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Foodservice Saw Largest One-Month Job Loss in April

Posted by Kate Hubbard on May 11, 2020 9:34:29 AM

ArrowStream economists this week looked at April's U.S. restaurant industry's jobs report, which had the largest one-month job loss on record, representing about 13.5 percent of total jobs in the U.S. As the unemployment rate jumped to 14.7 percent - the highest in more than half a century - to say that the U.S. restaurant industry has been hit hard during this crisis is an understatement.

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Restaurant Dine-In Re-Opening

Posted by Kate Hubbard on May 4, 2020 9:14:17 AM

ArrowStream economists are closely monitoring and modeling the restaurant industry's re-opening on a state-by-state basis. The last week has seen several states plan to re-open, aligning with ArrowStream's COVID-19 State Ranking Model that follows each states' coronavirus response and risk. (Find the latest Model on ArrowStream's COVID-19 Resource Center.)

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COVID-19's Historic Protein Supply Decline

Posted by Kate Hubbard on Apr 23, 2020 5:29:29 PM

As we experience a historic downturn in protein production, ArrowStream's economists this week noted the U.S. meat protein industry's swift reaction to the slowed foodservice demand.

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Have We Seen the Worst of COVID-19 Restaurant Sales?

Posted by Kate Hubbard on Apr 17, 2020 3:22:02 PM

While disappointing March retail sales numbers are likely not surprising to many, ArrowStream economists also looked at April data to date this week and indicated that there may be some good news. 

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ArrowStream COVID-19 State Ranking Model to Signal Restaurant Openings and the Return of the Consumer

Posted by Kate Hubbard on Apr 10, 2020 11:21:22 AM

When and where will the recovery from COVID-19 start? ArrowStream is leveraging data to give the industry direction.

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Weekly Restaurant Purchasing Trends Added to COVID-19 Resource Center

Posted by Kate Hubbard on Apr 7, 2020 8:19:57 AM

As restaurant chains look to monitor their supply chain operations during COVID-19, purchasing teams can use ArrowStream’s Restaurant Purchasing Trends to compare their data to a benchmark representing 80 restaurant chain operators selected from the overall ArrowStream network.

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Food Markets Reacting to COVID-19

Posted by Kate Hubbard on Apr 2, 2020 12:58:54 PM

The coronavirus outbreak continues to impact the commodity markets and ArrowStream's economists are closely monitoring the environment. This week, they commented on the shifts in beef production, which have been tracking above year-ago levels, up 12.9 percent.  

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Restaurants the Third Largest Share of Retail Sales on Record: Shows Greater COVID-19 Impact

Posted by Kate Hubbard on Mar 23, 2020 12:31:30 PM

In normal times, ArrowStream's economists would have focused on reporting February restaurant sales, which were 5.2 percent better than the prior year (due to a 2.2 percent gain in traffic and 3 percent increase in menu prices). However, that pales in comparison to the current landscape of the restaurant industry battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

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Leisure & Hospitality is the Fifth Largest Employer: Restaurant Bailout Makes Sense

Posted by Kate Hubbard on Mar 18, 2020 2:13:02 PM

News broke Wednesday afternoon that the Trump Administration is readying aid for closing restaurants in various forms. ArrowStream economists ran analysis on the “Leisure and Hospitality” category, which includes restaurants, and advise that a government bailout would make sense. 

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COVID-19 Impact: 17% of Restaurant Sales Dependent on Most At-Risk Adults

Posted by Kate Hubbard on Mar 16, 2020 2:22:54 PM

Several U.S. states and cities have announced blanket closures of bars and restaurants for dine-in service to avoid crowded spaces where COVID-19 will have the opportunity to rapidly spread. As this may significantly slow restaurant sales, not all sales will come to a complete halt, as most have been allowed to continue their drive-thru, takeout and delivery operations. 

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