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8 tips for heading off holiday scheduling stress

Increased traffic coupled with more requests for time off can add up to scheduling stress. Check out these tips for reducing the stress.

Log onto the tech revolution or get left behind

Restaurants are opting for fully integrated digital menus, which speed up service, educate customers easily and tap into inventory and POS systems.

Restaurant Technology Grader

Ask the right questions and get the answers you need to make better technology decisions for your restaurant.

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Gluten-free beer finds its way

I can't tell you how many photos from friends I receive of restaurant bar menus that feature gluten-free beer. The photos are sent out of enthusiasm for the gluten-free movement making its way to the beer menus across the country...

The wait is over: FDA issues final menu labeling regulations

The FDA's 395-page document includes menu labeling by the slice, not the whole pizza, a ruling applauded by the restaurant industry.

Webinar: Turning Customer Feedback into Growth - Taco John’s Shares How Guest Surveys Help Build Business

Shawn Eby, Vice President for Operations at Taco John’s®, discusses the process he and his team embarked upon to identify the needs they faced in cultivating a “guest-centric” culture. He also shares the steps Taco John’s used to determine which technologies and partnerships they sought to grow for the future.

Sponsored by: InMoment

Smashburger CMO: Better burgers are here to stay

Smashburger grew by about 20 percent this year, and it's likely it will continue that pace next year, according to newly-appointed CMO Josh Kern.

What's in your kitchen?

Technology in food engineering and processing equipment coupled with better logistics has given companies the ability to specialize.

Of note on social media: Panda Express 'joy spotting' campaign

An eight-hour social media campaign yielded a 389-percent increase in mentions of the brand on Twitter and a 24-percent increase in followers.

Restaurant organizations apprehensive about Obama's executive action on immigration

It has been estimated that about 20 percent of chefs, head cooks and cooks in the restaurant industry are undocumented immigrants.

Minimum wage: how restaurants are responding to the 'inevitable'

Many restaurant operators believe a minimum wage increase is inevitable, and they are responding in a variety of ways.

Healthy Dining VP offers tips for restaurants wanting to improve menu options

There are differences between stealth health and promotional health, according to Erica Bohm, VP and director of Strategic Partnerships at Healthy Dining.

Having a loyalty app will help increase your bottom line

Membership in loyalty programs is growing at a rate of 26.7 percent and loyalty programs can increase a brand’s market share by 20 percent.

MAD Greens maximizing menu boards by integrating social

Lucas Clarke, director of marketing for the Colorado-based salad concept, shares some insights into MAD Greens' integration of digital signage and social media.

Just Mayo vs. Mayonnaise: How the FDA restricts food innovation

The FDA established Standards of Identity for many products so that consumers were protected from mislabeled food product. But consumers today are more educated about ingredients.

Startup aims to help restaurants clear hyperlocal produce hurdles

OtherShip Foods offers 10- and 20-foot containers that use hydroponics technology to grow produce on site.

'Hidden compliance cost:' Restaurants with 50+ full-time employees must start ACA reporting in 2015

Though not mandated to offer health care coverage to employees until 2016, restaurants with 50 or more full-time employees are still required to track data monthly throughout 2015.

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MAD Greens marks 10 year anniversary with giveaways

Since it's launch 10 years ago, the chain has served up more than 200 tons of spring mix, 1.9 million heads of romaine lettuce and 60 tons of spinach, most of it locally sourced.

Buffalo's Express added to LA-area Fatburger location

Buffalo's Express brings chicken wings with 13 different sauces to the combined location's better burger-based menu.

Sloan's Ice Cream steps outside of South Florida

Sloan's Ice Cream will open the doors to its first Southern California franchise location in the San Diego's Westfield UTC Shopping Centre on Black Friday, Nov. 28.

Burger 21, zpizza rank high on franchising list

Franchiserankings.com, a provider of reviews and ratings on franchises, has released its top 10 best food franchises for the month of November. According to a news release, each month thousands of franchisees around the world are asked to provide feedback...

Restaurants' commitment to sustainability influencing younger customers

New research from Packaged Facts finds that sustainability initiatives are increasingly important to restaurant consumers. According to the Future of Foodservice: Food and Beverage Menu Trends & Opportunities report, women and higher-income consumers are especially receptive to menu claims that promote sustainability.

Menchie's opens second unit in China

Menchie's at the SAGA Shopping Center in Xi'an will be China's second location in the country, with the first located in Louyang City.

Togo's plants its flag in Colorado

Togo's first Colorado unit opened at 27 South Tejon St. #110 in Colorado Springs.

Camille's Sidewalk Café adds antipasti

Camille's adds a healthy take on the traditional Italian dish.

FAQ's about the FDA's final menu regulations

The FDA will consider details throughout the next year, and will continue to solicit input on how to properly monitor these regulations.

