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3 ways to prep for the ban on trans fat

Foodservice operators can prepare for the June 6 ban by taking a few necessary steps.

Picture perfect GMO fruit can reduce food waste

Applying this new genetic engineering will allow farmers to use more of what they harvest – which should reduce overhead food costs to the average consumer and provide more affordable apples to people around the world that are poor.

OFFERING MORE THAN CONVENIENCE: The Benefits of Adding a Food Program to Your Store

Convenience stores are built around the idea that consumers want a fast and easy method for purchasing items throughout the day. For years, c-stores have relied on gas and tobacco sales to keep their business profitable.

Sponsored by: Motion Technology, Inc

ICXSummit: How to bring 'social proof' into your brick-and-mortar locations

Brick-and-mortar retailers and restaurants must find ways to bring “social proof” to their stores and technology may be the way to do it.

How helping employees reach financial stability will help your restaurant

Helping employees achieve financial stability by educating them on the public benefits already available not only helps improve the quality of their lives, but also give your restaurant a competitive advantage and a way to save money on insurance and turnover costs in the long run.

Digital Dollars: Choosing a web ordering partner & driving online sales

Web ordering is driving sales for pizza and delivery restaurants: more than 50% of sales for some leading chains, In this guide, find expert tips on web ordering promotion, best practices to upsize online orders and increase frequency, and tips for choosing the right provider.

Sponsored by: SpeedLine Solutions

Restaurant digital signage is heating up

Digital menu board blogger looks at hot trends in restaurant digital signage. Digital menu boards and restaurant digital signage are getting smarter and and becoming an invaluable source of actionable business intelligence.

Saving energy with employee engagement: Strategies for restaurants

What’s the secret to successful execution of a restaurant energy strategy? Two words: Employee engagement.

Surf’s up: Coconut’s Fish Cafe franchising in LA

Hawaii’s Coconut’s Fish Cafe is surfing into Los Angeles, planning four locations for the market.

Beyond technology: 5 keys to managing menu updates

While many restaurant operators may be in good shape when it comes to meeting the caloric-labeling deadline of Dec 1, not all have considered the (print) execution efforts for menu boards, to-go menus, catering menus and related signage

Are you 'CONNECTING' with your customers?

The CONNECT 2015 Mobile Innovation Summit will teach restaurant operators and retailers how to provide customers with mobile connections to help build a loyal fan base.

Stop saying 'labor' and other principles for managing employees in the 21st century

The mindset associated with “labor” is a competitive disadvantage in the 21st century, especially for restaurants. We need to cast out the word and treat restaurant employees as a talent asset instead of a cost.

How to engage Millennials on social media

Understanding what makes Millennials tick will determine the direction a restaurant should take in capturing their attention on social media.

Receiving 101: Control and Safety

Whoever is in charge of receiving should follow a standard set of rules in order to maintain the safety of food and ensure you protect your bottom line.

NRA wrapped up: Interviews, highlights of the 2015 show

Although the NRA reported that more than 60,000 foodservice providers attended its show last month in Chicago, we knew thousands of others weren't able to make it. In this video, Cherryh Butler, senior editor of FastCasual.com, brings the show to those in the industry who weren't there.

Foodservice industry has 3 years to cut the fat

A FDA decision gives the industry until 2018 to remove trans fats from all foods, which the federal agency estimates causes 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year.

Fresh to Order CEO explains why expansion plans include some states, not others

Fresh to Order's CEO, Pierre Panos, shares details on the company's expansion plans that include corporate stores opening in Atlanta, Dallas and Knoxville as well as franchised units from Chicago to Florida.

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Memphis foodservice operators recognized for contributions to health

Establishments recognized as REAL are those that meet criteria such as the use of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy preparation methods, moderate portion sizes, unsweetened beverages, healthy children’s options and sustainable sourcing.

South Philly Steaks debuts sandwich with patriotic twist

Villa Enterprises, a global multi-brand restaurant operator and franchisor, has added the All American Philly Cheesesteak to the menu at its South Philly Steaks & Fries restaurants for a limited time.

Sea Salt Caramel, Graham Canyon now available at Bruster's

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream has two new LTOs just time for summer—Sea Salt Caramel and Graham Canyon.

Dickey's CEO named Southwest Region Entrepreneur Of The Year

EY has named Roland Dickey Jr., CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, as a recipient of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Southwest region.

Napa celebrates world's 'Heritage' with new fast casual concept

Napa has a new fast-fine dining restaurant, Heritage Eats, which opened in May in the BelAire Shopping Center, according to a company press release.

Johnny Rockets planting flag in El Paso

Johnny Rockets will open in El Paso thanks to an agreement with Cruzar Group.

Webinar to focus on customer traffic, conversion insight

Traffic and conversion data can be priceless if a retailer understands how to use it to drive sales, engage with shoppers and boost marketing. An expert will offer insight on how to do just that in our free webinar.

