Great Britain led the developed markets in foodservice traffic gains and the still young Russian foodservice market continued to increase consumer visits in the first quarter of 2014 compared to same period year ago, reports The NPD Group. Improved consumer confidence and mild weather helped Germany’s foodservice sector, which has had several quarters of traffic declines, gain visits in the quarter, according to NPD’s global foodservice market research.
U.S. foodservice consumers ate some 1.1 billion servings of bacon in the year ending April 2014, an increase in servings of 6 percent compared to a year ago, reports The NPD Group. Many only have eyes for pork bacon, which holds the bulk share of units and dollar volume shipped to restaurants and other foodservice outlets, but bacon varieties, like beef, chicken, duck, and turkey are capturing more attention, finds NPD’s SupplyTrack.
According to a recent report by The NPD Group, 11 percent of the population follows a gluten-free diet.
But with an estimation that celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, affects only about 1 percent of the population, the National Institute of Health concluded that “most persons who were following a gluten-free diet did not have a diagnosis of celiac disease.”