Gourmet dining at restaurants is now more common than ever, but the restaurant industry is struggling to keep up with demand, according to an article published by The Wall Street Journal.
The Journal reported that the average cost of dining out increased by nearly 7% in the first six months of 2017 compared to the same period last year.
The article also pointed out that the industry is in a constant battle against inflation and has struggled to adapt to changing tastes.
Restaurants that have struggled to keep pace with new dining trends and prices include Olive Garden, Olive Garden’s Pizza Hut, and Olive Garden Italian Kitchen.
In a recent study by Nielsen, the foodservice industry lost nearly 2 million jobs in 2017, an average of nearly 3,000 jobs per week.
The food service industry in general lost nearly 5.7 million jobs last year, according the study.
In 2017, there were more than 9.2 million food service jobs, according Nielsen.
The WSJ article cites the Food and Drug Administration as a major reason why the food service sector has struggled with food prices.
The agency has mandated higher wages, increased benefits, and tightened restrictions on food service workers.
But many restaurant chains have refused to comply with the rules, according.
The FDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has also been under fire in recent months for its role in regulating the food industry.
The watchdog agency has not only ruled against restaurants, but has also issued a number of food safety violations to restaurants, such as for not having food safety policies in place for their servers.
Some restaurants are being fined more than $10,000 a day for violating the rules.
In addition to the increase in restaurants and the food services industry, a major driver of the food prices is the cost of imported foods.
The cost of purchasing food overseas has increased as a result of the rise in the cost to purchase foreign products.
The United States imported more than 3.6 billion pounds of food in 2017.
Of that amount, the WSJ estimated that the food imported was worth $8.4 trillion, or $4.2 billion per day.
The price of food has also increased in the United Kingdom, France, and the United States, according, the article.
As a result, restaurants are now able to charge higher prices for imported food than they were five years ago.
The Wall St Journal reported in a recent report that restaurants are also seeing an increase in the number of diners requesting a buffet meal, which is a meal that includes a variety of different dishes and serves up the best of both worlds.
A recent report by the International Monetary Fund found that the number to request a buffet lunch increased by 9.7% between 2017 and 2018.