Free hoagies: Philly’s Best hosts social media contest

The chain is giving guests a chance to win free hoagies for a year by sharing their experiences on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Top Round making rounds in Louisville

Top Round Roast Beef has inked its second franchise agreement, which will bring four stores to the Louisville, Kentucky, area.

Pei Wei digitizes loyalty platform

Pei Wei has launched a fully digital customer loyalty program that rewards customers for ordering

Report: Sandwiches still rule menus, homes

Roughly 79 percent of all adults have eaten a sandwich in the past seven days, according to data published in the all-new Packaged Facts report, "Sandwiches: Market Trends and Opportunities."

Most pizza lovers are health-conscious female millennials

The study found that 35 percent of Americans go out for pizza and buy frozen pizza at the store every month.

Tropical Smoothie launches summer LTOs

The chain has introduced limited-time only items to the menu, including two new wraps and smoothies.

Catering workshop intends to help restaurants grow sales

The Catering Institute is offering its second Catering Sales Management Workshop.

Wayback Burgers debuts high-protein milkshakes with crickets?

Wayback Burgers is adding two new high protein milkshakes to its menu, the Oreo Mud Pie Cricket Protein Milkshake and the Jerky Milkshake.

Juice It Up! celebrates 20th anniversary with two new New Mexico locations

Juice It Up! is opening two new New Mexico units.

NRA: Expansion likely for restaurant industry

The restaurant industry outlook is positive and business owners are optimistic about improving sales in the next several months.

Restaurant group wants feds to revamp proposed overtime policy proposal

The proposed new federal overtime rules are not sitting well with the National Council of Chain Restaurants.

Rave's Randy Gier named Southwest's Entrepreneur of the Year

EY has named Randy Gier its Entrepreneur Of The Year for the Southwest region.

Customer satisfaction drops for QSR, pizza chains, climbs for fast casuals, full service

Customers are less satisfied with fast food as their discretionary income improves and preferences shift in favor of quality over price, according to new data from the American Customer Satisfaction Index Customer satisfaction,

Zaxby's partners with Buxton to drive growth

Buxton's customer analytics solutions will allow Zaxby's to base market planning and franchise development decisions on in-depth customer insights for each trade area.

Vote now: Who are fast casual’s most influential people?

The editors of Fast Casual are accepting nominations for The 2015 Fast Casual Top 25 Movers & Shakers through Aug. 3.

Peapod.com debuts farm box produce service

Peapod.com is delivering local farm produce via a new service called Peapod Local Farm Box this summer in nearly a dozen states.

O say does that star-spangled banner yet... pay: Patriotism pays off for Iconic brands

Values are a way consumers define what they expect from a brand. Meet or exceed those expectations and you have a differentiated brand, engaged customers and increased sales.

ConAgra steps away from $5B private label business effort

Packaged food titan ConAgra Foods is stepping away from the private label business to focus on its consumer brands and intends to be much more strident in boosting margins.

Wingstop takes flight on a charitable nationwide Flavor Tour

Wing experts at Wingstop are deploying on a 10-city U.S. 'flavor tour' to publicize the company's new food truck called Wingstop on Wheels.

Fatburger expands international footprint with second Qatar location

Fatburger is opening its second Doha, Qatar location in the food court of the city's new shopping center, the Gulf Mall.

Corner Bakery Café expands flatbread menu in an unflat approach

Corner Bakery Café is debuting new flatbread sandwiches, each under 330 calories, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Capriotti celebrates Delaware re-opening with sandwich giveaways

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop is re-opening its Hockessin, Delaware location under new management.

First Data launches 'all-in-one' payment solution for restaurants

First Data Clover Mini is designed to provide business owners an "all-in-one" solution to streamline operations, expand business and customer intelligence, improve the customer experience and facilitate payments in a secure environment.

Sysco steps away from US Foods acquisition following federal court injunction

Sysco Corp. won't be appealing a federal court ruling against its planned $3.5 billion acquisition of US Foods and will be going back to the drawing board to determine other venues for expanding its food distribution business.

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza expanding Georgia presence with Smyrna location

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza is once again expanding in the Atlanta, Georgia area with its first unit in Smyrna by restaurant operators Mike and Cjgie-Mcgaha Dickey to open on July 10.

Coconut’s Fish Café opens second Arizona restaurant location

Coconut’s Fish Café has opened its second Scottsdale, Arizona location.

Blaze Pizza wins Emerging Entrepreneur award

The eight recipients employ approximately 2,700 people and have increased their workforce by more than 50 percent and revenues by 90 percent over the last two years.

Johnny Rockets entering Poland

Johnny Rockets has signed a development deal with HDS Polska Group to build and operate 10 Johnny Rockets restaurants over the next 10 years in Poland.

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