Picture perfect GMO fruit can reduce food waste

.

Applying this new genetic engineering will allow farmers to use more of what they harvest – which should reduce overhead food costs to the average consumer and provide more affordable apples to people around the world that are poor.

FEATURES


Saving energy with employee engagement: Strategies for restaurants

What’s the secret to successful execution of a restaurant energy strategy? Two words: Employee engagement.

Does your restaurant have a 'water issue'?

With sustainability now a top trend this year, it could be time for all restaurants to incorporate environment-friendly practices into their business plans.

A look at NRA 2015

About 60,000 foodservice providers and operators met this week in Chicago for NRA 2015.

5 eco-friendly trends radically transforming foodservice

Restaurants are going green and implementing sustainable practices to conserve energy and provide healthier offerings. As restaurants race toward trends the millennial generation embraces, environment- and animal-friendly initiatives are picking up speed.

Simple solutions to minimizing food waste

Food waste is a fact of the restaurant business, and for something that cannot be completely avoided, the toll it takes is steep. Food waste has a spectrum of consequences that spans the erosion of profits to negatively impacting the ecosystem and harming the sustainability of the planet.

Waste not, want not, profit more

In our business, every morsel has been bought and paid for, and its value lies in its resale, not its position at the bottom of a trash can.

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.

The latest green trend: Compostable containers

With the growing popularity of compostable products, they now come in all shapes and sizes to match the diversity of restaurant cuisine, including bowls, plates, hinged containers and more.

Panera, Chipotle set sustainability standards by starting small, thinking big

The biggest opportunities to save come with packaging and waste initiatives.

Is it possible to deliver fine dining experience for $10?

Frank Klein, CEO of Asian Box, thinks it's possible. The Asian concept sources sustainable ingredients, makes its own sauces and butchers its own meat.

See More »

NEWS


NatureWorks to sponsor NRA compost program

The National Restaurant Association’s Conserve sustainability initiative announced NatureWorks LLC, supplier of renewably sourced materials, as a new program sponsor.

Changing menus prove new consumer attitudes

AEB emphasizes that restaurants must jump on the group's preferences for locally grown, sustainably raised and non-processed foods.

EnviroPure receives NRA innovation award, expected to save restaurants 400 gallons of water a day

Commercial foodservice and plumbing product manufacturer T&S Brass and Bronze Works announced the National Restaurant Association awarded the company the Kitchen Innovations Award for its new EnviroPure ozone recirculation option.

Robeks debuts sustainable maple water smoothies for hydration and health

L.A.-based Robeks Fresh Juices and Smoothies debuted three new Fitness Smoothies made with maple water, specialty water extracted from the raw sap of maple trees.

Starbucks to unveil decade-long research benefiting 'more than a million farmers' globally

In collaboration with the Costa Rican Coffee Institute, the company will release a decade of agronomy research available for commercialization.

11% mortality rate of cage-free hens not solely due to cage-free housing, WAP says

By going cage-free, food businesses can also stay at the forefront of market trends, since several major corporations – including Burger King, Starbucks, Aramark, and Unilever – have proactively committed to transition to sourcing only cage-free eggs over the next several years.

Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply hen housing study found 'trade-offs' for each system

'Depending on the goals and perspectives of a food production company, egg producer or other food system stakeholder, those trade-offs may be weighed differently.'

Bake-at-home pizzeria sources local, organic ingredients

New bake-at-home pizzeria Bake425˚ has set up shop at 345 Park Avenue, Glencoe, Illinois with a grand opening celebration scheduled for Feb. 21.

New eco filter to help restaurants earn green certification, save on gas bills

Next Step Living, provider of home energy solutions in the Northeast, today announced it is entering the commercial energy-efficiency market by launching the Eco Thermal Filter System designed to help restaurants save on gas bills.

Papa John's, Quizno's, Wendy's cited among brands with poorest sustainability practices

As You Sow, a San Franciso-based nonprofit organization that promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility, released a new report, "Waste and Opportunity 2015: Environmental Progress and Challenges in Food, Beverage, and Consumer Goods Packaging."

Taziki’s earns REAL certification

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

Starbucks' new animal welfare policy 'most extensive of any restaurant chain"

Starbucks last week introduced its new animal welfare-friendly practices, which the Humane Society of the United States is calling "perhaps the most extensive of any restaurant chain." HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle said Starbucks' policy is especially comprehensive because it includes...

Panera Bread progressing toward animal welfare goals

Among its successes: 91 percent of Panera's pork supply is antibiotic-free, 80 percent of is beef is grass-fed and 100 percent of its chicken is antibiotic-free.

MAD Greens marks 10 year anniversary with giveaways

Since it's launch 10 years ago, the chain has served up more than 200 tons of spring mix, 1.9 million heads of romaine lettuce and 60 tons of spinach, most of it locally sourced.

Restaurants' commitment to sustainability influencing younger customers

New research from Packaged Facts finds that sustainability initiatives are increasingly important to restaurant consumers. According to the Future of Foodservice: Food and Beverage Menu Trends & Opportunities report, women and higher-income consumers are especially receptive to menu claims that promote sustainability.

See More »

Embracing sustainability best practices can be a great way to differentiate your restaurant. Look here for ideas to attract the growing number of consumers who prefer to spend their money with businesses that demonstrate social responsibility.