Foodservice Packaging Institute's annual Trends Report shows market shifts

Packaging trends include continued interest in sustainable products.

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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.

The latest green trend: Compostable containers

With the growing popularity of compostable products, they now come in all shapes and sizes to match the diversity of restaurant cuisine, including bowls, plates, hinged containers and more.

Panera, Chipotle set sustainability standards by starting small, thinking big

The biggest opportunities to save come with packaging and waste initiatives.

A case for produce management

Produce is hard to benchmark what you should be paying on a regular basis because there is no regularity to the product category.

Greener planet, more green in the pockets

Au Bon Pain reduced its carbon footprint, looks to shave up with 13 percent off its energy bill by monitoring and analyzing its energy usage.

Is grass-fed milk better for you than organic milk?

One industry insider claims grass-fed labels are bringing in customers, more than non-GMO labels.

New guide caters to restaurateurs, retailers looking to boost income with ATMs

'How to Profit from ATMs: A Guide for Retailers and Restaurateurs' delivers 40 pages packed with essential information about the business of owning, operating and earning revenue from ATMs.

A lesson for educational foodservice operators

How educational foodservice operators can gain a more transparent view of their costs and control of all purchasing cost factors.

Does China expose the concept of Quality Fade in QSR food products?

The tendency of major QSR brands to stick with longtime suppliers exposes a false sense of security with faulty supplier partners.

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NEWS


NRA selects LeanPath for food waste prevention program

The National Restaurant Association has chosen LeanPath Inc., provider of automated food waste monitoring systems, as its preferred supplier for the company's Conserve sustainability program.

Wholesale turkey prices on the rise

A drop in production and high beef and pork prices are putting pressure on the market, causing turkey prices to jump 16 percent year over year.

Chocolate companies warn of an impending shortage

Mars Inc. and Barry Callebaut, two chocolate giants, have warned of an impending chocolate shortage.

Newest Fresh To Order offers self-service wine, beer

The restaurant is allowing guests to sample the wine and beer by purchasing a beverage card with their meal.

Snappy Salads switches to paper straws

The brand is making the switch in an effort to cut down on the amount of plastic waste that makes its way to the ocean.

Tork adds five dispensers to Xpressnap Signature line

SCA, maker of the Tork brand, has added five new dispensers as part of its Xpressnap Signature line – Blue Tabletop, Green Tabletop, Blue Stand, Green Stand and Gray Counter. According to the company, these new colors and styles support...

Wixon Foodservice rolls out eight new menu offerings

The Wixon Foodservice Group has introduced its latest offerings for foodservice establishments. According to a news release, the items and their descriptions include: Asiago Cheese Bread Twists Mix: This quick bread mix is imparted with Asiago and Parmesan cheese. Roll...

Siftit breaks into Baltimore-Washington DC markets

Siftit, a technology provider that connects restaurants and suppliers, has launched into the Baltimore-Washington market. It also currently operates in Atlanta and Dallas. "We help independent restaurants succeed in a competitive market," CEO/Founder Mark Haidet said in a news release.

J&J Snack Foods launches Oreo Churros for foodservice industry

J&J Snack Foods Corp. has partnered with Mondelez International to introduce Oreo Churros to the foodservice industry.

Jamba Juice signs distribution agreement with Gordon Food Service

Jamba Juice Company has entered into a new distribution agreement with foodservice distributor Gordon Food Service. According to a news release from Jamba Juice, the relationship is intended to improve customer service, productivity and cost savings while also supporting franchise...

National Restaurant Association adds of SVP of Strategic Alliances

The National Restaurant Association today announced the hiring of Jeffrey Calore as senior vice president of Strategic Alliances.

Restaurant Canada feathers ruffled by government's lack of transparency on chicken pricing

Restaurants Canada is calling on a government commission to be more transparent as it investigates the cost of production formula used in setting the price of Ontario chicken.

Consolidated Concepts adds two senior supply chain executives

Wade Winters is joining Consolidated Concepts as vice president of Supply Chain, and Joni Miller is joining as director of Supply Chain.

Culinary Software Services releases Cheftec Xt4

Culinary Software Services recently released ChefTec xt4, featuring simplified entry of Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points information, a new EDI interface with FreshPoint and improved interfaces.

Mediterranean Brands receives foodservice innovation award

Falafel Scoop and Go was awarded third place finish in the foodservice category at the Prepared Foods- New Products Conference.

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