful Coffee Club chain knows a thing or two about food service operations in the incredibly competitive coffee shop/cafe market It’s now focusing its attention on building a presence in a new consumer market segment – casual steak dining…Read More

Jon Condon, March 25, 2015

McDonald’s dismal sales run continues through November

McDonald’s, Australia’s single largest world customer for beef, has continued its recent run of dismal sales performance, recording November global sales down 2.2pc compared with the same time last year. For the calendar year to November 30, global sales are down 1.1pc, with all regions recording lower year-on-year performance…Read More

Jon Condon, December 11, 2014

McDonald’s adds steak options to Australian menus +VIDEO

McDonald’s has put several steak options on its menu in Australia for the first time, adding rump steak strip McWraps, a Steak Salad with Thai-Style Dressing and a Steak & Egg Breakfast Wrap. It’s the first time whole-muscle cuts (in this case, rump) have appeared on the menu, alongside traditional ground beef patties…Read More

Beef Central, October 27, 2014

Dismal financial quarter for McDonald’s

McDonald’s has delivered one of its worst quarterly financial performances on record, driven equally by the slowdown in economic growth in some regions, and consumer backlash associated with the widely-publicised food safety breakdowns in products manufactured for the company in China…Read More

Beef Central, October 22, 2014

Value-adding: Pulled meats ‘momentum’ turns into an ‘avalanche’

Since we published an earlier item on the emergence of pulled meats on the Australian retail and food service market just a few weeks ago, there has been a rash of pulled meat adoptions and product launches, including items from some of the biggest food service operators in the country.
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Jon Condon, September 27, 2014

Wagyu, yearling grassfed claim Sydney branded beef honours

Two contrasting beef styles claimed the major honours among more than 30 entries in the Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show branded beef competition, announced this morning…Read More

Jon Condon, September 11, 2014

China food safety concerns drives down McDonald’s July result

Food safety concerns in the company’s China operations have had a significant impact on global burger restaurant chain McDonald’s, contributing to a reduction in the company’s July sales worldwide by 2.5 percent…Read More

Jon Condon, August 10, 2014

JBS claims Brisbane’s top branded-beef competition

Some of Australia’s best-known beef brands went head-to-head in Brisbane Show’s annual branded beef competition, results for which were announced just minutes ago…Read More

Jon Condon, June 6, 2014

Food service remains strong for beef, but cuts emphasis is changing

The latest annual survey of meat protein use within the Australian food service sector shows that beef continues to hold a dominant position, but there are some changes occurring in cuts preferences and other attributes…Read More

Jon Condon, May 19, 2014

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