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Charleston’s Uptown Funk: North Central and NoMo Neighborhoods

Charleston’s Uptown Funk: North Central and NoMo Neighborhoods

Where would I live? I ask this question each time I touch down in a new town. In Charleston, I found my home beyond the crosstown expressway.

Quick geography lesson: Downtown Charleston is on a peninsula nestled between the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. The crosstown expressway connects to bridges that lead to Charleston’s outer neighborhoods. South of this freeway is the historic district: Charleston’s central core. Downtown is home to postcard-perfect buildings, restaurants, shops, residences, and college students. As pretty as a Southern belle, downtown is where most visitors spend their days, but since Charleston is so compact—only 3 miles across at the widest point—Uptown is just a short cab, walk, or bike ride away from downtown hotels.

Eager to find the less polished, more diverse, and, dare I say, hipster ‘hoods, I headed north. Here in the Uptown/Upper Peninsula area, I found North Central, a gentrified neighborhood of fixer uppers near bucolic Hampton Park. To the east, NoMo, at the northern end of Morrison Street, is an industrial, commercial zone that boasts some of the city’s best eateries. Following is my uptown guide of where to sip, nibble, and roam:

North Central
Leon’s Oyster Shop
Keeping with the hipster aesthetic of repurposed old buildings, Leon’s is housed in a former auto body shop, from which it got its name. The garage door opens onto a convivial patio which shares the stylishly rustic décor of the inside space. Opt for the eponymous eats: oysters, especially those char-grilled with butter, lemon, and parsley. Chef Ari Kolender’s fried chicken is extraordinarily juicy and crisp thanks to brining and a buttermilk bath. The affable bar staff serves local brews, bubbly, and cocktails, cleverly divided cheap, decent, and fancy. Don’t miss the quirky bathrooms.

Recovery Room
After hovering at 2nd place since 2013, this popular dive bar became the number one seller of PBR cans in the U.S. of A this February. This beloved haunt clinched the trophy thanks to a steady stream of loyal customers who come for wings, pool, and the hipster suds, just $1.25 at happy hour. Savor warm nights on the lively patio, which boasts expressway views.


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1. 1840s Plaza

The 1840s Plaza is a popular spot in Baltimore for weddings and other events, and is divided into multiple spaces. It is right in the area's historic Jonestown neighborhood, making it easy for attendees to access. The plaza has its own dedicated event team as well as elegant accommodations for those staying overnight. They work with a range of caterers, providing seamless service with your choice of company. The 1840s Ballroom is a favorite for weddings, bar mitzvahs, and more with views of the landscaped garden courtyard, which can be booked as well. The second floor has the 1840s City Lites event space with the feeling of a fun lounge, while the first floor has the 1840s Cabaret with Latin-inspired décor.

29 S. Front Street, Baltimore, MD, Phone: 410-385-1840

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Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" got the award for Song of the Year The "hippest" song in America is Bruno Ma the 2015 Soul Train Awards.

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS: Host and legendary musical artist Erykah Badu opened up the show with a medley of her memorable songs including “Danger,” “On & On,” and “Love Of My Life.” The Queen of Neo-Soul showed her spunky nature and had the audience in hysterics as she poked fun at her “influence” on some of hip-hop’s leading men, while proclaiming a ban on rap and “gold chains.”

Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michele, K-Ci, Lalah Hathaway and Eddie Levert appeared for the first-ever Soul Train Soul Cypher during the Soul Train Awards 2015.


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Samsung Makes Android SAFE&trade for Enterprises, Offers Trade-In Program to Upgrade to the Galaxy S III

Samsung is the First to Launch a Quality Assured, Enterprise-Compliant Android Smartphone

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With the AndroidTM operating system projected to be the No. 1 platform for enterprise smartphones by 2013, Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) is simplifying enterprise adoption with the introduction of SAFE (Samsung Approved for Enterprise) and the first SAFE-branded smartphone in the United States, the Galaxy S® III, which will be available at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and US Cellular by July. To aid prosumers and corporations in accessing the most innovative smartphone on the market, Samsung is also introducing SAFE2SWITCH, a trade-up program that offers competitive pricing for qualifying smartphones for both individuals and enterprise customers.

SAFE &ndash Optimized for the Enterprise

SAFE provides a comprehensive approach to making Android devices secure and manageable by systematically meeting the rapidly evolving needs of IT and the growing number of businesses allowing employees to "bring your own device" (BYOD) to work. Samsung created SAFE as a way to defragment the Android OS across multiple versions from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich at U.S. carriers. Out of the box, the SAFE-branded Galaxy S III supports a full suite of enterprise-ready features and capabilities with support for 338 IT Policies. This includes on-device AES-256 bit encryption, enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and support for industry-leading Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions.

Over the last 12 months, Samsung has surpassed its next nearest handset and smartphone competitors to become No. 1 globally and now has its sights set on the enterprise. Working closely with enterprise customers and industry-leading solutions providers, Samsung developed a thorough quality assurance program. This program begins with MDM and VPN solutions providers using Samsung's software development kit to deeply integrate their solution on the SAFE device. Once the development effort is completed, Samsung and the solution provider then thoroughly test and verify the device's support for the MDM and/or VPN software. This collaboration, coupled with the testing process, creates solutions that are optimized for SAFE devices and enterprise use including adoption within regulated industries such as healthcare, financial services and government.

"It's now safe to say that the 'Next Big Thing in Enterprise' is here with the near-term availability of SAFE-branded Galaxy S III devices at five U.S. carriers," said Tim Wagner, Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Sales at Samsung Mobile. "The highly desirable, SAFE-branded and QA-tested Galaxy S III smartphone systematically defragments Android to provide a consistent level of IT compliance for individuals who demand the very best in both their personal and professional lives."

Galaxy S III &ndash Powerful, Collaborative, Secure

The Galaxy S III offers secure features and capabilities that may be used in a wide range of business situations to improve efficiency and productivity.

* AllShare Play - Group Cast: Securely share PowerPoint presentations and PDFs with business partners also using Galaxy S III devices
* Share Shot: Quickly and easily compile and share photos with colleagues and contacts
* S Beam One Touch Sharing (NFC and Wi-Fi Direct): Quickly exchange contact and meeting information or company documents by simply tapping phones together. S Beam can also be controlled via an MDM solution.
* Intelligent Display and Motion: Focus on the job at hand with intuitive features like Direct Call and Smart Stay
* HD Super AMOLEDTM Display: Review detailed plans or blueprints with brilliant 4.8" HD Super AMOLED display on second-generation rugged Corning® Gorilla® Glass
* Samsung TecTiles: NFC programmable tags and mobile application transform how businesses, both large and small, engage their customers

SAFE2SWITCH Prosumer / Enterprise Trade-In Program

With the launch of the SAFE-branded Galaxy S III, Samsung is announcing the availability of a trade-up program called SAFE2SWITCH which simplifies the transition to Samsung SAFE devices from Samsung or other manufacturers' smartphones. Both prosumers and corporate customers alike can take advantage of this program which offers very competitive trade-in values in real-time from their existing smartphone or Internet-connected device. For more details, visit www.samsungsafe2switch.com.

Microsoft Is the Most Exciting Company in Tech, Hands Down

I never thought I'd ever hear myself utter such words post-1995. But after Monday's reveal of the Surface tablet&mdashcomplete with an ultra-thin, pressure-sensitive keyboard cover and the most discrete integrated kickstand ever&mdashand today's Windows Phone 8 announcement&mdashwhich will be based on the same underpinnings as the Windows RT part of Windows 8&mdashI'm a believer that Microsoft is the most innovative consumer tech company right now.

No, seriously.

And it isn't just this week's announcements that did it. This has been building all year. There's Windows 8, Xbox Live, Skydrive, Kinect, SmartGlass even Hotmail stepped up its game. The Surface, and now Windows Phone 8, merely feel like the culmination&mdashor maybe the fulfillment&mdashof what Microsoft has been poking and prodding at for the past six years when it first introduced the Xbox 360.

Microsoft is a company reborn. It's not just significant because of past achievements. Microsoft is exciting again because of what it's doing right now.

When I first laid hands on Windows 8 and slid my fingers across the Metro interface in February, it all felt too good to be true. Smooth, fast, intuitive. I liked Windows 7 and its new features just fine, but it was just another rung on the same tired old ladder. Windows 8? Totally new.

Microsoft used to be content with functioning as the backbone of corporate America in the 90s, bringing us such wonderful abominations as Internet Explorer 6, Outlook, Windows Mobile, and, of course, Windows Vista (which was more annoying than terrible). Sure, those products had every feature under the sun, but each required a PhD to use fully.

But somewhere between the launch of the Xbox 360 and the release of Vista, Microsoft started to approach design&mdashindustrial, UI and UX&mdashwith genuine interest, instead of treating it as an obligation. The first real evidence of this shift presented itself&mdashbelieve it or not&mdashin the form of the Zune. It was better than the iPod classic. Much better. Sadly it was stuck fighting a battle that nobody at time could have won, in a product category that was already well on its way to irrelevance. But its swan song, the Zune HD, offered a glimpse of hope that Microsoft could deliver a mobile experience to rival that of Apple. And with Windows Phone 7, it did just that.

These products led to the biggest evolution inside Microsoft: creating a unified, consistent design&mdashand now, programming&mdashlanguage across all their consumer-facing products. You notice this right away with Windows Phone, Windows 8, and most recently, Xbox, each a gorgeous panoply of animated live tiles thick with information. But that DNA is also present in other products, even boring ones like Office. The beautiful tiled homescreens, the seamless, yet multi-paned, app interfaces. The little things, like transitional animations. It all adds up to something inviting. No scratch that, it's damn near seductive.

Looks aside, there's the feeling that this change is coming from a new core philosophy and not just blind trend-chasing by a pack of suits. Microsoft is embracing ideas as much as statistics. In the past, the company stuck to empirical data for its decision making. It was stubborn so as not to alienate its primary user base, and its attempts to implement new concepts resulted in ghastly creations better suited for a Mary Shelly novel.

Today, however, there's a certain nimbleness to the company. Sure, it still believes in the power of user research, but it has stopped trying to cram as many features and functions as it possibly can into every screen and menu. It has started evaluating what information is actually important, and how to make accessing that info as easy as possible. It is willing to revamp and redesign if something isn't working. The tough decision to rework the underlying code of Windows Phone&mdashmaking all existing phones unable to be updated&mdashis a shining example of the new Microsoft. Redmond's willing to implement unpopular, slightly disruptive features for a better long-term future.

Even more crucially, Microsoft has been improving on existing ideas, rather than just making competent facsimiles. SmartGlass is AirPlay without the fiercely guarded ecosystem. Windows Phone 8's Wallet looks like the precocious lovechild of Google Wallet and Apple's Passbook. The keyboard cover on Surface may have finally cracked the tablet input puzzle.

Is it possible that Microsoft hits a wall and falls just short of excellence? Absolutely. Windows Phone is still in dire need of apps, and we're still only playing with an incomplete version of Windows 8. The Metro UI will serve as the foundation of Windows in the future, but for now it's mostly just a top layer on Windows 8's more conventional underpinnings. Surface might be the most exciting new hardware of the year, but there's no way around the fact that it's two years behind the iPad. And the prominent spec schism between its two models shows that Microsoft still can't resist the allure of trying to appease every customer it possibly can. And let us not forget the Kin.

But for the first time in a long time, I at least have faith that Microsoft can get it right. That's more than I can say for most companies.

Facebook Just Stole an Apple Design Guru

One of Apple's top interface talents, frogdesign veteran and UI Design Manager Chris Weeldreyer, just jumped ship. And he's paddling straight for the muscular, Poseidon-like arms of Mark Zuckerberg. Is Facebook about to become beautiful?

9to5Mac points out Weeldreyer has some serious design clout under his well-designed belt (we're assuming it's well-designed):

He is listed as an inventor on several Apple Inc filed patents including iWeb for iPad, multi-touch and gesture related inventions, as well as a number of security related patents. His LinkedIn lists his specialties as: Industrial Design, Interaction Design, User Interface Design.


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The blockbuster deals – Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways’ US$25.2
billion order for 30 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners, 17 777-9Xs and a launch
order for 8 ultra long-haul 777-8Xs Dubai-based Emirates Airline
ordering 35 777-8Xs and 115 -9Xs in a joint deal with fellow Doha-based
Qatar Airways, which ordered 50 777-9Xs proved to be a contentious
point, as sceptics question whether the 777X’s specifications
specifically catered to these Gulf carriers’ ultra long-haul needs risk
marginalising and “emiratising” the airplane by making the rest of the
potential customers pay for “perks” they do not require.


Alongside Boeing’s big bet on an expansion of ultra long-haul flying
rests another equally, if not more, big bet on the “sweet spot” of the
large twin-aisle market shifting from the 350-seat segment that will be
contested by the Airbus A350-1000 and 777-8X, to the 400-seat segment as
air travel demand soars, spurred by economic growth in emerging
economies in Asia/Pacific despite their anaemic performance in 2013 and
the continued growth in Middle Eastern mega-hubs.


