McAlister's Deli adds Pecanberry Wrap, Club Salad

McAlister's Deli is adding the Pecanberry Wrap and McAlister's Club Salad to its menu through Sept. 30. McAlister's Pecanberry Wrap features strawberries, blueberries, candied pecans, grilled chicken and mixed greens, served with Fat Free Raspberry-Pecan Vinaigrette Dressing. McAlister's Club Salad...

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New beverages, food give Starbucks a lift in Q3

Food sales drove two points of comp growth in the U.S., and the breakfast sandwich platform surged 40 percent.

Holy jalapeno! How hot will menus get?

Sriracha, according to CCD Innovation, is in 2014 what chipotle was in 2009.

Restaurants fire up promos for Fourth of July holiday

From menu rollouts to marketing campaigns, some concepts are in the spirit.

Consumer Reports: Low chain restaurant scores should be a ‘wake-up call’

Food quality now trumps location convenience for restaurant consumers.

Capriotti's CEO: Franchising an attractive option for those burned in the Great Recession

Morris' passion for Capriotti's food and proven concept took him from franchisee to top exec.

Pollo Tropical's streamlined menu, focus on accuracy boost AUVs

Increased efficiency, improved accuracy lead to gains for Pollo Tropical.

Federal Donuts hopes to kickstart 'radical' hospitality with partnership

If Rooster Soup Co.'s crowdfunding effort gets off the ground, its profits will be donated to helping those in need.

Salata’s growth driven by consumer demand for clean eating

Guests also want more vegetarian proteins, such as quinoa, tofu and falafel, as well as sauces and spices.

Exploring the role of whole grains in the food industry

'If you can pronounce the ingredients, it's probably good for you,' said Cynthia Harriman, director at Oldways and The Whole Grain Council.

'Stealth health' menu approaches are on trend

Kids also want more healthful options from restaurants.

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NEWS


Jamba Juice will hold sampling event Aug. 6

Jamba Inc today announced it will give away free samples of its recently-launched, made-to-order juices blended with whole foods at stores nationwide on Aug. 6 from 9 a.m.

Da Lobsta food truck rolls through Chicago July 31

The Da Lobsta Food Truck will hit Chicago-area roads on July 31, just ahead of National Sandwich Month in August. Customers can locate the Da Lobsta Food Truck by following its whereabouts on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #FindDaLobsta...

Firecrust Neapolitan jumps into fast casual pizza space

Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria has opened its first restaurant in Dallas, and has begun construction on its second location in Plano, Texas. According to a news release, Firecrust is a fast casual Neapolitan pizza concept with its head office based in...

Habit showcasing Hatch chiles for limited time

Habit Restaurants LLC will add the Hatch Chile Charburger to its menu from Aug. 20 through Sept.30 at more than 90 locations.

Wendy’s testing build-your-own sandwich model

The build-your-own model is quickly becoming the rule rather than the exception in the restaurant industry, thanks to fast casual players such as Chipotle. It has made its way into the pizza space and even McDonald's has tried out the model. Now, Wendy's is testing a build-your-own sandwich program.

KFC Canada’s fast casual concept plans expansion, beer menu

KFC Canada announced the expansion of its KFC Fresh fast casual concept, which first made its debut in December 2013. "KFC Fresh began as Canada's incubator for signature innovation, so we're delighted to announce that we're expanding and evolving the...

Falafill joins Chicago's The NOSH with pop-up storefront

Falafill has joined The NOSH Chicago and will serve lunch at a pop-up storefront on The Plaza each Friday. The NOSH will be held each Friday from 11 a.m.

Fazoli's offering free lasagna for National Lasagna Day July 29

Fazoli's will give away its Twice-Baked Lasagna on July 29 in recognition of National Lasagna Day. Customers who visit a participating Fazoli's that day and order Twice-Baked Lasagna will receive a coupon for a Free Twice-Baked Lasagna with the purchase...

Whole Grains Council sets topics for November conference

Oldways and its Whole Grains Council have announced its conference, called Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers, is set for Nov. 9-11, 2014 at the Hyatt Boston Harbor in Boston.

Back Yard Burgers sees turnaround with return of seasoned fries

Did bringing back seasoned fries save Back Yard Burgers? It might have been the start, according to a story in the Tennessean. The chain has enjoyed 15 straight months of same-store sales gains since bringing back seasoned fries and other...

Robeks adds melon and mint to seasonal menu

Robeks fresh juices and smoothies is adding three new items featuring melon and mint to its seasonal menu. In many markets locally-grown fruits and produce will be used. "With these refreshing summer menu choices, we are keeping in step with our motto at Robeks — 'Healthy never tasted this good,'" CMO Chad Bailey said in a news release.

Villa Enterprises adds hibiscus, mango, pomegranate tea flavors

Villa Enterprises has added new flavored iced teas including hibiscus, mango and pomegranate at its restaurant concepts, Green Leaf’s and Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt, participating locations for a limited time. Also, Green Leaf’s & Bananas has kicked off a...

Coco’s Bakery launches menu redesign, new ingredients

Coco’s Bakery Restaurants Inc. has announced today a complete redesign and rollout of its new Core Menu, featuring new ingredients and never-frozen steaks. "Consumers, including our regular customers, are becoming more health conscious and seeking out more fresh and natural...

Hai Street Kitchen & Co. launches Screaming Tuna Roll

Hai Street Kitchen & Co recently added the Screaming Tuna Roll to its menu. The Screaming Tuna Roll features raw, chopped Yellowfin Tuna mixed with kimchi, gochujang sauce and sesame oil rolled-up with pickled mango, lettuce, carrot, cucumber, red onion...

Genghis Grill launches new summer drinks

Genghis Grill announced the limited launch of three new summer drinks. Available at restaurants nationwide for $2.99 each, the new Strawberry Summer line features blends of tea, mango, lemonade and watermelon along with strawberries.  The drinks will only be available through Sept.

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