Webinar will tackle 'Hot or Not' trends for employers

How much will big data cost in 2015? How can restaurants mitigate rising costs and increasingly competitive labor markets?

Canadian 'Express Entry' program will remove caps on cooks, managers

Currently, cooks and foodservice managers are capped in the Canadian Federal Trades stream. Caps will be removed from all streams with Express Entry, which launches Jan. 1.

Jamba Juice adds electronic gift card

Customers can customize a digital design, personalize a message and digital share a Jamba eGifting electronic gift card.

Starbucks will raise funds, awareness on World AIDS Day

Starbucks will make a 10-cent donation to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS for beverages sold in participating US and Canada stores on Dec. 1.

BURGERFI will match gift card purchases for #GivingTuesday donation to the Red Cross

BURGERFI will match in-store gift card purchases, committing to a minimum donation of $10,000 to the American Red Cross.

Sip Savvy, Einstein Bros., Red Mango land at San Jose airport

The three new restaurants, operated by airport concessionaire Mission Yogurt, will operate in Terminal A.

Vitamix CEO named Entrepreneur of the Year

Jodi L. Berg, president and CEO of Vitamix, has been named the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 National Family Business Award winner. According to a news release, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award recognizes industry leaders who "demonstrate...

Int'l Franchise Association adds two executives

The International Franchise Association has added two government relations and public policy professionals to its team. They include: Elizabeth Hays Taylor, most recently chief counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, will join IFA Dec.

Consumer confidence grows, but costs pressure profits

Despite increased consumer confidence, increased costs -- beef is up 39 percent -- are making it tough for restaurants to earn a profit.

Business diners spend 6% more than leisure diners

Concur, a provider of spend management solutions, has released an analysis showing the habits of business diners and their benefits to restaurant revenue. Supported by insights from Table8, the analysis also sheds light on business dining trends in the US...

Syrus Restaurant Information Services adds Android app

Syrus Restaurant Information Services has added an Android app to its restaurant management solutions portfolio to complement its already existing iOS app. According to a news release, the app offers restaurant operators with historical and real-time information on store performance...

Restaurant groups deride lack of Renewable Fuel Standard decision

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it will delay the 2014 ethanol volume mandate, a move that will continue to affect commodities costs. The announcement was greeted with strong opposition from restaurant industry organizations. "We are disappointed that the...

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill launches new website

Firebirds' new site includes streamlined reservations, click-to-call capabilities, directions, simplified gift card ordering and location-specific content.

Taco Republic offers 'season pass'

Buy a pass and you can eat your choice of three tacos, chips and salsa every day from Dec. 5 through March 5.

Teriyaki Madness hires new director of marketing

Dave O'Connor will focus on marketing the Asian concept nationally and supporting franchisees.

Maui Wowi Hawaiian rolls out Cyber Monday deal

Customers who order online using the promo code "CYBER" will get nearly half off.

Domestic tea sales jump 6%

According to new research from the American Botanical Council, sales of loose, bagged, concentrated and herbal tea in the US increased by 5.9 percent in 2013, totally $1.7B. Ready-to-drink tea sales in the US remained relatively flat at $2.3B. According...

Qdoba experiences double-digit growth in catering sales

Jack in the Box, parent company of Jack in the Box and Qdoba restaurant brands, announced its Q4 and FY results this week. Jack in the Box's Q4 same-store sales were up 3.1 percent at both company and franchised locations. This is compared to a decrease of 0.2 percent during the same period last year. For the fiscal year, ended Sept.

Boston Market catering, takeout up 20 percent over last year

Heat & Serve options have surged 20 percent over last year, and catering is up 18 percent.

Square launches free POS app

The cloud-based point-of-sale solution tracks sales and manages items and inventory.

Intuit, Revel Systems developing QuickBooks POS

The new offering automatically syncs sales, payments, inventory, CRM and payroll data to QuickBooks.

Zoe's comps up 6.3 percent YTD

Zoe's attributes the comp increase to an increase in transactions and product mix, combined with a 1.3-percent increase in price.

Swipely ramping up in the restaurant space

Business insights provider Swipely is managing over $4 billion in annual sales on its cloud-based platform for restaurant, hospitality and retail brands. In the last six months, Swipely said it has doubled sales under management and provides insights on more...

NRA, SBA encouraging shoppers to #DineSmall on Nov. 29

The partnership will encourage shoppers to patronize local restaurants while shopping on Small Business Saturday.

Salata adds vegan proteins

Quinoa, falafel and tofu are available for an additional $2 in a wrap or small salad and $3 in the regular salad.

Chronic Tacos donates $10,000 to No Kid Hungry

Throughout the month of September, Chronic Tacos continued to raise funds for No Kid Hungry through donations and fundraising events, including its Sept. 22 promotion donating 15 percent of all sales made during the day.

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