“The 777X builds on the heritage of the 777-300ER and incorporates
many advanced technologies designed for the 787 to create a new standard
for widebody airplanes. It will truly be a worthy successor to the
777-300ER. Both of these airplanes are about providing growth options
and flexibility for our customers. The 777-9X fits in the heart of where
we think the market will go,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) vice
president (VP) and general manager (GM) of airplane development Scott
Fancher commented.

Technical superiority sets new benchmark

However, there are early signs of success, as Lufthansa and Hong
Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways, both renowned for their technically
demanding requirements, topped up the Middle Eastern carriers’ orders
with deals for 34 and 21 777-9Xs, respectively, bringing the 777X
backlog to 280 orders and surpassing its arch-rival, the Airbus
A350-1000′s order backlog of 189 within months of programme launch.


The centrepiece of the revamp that drives the 400-seat 777-9X to have
a 20% lower block fuel burn per seat than the 368-seat 777-300ER and a
15% lower cash operating cost (COC) per seat, as well as a 12% per-seat
fuel burn and 10% COC per seat advantages against a 344-seat A350-1000,
is the 132-inch General Electric GE9X engine that cuts its engine
specific fuel consumption (SFC) by 10%.


The GE9X engine will sport 16 fourth-generation composite blades, 2
and 6 blades fewer than the GEnx and GE90-115B engines, respectively, in
addition to a 61:1 overall pressure ratio (OPR), 27:1 pressure ratio, a
3rd-generation twin-annual pre-mixing swirler (TAPS III) utilising
ceramic matrix composite (CMC) that requires 20% less cooling and is at
1/3 the weight, yet at double strength than conventional materials.


These combined will make the GE9X having a SFC advantage of 5% or
more against the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 onboard the Airbus A350-1000,
which only has a 52:1 overall pressure ratio (OPR) and a 118-inch engine
fan size.


This prompts Derby, United Kingdom-based engine-maker Rolls-Royce to
claim that its Trent XWB engine is the only turbofan that is “validated”
and that a bigger engine fan size creates more drag and weight, which
in turn requires more thrust and carries a fuel penalty in the end.


“The situation today is that the Trent XWB has completed its ground
tests and is well advanced in its flight testing regime on the A350 XWB.
Only two parties that have the complete data on how both the aircraft
and engine are performing – Airbus and Rolls-Royce. And while neither
party, naturally, would share all the data, there is a very clear
message coming from the test programme: The Trent XWB is the most
efficient engine flying in the world today and is on target to meet its
specifications at entry into service next year,” Rolls-Royce spokesman
Bill O’Sullivan insists.


“One key difference, of course, is that the Trent XWB is delivering
its performance now and the GE9X is aiming to achieve a performance
level at entry into service, which now appears to be stated as 2020. In
terms of measuring performance and fan size big does not always equal
best – its about delivering the optimum engine for a given application,
so the engine is right-sized for the aircraft’s specific mission
requirement. And ‘big’ comes with significant drag and weight both of
which translate into fuel burn penalties,” O’ Sullivan adds.


However, while it is true that the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB is poised to
become the most fuel-efficient turbofan when the A350-900 enters into
service in early-September 2014 (“Boeing’s widebody dominance hinges on 777X success“,
24th Oct, 13), Rolls-Royce’s claims appear somewhat vague, as a 1-inch
increase in fan size usually leads to a 0.5% reduction in specific fuel
consumption (SFC). Given the GE9X is 14 inches bigger in fan size than
the Trent XWB-97, a 5% SFC advantage makes sense even after accounting
for the drag and weight penalty.


Next, the GE9X features ceramic matrix composite (CMC) that is 20
years in development and is likely to usher in a new level of thermal
efficiency since the CMC is able to withstand an operational temperature
as high as 2,400°F (1,316°C), which is unlikely to be matched by the
Trent XWB-97 engine, although Rolls-Royce’s study
into a RB3039 engine featuring composite fan blades could theoretically
negate some of GE9X’s advantages by the end of the decade.


Most importantly, any claims saying the GE9X engine is “oversized”
overlooks the fact that the 777-9X is a considerably larger airplane
than the A350-1000 and as such, the airframe-engine combination needs to
be looked at in a proper perspective and is likely to be optimised. For
example, the 777-9X is 76.48m (250.11ft) long and its wing has a 71.1m
(233.4ft) wingspan, compared to the A350-1000′s 73.78m fuselage length
and 64.75m wingspan.


Powering a heavier airframe to achieve a considerably improved
payload/range performance with a range of 8,200nm (nautical miles) and
400 passengers in a 3-class configuration with a 105,000lbs thrust,
firstly reported by Aspire Aviation and subsequently confirmed
by General Electric (GE), also has to be taken into account, which will
carry 14.3% or 50 more passengers and significantly more revenue cargoes
than the A350-1000.

Together with the 9,300nm ultra long-haul 777-8X that is capable of
hauling 17 more tonnes of cargo when deployed on the same mission as the
344-seat A350-1000 while having a 5% lower block fuel burn per seat, or
flying sectors that its competitor cannot, it would be safe to assume
Boeing believes the 777X will be the ultra long-haul leader in the
future.


Unsurprisingly, Airbus contests these figures and points out it
estimates the 777-9X will be up to 35 tonnes heavier than the A350-1000
in terms of operating weight empty (OWE) as the A350-1000 is a
clean-sheet design and utilises a carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP)
fuselage, whereas the 777-9X is a 𔄝th derivative” bearing an aluminium
fuselage. This will make the 777-9X more than 15% less fuel efficient
per seat and the -8X more than 5% less fuel efficient per seat versus
the A350-1000.


Make no mistake, while the 777-9X will be heavier than the A350-1000
is an indisputable fact, several factors could skew these comparisons
significantly, thereby rendering them less useful, if not outright
unreliable.


First of all, Airbus and Boeing calculate manufacturers’ empty weight
(MEW) or manufacturers’ weight empty (MWE) in Airbus’ case, in an
utterly different way. Boeing’s methodology includes the weight of cabin
interior, seats and other essential items, making its figure 2-3 tonnes
higher than Airbus’ comparable figure on a 737 or A320-sized airliner,
let alone an aircraft as large as the 777-9X and A350-1000, which may
skew the figure by 7-8 tonnes. This is important as operating empty
weight (OEW) = MEW + Standard Item (SI) + Operator Item (OI), thereby
making the different method used in calculating MEW having a “knock-on”
effect on the comparison.


Furthermore, seat counts and an airline’s configuration matter as a
higher seat count typically reduces the block fuel burn per seat
measure. As if the water is not murky enough and the situation not
confusing enough, Airbus has used the 2-class configuration for the A350
against a 3-class configuration for the 777X family aircraft, which
would otherwise have accommodated significantly more passengers and
altering the picture entirely.


Aspire Aviation believes applying Airbus’ seat standards in
terms of pitch in a 3-class configuration in these comparisons most
accurately reflects the reality, which adopts a 60 inches seat pitch for
business class seats whereas Boeing assumes a 39 inches and 61 inches
seat pitch for business class and first class seats, respectively, while
both plane-makers assume a 32-inch seat pitch for economy seats. In
doing so, the seat count of the 777-9X will be lowered to around 390
seats which Aspire Aviation estimates the -9X will have a 4.7%
lower cost per seat mile at US.0648 than a 350-seat A350-1000 at
US.0619 on a 6,000nm mission, assuming a 15% and 10% fuel burn saving
for the 350-seat A350-1000 and 390-seat 777-9X in airlines’
configuration versus the 777-300ER, respectively.


The reverse holds true in terms of seat width, as Airbus launched a
futile 18-inch seat width campaign for long-haul travel that backfired
from airlines, despite the clear industry trend that the 10-abreast
configuration is becoming increasingly commonplace accounting for 69% of
all 777-300ER deliveries in 2012, up from 46% in 2011 and 15% in 2010.


“It is completely an issue for airlines. We want to be able to
address our markets in the way we are best positioned in each segment,”
Lufthansa executive vice president (EVP) Nicolas Bucholz commented.


Based on the 777-9X’s cabin width of 5.96m, the seat width in a
10-abreast configuration would be comparable to the A350-1000′s
9-abreast configuration, the former at 20 inches and the latter at 20.3
inches with two 17-inch wide aisles, including the armrest’s width.
Should two 18-inch wide aisles be used, as in an Airbus dossier, the 10-abreast 777-9X would have a 19.8 inches seat width versus the A350-1000′s 20 inches.


In addition, stage length also matters, as a shorter stage length
would favour the A350-1000′s considerably lighter airframe. Boeing
declined to reveal its underlying assumptions for its figures, although
it has traditionally used a 6,000nm mission profile with 85% annual
wind.


Will Washington’s 777X hopes take flight?

These days, however, it is not how technically superior the Boeing 777X
is that comes under media limelight, but where will Boeing place the
777X’s wing plant and final assembly line (FAL), including the
keenly-awaited vote by the 31,000 members of strong International
Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 751 on
3rd January during which absentee voting will be allowed.


At stake are 56,000 jobs tied to the Boeing 777 programme with
related economic activities totalling US$20 billion which Boeing
promises to keep the production work of the 4th-generation carbon fibre
reinforced polymer (CFRP) wing in a 1.2 million ft² factory near the
Everett final assembly line (FAL) and assemble the 777X at Everett, as
well as extending the letter of understanding (LOU) to build the 737 MAX
in Renton through 2024.


The improved Boeing proposal, or the best-and-last-final-counteroffer
which offers employees an additional US$5,000 signing bonus in addition
to the retaining of the “Zoom” wage structure which allows new hires to
reach the top of the pay-scale after 6 years, is urged by the local
leadership to be rejected by the machinists, following a 67% rejection
over the original offer on 13th November.


“Because of the massive take-aways, the union is adamantly
recommending members reject this offer,” IAM District 751 wrote on its
website. “[IAM International] ordered the vote over objections of 751’s elected officials”.


These take-aways characterised
by the union include the 1% general wage increase in 2016, 2018, 2020
and 2023 along with a suspension of pension accruement in 2016 and
replaced by a 401(k) defined contribution plan that sees 10%
contribution by Boeing in 2016 and 2017, 6% in 2018 and 4% thereafter
for existing hires whereas new hires would only receive a 4%
contribution.


“The terms of Boeing’s enhanced contract offer to the IAM on December
12 stand. If ratified by the membership, Boeing would honor that
contract,” Boeing said in a statement.


This came as the IAM local leadership alleged Boeing has withdrawn
the offer on 13th December, with IAM District 751 president Tom
Wrobleski claiming “when I said we couldn’t do that, Boeing withdrew the
offer immediately” and Boeing spokesman Doug Alder refuting that
“Boeing did not withdraw its counterproposal, nor was there any need to
do so, because the counterproposal was rejected”.


“We entered these discussions to address the concerns we were hearing
from our employees. We’ve listened to the union leadership and had an
open dialogue in hopes of moving towards each other. Unfortunately the
offer, which would have ensured this great airplane for the Puget Sound
region, was immediately rejected by the union leadership,” Boeing
Commercial Airplanes (BCA) chief executive Ray Conner expressed the
disappointment.


These heightened labour tension, including IAM District 751 president
Tom Wrobleski tearing up a copy of Boeing’s original offer and saying
“I know this is a piece of crap. I will go to see if this can be
withdrawn and not even put to a vote” does not bode well for the
Washington state, despite the union and Conner met on December 10th resulting in the union firstly proposing an offer on December 11th.


Not only did Boeing say that the composite wing will not be built in
Washington state should IAM members reject the improved counteroffer,
Boeing leans towards building the 777X in a right-to-work site at
Charleston, South Carolina in order to reap benefits from the long-term
strategic advantage that reduces the union’s sway and influence, which
has struck every 4 years or so and for 57 days in 2008 and 28 days in
2005, Aspire Aviation understands.


“They made it very clear that if there is a ‘no’ vote on the
contract, they will not build the composite wing here. It left the other
parts of the plane in question,” mayor of Kent, Washington, Suzette
Cooke, said.


Charleston, South Carolina makes sense since it matches several
criteria contained in its 11-page request for proposals (RFP) obtained
by St. Louis Dispatch with
a 10th December deadline, which entails one 4.2 million ft² factory
costing US$7 billion-10 billion to construct and the start of production
of the carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) wings and final assembly
of the 777X in 2016, or a combination of a US$2-4 billion wing factory
and a US$4-6 billion final assembly factory.

It has cheap and abundant land at virtually no cost: Boeing recently
agreed to lease 201 acres of land acquired by Palmetto Railways for US$1
a year until 2027, in addition to the 267 acres of land sold by the
Charleston County Aviation Authority along with the existing 264-acre of
land its second 787 Dreamliner final assembly line (FAL) sits. Boeing
could exercise the option to acquire the newly-leased 468-acre land as
early as 2027.


