Simplified ingredient lists: A trend at the point of no return

Natural ingredients and minimally processed foods are one of the top five culinary trends for 2015 and 2016. Major brands across segments have responded by simplifying their menus with cleaner, fresher ingredient lists.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Litehouse Foods


2015 Fast Casual Top 100

FastCasual.com's tenth annual review of the restaurant segment's Top 100 movers and shakers takes a look at the brands, marketing campaigns, menu trends and technologies leading the industry.

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: FastCasual.com


The acceleration and diversification of iced tea across America

The diaspora of iced tea across the United States has been swift. In the past 5 years, this Southern staple has since found its way onto restaurant menus across the country.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: S & D Coffee


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Why 'locally sourced,' 'organic' aren't just buzzwords

QSRs need to pay heed to the increasing movement of consumers toward all things healthy and natural, and they need to be authentic about it.

Study: Americans' view of healthful food is changing

About 55 percent of those surveyed said they trusted locally operated and owned restaurants more than national chains, which just 49 percent said they trusted.

Gone fishing: Why LSRs are angling for seafood

Consumers are more familiar with seafood, which means LSRs can now be creative when it comes to adding fish to the menu.

Why restaurants should ignore government’s delay on menu labeling

The real opportunity is to be a leader and put your nutritional information — all 11 of those pesky items, including consumer hot buttons like calories, fat, sugar and sodium — out there.

Infographic: March Madness fans go mad for gluten-free options

To see how gluten-free options are taking over at arenas, check out this infographic designed by Maui Wowi.

NYC surpassing salt ruling?

Although chain restaurants in New York City are required to put a saltshaker icon on menu items that contain more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium, a Manhattan appeals court on Monday said those that don’t comply will not be subject to the $200 fine that had been part of the law.

Food fight on Capitol Hill: A breakdown of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act

Betsy Craig describes eight ways menu-labeling guidelines will change if HR 2017 becomes a law.

Why you should never listen to your customers

"Sometimes I think the perfect restaurant would say “Mother Nature's Health Food” in big letters on the outside, but inside only serve burgers, cokes and fries."

Will restaurants work to meet new dietary guidelines?

There's a new food sheriff in town in the form of the federal government's new dietary guidelines, but many restaurants aren't going to find it difficult to offer menu items that meet those guidelines.

Menus shift to reflect transparency

While larger chains like Noodles and Company and Panera Bread have taken great measures to provide transparent menu items, other chains are following suit.

Restaurants striving to offer healthy options to kids

About 150 restaurant brands ranging from Noodles & Company to Outback Steakhouse to Sonic, use the Kids LiveWell guidelines across 42,000 locations nationwide.

Now trending: Restaurants will continue to make 'cage-free egg' pledges in 2016

Restaurants serving cage-free eggs turned out to be one of this year’s top trends, and it will also be a popular move in the coming year.

10 fresh restaurant marketing ideas for 2016

Today there are marketing techniques that won't break the bank and will help you save time. Use these restaurant marketing ideas to take your business to the next level in 2016.

Inescapable ingredients (Part 3): Egging on the egg

This is part 3 of a series exploring how chefs are using common ingredients to innovate menus.

Food fight: Industry responds to NYC sodium mandate

As restaurants in New York City prepare themselves to label menu items that contain more than 2,300 mg of salt (the recommended daily limit), the National Restaurant Association is moving forward with its plan to file a lawsuit intended to stop the Board of Health's regulation from taking place.

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