Domestic tea sales jump 6%

According to new research from the American Botanical Council, sales of loose, bagged, concentrated and herbal tea in the US increased by 5.9 percent in 2013, totally $1.7B. Ready-to-drink tea sales in the US remained relatively flat at $2.3B. According...

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How a hotel became a hot fast casual concept

Marriott transformed its Courtyard food and beverage offerings away from the traditional buffet into a new fast casual format, resulting in a 27-percent jump in guests' intent to recommend and return.

Just Mayo vs. Mayonnaise: How the FDA restricts food innovation

The FDA established Standards of Identity for many products so that consumers were protected from mislabeled food product. But consumers today are more educated about ingredients.

Startup aims to help restaurants clear hyperlocal produce hurdles

OtherShip Foods offers 10- and 20-foot containers that use hydroponics technology to grow produce on site.

Customization, versatility driving the Asian food segment

Highly versatile and easily customizable, the Asian food segment is a perfect segue for East-meets-West flavor mashups that consumers of all ages will love.

Restaurants beefing up offerings despite rising protein costs

Operators are so undeterred by rising protein costs that menu mentions of protein across the board have risen 67 percent in the last five years.

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.

Prognostication: 2015 menu trends

Beverages, micro-local, crowdsourcing and increased competition from nontraditional foodservice outlets are all expected to shape the restaurant landscape in 2015.

Tea, craft soda, beer bubbling up in beverage trends

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?

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.

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Salata adds vegan proteins

Quinoa, falafel and tofu are available for an additional $2 in a wrap or small salad and $3 in the regular salad.

Pei Wei adds crunch to sushi offerings

The Teriyaki and Wasabi Sushi Crunch rolls are topped with crunchy tempura flakes.

Farmer Boys bringing back bread bowls

Customers can choose from Broccoli Cheese soup, Clam Chowder, or chili served in a bread bowl from now through early March.

La Madeleine rolls out holiday catering and gift options

La Madeleine announced several holiday promotions, including catering and gift options. "When the flavors of the holiday season come to mind, it's a nostalgic combination of comfort and tradition" said Susan Dederen, vice president of culinary, in a company press...

Boston Market gears up for holidays

Boston Market served more than 41,000 whole turkeys, nearly 3 million pounds of mashed potatoes and more than 13 million pieces of cornbread in November and December last year.

Gusto Wood Fired Grill opens in Atlanta

The concept, which features grilled proteins, is owned by former NFL player Nate Hybl, who played for the Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Starbucks adds holiday Panini

The Holiday Turkey & Stuffing Panini features turkey, cranberry-herbed stuffing and turkey gravy on a focaccia roll.

Peet's offers free holiday drink with bakery or food purchase

Peet's is also bringing back a new Holiday Blend for sale in its retail locations, grocery stores and online.

The Melt moves into burgers, chicken, wine

The Melt is moving beyond grilled cheese by adding new proteins, sides and wine.

Pinkberry offers free yogurt to customers who purchase gift cards

Pinkberry will also give away gift cards to community organizations for the holidays.

Wahlburgers' first franchise opens in Toronto

The better burger brand, helmed by the Wahlburg brothers, will use only Canadian beef in its Toronto restaurant.

Cinnamon in season at Manhattan Bagel

Cinnamon Toast Egg Sandwich, Cinnamon Cream Cheese and Cinnamon Winter Blend Coffee will be available for a limited time.

New Miami Subs Grill/Miami Grill offering #GOBONELESS LTO

The promotion includes 10- or 20-piece platters of Boneless Wings for $5.99 and $10.99.

Starbucks unpacks a sleigh full of holiday promotions

In addition to featuring five holiday beverages, Starbucks is rolling out a new line of drinkware and redesigned gift cards.

Study: Restaurant customers want conscious, convenient brands

New research from the Culinary Visions Panel found that restaurant consumers now want more than just good food, value and service when they dine out. They're also more likely to choose an establishment that treats their employees well and supports...

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