By utilising these cheap lands, Boeing could boost its return on capital with a new tax break
totalling US$250 million or more while enjoying economies of scale at
the site. The industrial footprint of Boeing South Carolina is already
very broad, with a 391,000ft² 787 aft-body fabrication and assembly
building being added, and a new 230,000ft² paint hangar
to paint South Carolina-built 787s beginning mid-2016, while 737 MAX
propulsion assembly work will begin at a 220,000ft² facility from
mid-2015 onwards. The Seattle Times even cites a document that suggests the 787-10 may be built at Charleston.


While Charleston offers the best option besides Everett and makes sense against the other sites in the 15 short-listed locations,
including Long Beach, Ca Huntsville, Alabama San Antonio, Texas
Charleston, SC Salt Lake City, in which North Carolina and Pennsylvania
were cut, Aspire Aviation
believes locating the 777X final assembly line (FAL) in Everett and
building the 4th-generation carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) wing
in Japan offers the lowest risk and lowest cost options.


In doing so, not only could Boeing minimise risks such as Boeing
South Carolina’s fabrication of the 787 Dreamliner’s Section 47/48 which
is still struggling, Aspire Aviation‘s multiple sources at
Boeing pointed out it could also blunt Airbus’ attempt to double its
market share in Japan to 25% within 7 years by outsourcing the wing work
to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) which has proposed
to use 5 roll-on roll-off ships to transport the wings to Everett. This
could help secure All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) order of 777-9X as the Star
Alliance carrier now shares a cozy tie with the Japanese government (“ANA must show ‘Inspirations of Japan’“, 20th Dec, 13).


Crucially, the principal rationale behind Aspire Aviation‘s
favouring of a split of Everett and Japan as the 777X’s locations is
driven by the 777X’s relatively tight schedule, which envisions a 2014
top-level design, a firm configuration in 2015, detailed design in 2016,
a start of production in 2017 and first flight in 2019, followed by an
entry into service (EIS) in the 2nd quarter of 2020.


While Boeing is going to carry out design works in Charleston,
Huntsville, Long Beach, Philadelphia and St. Louis as well as the Boeing
Design Centre in Moscow, choosing Charleston or hollowing out Puget
Sound’s engineering capabilities may not serve the 777X’s best interest
albeit it may give long-term strategic advantage to Boeing.


“Our goal is to leverage skills from across the Boeing enterprise. A
program of this size requires that we bring together all of the talent
that Boeing has to offer. In addition, we are leveraging lessons learned
on 787 and 747-8 to ensure continuity across the 777X program to
accomplish the key design work. The announced structure will allow for
an efficient use of resources and enable Boeing to resolve design issues
effectively the first time,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) vice
president (VP) of engineering Mike Delaney and VP and general manager
(GM) of airplane development Scott Fancher said.


It is particularly so as Boeing is adhering to an internal
“manage-to” service entry target of 6 months earlier than the public
2nd-quarter of 2020 target, Aspire Aviation can exclusively
reveal. Assuming an aggressive 9-month flight test programme, the 777-9X
will have to make a first flight in early-2019 in order to achieve the
aforementioned “manage-to” target, the same sources say.


A 6-month earlier service entry target maximises the 777X’s
advantages by leveraging the GE9X engine which would be certified in
2018 following flight testing in 2017. Final design and first engine to
test (FETT) are slated to take place in 2015 and 2016, respectively,
which are preceded by test on compressor and fan rigs in 2013,
demonstration of ceramic matrix composite (CMC) in 2014 and the first
core test in 2015. A split decision on Everett would help support this,
while providing Boeing an extension in US$8.7 billion worth of tax break
from 2024 to 2040.


“I did speak to Ray Conner and said ‘in my humble opinion, please do
not do to the 777X what you did to the 787’. In my opinion it would be
better produced in the U.S. in the areas where you have a dynastic skill
set,” Emirates Airline president Tim Clark opined.

777X gains market acceptance

Meanwhile, it is not just the 777X which is fast gaining market
acceptance, but also one of its distinguishing features – the folding
wingtip (FWT) on the 787-styled supercritical wing’s outermost 11ft
(3.35m). Boeing has shed new light on the mechanism of the folding
wingtip, which enables the 777X to be parked at International Civil
Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Code E gates by “moving the aircraft
forward towards the terminal” with “no requirement to downsize adjacent
gate”, according to a 777X airport compatibility brochure obtained by Aspire Aviation.


The folding wingtip (FWT) that improves the 777X wing’s lift-to-drag
ratio (L/D) by 12% and carries an 800kg weight penalty with no moveable
parts versus the 3,200lbs studied for the 777-200 (“Boeing 777X & 787-10 show the lure of the X factor“,
2nd Jul, 13), carries safety features such as “redundant load paths,
command paths, latch actuators” that see the FWT “isolated in flight”
and in “latched and locked” position in failure mode.


Boeing will also modify the 777X’s engine information and crew
alerting system (EICAS) as a “high integrity aircraft position system
will alert the crew to command the tip position when
approaching/departing the runway” and “take-off configuration alerting
will prevent takeoff with the tips folded”, the document states.


The system will also prohibit “inadvertent operation” and inform crew
of “uncommanded tip position” which is linked to electronic checklist
(ECL). In case the folding wingtip fails to fold after landing, which
Boeing anticipates to take place once every 10,000 landings, the 777X
could “taxi to gate via Code F route” but it will have to be towed to
gates at non-Code F airports. For a failure to extend the folding
wingtip, which takes 20 seconds to fully fold or extend, the 777X will
have to return to the gate. Despite the possibility of this occurring is
at 1 failure per 100,000 dispatches, “airlines were overwhelmingly
supportive of FWT at recent airline working group meeting”, the document
writes.


The document also reveals the folding wingtip will slash block fuel
burn by 3% compared to a Code E wing equipped with a winglet
notwithstanding being marginally less fuel efficient than a Code F wing
without the folding wingtip, as well as the “unfolded wingspan is 6.35m
(20.8ft) wider” and the “horizontal stabiliser is 2.47m (8.1ft) wider”
than the 777-300ER.


Besides the folding wingtip, the broad market appeal of the 777X with
280 orders and commitments in less than 2 months of launch seems to
have answered the scepticism if the 777X is being
“emiratised”. Following Aspire Aviation‘s report on the 777X’s
mission creep of increasing its maximum take-off weight (MTOW) to
351,534kg (775,000lbs) with 105,000lbs thrust, several news outlets have
reported similar stories, raising doubts on the need of such demanding
specifications.


Indeed, 50% of all widebody flights are within 2,500nm and 70% of
them are within 4,000nm, whereas only less than 0.4% of flights are
longer than 8,000nm. But these have ignored the fact that the quoted
ranges are at 85% annual winds and assume the airplanes carry the
corresponding number of passengers, without any revenue cargo – the
sellable remaining cargo space that airlines could utilise to generate
high-margin cargo revenues, as profit margins top 60%-70% with costs
being shared with the passenger operation.


Although this may not affect airplanes with small revenue cargo
volumes such as the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8I Intercontinental, of
which the former has a 2,995ft³ revenue cargo volume out of
a 5,875ft³ total cargo volume and the latter a 3,895ft³ revenue cargo
volume out of a total cargo volume of 6,345ft³, this will have a
disproportionately profound impact on those airplanes with a large
revenue cargo volume such as the Boeing 777-300ER which has a revenue
cargo volume of 5,200ft³ (“Airbus is still name of the game“, 30th Aug, 13), let alone the 777-9X.


With the 777-9X being 2.62m (8.6ft) longer than the -300ER, its
revenue cargo volume would be unprecedentedly large, thereby likely to
reduce its range by the scale of the 1,500nm-2,000nm reduction once the
airplane is fully loaded with passengers and revenue cargoes. This means
the 777-9X is unlikely to be capable of flying a full payload from Hong
Kong to New York John F. Kennedy (JFK), a 6,974nm route, let alone the
7,204nm Dubai-Los Angeles route, which will be within reach of the
9,300nm 777-8X with a full payload. One exception, however, would
include the lower seat counts airlines typically adopt in the -9X’s
everyday use which make such routes at a full payload feasible.


Nevertheless, Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific does not hide the lure
of the 777-9X which will offer significantly improved payload/range
capabilities at 20% lower block fuel burn and 15% lower cash operating
cost (COC) per seat than the backbone of its fleet, the 777-300ER.


“The 777-9X promises us improved payload range capability and reduced
operating costs, in addition to a significant reduction in
environmental emissions. We think it will be an ideal fit for long-haul
destinations in North America and Europe, in particular those routes
where we carry high volumes of passengers and cargo each day,” Cathay
Pacific chief executive John Slosar affirms.


If anything, Boeing seems to have struck a balance between
specifications and the requirements at the heart of its customer base.


“It was clear right from the beginning that Boeing would have to find
an acceptable solution. We feel comfortable,” Lufthansa’s outgoing
chief executive Christopher Franz reassured.


“We think it’s been built for the industry. It’ll sell like hot
cakes. Is it right for us? Hell, yes, of course it is. We felt for us it
would work – and for [Boeing’s] client base. This is going to be a
great machine and will do the job for a lot of carriers and there will
eventually be 1,000-plus orders at least, in my view,” Emirates Airline
Tim Clark told flightglobal.


Moreover, the 777-9X looks set to be a ideal solution not only as a
true 1-to-1 Boeing 747-400 replacement, but also a shift in the “sweet
spot” or the heart of the large twin-aisle market driven by the
long-term traffic growth, which is forecast to require 3,300 such
airplanes at US$1.09 trillion over the next 20 years.


“[The 777-9X will] catch the front end of the replacement wave for
the 777-300ER and 747-400″, Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) vice
president (VP) and general manager (GM) of airplane development Scott
Fancher claimed.

A large prospective buyer is International Airlines Group (IAG) whose
British Airways subsidiary is the world’s largest 747-400 operator with
57 examples still in operation and will require around 30 777-9Xs, if
not more, to replace the majority of the fleet as the airline group’s
chief executive is adamant that it will not increase the size of its
A380 fleet beyond 12 units.


Other operators include United Airlines which operates 23 examples and is actively looking
into the airplane Delta Air Lines with 16 examples Air France with 7
and mulls cancelling the last 2 A380 orders it has, as well as dozens of
early-built 777-300ERs. Air France operates 37 Boeing 777-300ERs today
and has another 4 on order whereas KLM operates 22 747-400s and 8
777-300ERs with another 2 due to be delivered in 2015.


Early 777-300ER operators whose first deliveries occurred between
2004 and 2007, include All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan Airlines (JAL)
which opted for the A350-1000, Eva Air, Emirates Airline which phases
out planes in a 12-year replacement cycle and operates 87 examples in
addition to having another 64 firm orders, Etihad Airways, Cathay
Pacific, Air Canada, Air India, Jet Airways, and Singapore Airlines
(SIA) with an eventual fleet of 27 units.


But the biggest bet of all on the 777X lies in the aforementioned
shift in the market sweet spot, with industry body International Air
Transport Association (IATA) predicting a 31% rise in the number of
passengers to 3.91 billion by 2017 at a 5.4% compounded annual growth
rate (CAGR), versus Boeing’s prediction of a 5% rate and Airbus 4.7% in
the next 20 years.


Even at Airbus’ conservative estimate of annual growth in passenger
demand, airlines could handily fill up the 400-seat 777-9X from the
777-300ER, thereby providing a modest up-gauging without suffering from
the risk of filling up a large number of seats profitably, which
Australian flag carrier Qantas has struggled to do with a 50% load
factor on its A380, according to an The Australian report.


This highlights the inherent riskiness in very large airplane (VLA)
such as the A380 and 747-8, as European Aeronautic, Defence & Space
Co. (EADS) chief executive once conceded in a Sydney luncheon that Aspire Aviation attended the
A380 needs a load factor of more than 70% to do well. While the VLAs
offer lower unit cost, or cost per available seat kilometre (CASK), the
A380 has a high break-even load factor (BELF = CASK/yield) as airlines
struggling to fill their seats have no choice but to discount heavily,
thereby dragging down yields, measured by revenue per revenue passenger
kilometre (RPK).


Another significant drawback of VLAs is the compromise in flight
frequency, as high-yield last-minute business travellers favour flights
with closer departure time. A lack of more frequencies may risk losing
these price-inelastic passengers to competing carriers and creating a
“spill-over” demand. Qantas, for example, cut its frequency from
twice-daily to daily once it flies the A380 on the Hong Kong-Sydney
route.


A case in point sees Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific flying 5 times
daily to London Heathrow, with 2 pairs of flights – CX255 and
CX251 departing within 1 hour of each other whereas another pair, CX239
and CX237, departing within 20 minutes of each other, yet is still
enjoying a 95% load factor. With the 777-9X, the oneworld carrier could
seek for growth without cannibalising yields by adding excess capacity
and without the need to operate VLAs, which is a very costly exercise.


Simply put, “owning the sky” unprofitably is meaningless, an irony to
Airbus’ advertising campaign on the A380 superjumbo that has faced a
dearth of orders before Emirates placing 50 additional orders,
accounting for 43% of the A380′s backlog of 329 orders, assuming Doric
Air Lease firmed up its orders for 20 examples before year-end. Orders
from other customers appear shaky, including Hong Kong Airlines for 10,
Qantas’ remaining order for 8, Virgin 6, Skymark Airlines 6 that is
struggling to finance the superjumbo, along with Kingfisher Airlines’ order for 5 which has ceased operations.


