More restaurants adopting green practices

Research reveals that the majority of restaurants surveyed by the National Restaurant Association recycle, use compact fluorescent lighting and purchase recycled materials.


Mission Foods leapfrogs competitors with plastic ship boxes

It is not often in the QSR industry, that one decision can positively impact so many touch points in restaurant operations.

Burger Lounge CEO: Almost any food type can be 'fast casualized'

J. Dean Loring believes the 'better burger' bubble is here.

Federal Donuts hopes to kickstart 'radical' hospitality with partnership

If Rooster Soup Co.'s crowdfunding effort gets off the ground, its profits will be donated to helping those in need.

Panera commits to ‘clean ingredients’ by 2016

The bakery-cafe chain is on a 'mission to help fix a broken food system.'

2014 Kitchen Innovation winners

More than 20 winners showcased energy-saving, time-saving equipment to help restaurant operators' bottom lines.

5 ways restaurants can embrace sustainable packaging

If customers believe you are irresponsible in sourcing your packaging, they may cease to give you their business.

NRA: Embracing technology, menu trends key in 2014

The industry will employ 13.5 million in 990,000 units, and restaurant job growth will outpace the overall job growth rate.

A look into the menu crystal ball: Top 3 trends of 2014

Why eggs, tea and local produce will grab the spotlight.

Restaurant Trend Mashup: What to expect in 2014

Experts discuss how restaurants should embrace this year's food, marketing and technology trends.

How restaurateurs' decisions, actions will affect Earth's future

Restaurants can showcase sustainability efforts to entice customers.

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Chipotle announces Cultivate Dallas-Ft. Worth lineup

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced today its chef and music line-up for Cultivate Dallas-Ft. Worth, scheduled for Oct.18 at Lake Carolyn near Irving, Texas.

Native Foods Café announces partnerships with three non-profits

Native Foods Café announced today its newest giveback program, "Native Pals," a long-term partnership with Mercy For Animals, The Surfrider Foundation, and Farm Sanctuary. "We are so excited to align with these three groups," Native Foods Co-owner Andrea McGinty said...

Ice-O-Matic adds to Energy Star lineup

Ice-O-Matic, a manufacturer of ice machines, storage bins and dispensers, has announced a new addition to its lineup of Energy Star-rated machines. The ICEU226A joins the company’s selection of more than 30 machines to be awarded the Energy Star certification, meeting guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

NRA publishes first-ever sustainability newsletter

The National Restaurant Association has issued "Bright Ideas," its first-ever sustainability newsletter. According to a news release, the newsletter includes tips and tools for restaurant and foodservice operators on eco-friendly practices. The newsletter, produced by Conserve, also includes videos, best...

La Prep now sells Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee exclusively

La Prep announced recently that all of its coffee is now sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. The change took effect June 9. Rainforest Alliance certification helps support the rights and well-being of farm workers, the conservation of natural resources,...

District of Columbia bans polystyrene food, beverage containers

The Washington Post reports that Washington, D.C. lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban the use of plastic-foam food and drink containers by 2016.

NRA asks Gulf Coast governors to support locally-sourced seafood

The National Restaurant Association has asked Governors Bobby Jindal (Louisiana), Rick Scott (Florida), Robert Bentley (Alabama), Phil Bryant (Mississsippi) and Rick Perry (Texas) to provide year-round access to Gulf of Mexico seafood. The NRA sent a letter to the governors...

Chipotle increasing purchase of locally grown produce in 2014

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced today it will purchase more than 20 million pounds of locally grown produce in its restaurants this year, up from its 2013 goal of 15 million pounds. "We are changing the way people think about and...

Cascades launches environmentally-friendly food packaging line

The packaging company Cascades recently announced the launch of Respak, a new environmentally-friendly food packaging line. Unlike commonly used polycoated cardboard, Respak is made from 50 percent recycled fibers and is recyclable and compostable, according to a company press release....

Au Bon Pain expands energy management program

Au Bon Pain has expanded installation of SiteSage, an enterprise-level energy and asset management system, to cafes in Boston, New York City and Washington, DC, according to a recent press release. “Au Bon Pain’s vision is to reduce the impact...

NRA updates its Conserve Sustainability website

The National Restaurant Association has relaunched its Conserve website to include videos, case studies, best practices and more. The site was designed to educate restaurateurs about becoming more sustainable, reducing energy and water consumption, decreasing food waste, recycling, composting and...

Einstein Noah plans to eliminate gestation crates from supply chain by 2017

Denver-area based Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, parent company of Einstein Bros. Bagels, Noah's New York Bagels and Manhattan Bagel brands, announced that it will require quarterly reports from its pork suppliers detailing their progress eliminating gestation crates. "Einstein Noah Restaurant...

Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes certified as 'largest green restaurant chain'

Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes Restaurants have earned a "Certified Green Restaurants" designation from the Green Restaurant Association. According to a news release, this is the largest restaurant chain in the country to receive the certification for all locations.

Unilever Food Solutions CEO recognized for healthier menu efforts

Leo Oosterveer, CEO of Unilever Food Solutions, has received the 2014 Augie Leadership Award for Sustainability and Food Ethics from the Culinary Institute of America. According to a news release, the award recognizes Unilever's efforts to remove 10 billion calories...

Barberitos to open 0% waste restaurant

Barberitos is taking steps to become more eco-friendly and hopes to introduce the first zero-percent waste restaurant by July. So far, the chain is using clear polypropylene drink cups that are 100-percent recyclable, 100-percent recycled brown napkins and has switched...

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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.