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FEATURES


Bigger isn't always better: the case for limited menus

Limited menus for QSRs and fast casual restaurants have financial and operational benefits.

Three takeaways from Starbucks' Q1 2015 report

Starbucks' consistent success comes down to three things: a strong loyalty program, excellent operational execution and product innovation.

Pond: Poised to make a splash in 2015

This could be the breakout year for Hunter Pond and his East Hampton Sandwich Co. The young entrepreneur's three-unit chain is set to double its footprint in 2015, and add another four units in 2016.

Executive round table: Fast casual segment leaders make their 2015 predictions

Local marketing, local sourcing, mobile technologies and customer service initiatives are all expected to move to the front burner in the New Year.

Is your restaurant green?

Even though going green may cost more than conventional items, consumers are willing to pay more for the opportunity; for them it is not an indulgence but a necessity.

Rearview 2014: Here's what we were hungry for

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

A 30-brand restaurant tour of Australia

The focus on healthy menu attributes, such as grass-fed beef, antibiotic and hormone-free products, etc., seemed to be more prevalent than similar products in the United States.

A peek inside Starbucks' first Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room

A projected 1.4 million pounds of small lot coffee will be roasted in the first year at the new Roastery, doubling current production rates.

Dickey's in the spotlight for cooking competition show

Dickey's will be the latest brand featured in TNT's cooking competition show "On the Menu." The winning dish will debut as an LTO the day after the episode airs.

The chefs have spoken: Menu trend predictions for 2015

After years on the rise, gluten-free cuisine has fallen out of the top 10 list of the National Restaurant Association's annual survey.

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NEWS


World Tea Expo set for May 6 – 8 in SoCal

The 13th annual World Tea Expo will take place May 6 – 8, 2015 in Long Beach, California at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Burger sales up, sandwich and chicken sales down in 2014

Diners ordered 9 billion serving of burgers in U.S. restaurants and foodservice outlets last year, three percent more than the year before. Meanwhile, sandwiches were down 2 percent and chicken dropped 9 percent.

JJ's Red Hots serving up 'The Brady Deflatey' and 'Beast Mode Mother Lode' in anticipation of Super Bowl

JJ's Red Hots will serve up the "Brady Deflatey" and the "Beast Mode Mother Lode" at its Charlotte, North Carolina restaurants from now until Sunday at 4 p.m.

Super Bowl viewers say they want healthier food options

More than half of survey respondents said they wanted healthier food served at their Super Bowl party.

Americans will gobble up 1.25 billion chicken wings during the Super Bowl [infographic]

Most of those wings will be consumed in restaurants. The National Chicken Council estimates that of the wings eaten during the Super Bowl, 75 percent will come from food service outlets and 25 percent from retail grocery stores.

California Tortilla has a new burrito that tastes a lot like college

California Tortilla's new Ramen Burrito is on trend. Other menu updates across the fast casual industry: bd's Mongolian Grill adds local, seasonal produce to its market area; Pieology adds Alfredo Sauce and Whole Wheat Crust; new smoothies debut for Bananas and Jamba Juice; The Habit brings back Sesame Chicken and Almond Salad.

Butterball Foodservice rolls out three new turkey breast products

The three new products were all developed with an eye towards health.

It's got a bite to it: Zoup! serves up Rattlesnake Stew

Zoup! is adding a new offering to its rotating menu of soups that may rattle some diners – Rattlesnake Stew.

Blaze Pizza inks deal for Canada expansion

The fast-casual pizza chain is targeting Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary for the first locations.

GE Capital to finance Blast 825° expansion

Scottsdale, Arizona-based GE Capital’s Franchise Finance business announced a $7.6 million term loan and $2.0 million revolving credit facility provided to Milano Restaurants International Corp.

PizzaRev inks deal to expand in Boston

Los Angeles-based PizzaRev announced an agreement with restaurateurs Marc Phaneuf, Jr. and Marc Phaneuf, Sr. to bring the build-your-own pizza concept to Boston.

Winter menus feature comfort food, hearty options

Chilly weather means hearty menu options.

NRA expands Healthy Dining partnership

Healthy Dining provides nutritional knowledge to NRA members and their customers.

PizzaRev celebrates 20th opening

Los Angeles-based fast-casual pizza franchise, PizzaRev, is celebrating the opening of its 20th location in just over two years.

Technomic reveals which brands are tops with consumers

Technomic's Chain Restaurants Consumers' Choice Awards identifies which brands consumers think are the best in service, atmosphere, offerings, healthy options and more.

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