Boeing is not immune to the numbered days of quad-jets, with 4 -8F
orders from Cathay Pacific, 2 -8Fs from Silk Way Airlines, 5 -8I
Intercontinental orders in 2013 being offset by 5 cancellations, despite
a 3.5% improvement in block fuel burn, a 2% reduction in operating cost
and a 7,200lbs weight being saved from its operating empty weight (OEW)
that Boeing implemented, thus leaving a backlog of just 55 orders. In
response, Boeing has cut the 747-8′s production rate twice in 2013 from 2
airplanes per month to 1.75 units in April and then from 1.75 airplanes to 1.5 units in October.


Last but not least, although the 777-8X has a much lower profile than
its larger sibling, it has the potential to become a “dark horse” in
combining flexibility with ultra long-haul travel capabilities by
carrying a decent load of revenue cargo and passengers on sectors that
are previously unfeasible, such as the 8,773nm, 8,854nm and 9,094nm long
routes from Sydney to Rome, Frankfurt and Paris, respectively, in
addition to the 8,600nm long Sydney-New York John F. Kennedy route and
the 8,237nm long Singapore-Newark route.


As Boeing touts its 777X, “it’s the future of flight unfolding”.
Interesting times, indeed, on the big bets Boeing placed on the 777X,
including the -8X whose business case remains to be proven, as the
battle in becoming the ultra long-haul leader “unfolds”.


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BEIJING —
Emergency teams expanded their search early Sunday for a Malaysia
Airlines flight that is presumed to have crashed in the Gulf of Thailand
off Vietnam with 239 people aboard, including four that the Malaysian
government said may have boarded with false documents, according to
reports.


In a search operation involving at least a half-dozen nations
that’s now lasted for more than a day, authorities have turned up no
clear signs of wreckage, but Malaysia Airlines said it was “fearing the
worst.”

Details about the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777

A search is launched after contact lost with Malaysia Airlines plane en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Saturday European officials indicated two
of the people on board were using passports that had been stolen in
Thailand. On Sunday Malaysia’s transport minister, Hishammuddin Hussein,
said Malaysian intelligence officials were also checking the identities
of two other passengers, according to The Associated Press.

“All
the four names are with me and have been given to our intelligence
agencies,” Hishammuddin said, according to The AP. “We do not want to
target only the four we are investigating the whole passenger manifest.
We are looking at all possibilities.”

The mystery deepened on
Sunday as Malaysia said the flight might have turned back from its
scheduled route to Beijing before disappearing.

“What we have done
is actually look into the recording on the radar that we have and we
realized there is a possibility the aircraft did make a turnback,”
Rodzali Daud, the Royal Malaysian Air Force chief, told reporters at a
news conference, according to the Reuters news agency.

Malaysia
said it had now expanded its search to the country’s western coast, the
opposite side of the peninsular from the plane’s last sighting.

The
Vietnamese government said in a statement that two oil slicks spotted
off the southern tip of the country were between six and nine miles long
and were consistent with what would be left by fuel from a crashed jet,
according to the Associated Press.

The National Transportation
Safety Board said Saturday night in Washington that a team of
investigators was en route from the United States to Asia to assist with
the investigation.

As the search resumed Sunday, the airline
posted a notice saying that it was “still unable to detect the
whereabouts of the missing aircraft,” a Boeing 777-200.

The
airline said it would establish a command center either in Kota Bharu,
Malaysia, or Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as soon as the location of the
aircraft is established. A 94-person caregiver team was providing
emotional support for families, the airline said, and an additional team
was on the way to Beijing.

There was no distress signal from the
plane’s pilots, and crashes usually happen during takeoff or landing.
That heightened concerns about reports that passengers listed in the
airline’s manifest were not on the flight. There were no immediate
reports on whether the suspect passengers were seated with one another.

The
men, one from Italy and the other from Austria, had reported to
authorities that their passports had been stolen in Thailand.

“We are aware of the stolen passport issue and are carrying out an investigation,” Azharuddin told reporters.

Asked
earlier whether terrorism was suspected in the plane’s disappearance,
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said authorities were “looking at
all possibilities, but it is too early to make any conclusive remarks.”

U.S.
officials said Sunday that the cause of the crash remained unclear but
that intelligence agencies were examining the possibility of a
connection to terrorism.

There were no reports of bad weather in the area.

The plane carried passengers from 14 countries, including three Americans, according to the manifest posted on the airline’s Web site. They were identified as Philip Wood, 51, an IBM employee working in Malaysia Nicole Meng, 4 and Yan Zhang, 2.

In
a brief interview, Wood’s mother, Sondra Wood of Keller, Tex., said she
had received a call from the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia. Her son had just
been in Texas visiting her and her husband, she said, and she knew he
would be on the Malaysia Airlines flight.

“He was a wonderful
person and very intelligent,” she said. “I could talk forever about him.
He’s my son, and any mother would be proud of their son.”

Aside
from his work at IBM, Sondra Wood said, her son loved building
furniture. “He was very artistic,” she said. Philip Wood has two sons,
ages 20 and 24, his mother said.

Austin-based Freescale
Semiconductor confirmed Saturday that 20 of its employees were aboard
the plane. Twelve are from Malaysia and eight are from China, the firm’s
president and chief executive, Gregg Lowe, said in a statement.

“At
present, we are solely focused on our employees and their families,”
Lowe said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this
tragic event.”

Vessels and planes from Southeast Asia have been
scouring the waters in the part of the ocean where the oil slicks were
spotted, and Razak said “the search-and-rescue operations will continue
as long as necessary.”

The Philippines and Singapore sent planes
to help in the search, while vessels were dispatched from the
Philippines and China, news agencies reported. Vietnamese fishermen were
also put on alert.

U.S. 7th Fleet officials said in a statement
that the USS Pinckney, a guided-missile destroyer, and a P-3C Orion
aircraft were being sent to help in the search.

Meanwhile, there
were questions about the identities of two passengers after evidence
emerged that they could have been traveling with stolen passports.

Italian
news media had initially listed Luigi Maraldi, 37, among the
passengers, but he reportedly phoned his parents Saturday to say he was
safe in Thailand. His passport had been stolen there last year, the
reports said, and he had been issued new documents.

“One
hypothesis, therefore, is that he was listed because someone boarded the
plane using his stolen passport,” the Corriere della Serra newspaper
reported.

Similarly, Austrian news media reported that an Austrian
citizen had been listed as among the passengers but had been found
safe. His passport was stolen in Thailand two years ago, the Austrian
Foreign Ministry said.

Flight MH370 lost contact with Malaysian
air traffic control at 1:20 a.m. Saturday (12:20 p.m. EST Friday), less
than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur and as it was completing
its ascent. It vanished on the border of the territorial waters of
Malaysia and Vietnam, where the Gulf of Thailand meets the South China
Sea. It had been due to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m. Saturday (5:30 p.m.
EST Friday).

In Beijing, relatives and friends of those on board
were taken by minibus from the airport to a hotel in the city to wait
for news. Grief was mixed with anger at the lack of information, with
Malaysia Airlines insisting it was still investigating the incident.
Earlier, it had cited speculation that the plane might have landed in
Vietnam, but that was later denied.

The airline said it had sent a
team from Malaysia to the hotel in Beijing to look after the relatives.
It said it would pay for immediate family members of passengers to
gather at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The plane’s sudden disappearance without a call for help brought back memories of an Air France flight that disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1, 2009.

While
some wreckage and bodies were found in subsequent weeks, it took nearly
two years for the main wreckage and the plane’s flight recorders to be
recovered. The final report said that pilot errors in responding to
technical problems led to the crash.

“We are doing everything in
our power to locate the plane. We are doing everything we can to ensure
every possible angle has been addressed,” Malaysian Transport Minister
Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters near the Kuala Lumpur airport,
according to Reuters. “We are looking for accurate information from the
Malaysian military. They are waiting for information from the Vietnamese
side.”

The South China Sea is a tense region of competing territorial claims
among a number of countries, but the plane disappeared well away from
the disputed waters, and countries in the region appeared to put aside
their differences in their search for the plane.

“In times of
emergencies like this, we have to show unity of efforts that transcends
boundaries and issues,” said Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda, commander of the
Philippine military’s Western Command, according to the Associated
Press.


Barnes reported from Washington. Harlan reported from Seoul. Liu
Liu, Gu Jinglu and Xu Jing in Beijing and Karen DeYoung and Ian R.
Shapira in Washington contributed to this report.



MRM Research Roundup: End-of-November 2018 Edition

This time, we feature factors shaping the restaurant of the future, feelings about payment processing, holiday party feedback, top nightlife influencers, 2019 trends, 3ES and most popular songs at Waffle House.

Spontaneity, Robots and Veganism

Twenty percent of millennials go out less to restaurants now due to food delivery, shifting £1bn a year to delivery services

Over half of millennials (52 percent) would dine in a restaurant where aspects of service are automated

Millennials predict vegan restaurants will be in the most demand in the next two years

Results from a new survey, sponsored by Planday, the workforce collaboration software company, reveal three key drivers that millennials indicate will shape the restaurant sector of tomorrow.

Driver 1: Millennials are more spontaneous and are shifting around £1 billion in spend a year to delivery services

Restaurants face increasing challenges in forecasting demand and must rethink how they structure service, as home delivery orders become more popular and very low numbers of people make advanced reservations for in-restaurant dining.

A fifth of millennials (20 percent compared to 9 percent Gen X) say they go out less to restaurants now because they are getting more food delivered that they would previously have gone out to eat. This represents a shift worth around £1 billion a year towards food delivery and away from in-restaurant dining

Only 9 percent of millennials now say they are likely to make restaurant bookings and are willing to spend on average 14 percent less than Gen X on a meal

Driver 2: Millennials embrace robots and automation

Majority of UK millennials say they are ready for some restaurant services to be delivered by robots, allowing staff to focus on important 'human' interactions.

52 percent of millennials indicate they would dine in a restaurant where ordering and payments are fully automated, compared to only 39 percent of Gen X diners

Over two thirds of millennials (71 percent) say they wouldn't be against their food being delivered by a robot

However, millennials still crave human interaction in their dining experiences as over half (51 percent) would still like to give a compliment or complaint to a person rather than a machine

Driver 3: Consumers turn away from fast food and expect more sustainable, healthy options:

Consumer tastes are changing as millennials see a future where plant-based, environmentally friendly approach will win out over traditionally unhealthy fast foods.

For millennials the future is vegan – nearly half of all millennials (49 percent) predict vegan restaurants will be the most in demand in the next two years

In fact, 75 percent of millennials thought at least one of the following types of restaurants would be most in demand: vegan, vegetarian or those with good environmental credentials. In comparison only 25 percent of millennials thought fast food restaurants will be in the most demand over the next two years

Nearly half (47 percent) of all respondents placed reduced food waste as their top sustainable priority. Only 11 percent of consumers indicated that sustainability didn't matter to them

John Coldicutt, Chief Commercial Officer for Planday commented: "The UK restaurant sector has seen multiple high-profile closures in the last 12 months, as well-established chains struggle to correctly predict and match market demand. This survey gives us insight into the complex and changing consumer expectations, from younger to older diners, contributing to this challenging environment. We know from our own customer base that things are only likely to get less predictable as just under two thirds (63 percent) of our customers who are restaurant managers expect the percentage of food orders from online delivery services to increase over the next year. In order to stay competitive and profitable, restaurants need to listen to changing consumer preferences and use the available technologies to cater to an increasingly unpredictable environment."

Vegan restaurant entrepreneur Loui Blake commented: "The results of this survey absolutely reflect what we are starting to see and are responding to with our two vegan restaurants, Erpingham House in Norfolk and soon to open Kalifornia Kitchen in London. For us it is about listening to what the customer wants and delivering the highest quality food and service we can. We are thoroughly embracing the popularity of delivery services like Deliveroo, adjusting our menu slightly to ensure that we offer a menu where the food will travel well and not offering deliveries when it will put too much pressure on the restaurant to service in-house and external orders. We also know how important sustainability is to our customers and how crucial it is that we clearly communicate all the steps we take, from using Vegware plastics to carbon offsetting schemes, to reassure our customers that both we, and they, are dining without costing the earth."

The survey was conducted online across 2008 respondents in October 2018 by YouGov. Half of the sample are respondents classified as "millennials", aged (20-35), and "Generation X", aged (36-51). The survey was weighted to ensure a nationally representative sample of the respondents.

Payment Processing Survey

TSYS recently conducted a study to understand how consumers feel about the payment technologies they encounter at restaurants. Of particular interest is a finding that one in five consumers have had a slow payment process incident ruin a dining experience. In fact, this is the most common payment experience to ruin a dining occasion.

