Wendy's jumping on artisan cheese trend with new Bacon and Blue on Brioche burger

According to the National Restaurant Association's "What's Hot in 2015" list, artisan cheese is among the top food trends for 2015.

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Limited-time offer, long-time benefits

Seasonal flavors are more popular than ever: Tehnomic reports that two-thirds of consumers said they’d be likely to order limited-time-offer foods that match flavors from the specific time of year

How QSRs are hitting on the customization trend

Forty percent of consumers consider menu variety to be extremely or very important to them when choosing a QSR, almost regardless of their age, gender, income or other factors.

Executive round table: Quick-service industry leaders make their 2015 predictions

Localization, transparency and a healthy/indulgent spectrum are expected to accelerate in '15, as are mobile ordering and catering.

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.

Sugar and spice and everything breakfast: 2014 on the menu

Breakfast, beverage and retail categories accelerated this year, while operators embraced meaty offerings, despite record-high protein prices.

McDonald's plans to shrink menu, ingredient lists

McDonald's has moved from a division structure to a structure that empowers regions to execute their marketing and menu plans toward their specific demographics.

A 30-brand restaurant tour of Australia

The focus on healthy menu attributes, such as grass-fed beef, antibiotic and hormone-free products, etc., seemed to be more prevalent than similar products in the United States.

Quiznos turns to millennials in turnaround bid

Quiznos will launch a new POS (expected in 2015) and will then be able to test some loyalty tools and a mobile app. The brand is also testing gluten-free options.

The chefs have spoken: Menu trend predictions for 2015

After years on the rise, gluten-free cuisine has fallen out of the top 10 list of the National Restaurant Association's annual survey.

How to get millennials to buy into your restaurant brand

Every step of what patrons experience from how they are greeted to what's on the menu; from how they place orders to how their tables are cleared must be evaluated.

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NEWS


Popeyes Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box back through March

Popeye's is pushing it seafood to the fore during its Seafood Mardi Gras promotion, which continues through March 29.

Dunkin' Donuts brings back heart-shaped donuts for Valentine's Day

Dunkin' Donuts is bringing back heart-shaped donuts, adding White Chocolate Raspberry Coffee and Lattes to its menu, and adding Snack N' Go Chicken Wrap to its permanent roster.

Arby's honors crew member for fish sandwich concept

Brandon Morris' King's Hawaiian Fish Deluxe sandwich, available in Arby's nationwide through March, was the winner of the 2014 menu idea submission contest.

Menu launch yields 25% increase in grilled menu item sales for Captain D's

The D-Lite Meals menu, which launched at the beginning of January, features Tilapia, Wild Alaskan Salmon, Shrimp Skewers, Grilled Chicken Breast, and Surf and Turf (grilled steak tips and shrimp skewers), all served on a bed of rice with a side of broccoli and green beans.

Americans will gobble up 1.25 billion chicken wings during the Super Bowl [infographic]

Most of those wings will be consumed in restaurants. The National Chicken Council estimates that of the wings eaten during the Super Bowl, 75 percent will come from food service outlets and 25 percent from retail grocery stores.

Butterball Foodservice rolls out three new turkey breast products

The three new products were all developed with an eye towards health.

Carl's Jr. releases extended version of 'Au Naturel' Super Bowl spot

The spot features model Charlotte McKinney, who has been named Maxim's "Girl of the week" and Esquire's "Women we love of Instagram."

Wendy's, McDonalds drop soft drinks from kids' menus

Soda will no longer be the default option for kids' meals, and soft drinks will be phased out of menu boards.

McDonald's brings back Triple Cheeseburger in select markets

The $2 sandwich is available in select restaurants in Indianapolis, Ohio, Baltimore/Washington, Boston, Atlanta, Florida, Houston, Raleigh, and parts of the Midwest, Greater Southwest, Northwest, Rocky Mountains and Southern California.

Burger King brings back nugget deal, sparking talk of price war

Burger King’s previous chicken nugget promotion, which ran in October, helped the company post a 3.6 percent gain in same-store sales in the U.S. and Canada for the third quarter.

Sonic Drive in adds breakfast, snack LTOs

The TOASTER breakfast sandwich and Lil' Doggies and Lil' Chickies will be available for a limited time.

NRA expands Healthy Dining partnership

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

PizzaRev celebrates 20th opening

Los Angeles-based fast-casual pizza franchise, PizzaRev, is celebrating the opening of its 20th location in just over two years.

Tim Hortons launches healthy options initiative

The Balanced Options initiative features revamped websites, a new Canadian advertising campaign, and an ambassador program with professional athletes.

Cold Stone Creamery brings back sweet deals for Valentine's Day

Cold Stone Creamery is bringing back its heart-shaped cake and cupcake Creations offerings from January 7 through March 3.

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