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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.

Gluten-free beer finds its way

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...

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.

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NEWS


Dining habits shifting toward snacks

In 2004, one-third of survey respondents reported they ate several small meals throughout the day, while 10 years later, 39 percent of respondents indicate they do the same.

Wendy's CEO: Breakfast will not be ruled out

Bloomberg Television's Betty Liu interviewed Wendy's CEO Emil Brolick this week on a number of topics, including the chain's failed breakfast rollout and the increasing competition with fast casual concepts. Brolick said Wendy's presents a "new QSR quality at a...

Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Tacos surpass 1-billion-sold mark

Taco Bell announced this week it has sold more than 1 billion Doritos Locos Tacos.

Carl's Jr. claims QSR first with 'all-natural' burger introduction

Carl’s Jr. announced it will roll out the new All-Natural Burger at participating locations beginning Dec. 17.

NRA: Better kids' meals top trends list

Some of the restaurant industry's hottest trends involve children's items, according to the NRA's 2015 What's Hot culinary forecast.

2015 beverage trends survey now open

QSRweb, sister website of FastCasual and PizzaMarketplace, is preparing a new report about beverage trends for 2015 and is currently looking for restaurant operator perspectives on the topic. The report will assess current beverage trends in the restaurant industry, from...

Consumption of fresh food up 20% in past decade

A new report from The NPD Group, called "The Future of Eating: Who's Eating What in 2018?" shows that the consumption of fresh foods – fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish and eggs – grew by 20 percent from 2003 to...

Beef Checkoff Program teams with NRA to sponsor Kids LiveWell

As part of the partnership, Beef Checkoff is offering to restaurants its collection of kid-friendly recipes that meet the Kids LiveWell criteria.

Popeyes to announce new LTO during inaugural bowl game

The Central Michigan Chippewas and the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers have been announced as the participants in the inaugural Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, to be played Dec. 24 at noon in Nassau, Bahamas. Popeyes Bahamas Bowl will be televised nationally in...

Church's Chicken debuts food truck with tour, social media campaign

Church's Chicken has debuted its new, state-of-the-art food truck, which embarks on a tour throughout the South starting today from Atlanta. The food truck will arrive in Montgomery, Alabama today and then continue on to Mobile on Dec. 9, New Orleans on Dec.

Bruster's adds two holiday-themed LTO flavors

Bruster’s has launched two seasonal LTOs: Eggnog and Peppermint Stick. They will be available throughout the month. According to the company, the Peppermint Stick flavor features vanilla ice cream infused with red and green peppermint flakes. A special gift card offer is also available in December at participating locations.

After 40 years, Burger King brings back the Yumbo sandwich

Burger King has brought back its Yumbo hot ham and cheese sandwich for the first time since 1974. The Yumbo is available for a limited time and includes slices of black forest ham, American cheese, lettuce and mayo, all served...

Krispy Kreme gets into the holiday spirit

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has launched its holiday menu, including the Krispy Kreme Snowman, Holiday Sprinkles, Red Velvet Cake and Wreath Doughnuts. They are available now through Dec.

Tim Hortons launches holiday LTOs

Tim Hortons has introduced its holiday menu, which is now available in Canada and the US. New this year is the dark chocolate Dream Latte, featuring espresso with frothy milk, cocoa mix, all topped with chocolate whip topping and dark...

Baskin-Robbins spotlights holiday-themed menu

Baskin-Robbins is now spotlighting its holiday-themed ice cream cakes, including the Snowman Cake, Yule Log Roll Cake, Rosette Mini Roll Cake and Happy Chanukah Cake. They are available at participating shops nationwide for pre-order in-store or online through the brand's...

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