  • If a data breach occurred with a restaurant, 34 percent said they would not return (but 40 percent said they would)
  • Mobile ordering is among the top conveniences that consumers desire a combined 70 percent rank it first or second (that ties with the drive thru)
  • Overall, 31 percent of consumers said a payment incident has ruined a dining experience (e.g., slow, lack of security, don&rsquot accept payment method, etc.)
  • Most consumers would prefer to pay at the table (48 percent) &ndash especially millennials (72 percent)
  • A restaurant&rsquos payment technology is considered very or somewhat important by 58 percent of diners (69 percent of millennials)
  • One third (32 percent) say they would reconsider dining at an establishment based on the payment technology they use

Holiday Party Feedback

To kick off the holiday season, Tripleseat conducted a survey in an effort to learn more about company holiday parties from employees and event planners, collecting over 1,100 responses.

Some of the key findings within the 2018 Holiday Party Feedback Survey included:

  • 66 percent of employees attend their company holiday party, if offered
  • 30 percent are held at restaurants, with the office being a close second
  • 36 percent of parties consist of snacks and beverages, while 3.5 percent of companies just drink
  • Less than 10 percent of all holiday parties are hosted at a bar, while 13 percent are held at unique venues
  • Nearly 30 percent of company parties do not occur in December
  • Ugly Sweater is still a common theme among companies, nearly 20 percent
  • 57 percent of employees have seen their colleagues intoxicated
  • A third of company holiday parties are held at restaurants, with the office is a close second

Nightlife and Dining Power List

Observer released its inaugural Nightlife and Dining Power List, a comprehensive look at the most influential players in America's nightlife and dining industry. The list offers a definitive survey of the restaurateurs, chefs and group owners making the biggest impact on the food and beverage business in 2018, from the investors and decision-makers behind the scenes to the game changers in dining tech and operations who are driving innovation and clearing the path for what's next.

"The Nightlife and Dining Power List provides our audience of urban professionals a truly robust resource to find information about the people changing the restaurant and nightlife worlds," said Observer Media President James Karklins. "Plenty of food-world stories exist in other publications, but the Observer will differentiate itself by not just focusing on chefs, but the power and money behind them. These powerful players are reinventing the traditional dining experience and forcing change on how the industry operates."

The Most Powerful People on Observer's 2018 Nightlife and Dining Power list:

Executive Chef and Founder, Think Food
Group

Executive Chef, Blue Hill and Blue Hill at
Stone Barns

Co-Founders, Boka Restaurant Group

Writer and Television Personality

Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff
Zalaznick

Founders, Major Food Group

Founder, Momofuku and Majordomo Media

Co-owner, Founder and Chef, Kogi BBQ,
Chego, A-Frame, Commissary, POT and LocoL

Chef and Proprietor, Ashley Christensen
Restaurants

Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook

Chef and Founder, Tom Douglas Seattle
Kitchen

Benjamin and Max Goldberg

Co-Founders, Strategic Hospitality

Founder, Groot Hospitality

Founding Partner, The Bon Vivants

Co-Founder and Spokesperson, The Giving Kitchen

Founder and CEO, Patachou, Inc.

Daniel Humm and Will Guidara

Founders, Make It Nice Hospitality

CEO, Co-founder and Executive Chef, Chai
Pani Restaurant Group

Founder, Thomas Keller Restaurants

Executive Chef and CEO, Link Restaurant
Group

Chef-Owner, The Barbara Lynch Collective

Founder and CEO, Union Square
Hospitality Group

Amy Morris and Anna Polonsky

Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi

The New York Times Restaurant Critics

CEO, James Beard Foundation

Leon's Oyster Shop, Little Jack's Tavern
and Melfi's

Founder, Audio Culture LLC

Executive Director, Tales of the Cocktail

Cook 'N Solo Restaurant Partners

Founder and CEO, Starr Restaurants

Chef and co-owner, Lola Bistro, Angeline,
B Spot Burgers, Mabel's BBQ, Roast, Bar
Symon

Co-Founder, Strategic Hospitality Group
and TAO Group

Do The Right Thing

afandco. debuted this year&rsquos trends report. Do the Right Thing: Stand for What You Believe In is a preview of the hottest trends and predictions that will shape the hospitality industry in 2019. This comprehensive annual report identifies key influences in restaurants, hotels, hospitality marketing, food, and beverage.

Now in its eleventh edition, afandco.&rsquos trends report has become an industry standard in anticipating market demand and consumer feedback. Compiled from extensive year-long research, the report is intended to serve as a guide to help operators prepare for the coming year.

The theme of the 2019 trends report is Do the Right Thing because restaurants and hotels have been heavily affected by the tumultuous state of the world, and it&rsquos driving the hospitality industry, like many industries, to reflect on its actions, step up, and do the right thing. From focusing on health and sustainability to embracing global cultures and supporting meaningful causes and partners, there's a renewed energy and deeper sense of caring to do the right thing for yourself, others, and the world at large.

&ldquoThe hospitality industry is leading the charge in creating the world we want to live in. Restaurants and hotels are gathering places for people to connect, creating the perfect grounds for people to come together, get personal, and embrace forward-thinking ideas,&rdquo says Andrew Freeman, founder of afandco. &ldquoThe industry is speaking up about equal rights, food waste, health and wellness, and much more. There&rsquos a lot to be hopeful about in 2019. It has been incredible to see the hospitality industry step up and do the right thing.&rdquo

In addition to delving to this year&rsquos theme, the report highlights the hottest food trends, cuisines, food cities and more.

Do the Right Thing!
Whether it&rsquos fighting for gender equality in the kitchen, representing immigrants, or embracing sustainability, restaurants are helping to create the accepting world we want to live in and are raising money for deserving groups through creative marketing initiatives.
Examples:
-Cocktail for a Cause at Curio (SF), which currently supports the Calfund Wildfire Relief Fund by donating $1 from the sale of every Sphinx cocktail to help support intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, such as the Camp Fire, as well as preparedness efforts
-&ldquoBake the World a Better Place&rdquo bake sale at Bluestem Brasserie (SF) benefitting CUESA and The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market's Foodwise Kids, a free program for elementary school classes that uses the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market as a classroom for empowering the next generation of healthy eaters
-Jose Andre&rsquos nonprofit World Central Kitchen

Meat the Future: Cell-based Meat and Vegan &ldquoMeat&rdquo
Plant-based &ldquomeat,&rdquo including the Impossible Burger, is showing up on menus throughout the country. And this trend isn&rsquot slowing down &ndash we&rsquore expecting to see vegan seafood on menus in the near future.
Examples:
-Restaurants are using the Impossible meat in creative ways, such as the meatballs at barbacco eno trattoria (SF)
-Vegan seafood from Good Catch (National)
-Impossible Burger at Gott&rsquos Roadside (Multiple Locations)

Globally-Inspired Breakfast
Get ready for breakfast around the world without leaving your town. Globally-inspired breakfast and brunch menus have taken off, including the modern Indian brunch at ROOH, Israeli breakfast at Oren&rsquos Hummus, and Japanese breakfast at Cassava.
Examples:
-Israeli breakfast at Oren&rsquos Hummus (SF)
-Japanese breakfast at Okonomi (Brooklyn, NY)
-Italian breakfast at Poggio (Sausalito, CA)
-Mexican breakfast at Fonda (NYC)

Dessert of the Year: Doughnuts
Savor these treats&hellip literally. Artisanal doughnut shops are popping up throughout the country and unexpected savory flavors and fillings are showing up in traditionally sweet places.
Examples:
-Chicken liver doughnut with black honey glaze at Grand Cafe (Minneapolis, MN)
-Everything spice doughnut at Doughnut Project (NYC)
-Passionfruit cocoa nib donut at Blue Star (Portland, OR)
-Potato doughnut tikki with spinach pakoda, yogurt mousse, and raspberry at ROOH (SF)

Dish of the Year: Khachapuri
Georgian cuisine is having a moment, and leading the way is the photogenic, Instagram favorite dish Khachapuri. Featuring a cheese-filled bread boat topped with a runny egg, the egg and cheese are mixed together tableside. To enjoy, guests tear off pieces of the crust to dip in the cheesy middle. Bread&hellip runny eggs&hellip cheese&hellip what&rsquos not to like?
Examples:
-Supra (DC)
-Cheeseboat (Brooklyn)
-Barbounia (NYC)

Time for Tea
Tea is a huge trend for 2019&hellip but not but your traditional tea! We&rsquore anticipating a rise in moringa tea (a popular superfood), cheese tea (yes, cheese), and mushroom tea. Guests are expecting more from tea programs, prompting the rise of tea sommeliers and elaborate tea programs.
Examples:
-ROOH (SF) features an elaborate tea menu and tea sommelier
-Mushroom tea from Four Sigmatic
-Cheese tea at Little Fluffy Head Cafe (LA)
-Sparkling matcha tea at Stonemill Matcha (SF)

Robotic Restaurant Revolution
Stay on the lookout for food-making robots! Silicon Valley-based food robotics company Chowbotics is rolling out Sally the Robot at airports, convenience stores, offices and more &ndash serving up vibrant, forward-thinking meals via touchscreen interface 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Popular robotic restaurants including Creator and Spyce are further proof that robots are here to stay.
Examples:
-Sally the Robot from Chowbotics
-Creator (SF)
-Spyce (Boston)

Waste Not, Want Not
The hospitality industry is increasingly passionate about reducing food waste and finding ways to increase their sustainable operations. Today&rsquos diners care that operators don&rsquot waste ingredients, they want to know how and where products are grown (locally, ideally!)
Examples:
-Amazing Pasta Straws, a company that creates sustainable straws out of (you guessed it!) pasta
-James Beard Foundation&rsquos &ldquoWaste Not&rdquo food waste initiative
-Austin (TX) food waste ordinance preventing restaurants from disposing of food waste in landfills

Digital Detox: Going off the [Hotel] Grid
Hotels are offering digital detox packages, allowing guests to lock up their phones (literally) in exchange for discounts. Everyone wins – hotels benefit (guests often use more amenities when they aren&rsquot on their phones) and guests revel in the relaxing experience.
Examples:
-The Mandarin Oriental Hotel (NYC) offers a digital wellness package that includes spa therapies to target back and neck strain from device use
-The James Hotel (NYC) offers a portable safe to lock up your digital devices, with the combination and timer set by the front desk team. Guests that participate receive 10 percent off their room rate
-Hotel chains including the Wyndham Grand have begun offering promotions to guests willing to give up their devices during their stay

Seed to Table
So long, farm to table. Seed to table is the new trend! What does it mean? Chefs are working directly with farmers to grow vegetables that put flavor (not yield, shelf life, or uniformity) first. Leading the charge is Row 7 Seed Company, launched by Chef Dan Barber and his seed-breeder partners. By working together in the field and kitchen, they test, taste and market delicious new plant varieties to make an impact in the soil and at the table.
Examples:
-Row 7 Seed Company
-SPQR (SF) works closely with a local farmers to cultivate uncommon items

Third-Party E-Sourcing Impact

The percentage of street operators purchasing goods online has dramatically increased since 2014, with over 40 percent saying they use third-party e-sourcing (3ES) at least once a month. According to Technomic's 2018 E-Sourcing Impact Study, supplies, disposables, specialty foods and shelf-stable foods represent much of what is purchased.

"Our research suggests that street restaurant operators are bullish on the future of third-party e-sourcing," said Joe Pawlak, managing principal. "Today, operators are most inclined to purchase products in the nonfoods and shelf-stable space but are reluctant to source frozen and perishables from 3ES. However, they can envision a giant like Amazon developing a solution to make operators comfortable purchasing these products online."

Key takeaways from the report include:

  • Unless 3ES can compete beyond price and many of the unique benefits that distributors provide, they will never become the primary source for operators
  • As a result of new purchasing expectations from the younger tech-savvy generation, distributors are evolving and investing in developing user-friendly online ordering platforms and apps to mirror Amazon's interface
  • Some distributors report that operators are using 3ES for price checking, sometimes finding lower prices on Amazon and trying to negotiate price on this basis

Compiling findings from interviews with restaurant operators, noncommercial establishments and broadline distributors, the 2018 E-Sourcing Impact Study serves as a guide for foodservice professionals to uncover the evolution of operator purchasing behavior as well as the opportunities and threats these channels pose to the foodservice market.

Number One Restaurant in the World

Le Bernardin was named the number one restaurant in the world by La Liste, the global restaurant guide and ranking system of the world's top 1,000 restaurants. Joined in a tie with Guy Savoy, Le Bernardin was previously ranked the number one restaurant in the United States and number two in the world. Le Bernardin is one of only three New York City restaurants within the top 10 restaurants in the world and one of only nine United States-based restaurants in the top 100, in addition to its new number one ranking.

Of the win, chef and co-owner Eric Ripert said, "We are delighted to be recognized by La Liste. It's a great motivation for the team, who work so hard throughout the year to deliver a special experience to our guests time and time again."

