Even with record inflows into exchange-traded funds and dozens of publicly traded names to choose from, there’s only one ETF devoted to the restaurant industry, the aptly tickered USCF Restaurant Leaders Fund (MENU). Not that there haven’t been other attempts in the past, although they had the same lifespan as a “gastropub” focusing on sprouts.
Technology is becoming a key component of who survives in the current landscape, with mobile applications and touch screen kiosks helping to reduce staff, and creating a more efficient ordering and pickup process. Starbucks (SBUX) is without doubt the pioneer in this space, with mobile payments making up 29% of all transactions at this point.
The restaurant sector faces major headwinds, but opportunities as well. The proper deployment of technology will be key to who survives the likely consolidation.
Smart traders follow managers and analysts with a proven track record of success, which is why it is good to know what a hedge fund managers’ three favorite restaurant stocks are.
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