Gluten-free beer finds its way

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I can't tell you how many photos from friends I receive of restaurant bar menus that feature gluten-free beer. The photos are sent out of enthusiasm for the gluten-free movement making its way to the beer menus across the country...

FEATURES


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.

What's in your kitchen?

Technology in food engineering and processing equipment coupled with better logistics has given companies the ability to specialize.

McDonald's turnaround plan: 'Get closer to the customer'

McDonald's CFO said the company is behind some competitors in the digital space and is therefore investing at an 'accelerated rate' to get enhancements to the market.

Sonic franchisee's marketing shift doubles sales of LTO burger

Kergan Brothers' Who Dat burger joins its Rajin' Cajun burger as a football season LTO, generating higher ticket and traffic counts.

Just Mayo vs. Mayonnaise: How the FDA restricts food innovation

The FDA established Standards of Identity for many products so that consumers were protected from mislabeled food product. But consumers today are more educated about ingredients.

Popeyes cites 'superior' real estate focus as driver of new unit profit growth

The chain outperformed the overall QSR category by 6 percentage points in Q3.

Startup aims to help restaurants clear hyperlocal produce hurdles

OtherShip Foods offers 10- and 20-foot containers that use hydroponics technology to grow produce on site.

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.

Burger King eyes breakfast as a 'long-term play'

The company has opened 701 net new restaurants in a trailing 12-month basis, its highest level ever and an 18-percent year-over-year increase.

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.

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NEWS


Cinnabon debuts Bon Bake shop concept

The Bon Bake Shop by Cinnabon made its debut this week in Houston's Willowbrook Mall. The mall is serving as a test location for the new concept, which features bite-sized treats and a variety of unique toppings. According to a...

Krystal adds once-secret Thanksgiving stuffing recipe to packaging

For the first time, The Krystal Company is revealing its Thanksgiving stuffing recipe. The once-secret recipe has been printed on limited-edition steamer pack boxes. In conjunction with the rollout of the recipe, the brand is partnering with Big Easy Foods,...

Domestic tea sales jump 6%

According to new research from the American Botanical Council, sales of loose, bagged, concentrated and herbal tea in the US increased by 5.9 percent in 2013, totally $1.7B. Ready-to-drink tea sales in the US remained relatively flat at $2.3B. According...

Sonic gets assist from Kevin Durant for healthier menu item development

Sonic has reached a multiyear endorsement agreement with NBA MVP and Olympic gold medalist Kevin Durant. As part of the agreement, Durant will serve as a national brand ambassador to collaborate on the development of new, healthier menu items. Durant...

Carvel makes Andes Mints center of new treat lineup

Carvel has introduced a new line of treats made with Andes Mints for a limited time. The new offerings include: Hand-Scooped Peppermint Ice Cream made with chunks of Andes Mints Andes Mints Sundae Dasher featuring peppermint soft ice cream with...

Jack in the Box improves operating margin despite California wage pressures

Jack in the Box, parent company of Jack in the Box and Qdoba restaurant brands, announced its Q4 and FY results this week. Jack in the Box's Q4 same-store sales were up 3.1 percent at both company and franchised locations. This is compared to a decrease of 0.2 percent during the same period last year. For the fiscal year, ended Sept.

Dairy Queen brings back Candy Cane Chill Blizzard as featured Blizzard of the Month

The Candy Cane Chill Blizzard Treat, Candy Cane Chill Waffle Cone Blizzard Treat and the Candy Cane Chill Royal Shake will all be available Nov. 29 through Dec. 31.

Baskin-Robbins brings back Turkey Cake

The Turkey Cake and other ice cream cakes are customizable and can be ordered online and in store.

NC Bojangles' employees named Master Biscuit Makers

Bojangles' has named the winners of the 2014 Master Biscuit Maker Challenge, an annual competition among the chain's team members from more than 600 restaurants. This year's Master Biscuit Makers are Travis Squire, from Winston Salem, North Carolina, - for...

Church's Chicken debuts Oreo Biscuit Bites

Church's Chicken announced it will introduce Oreo Biscuit Bites on Dec. 1.

Dunkin' Donuts rolls out holiday discounts on packaged coffee

Dunkin' Donuts' Packaged Coffee is now available at participating restaurants nationwide for a special price of three pounds for $19.99. The coffee is available in a variety of flavors, including Original Blend, Dunkin' Decaf, French Vanilla, Hazelnut and the brand's...

Wendy's bacon portabella melt on brioche returns to menu

Wendy's has brought back its bacon portabella melt on brioche for a limited time. "Wendy's Bacon Portabella Melt on Brioche is one of those cheeseburgers that will take your dining experience to the next level – a warm, rich reward...

Krispy Kreme adds two Danish varieties to retail lineup

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts added two Danishes to its retail lineup.

Taco Bell introduces dipping tacos

Taco Bell will introduce its new Rolled Chicken Tacos on Nov. 20. According to a news release, the Rolled Chicken Tacos will be the first tacos offered by the brand that are built for dipping, and include five sauces to choose from: new spicy ranch, salsa, guacamole, nacho cheese sauce and reduced-fat sour cream.

Arby's adds three Black Angus steak sandwiches

In continuation of its "Meatcraft" campaign, Arby's has rolled out three new steak sandwiches. According to news release, each feature USDA choice, top round, Black Angus steak marinated with a black pepper rub, cooked to medium-rare and thinly sliced. The...

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