La Liste debuted in 2015, providing an objective and democratic ranking of the world's most outstanding restaurants powered by a proprietary algorithm that gathers information from over 600 leading food guides, user-generated review sites and global publications such as The New York Times, Michelin Guide, TripAdvisor and more. Commentary directly from restaurant guests is also weighed within the algorithm. Based in Paris, La Liste reviews nearly 16,000 restaurants, with the resulting restaurants located in 180+ countries, on five continents.

Le Bernardin was also awarded three stars from the 2019 Michelin Guide this year for the 14th consecutive year and has continued to maintain a four-star rating from The New York Times, receiving four stars in each of its five reviews since its opening. Le Bernardin is also ranked number 26 on the annual World's 50 Best Restaurants list.

UItimate Pizza Road Trip

RAVE Reviews published a list of "The Ultimate Pizza Road Trip Across America," available here.

"Just about everyone loves Pizza, so it only made sense for us to make it easier to hit all the best spots in the U.S. Our hope is that people share their Pizza Road Trip experience with others. It isn't just about the Pizza, but also the journey to get there," said Hillary Miller, Managing Editor for RAVE Reviews.

The methodology for the ranking was based on an analysis of three main taste factors Dough, Sauce, and Crust. These factors were then combined with a detailed analysis of online reviews and comments.

The full list of featured Pizza companies includes:

  • 1880 Pizza Napoletana | Kansas City, KS
  • A16 | San Francisco, CA
  • Al Forno | Providence, RI
  • All Souls Pizza | Asheville, NC
  • Ambrogio 15 | San Diego, CA
  • Apizza Scholls | Portland, OR
  • Bacio Pizzeria | Washington D.C.
  • Bar Cotto | Seattle, WA
  • Bazbeaux's Pizza | Indianapolis, IN
  • Buddy's Pizza | Detroit, MI
  • Crust | Cleveland, OH
  • D'Allesandro's Pizza | Charleston, SC
  • Di Fara | Brooklyn, NY
  • Driftwood Oven | Pittsburgh, PA
  • Five Points Pizza | Nashville, TN
  • Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana | New Haven, CT
  • Grimaldi's | Brooklyn, NY
  • Gusto Pizza Co. | Des Moines, IA
  • Home Slice Pizza | Austin, TX
  • Impellizzeri's Pizza | Louisville, KY
  • Isabella's Brick Oven Pizza and Panini | Baltimore, MD
  • La Nova | Buffalo, NY
  • Lou Malnati's Pizzeria | Chicago, IL
  • Luna Pizzeria | Houston, TX
  • Melo's Pizzeria | St. Louis, MO
  • Mikey's Late Night Slice | Columbus, OH
  • Nuch's Pizzeria | Salt Lake City, UT
  • O4W Pizza | Atlanta, GA
  • Orsi's Italian Bakery and Pizzeria | Omaha, NE
  • Pequod's Pizza | Chicago, IL
  • Pizzeria Bianco | Phoenix, AZ
  • Pizzeria Lola | Minneapolis, MN
  • Pizzeria Mozza | Los Angeles, CA
  • Regina Pizzeria | Boston, MA
  • Rubino's Pizza | Columbus, OH
  • Sally's Apizza | New Haven, CT
  • Santarpio's Pizza | Boston, MA
  • Secret Pizza at Cosmopolitan | Las Vegas, NV
  • Serious Pie | Seattle, WA
  • Steve's Pizza | Miami, FL
  • Tacconelli's Pizzeria | Philadelphia, PA
  • Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano | Brooklyn, NY
  • Tony's Pizza Napoletana | San Francisco, CA
  • Transfer Pizzeria and Cafe | Milwaukee, WI
  • TriBecca Allie Café | Sardis, MS
  • Varasano's Pizzeria | Atlanta, GA
  • Via 313 | Austin, TX
  • Wiseguy Pizza | Washington D.C.
  • Wood Stone Craft Pizza and Bar | Fayetteville, AR

Most Popular Meal Preps

Imgur released a data study on the most popular meal prep subscription box in every state. It illustrates how each state's taste differs, and could even inform restauranteurs about their audience's preferences.

The study used Google search interest data for each state to determine which meal prep box was most popular. The top five overall, when looking at count of states, are Plated (13 states), Home Chef (9), Dinnerly (7), and Hello Fresh (5), and Foodstirs (4). It was put together by the team at Empire Today.

Global Bakery Market

Reforms in lifestyle preferences, changes in dietary habits, and high demand for low trans-fat and gluten-free products would drive the growth of the global bakery ingredients market.

Allied Market Research published a report, titled, Bakery Ingredients Market by Type (Enzymes, Starch, Fiber, Colors, Flavors, Emulsifiers, Antimicrobials, Fats, Dry baking mix, and Others) and Application (Bread, Cookies and Biscuits, Rolls and Pies, Cakes and Pastries, and Others): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2018-2025. The report provides detailed analyses of the top winning strategies, growth factors and opportunities, market size and forecast, major market segments, and competitive landscape. As per the report, the global bakery ingredients market generated $12.59 billion in 2017, and is expected to reach at $18.60 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 5.0 percent from 2018 to 2025.

Changes in lifestyle preferences and dietary habits coupled with growing demand for low trans-fat and gluten-free products drive the growth of the market. However, increased consumption of cereals as a replacement for bakery products along with stringent regulations and implementation of international quality standards hinders the market growth. On the other hand, rise in demand for frozen bakery foods and increase in RandD activities to reduce production costs and improve shelf life of edibles would offer new opportunities to the market.

Dry baking mix segment contributed nearly one-fourth share of the total revenue in 2017 and is expected to maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period. This is due to its increasing usage in preparation of baked food products including cakes, waffles, muffins, biscuits, breads, and pizza dough. However, enzymes segment would register the highest CAGR of 8.5 percent from 2018 to 2025, owing to rise in demand for chemical-free natural products among consumers. The report also analyzes starch, colors, fiber, emulsifiers, flavors, antimicrobials, fats, and others.

Bread segment accounted for more than two-thirds share of the total market revenue in 2017 and is projected to maintain its lead position by 2025. This is due to bread being a staple food in developed countries and increase in consumption of low sugar and low carbohydrates bakery products. However, rolls and pies segment would register the fastest CAGR of 6.1 percent from 2018 to 2025, owing to hectic lifestyle and preference for ready-to-eat foods. The report also analyzes cookies and biscuits, cakes and pastries, and others.

Europe contributed more than one-third share of the total revenue in 2017, owing to busy lifestyle of people in the region, high product diversification, and development of new packaging materials. However, Asia-Pacific region would grow at the fastest CAGR of 6.0 percent from 2018 to 2025, owing to increase in demand for processed bakery products, rise in consumer awareness toward healthy ingredients and clean label products, and surge in disposable income.

The key market players analyzed in the report are Archer Daniels Midland Company, Bakels Group, Associated British Foods Plc., Dawn Food Products Inc., Cargill Incorporated, Ingredion Incorporated, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Koninklijke DSM N.V., Kerry Group, PLC, and Lallemand Inc. These market players have adopted different strategies including collaborations, joint ventures, partnerships, expansions, mergers and acquisitions, and others to gain a strong position in the industry.

Animal Welfare Impact

With Thanksgiving behind us, Americans are thinking about their upcoming holiday meals, many of which will involve ham, beef, chicken, turkey (again) and other meats. We asked people their opinions on quality, price and animal rights and according to YouGov Omnibus here is what they had to say:

  • 46 percent say that they care about price vs. quality equally (as a group), but ages
  • 55 percent of baby boomers stated this was important vs. 37 percent of millennials
  • 77 percent say that they care about animal rights
  • Women (84 percent) are more likely than men (69 percent) to say they &ldquocare a lot&rdquo or &ldquocare somewhat&rdquo

Furthermore, attitudes about animal welfare may influence purchasing decisions. More than six in ten (63 percent) Americans say that if they found out a company had a bad reputation for animal welfare, it would make them less likely to buy meat

Meal Kit Trends

When meal kit delivery services first emerged in Sweden back in 2007, the premise seemed simple enough: offer busy customers the chance to save a lot of time, have access to a wide variety of food choices, eat healthily, improve their cooking skills, and limit the amount of food waste. In the decade since, meal kits have largely delivered on their profitable potential as companies emerged to bring easy to prepare meals to doorsteps around the world, including expansion into several more European nations (Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the United Kingdom) and at least three more continents (Asia, Australia, and North America).

Shortly after reaching America more than five years ago, market research firm Packaged Facts estimated meal kits had become a fast growing billion-dollar business in the U.S. Since then, time has tempered both growth and expectations for meal kits though the future remains promising. Meal Kits: Trend and Opportunities in the U.S., 3rd Edition, a new report by Packaged Facts, forecasts the industry will continue to expand and grow healthily through 2023&mdashalbeit at rates more modest than previously anticipated.

Packaged Facts estimates the U.S. meal kit market had sales of $2.6 billion in 2017 and will grow almost 22 percent by the end of 2018 to reach $3.1 billion. Growth is forecast to steadily decline from double-digit gains over the next few years to single-digit gains by 2023.

Packaged Facts anticipates that the market for subscription meal kit delivery services will mature rapidly as other methods of meal kit sales become available and even preferred, such as one-time online orders from a meal kit website or app, online orders from a grocery store website or app, and in-store sales. As a result, future growth in the market will require industry leaders to continue pivoting and adjusting their business models to retain current customers and reach new clientele. Long-term, Packaged Facts concludes that as more traditional stores offer meal kits as a product rather than as a service, the market will stabilize and become similar to other convenience grocery items that sell for a premium, such as pre-cut fresh produce that is ready-to-eat.

"The meal kit market is highly dynamic and prone to fluctuations, with the top meal kit providers falling in and out of favor since their introduction in the past few years," says David Sprinkle, research director for Packaged Facts. "Further complicating things, market expansion is expected to be much more reliant on alternative purchase venues than the traditional subscription delivery model due in part to the convenience and flexibility of online shopping."

The advent of online grocery shopping has made customers more comfortable than ever with ordering fresh food online and has contributed to the expansion of the online market for meal kits. However, the problem for traditional subscription model is that the "on-demand" nature of online shopping through companies such as Amazon and the evolution of e-commerce over the past few years has led to consumers expecting convenience and near-instant gratification.

The subscriptions most meal kit delivery services provide often clash with the "on-demand" mentality of potential meal kit customers, who want to be able to buy the products they want whenever they want. Subscriptions attempt to entice more purchases and even when flexible, can lead to customers purchasing more than they want to buy at a given time to avoid increased fees. People who have felt these pressures are more likely to cancel their subscriptions, and many consumers never become customers because they do not like the idea of being "locked in" by a subscription.

"It is unsurprising that many meal kit companies have been struggling to attract new customers and maintain existing ones under the subscription model. Paired with the retention problem is the struggle with attaining profitability due to the high costs of shipping fresh ingredients directly to consumers," says Sprinkle. "These challenges demand that meal kit companies tweak their business models and find alternative ways to reach customers, as the potential market for meal kits as a product is much larger than the interest in meal kit delivery services as they currently exist."

Views on Meat Consumption

Holiday hosts planning this year's festivities may want to take into account the latest research from Dalhousie University. Canadians are changing their perspectives on meat consumption, with 6.4 million already restricting or eliminating meat from their diets. While the millennial and Gen Y demographic make up 63 percent of those who are Vegan, 42 percent of Flexitarians – flexible vegetarians, with some meat consumption &ndash are Baby Boomers. Reasons cited for the dietary shift include added health benefits of vegetarianism, environmental concerns, meat prices and animal activism.

Yorkshire Pudding Bites with Yves Veggie Cuisine Veggie Ground Round (CNW Group/Yves Veggie Cuisine)

While the festive turkey and ham may still be on the menu, ensuring all guests get up from the dinner table satisfied has home chefs exploring new options. Sweet Potato Chronicles' cookbook authors and bloggers Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh, who focus on "the never-ending story of the well &ndash fed family" have created quick and easy vegetarian options that will appeal to all dinner guests. Marsh and Keogh are conscious of what they are feeding their families but have a realistic approach in juggling busy schedules with healthy meal planning. "There are so many excellent meatless, plant-based options available that whipping up a totally vegetarian menu is easy, delicious and healthy", says Keogh. The duo have developed a vegetarian holiday menu that includes everything from hors d 'oeuvres to main dishes.

"Our cucumber hors d'oeuvres topped with ricotta cheese and Yves Veggie Bacon take literally less than 15 minutes to make", says Marsh. For the main course, consider putting a unique spin on a classic. "Who doesn't love lasagna?" adds Keogh. "We created a sweet potato lasagna that swaps out noodles for sweet potatoes and incorporates Yves Italian Ground Round. These subtle changes to a well-loved dish make it a healthier option, while still satisfying that comfort food craving." Other recipes include veggie Italian sausage and fennel prepared in a sheet pan, Yorkshire pudding bites prepared with veggie ground round, mushrooms and horseradish and zucchini enchiladas. If the crew is craving the next day left over traditional turkey sandwich, the grilled veggie turkey slice, camembert with cranberry sandwich will fit the bill.

