Healthy beverage category on pace for 8.6% growth in Middle East

Euromonitor International, a market research company, has published new research in an e-book identifying the top beverage trends throughout the Middle East and North Africa. According to the data, the MENA region is on pace for an 8.6-percent increase in...

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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.

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A thing for wings

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Morgan makes the leap from Smashburger to Tava Indian Kitchen

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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.

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Smoothie King adding two vegan smoothies to menu

Interest in plant-based diets growing among all consumers, not just vegans, says Smoothie King CEO.

Menchie's introduces color-changing cups, Harvest Pumpkin flavor

The cups, which reveal hidden colors and designs when filled with frozen yogurt, will be available throughout the month of October..

Fazoli's adds cavatappi LTO

Signature Cheddar Alfredo Bakes mark the first time Fazoli's has featured cavatappi pasta in a menu item.

Restaurant chains falling short on healthy option promises

A new white paper from Technomic, titled "Better-for-You Chains: Consumer Ratings of Restaurants' Health Offerings," shows that a majority of consumers are unsatisfied with restaurant chain's availability of healthy options. A majority of consumers said it's important for brands, including...

Maui Wowi Hawaiian offers National Coffee Day discount for online orders

Maui Wowi Hawaiian is also bringing back Maui Mountain Roast and Pumpkin Pie Latte for a limited time.

Yogurtland brings back Pumpkin Pie froyo, introduces three new flavors

Yogurtland announced the return of Pumpkin Pie frozen yogurt and introduced three new flavors: Rocket Pop sorbet, Chocolate Pudding Pop frozen yogurt and Pink Lemonade sorbet. "We're excited to offer these new flavors and give our fans a delightful surprise...

Five Guys in New Jersey and New York shaking things up

The brand's custom milkshake platform offers customers the chance to build their own by mixing flavor offerings – including bacon – into a vanilla base.

Jamba Juice launches cold-pressed juice line

Juices are preservative-free and processed without heat.

Starbucks testing stout-flavored latte offering

The non-alcoholic offering gets its flavor from a syrup.

Elevation Burger CEO marks 5 months with growth plans, new menu items

The burger chain is adding units, menu items and leaders.

Craft beer growth outpacing broader breweries industry growth

Craft beers are growing, and seasonal offerings are big drivers of growth.

Bruegger's Bagels adding Bagel Burgers nationwide

The bagel chain is strengthening is lunchtime daypart offerings with the addition of two burger bagels.

Saladworks serves up fall season salad option

Saladworks customers can win free salad for a year by posting pics of their favorite salad with the hashtag #ForkFresh.

Thinking small: Starbucks testing a 10-ounce Frappuccino

Starbucks is the latest restaurant to test the waters with smaller offerings for the budget and diet conscious customer.

More consumers seeking out restaurants for beverage offerings

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