Rearview 2014: Here's what we were hungry for

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What did we want to nosh on in 2014? Not gluten. And maybe we're getting sick of pumpkin spice, too.

FEATURES


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...

In times of doubt, think outside the nutritional box

If you are still on the fence about whether you should provide menu items that are allergen- and/or gluten-free, provide a dish as a limited-time-offer to see how well it sells.

Industry trends: Consumers will spend more for transparency, authenticity, safety

Watch for menu trends at airport bars and lounges, Hollywood and convenience stores.

Allergen awareness: Why American brands should be watching the EU

The focus on establishments that serve food items will become more prevalent as the number of people born with allergens continues to increase.

6 steps to promote staff, customer allergen awareness

Have a disclaimer up in your restaurant that lets customers know the efforts made to accommodate diners with special dietary needs.

Navigating the new food codes: Part 1

Operators need to know the 8 major allergens and the best practices surrounding the use of separate containers and preparation methods designed to prevent cross-contact.

Health focus driving children's menu options

Although it is not the restaurant industry's job to fix the problems associated with childhood obesity, the industry can take steps to ensure children of all socio-economic backgrounds have access to healthy meals.

NRA Show '13: A handful of menu trends emerge

Gluten free, Greek yogurt, beverages and children's nutrition are just some of the show highlights from the food side.

An idea that’s catching on

Until there is more education about food sensitivities, the onus remains on the consumer to make sure their meal is safe.

Protect yourself as well as your customers

Companies that offer restaurant liability insurance have begun expanding policies to cover claims related to gluten reactions as well as food poisoning and allergic reactions.

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NEWS


Gluten-free options now available at 9 percent of restaurants

New research from Food Genius finds a growing number of healthier menu options and more concepts touting a health-halo menu.

Kye's opens in Santa Monica, California

Kye's will introduce its signature item, the KyeRito, which feature wraps made of options like nori or romain rather than the typical flatbread or tortilla.

Jason's Deli adds gluten-free chicken nuggets

Jason's Deli announced the addition of J.D. Nuggetz, a gluten-free chicken nugget, to its menu in all locations.

AllergyEats conference planned for October in NYC

The 2014 AllergyEats Food Allergy Conference is set for Oct. 21 beginning at 8 a.m.

Firewürst adds Certified Angus Beef hot dog, gluten-free bun to the menu

Firewürst is expanding its menu a new Certified Angus Beef hot dog, a gluten-free bun option and several vegetarian items. “Since our inception in 2012, we have been committed to serving the highest quality and nutritious food to our customers,”...

Culinary Software Services releases new version of ChefTec software

Culinary Software Services recently announced the release of ChefTec xt3 software. New features include additional functions, improved performance and updated user interface. According to a news release, the updated software has the ability to identify gluten-free recipes.

Report: Taste and cost continue to be gluten-free barriers for consumers

Although just 11 percent of U.S. households follow a gluten-free diet, about 25 percent of consumers believe that gluten-free is good for everyone, according to new research from The NPD Group.

Smashburger now offering gluten-free buns

Smashburger announced a new partnership with Udi’s Gluten Free to rollout out a gluten-free bun option at all U.S. Smashburger locations.

Gluten-free menu mentions up 200 percent since 2010

According to new research from Mintel Menu Insights, the use of "organic" on restaurant menus has declined by 28 percent from 2010 to 2013. Organic continues to be the leading ethical claim on menus, however. "The reality is that organic...

Report: 52% of restaurant chains plan to add gluten-free options this year

More than half of U.S. chain restaurants plan to increase their light- or low-calorie menu items this year, with 52 percent adding offerings to their gluten-free menu, according to a national menu price survey by restaurant supply-chain co-op SpenDifference. The...

Mellow Mushroom, Uno Chicago among most allergy-friendly chains

AllergyEats today released its 2014 list of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains nationwide, which included Uno Chicago Grill and, new this year, Mellow Mushroom. According to a news release, the chains were selected because they rank the highest on AllergyEats' website...

FARE expands foodservice allergy training with MenuTrinfo partnership

Food Allergy Research & Education has announced a partnership with MenuTrinfo, a provider of nutritional analysis and allergen training, to offer the company's AllerTrain program to foodservice operators and their teams. As part of FARE's new College Food Allergy Program,...

MenuTrinfo adds Amtrak to portfolio

MenuTrinfo has been named the nutritional partner for Amtrak, and will conduct menu nutritional services for the railway's food and beverage service. "MenuTrinfo is honored and thrilled to be the chosen nutritional partner for Amtrak. The vision and direction of...

MenuTrinfo partners with Food Services of America for allergy training

MenuTrinfo has announced a new partnership with Food Services of America, a broadline foodservice distributor. MenuTrinfo will supply nutritional analysis and allergy training for customers participating in FSA's At Your Service program, which provides restaurant operators with services that assist...

Calexico signs NYC franchise deal

Calexico, the NYC-based concept that was named Best Mexican in New York City by Zagat, has signed its third multi-unit franchise deal of 2013. The new deal is a 10-unit deal for Long Island and Queens, neighboring the brand's home...

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