"Another added benefit of a vegetarian holiday meal is that the prep time is considerably shorter," says Keogh. "You can spend time with friends and family without spending six hours in the kitchen stressing that the turkey is under cooked or over cooked."

On-Premise Alcohol Consumption Trends

On-premise consumption of beverage alcohol fell 1.1 percent overall in 2017, to 1.7 million cases, according to the Beverage Information Group's 2018 Cheers On-Premise Handbook. Much of that is due to the 1.6 percent decrease in cases of beer sold on-premise, while wine was up just 0.5 percent.

Spirits continues to be the bright spot, up 2.5 percent in 2017, although that's down from the 4.7 percent increase the segment saw in 2016. Craft and classic cocktails are driving spirits sales in bars and restaurants, and consumers are also still interested in brown spirits, namely bourbon: On-premise sales of American whiskey increased 4.2 percent in 2017.

Although total consumption was down, retail dollar sales of beverage alcohol on-premise increased a bit in 2017, an indicator of the continuing premiumization trend. For instance, retail dollar sales of spirits grew 8 percent, wine rose 2.2 percent and beer was up 3.2 percent over 2016.

Wine consumption in the U.S. is driven primarily by women, who account for 52 percent of all on-premise wine consumers. Millennials have been an increasingly driving force in the wine category as they are an explorative group, and a generation more interested in trying new flavors than adhering to one style or one brand.

Champagnes and sparkling wines in particular are gaining share of on-premise consumption. The segment now comprises 7 percent of all on-premise wine. Thanks in large part to the continued prosecco boom, imported Champagne/sparkling wines grew 8 percent vs. domestic options, which increased 7 percent.

Why is beer struggling on-premise? Wine and spirits have been stealing the spotlight at traditionally beer-dominated events/venues, such as sporting events, concerts, outdoor activities and festivals. And while people are still interested in craft and imported beer, the strong economy, low unemployment and high consumer confidence is inspiring some guests to turn away from the beer category in favor of spirits and wine.

Global Coffee Market

Global Coffee Market is expected to grow at a significant CAGR in the upcoming period as the scope and its applications are rising enormously across the globe. Top ten countries for Coffee Market are United States, Canada, England, China, South Korea, France, Japan, Germany, Italy, and India. England may account for the substantial market share of Coffee and is estimated to lead the overall market in the years to come. The reason behind the overall market growth could be high demand from consumers. The United States, India, and China are also estimated to have a positive influence on the future growth. India and China together are estimated to grow at the fastest pace in the years to come. The reason behind the overall market growth could be high demand from the young consumer base, developing manufacturers, and a rise in coffee consumption. The key players of Coffee Market are Dunkin' Donuts, Eight O' Clock Coffee, Nestle S.A., The J. M. Smucker Company, Starbucks Corporation, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Kraft Heinz Inc., and Ajinomoto General Foods, Inc. These players are concentrating on inorganic growth to sustain themselves amongst fierce competition.

Small Business Saturday Growth

The ninth annual Small Business Saturday kicked off the holiday shopping season for consumers and small, independently owned businesses with record levels of reported spending. Total reported spending among U.S. consumers who said they shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on the day reached a record high of an estimated $17.8 billion, according to data released today from the 2018 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey from American Express and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Based on this annual survey over the years, Small Business Saturday spending has now reached a reported estimate of $103 billion since the day began in 20101.

Communities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico celebrated this Small Business Saturday with special events and activities. From lighting up the Empire State Building blue in New York to crafting a life-sized Shop Small® gingerbread shop in San Diego, to block parties featuring local jazz and salsa bands in San Juan, businesses and neighborhoods showed what makes their communities unique and vibrant. An estimated 104 million U.S. consumers reported shopping or dining at local independently owned businesses on Small Business Saturday, according to the same survey.

&ldquoMillions of shoppers came together to show their support for small, independently owned businesses this Small Business Saturday,&rdquo said Elizabeth Rutledge, Chief Marketing Officer at American Express. &ldquoThe Shop Small movement has become a national celebration &ndash people all around the country are turning out to back the small businesses that make our neighborhoods and communities thrive.&rdquo

The survey also found that an estimated seven in ten (70 percent) American adults are aware of Small Business Saturday. Among consumers who said they shopped small on the day, 42 percent reported shopping with family and friends at independently owned businesses, and 83 percent reported encouraging others to also shop or dine small. Shoppers also turned out for online small businesses &ndash among consumers who said they participated on the day, 41 percent reported that they shopped small online on November 24.

In a separate, new survey of small business owners with storefronts, American Express and the NFIB explored the importance of the holiday shopping season. Small business owners expect an average of 29 percent of their total annual sales to take place during the holiday shopping season, and 59 percent said Small Business Saturday contributes significantly to their holiday sales each year, according to the 2018 Small Business Owner Insights Survey from American Express and the NFIB.

The survey took place November 5-12, in advance of Small Business Saturday, and two-thirds of small business owners surveyed (66 percent) said they were planning promotions, sales or activities during the shopping days following Thanksgiving (i.e., Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday) to take advantage of the holiday shopping season. Among companies that were planning promotions on Small Business Saturday, 92 percent said the day helps their business stand out during the busy holiday shopping season and that the benefits of participating include bringing in more and new customers (74 percent), improved sales (70 percent), raised awareness of small businesses in their community (69 percent) and the day helps their local neighborhood and community prosper (66 percent).

Looking at the full shopping period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, small business owners are optimistic about the holiday shopping season. More than eight-in-ten (83 percent) said they have a positive outlook on their business&rsquos holiday sales this year, and more than two-thirds (69 percent) of those surveyed expect their holiday sales to be stronger than in 2017. To meet the holiday demand, half (51 percent) of surveyed business owners reported they will extend their store hours beyond the normal business hours and more than one third (36 percent) of respondents plan to hire more staff for the holiday season.

&ldquoSmall and independent businesses depend on holiday sales and the shoppers that Small Business Saturday brings into their stores and online shops,&rdquo said NFIB President and CEO Juanita D. Duggan. &ldquoSmall businesses contribute so much to the economy and unique character of our communities, and we&rsquore proud to join American Express to support them on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year.&rdquo

Beer Market Forecast

The beer market in the US is expected to post a CAGR of over 2 percent during the period 2018-2022, according to the latest market research report by Technavio.

A key factor driving the growth of the market is the rapidly increasing number of craft breweries. Over the years, the demand for craft beer has grown significantly in the US. The segment covered an estimated 23.34 percent of the overall beer market in the US. The growth of the craft beer market in the US has also increased the number of craft brewers in the US in various states. The increasing and rising rapid expansion of breweries in the US has contributed to an increase in the availability of beer in the market. Most of the breweries have introduced their own and unique beers. This has given customers increased opportunity to try new beer flavors. Thus, the demand for craft beer has led to the growth of the beer market in the US.

In this report, Technavio highlights the introduction of new beer flavors as one of the key emerging trends in the beer market in the US:

Beer market in the US: Introduction of new beer flavors

The growing popularity of flavored beer in the US is attributable to the increasing volume of consumers in the beer market in the US. The introduction of new flavors in the craft beer segment has led to a boost in the beer market in the US. Flavors set a beer apart from one another and act as a point of differentiation for the consumers. The millennials, one of the largest demography in the US population, is a targeted segment of breweries. The preference of millennials towards flavored beers has seen breweries adopting and incorporating newer flavors in their beer offerings. For example, in April 2018, AB InBev launched Bud Light orange, an orange flavored Light in an aim to capitalize on the popularity of flavored lagers. Thus, the increasing demand for new flavors is expected to lead to the introduction of new flavored beers during the forecast period.

&ldquoAlong with introduction of new beer flavors, another major factor boosting the growth of the market is multicultural millennials. These millennials are open to experimenting with new products and flavors. The increasing demand for different beers styles and flavors among millennials is driving the growth of the craft beer segment in the beer market in the US,&rdquo says a senior analyst at Technavio for research on alcoholic beverages.

Beer market in the US: Segmentation analysis

This market research report segments the beer market in the US by product (craft beer and non-craft beer).

The non-craft beer segment led the market in 2017 with a market share close to 77 percent, followed by the craft beer segment. However, during the forecast period, the craft beer segment is expected to register higher incremental growth as compared to non-craft beer, which will see a commensurate decline in its market share.

Tech in APAC Foodservice

The advent of technology has transformed various industries and the foodservice industry is no different. Foodservice operators should use technology to better target emerging consumer trends such as customization, on-the-go experience and health and wellness across emerging countries in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region to stay ahead of their competitors, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

The company&rsquos report, &lsquoFoodservice Insights & Trends – Technology&rsquo reveals that convenience, growing health awareness and adventurous palates looking for customized experiences among consumers are driving the use of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), visual recognition, 3D printing and robotics in APAC foodservice industry.

Sumit Chopra, Research Director for Consumer at GlobalData, said: &ldquoTechnology is the lifeblood of every industry and it has undoubtedly created opportunities for the foodservice operators to add the wow factor. Operators are pouring in investments in developing technologies as the foodservice sector is currently on a massive growth phase, largely powered by small and medium size businesses relying on dedicated suppliers and utilizing increasingly powerful logistics algorithms.&rdquo

This is substantiated by the company insights, which show that leading foodservice operators in Asia are embracing the latest technologies to understand the customers&rsquo preferences and serve them better. For instance, KFC in Beijing has partnered with Chinese search engine giant Baidu to develop facial recognition software that can suggest dishes for consumers based on a demographic profile. Other key players such as Starbucks in Japan has joined hands with Uber Eats to roll out the Starbucks menu directly to customers while in China it tied up with Alibaba Group Holding&rsquos Ele.me unit to do customer deliveries.

Chopra concludes: &ldquoAPAC foodservice operators are using technology to analyse consumption data, digital payments & transactions and order pattern to align their offering with the consumer preferences and ensure their supply chain and production processes are as efficient as possible.&rdquo

Tunie Awards

Khalid and his hit "Location" scores the top song played on the TouchTunes Jukeboxes in 1,900+ Waffle House® restaurants as announced on the first-ever Tunie&trade Awards show.

Waffle House Tunie Awards

Khalid edged out Sam Hunt, Justin Timberlake and Ed Sheeran to take the number one spot in this year's list. The results are based on the 30-million songs played on Waffle House/TouchTunes Jukeboxes over the past 12 months. Last year's number one song, "Blue Ain't Your Color" by Keith Urban, came in at number five this year.

Waffle House Jukebox Top Ten Songs of 2018:

"Body Like A Back Road" by Sam Hunt

"Can't Stop the Feeling!" by Justin Timberlake

"Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran

"Blue Ain't Your Color" by Keith Urban

"Tennessee Whiskey" by Chris Stapleton

"Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

"Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran

"Too Good at Goodbyes" by Sam Smith

"Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd

Michael Jackson was the most played artist in 2018 and also won the award for the Best Pop Artist. Beyonce won the award for Best RandB/Hip Hop Artist, and Lynyrd Skynrd won the Best Rock Artist award.

Chris Stapleton had the most country songs played and took home the Tunie&trade award for Best Country Artist.

"I've had a lot of dreams come true," Stapleton said as he accepted his award. "One of the dreams I wanted is to have a song on the Waffle House jukebox. Not only did I get a song on the Waffle House jukebox, I got this fantastic award. So thank you very much."

Imagine Dragons won the Tunie&trade award for the most played rock song with their hit "Thunder."

"That means the world to us," Imagine Dragons drummer Dan Platzman said on the show. "This is like you basically took our hearts, and you scattered, smothered, double-covered and peppered them."

Country Music Hall of Famer Whispering Bill Anderson received the Jukebox Legend Award. Shinedown won Best Audience Participation for their Atlanta concert, and newcomer Paul Pelt won the Scattered, Smothered and Discovered New Artist Award and performed on the show.


::THE SLICE WITH MONA AUSTIN

  • Adele is a finalist in eight categories and is a contender to earn the most BBMA wins of any artist in history, a record currently held by Taylor Swift, with 20 wins. Adele has previously won 13 BBMAs. Swift herself is a finalist in eight 2016 BBMA categories.
  • Justin Bieber is a finalist in 11 categories and could surpass Garth Brooks, who currently is the highest winning male with 19 wins, if he takes home six or more BBMA trophies. If Bieber takes home more than eight trophies, he has the chance of beating Taylor Swift’s current all-time leading record of 20, pending other results.
  • Drake is a finalist in 10 categories. If he wins, he will take home his first BBMA trophy. He has previously been a finalist in 21 categories.
  • First time finalist Fetty Wap is a contender in 10 categories, including Top Male Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artists, Top Rap Artist, Top Streaming Song (Audio) and Top Rap Song.
  • Hillsong UNITED is a finalist in three categories including Top Christian Artist and Top Christian Album.
  • Sam Hunt is a finalist in three categories – the most of any country artist this year — including Top Country Artist and Top Country Album. If he wins, he will take home his first BBMA trophy.
  • First time finalist Silentó is a contender for Top New Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Song, Top Streaming Songs Artist and Top Streaming Song (Video).
  • This year could prove to be historic, in that Taylor Swift could beat her own all-time record for the most BBMA wins (she has 20), while Justin Bieber and Adele are also vying to surpass Swift’s record. Swift is a finalist in eight categories this year, and thus could extend her own record, or can be caught or surpassed by Bieber (an 11 times finalist this year with 13 prior BBMA trophies) or Adele (a finalist in 8 categories this year and also with 13 all-time BBMAs to her name).
  • The Weeknd is a first-time Billboard Music Award finalist and leads all artists with nods in 16 categories (including multiple songs competing in the Top Hot 100 Song and Top R&B Song categories). If he wins, he will take home his first Billboard Music Award trophy. With a near sweep of his 16 categories, The Weeknd could set the record for taking home the most trophies in one night. That single-night mark is held by Adele with 12 trophies in 2012.
  • Thanks to their smash collaboration “See You Again,” Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa are finalists in six categories each, including Top New Artist for Puth, a category won by Khalifa in 2012.

