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.

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Juice It Up! gears up for aggressive expansion under new VP

The California-based juice bar and smoothie concept hired its first-ever VP of Business Development in November, and Laina Sullivan is ready to take it nationwide.

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.

The wait is over: FDA issues final menu labeling regulations

The FDA's 395-page document includes menu labeling by the slice, not the whole pizza, a ruling applauded by the restaurant industry.

Healthy Dining VP offers tips for restaurants wanting to improve menu options

There are differences between stealth health and promotional health, according to Erica Bohm, VP and director of Strategic Partnerships at Healthy Dining.

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.

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.

Is grass-fed milk better for you than organic milk?

One industry insider claims grass-fed labels are bringing in customers, more than non-GMO labels.

Capitalizing on new school nutrition policies

New nutritional policies offer a great opportunity for restaurants to partner with schools to deliver healthy menu options for students.

Consumers say one thing, do another when it comes to healthy choices

Consumers sometimes say one thing, but do another when it comes to healthful choices. This conflict affects their food choices and translates into complex flavor trends which can be difficult to unravel.

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.

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NEWS


Taziki’s earns REAL certification

The Mediterranean concept is the first national franchise to earn the certification for nutrition and sustainability.

Menus aimed at helping diners keep New Year's Resolutions

January means resolutions, and fast casual restaurants are highlighting lighter, healthier options for diners.

NRA expands Healthy Dining partnership

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

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.

Schlotzsky's highlighting lighter menu options

Schlotzsky's offers six Pick 2 combinations that are featured on HealthyDiningFinder.com and under 670 calories.

Au Bon Pain named healthiest chain restaurant by Grellin

Au Bon Pain has been ranked first out of 100 nationwide restaurant chains by Grellin, a website that uses publicly available data on restaurant food to determine which restaurants have the healthiest menus.

Pie Five adding chicken and veggie option to lineup

Pie Five is adding Chicken & Veggie Pie -- which weighs in at just 100 calories per slice -- to its menu through February 15.

McAlister's Deli lightens up with 'Lite Choose Two' menu

McAlister's Deli has announced its "Lite Choose Two" menu, pairing existing menu items into more than 250 combinations that add up to fewer than 600 calories.

Tropical Smoothie Café rolling out new smoothie line, bringing back flatbreads

Just in time for the New Year, Tropical Smoothie Café is adding a line of health-focused smoothies and bringing back its flatbread platform.

Newk's rolls out 600 Calorie Menu

The menu offers a leaner take on the brand's decadent signature dishes as well as new items and limited time offers.

Demand for food transparency growing

New research from Technomic finds that most consumers want transparency from restaurant brands about their menu choices. Additionally, two in five consumers cite a rising concern over food additives.

Gluten-free options now available at 9 percent of restaurants

New research from Food Genius finds a growing number of healthier menu options and more concepts touting a health-halo menu.

NRA: Better kids' meals top trends list

Some of the restaurant industry's hottest trends involve children's items, according to the NRA's 2015 What's Hot culinary forecast.

Bruegger's Bagels, Florida Department Of Citrus team up for pre-holiday giveaway

Everyone who enters the sweepstakes will receive a coupon for one free bottle of Florida's Natural Orange Juice with the purchase of any breakfast sandwich.

Consumption of fresh food up 20% in past decade

A new report from The NPD Group, called "The Future of Eating: Who's Eating What in 2018?" shows that the consumption of fresh foods – fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish and eggs – grew by 20 percent from 2003 to...

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Get the facts on restaurant nutrition. Consumers are increasingly concerned about healthy lifestyles and you need to know the difference between what they say they want and what they'll actually order.