Tea, craft soda, beer bubbling up in beverage trends

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Fast casual operators can pull away from the pack by offering trendy beverages like handcrafted sodas, specialty teas and alcohol. But will margins be high enough to make it worth it?

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

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

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.

Is it possible to deliver fine dining experience for $10?

Frank Klein, CEO of Asian Box, thinks it's possible. The Asian concept sources sustainable ingredients, makes its own sauces and butchers its own meat.

How to survive the protein craze

Cutting costs by creating limited time offers or new menu items that scale down the serving of animal protein could be interesting to test with consumers.

What are Any’tizers, Tanglers, Frisnacks or Wrappetizers?

Restaurants can sell snacks at premium profit margins and can be more exciting for guests than the traditional core menu.

A thing for wings

From QSRs to sports bars, wings are on menus everywhere. Why?

No soup for you? SoupMobiles could change that

Low cost, powerful brand story make SoupMobiles attractive to new franchisees, CEO Lloyd Sugarman says.

A look at some international fast casual concepts

From poutine to crêpes, international fast casual concepts offer variety.

Morgan makes the leap from Smashburger to Tava Indian Kitchen

Tava aims to expand throughout San Francisco and into Denver.

Homestyle Dining leverages smaller footprint to create 'plush fast casual' steak concept

Bo's Steak & Grill features a backyard barbecue theme, with country music, denim and red solo cups.

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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill opens 35th location

To celebrate the 35th location, Firebirds will offer a $10 Gift to You card with every $50 gift card purchase.

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.

Starbucks set to roll out mobile ordering in 2015

Starbucks will roll out mobile order and pay across the US in 2015, according to a statement for the coffee giant.

Vegas Five Guys first to offer shakes on West Coast

The shakes are built on a vanilla base with 10 different mix-ins.

Chipotle expands vegan offering throughout South, Southeast

Sofritas will become a permanent menu item in all US Chipotle restaurants by the end of the year.

BurgerFi debuts 'Cereal Killer' frozen dessert

The Cereal Killer will feature chocolate custard, chocolate chips and chocolate cereal, raspberry sauce and candy corns, and will sell for $5.57.

Braddah's opens 3rd location, wins award

Braddah's Pumpkin Bark took "Most Creative Bite" at 94.1FM's (Mix / CBS Radio) "Bite of Las Vegas 2014."

Falafill teams up with Forever Yogurt

The frozen yogurt machines will feature specially-developed flavors by Chebaro to complement Falafill's falafel and mezza bar.

Demand for breaded chicken sandwiches on the rise

An increasing number of consumers are requesting breaded chicken sandwiches, according to new research from The NPD Group. Servings of breaded chicken sandwiches have grown an average of 3 percent over the last four years, and in the year ending...

Mama Fu's Black Market Menu released

Chefs compete to get their items featured on the Black Market Menu, which often leads to a spot on the brand's core menu.

Pie Five Pizza encourages paying it forward with #pieitforward campaign

To celebrate National Pizza Month fast casual pizza brand Pie Five Pizza has kicked off the Pie It Forward campaign that surprises one guest at each location with a free pizza every day in October.

The Habit Burger Grill launches French Onion Charburger

The burger, a take on the flavor of French onion soup, will be available through Nov. 17.

Genghis Grill featured on HealthyDiningFinder.com

The stir fry chain also released a video testimonial series on YouTube featuring athletes and their favorite Genghis Grill dishes.

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill expands gyro selection to include any protein

Gyros can now be ordered with any Garbanzo protein, including chicken, steak, falafel, Portobello mushroom, and traditional gyro meat.

Pressed Juicery juices up fall menu, adds new units

Pressed Juicery announced several additional to its fall menu, and several new units opening this year in Northern and Southern California.

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