The Weeknd leads the finalist pack with nods in 16 categories including Top Artist, Top Male Artist and Top Hot 100 Song. Justin Bieber follows as a finalist in 11 categories including Top Artist, Top Male Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist. Fetty Wap and Drake are tied with nods in 10 categories each, including Top Male Artist contenders for both musicians. Drake will compete against himself for Top Rap Album for “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” and his collaboration with Future on “What A Time To Be Alive.” Leading the ladies, Adele and Taylor Swift are tied with eight nods each including Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album, all of which Swift won last year. Other returning winners from 2015, who are also finalists this year, include One Direction, Romeo Santos, Coldplay, DJ Snake and Carrie Underwood.

This year, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth are finalists in six categories respectively. They received five each for their hit single “See You Again,” while Wiz Khalifa is also up for Top Rap Artist and Charlie is up for Top New Artist. The late David Bowie is honored posthumously as a finalist for Top Rock Album for “Blackstar.”


NOMINATIONS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER (BY FIRST NAME):
Adele: (8) Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album (25), Top Hot 100 Song (“Hello”), Top Selling Song (“Hello”), Top Radio Song (“Hello”)
Afrojack: (1) Top Dance/Electronic Song (“Hey Mama” with David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj & Bebe Rexha)
Alabama Shakes: (1) Top Rock Album (Sound & Color)
Alessia Cara: (1) Top R&B Song (“Here”)
AlunaGeorge: (1) Top Dance/Electronic Song (“You Know You Like It”)
Anthony Brown & group therAPy: (3) Top Gospel Artist, Top Gospel Album (Everyday Jesus), Top Gospel Song (“Worth”)
Ariana Grande: (2) Top Female Artist, Top Social Media Artist
Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho: (2) Top Latin Artist, Top Latin Song (“Te Metiste”)
Banda Sinaloense MS De Sergio Lizárraga: (1) Top Latin Artist
Bebe Rexha: (1) Top Dance/Electronic Song (“Hey Mama” with David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj & Afrojack)
Big Shizz: (1) Top Gospel Song (“I Luh God” with Erica Campbell)
Brian Courtney Wilson: (1) Top Gospel Song (“Worth Fighting For”)
Bruno Mars: (2) Top Radio Song (“Uptown Funk!” with Mark Ronson), Top Streaming Song (Video) (“Uptown Funk!” with Mark Ronson)
Bryson Tiller: (3) Top R&B Album (T R A P S O U L), Top New Artist, Top R&B Artist
Carrie Underwood: (2) Top Country Album (Storyteller), Top Country Artist
Casting Crowns: (1) Top Christian Artist
Charlie Puth: (6) Top Hot 100 Song (“See You Again” with Wiz Khalifa), Top Radio Song (“See You Again” with Wiz Khalifa), Top Rap Song (“See You Again” with Wiz Khalifa), Top Selling Song (“See You Again” with Wiz Khalifa), Top Streaming Song (Video) (“See You Again” with Wiz Khalifa), Top New Artist
Chris Brown: (3) Top R&B Album (Royalty), Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Song (“Post To Be” with Omarion & Jhené Aiko)
Chris Stapleton: (2) Top Country Album (Traveller), Top Country Artist
Chris Tomlin: (3) Top Christian Album (Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship), Top Christian Song (“Good Good Father”), Top Christian Artist
Chris Young: (1) Top Country Song (“I’m Comin’ Over”)
Coldplay: (1) Top Rock Album (A Head Full Of Dreams)
David Bowie: (1) Top Rock Album (Blackstar)
David Guetta: (3) Top Dance/Electronic Album (Listen), Top Dance/Electronic Song (“Hey Mama” ft. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack), Top Dance/Electronic Artist
Demi Lovato: (1) Top Social Media Artist
Diplo: (2) Top Dance/Electronic Song (“Where Are Ü Now” with Justin Bieber and Skrillex), Top Dance/Electronic Album (Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U)
DJ Snake: (3) Top Dance/Electronic Artist, Top Dance/Electronic Song (“You Know You Like It” with AlunaGeorge), Top Dance/Electronic Song (“Lean On” ft. MØ)
Dr. Dre: (1) Top Rap Album (Compton)
Drake: (11) Top Rap Album (What A Time To Be Alive), Top Rap Album (If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late), Top Rap Song (“Hotline Bling”), Top Streaming Song (Audio) (“Hotline Bling”), Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist
Ed Sheeran: (3) Top Billboard 200 Album (X), Top Male Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist
Elle King: (2) Top Rock Song (“Ex’s & Oh’s”), Top Rock Artist
Ellie Goulding: (1) Top Radio Songs Artist
“Empire: Original Soundtrack From Season 1”: (1) Top Soundtrack
Enrique Iglesias: (1) Top Latin Song (“El Perdon”)
Erica Campbell: (1) Top Gospel Song (“I Luh God” ft. Big Shizz)
Fall Out Boy: (2) Top Rock Song (“Uma Thurman”), Top Rock Artist
Fetty Wap: (11) Top Hot 100 Song (“Trap Queen”), Top Rap Song (“Trap Queen”), Top Streaming Song (Audio) (“Trap Queen”), Top Streaming Song (Video) (“Trap Queen”), Top Rap Song (�” ft. Remy Boyz), Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Male Artist, Top New Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist
“Fifty Shades of Grey”: (1) Top Soundtrack
“Furious 7”: (1) Top Soundtrack
Future: (2) Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Album (What A Time To Be Alive)
Gavin DeGraw: (1) Top Christian Song (“Brother” with NEEDTOBREATHE)
Gerardo Ortiz: (1) Top Latin Album (Hoy Mas Fuerte)
“Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1”: (1) Top Soundtrack
Hillsong UNITED: (4) Top Christian Album (Empires), Top Christian Song (“Oceans [Where Feet May Fail]”), Top Christian Song (“Touch The Sky”), Top Christian Artist
J Balvin: (1) Top Latin Song (“Ginza”)
Jeremih: (1) Top R&B Artist
Jhené Aiko: (1) Top R&B Song (“Post To Be” with Omarion & Chris Brown)
Joey + Rory: (1) Top Christian Album (Hymns That Are Important To Us)
Jonathan McReynolds: (1) Top Gospel Album (Life Music: Stage Two)
Juan Gabriel: (3) Top Latin Album (Los Dúo), Top Latin Album (Mis Número 1… 40 Aniversario), Top Latin Artist
Justin Bieber: (12) Top Billboard 200 Album (Purpose), Top Streaming Song (Audio) (“Sorry”), Top Streaming Song (Audio) (“What Do You Mean”), Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Social Media Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top Dance/Electronic Song (“Where Are Ü Now” with Diplo and Skrillex)
Kendrick Lamar: (1) Top Rap Album (To Pimp A Butterfly)
Kirk Franklin: (3) Top Gospel Album (Losing My Religion), Top Gospel Song (“Wanna Be Happy?”), Top Gospel Artist
Lauren Daigle: (2) Top Christian Album (How Can It Be), Top Christian Artist
Little Big Town: (1) Top Country Song (“Girl Crush”)
Luke Bryan: (2) Top Country Album (Kill The Lights), Top Country Artist
Madonna: (1) Top Touring Artist
Major Lazer: (3) Top Dance/Electronic Song (“Lean On” with Major Lazer and MØ), Top Dance/Electronic Album (Peace Is The Mission), Top Dance/Electronic Artist
Maluma: (1) Top Latin Song (“Borro Cassette”)
Maná: (1) Top Latin Album (Cama Incendiada)
Mark Ronson: (2) Top Radio Song (“Uptown Funk!” with Bruno Mars), Top Streaming Song (Video) (“Uptown Funk!” with Bruno Mars)
Maroon 5: (1) Top Duo/Group
Marvin Sapp: (2) Top Gospel Album (You Shall Live), Top Gospel Artist
Meek Mill: (1) Top Rap Album (Dreams Worth More Than Money)
MercyMe: (2) Top Christian Song (“Flawless”), Top Christian Artist
: (1) Top Dance/Electronic Song (“Lean On” with Major Lazer and DJ Snake)
Mumford & Sons: (1) Top Rock Album (Wilder Mind)
NEEDTOBREATHE: (1) Top Christian Song (“Brother” ft. Gavin DeGraw)
Nicki Minaj: (1) Top Dance/Electronic Song (“Hey Mama” with David Guetta ft. Bebe Rexha & Afrojack)
Nicky Jam: (2) Top Latin Song (“El Perdon” with Enrique Iglesias), Top Latin Artist
ODESZA: (1) Top Dance/Electronic Album (In Return)
Omarion: (1) Top R&B Song (“Post To Be” ft. Chris Brown & Jhené Aiko)
OMI: (2) Top Selling Song (“Cheerleader”), Top New Artist
One Direction: (2) Top Duo/Group, Top Touring Artist
“Pitch Perfect 2”: (1) Top Soundtrack
Rachel Platten: (1) Top Selling Song (“Fight Song”)
Remy Boyz: (1) Top Rap Song (�” with Fetty Wap)
Rihanna: (3) Top R&B Album (Anti), Top Female Artist, Top R&B Artist
Romeo Santos: (3) Top Latin Album (Formula Vol. 2), Top Latin Song (“Propuesta Indecente”), Top Latin Artist
ROZES: (1) Top Dance/Electronic Song (“Roses” with The Chainsmokers)
Sam Hunt: (4) Top Country Song (“Break Up In A Small Town”), Top Country Song (“Take Your Time”), Top Country Album (Montevallo), Top Country Artist
Selena Gomez: (2) Top Female Artist, Top Social Media Artist
Silentó: (5) Top Rap Song (“Watch Me”), Top Streaming Song (Video) (“Watch Me”), Top New Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist
Skrillex: (2) Top Dance/Electronic Song (“Where Are Ü Now” with Justin Bieber and Diplo), Top Dance/Electronic Album (Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U)
Tasha Cobbs: (2) Top Gospel Album (One Place Live), Top Gospel Artist
Taylor Swift: (8) Top Billboard 200 Album (1989), Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Social Media Artist, Top Touring Artist
The Chainsmokers: (2) Top Dance/Electronic Song (“Roses” ft. ROZES), Top Dance/Electronic Artist
The Rolling Stones: (2) Top Duo/Group, Top Touring Artist
The Weeknd: (19) Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album (Beauty Behind The Madness), Top R&B Album (Beauty Behind The Madness), Top Hot 100 Song (“Can’t Feel My Face”), Top Hot 100 Song (“The Hills”), Top Selling Song (“The Hills”), Top Radio Song (“Can’t Feel My Face”), Top Streaming Song (Audio) (“The Hills”), Top Streaming Song (Video) (“The Hills”), Top R&B Song (“Can’t Feel My Face”), Top R&B Song (“Earned It [Fifty Shades of Grey]”), Top R&B Song (“The Hills”)
Thomas Rhett: (1) Top Country Song (“Die A Happy Man”)
TobyMac: (1) Top Christian Album (This Is Not A Test)
Travis Greene: (2) Top Gospel Song (“Intentional”), Top Gospel Artist
twenty one pilots: (4) Top Rock Album (Blurryface), Top Rock Song (“Stressed Out”), Top Duo/Group, Top Rock Artist
Tyrese: (1) Top R&B Album (Black Rose)
U2: (2) Top Duo/Group, Top Touring Artist
WALK THE MOON: (3) Top Radio Song (“Shut Up And Dance”), Top Rock Song (“Shut Up And Dance”), Top Rock Artist
Wiz Khalifa: (6) Top Hot 100 Song (“See You Again” with Charlie Puth), Top Radio Song (“See You Again” with Charlie Puth), Top Rap Song (“See You Again” with Charlie Puth), Top Selling Song (“See You Again” with Charlie Puth), Top Streaming Song (Video) (“See You Again” with Charlie Puth), Top Rap Artist
X Ambassadors: (2) Top Rock Song (“Renegades”), Top Rock Artist
Zac Brown Band: (2) Top Country Album (Jekyll + Hyde), Top Country Artist
Zedd: (2) Top Dance/Electronic Album (True Colors), Top Dance/Electronic Arti st


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