Fast food industry driving global cheese market

Research and Markets has released the "Global Cheese Market 2014-2018" report to their line of products.


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.

Think the QSR segment is in trouble? Consider Sonic

Sonic has dedicated a lot of resources to make sure it's ready for any launch, beginning a promotion before it goes to TV.

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.

Fast casual execs weigh successes and failures of QSR segment

The worst attribute about QSR, attendees agreed, is inconsistency – of quality, service, cleanliness, etc.

Dunkin's new sandwich station a 'game changer' for speed and growth

The brand is launching dark roast coffee next week and is testing smoothies and other 'blender' beverages.

Menu trends: Consumers demanding ‘foods with benefits’

A menu analyst says the most creative foodservice in the world is being done on college campuses, and that idea generation should start there.

Krispy Kreme's strategy includes becoming a beverage destination

The company plans to test a loyalty program by the end of this year.

How to survive the protein craze

Cutting costs by creating limited time offers or new menu items that scale down the serving of animal protein could be interesting to test with consumers.

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El Pollo Loco added to Healthy Dining website

El Pollo Loco also announced that 21 of its menu offerings have been added to the website for meeting nutrition criteria that emphasizes lean protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and unsaturated fats. "We are thrilled to have our handcrafted,...

Dunkin' Donuts to join the croissant donut craze

Dunkin' Donuts is jumping on the cronut craze with its own take on the crossaint donut, which will be available nationwide beginning Nov. 3. According to a news release, Dunkin' Donuts' Croissant Donut (the company does not call it a “cronut") features a flaky croissant ring that is glazed like a donut.

Auntie Anne's testing cheddar stuffed pretzel snacks

Auntie Anne's is currently testing new cheddar cheese stuffed pretzel nuggets at 18 of its stores in select US markets. The product test, which began on Sept.

Menchie’s partnership unveils first-ever Cinnabon fro-yo flavor

Menchie's has partnered with Cinnabon for its November featured flavor, Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll. The partnership marks the first time that Cinnabon has teamed up with a frozen yogurt brand to create a cinnamon roll flavor. According to a news...

Baskin-Robbins turns to Twitter for Halloween promo

Baskin-Robbins has partnered with The Hershey Company for its new Spooktacular Twitter sweepstakes. All week, fans will have the chance to win a $50 Baskin-Robbins gift card and free Heath Bars for a year. To win, followers need to tweet...

Sonic launches permanent, customizable hand-crafted soda line

Sonic Drive-In today introduced its Splash Hand-Crafted Soda line, which the company calls "guilt-free, artisanal beverages." According to a news release, the Splash sodas are made to order and start with sparkling, filtered water. Infused layers of real fruit or...

Popeyes creates new buttermilk biscuit butterfly shrimp offering

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen today announced the launch of its new Buttermilk Biscuit Butterfly Shrimp, available now through Nov. 30. The offering includes eight pieces of Popeyes' signature butterfly shrimp, marinated in Louisiana seasonings and dipped in buttermilk biscuit batter, then...

Culver's drops Sysco for Gordon Food Service

Culver's is reportedly switching its food supplier entirely to Gordon Food Service.

Dunkin' Brands gets a lift from Baskin-Robbins US sales

Dunkin' Brands reported its Q3 results Thursday, which included 2-percent comp store sales growth at Dunkin' Donuts, and a 5.8-percent jump at Baskin-Robbins US. Revenue was up 3.4 percent. The company added 120 net new Dunkin' Donuts locations domestically. Despite...

Nestlé Toll House Café jumps on the pumpkin spice bandwagon

Nestle Toll House Café by Chip will introduce two seasonal offerings on Sunday, including the pumpkin spice latte and pumpkin spice cookies. They will both be available through Nov.

McDonald's Big Lunchbox popping up Down Under

McDonald's is using a pop up restaurant to promote its new rump beef offering in Australia.

Carl's Jr./Green Burrito bring back Crisp Burritos

Crisp Burritos are back on the menu at all participating Carl's Jr./Green Burrito co-branded location.

Franchise Rankings names 10 best franchises announced rankings for Best Overall Franchises and Best Food Franchises for October 2014..

Dunkin' Donuts gets into the Halloween spirit

Dunkin' Donuts has announced the return of its seasonal Boston Scream Donut in time for Halloween. A variation of the brand’s Boston Kreme Donut, the Boston Scream Donut includes a special orange icing drizzle design. Dunkin' Donuts is also serving a Halloween Pumpkin Donut, shaped to resemble a jack-o-lantern.

Baskin-Robbins partners with Hallmark Channel for Countdown to Christmas flavors

Baskin-Robbins and the Hallmark Channel have formed a strategic partnership to promote the premiere of one of the network's new original Countdown to Christmas movies, NorthPole. Beginning Nov.

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