McDonald’s commits to further health and wellness strategies

In a letter to World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan, CEOs of food and non-alcoholic beverage companies and members of the International Food & Beverage Alliance, which includes McDonald's, announced a set of enhanced global commitments that will guide...

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Capitalizing on new school nutrition policies

New nutritional policies offer a great opportunity for restaurants to partner with schools to deliver healthy menu options for students.

Consumers say one thing, do another when it comes to healthy choices

Consumers sometimes say one thing, but do another when it comes to healthful choices. This conflict affects their food choices and translates into complex flavor trends which can be difficult to unravel.

Taco Bell jumps on protein bandwagon with Power Cantina launch

The new menu, and the marketing strategy behind its launch, is geared toward the 18 to 34 age group.

Achieving freshness in QSR

The appearance is vital to 'fresh' branding, and provides an opportunity to tell your customer about your commitment.

Exploring the role of whole grains in the food industry

'If you can pronounce the ingredients, it's probably good for you,' said Cynthia Harriman, director at Oldways and The Whole Grain Council.

'Stealth health' menu approaches are on trend

Kids also want more healthful options from restaurants.

Health focus driving children's menu options

Although it is not the restaurant industry's job to fix the problems associated with childhood obesity, the industry can take steps to ensure children of all socio-economic backgrounds have access to healthy meals.

McDonald’s on the defensive about kids’ marketing, job opportunities

Attendees at this morning's shareholders' meeting likened Ronald McDonald to Joe Camel.

Yum Brands CFO: When consumers control ordering process, they spend more

As 70-80 percent of sales in China come from digital channels, the company has ramped up resources for digital globally.

Gluten-free's honeymoon phase not expected to end anytime soon

When the FDA came out with an official definition of the diet, it went from a fad to a foodservice trend.

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Mediterranean Brands introduces non-GMO-verified products

Mediterranean Brands has announced that two of its products, Falafel Crisps and Falafel Scoop and Go, have gained Non-GMO Project Verification.

Familiar ingredients, good descriptions help Americans make healthy food choices

A new study by Mintel reveals that 27 percent of American diners prefer to order healthy meals with familiar ingredients.

McDonald's testing bananas as Happy Meal addition

McDonald's is testing 5.5 to 7 inch "junior" bananas in its Happy Meals in the Austin, Texas.

Customers not 'Satisfried' with Burger King's lower-calorie fries

About two-thirds of Burger King Worldwide Inc. stores in the U.S. and Canada are phasing out Satisfries, the restaurant chain's lower-calorie alternative introduced less than a year ago, according to Bloomburg News.

McCuties? McDonald's testing oranges in Happy Meals

According to The Bakersfield Californian, McDonald's will test offering Cuties – small, seedless Clementines and mandarin oranges – in Happy Meals from late November through March at participating restaurants. Happy Meal customers may be offered the choice of a Cutie, apple slices or yogurt with their Happy Meal.

Subway highlighting veggie selections in new marketing spots

Subway has launched new print and broadcast ads featuring the tagline, "Veggie Freshness." This marketing campaign follows the brand’s May spot, "Bread is on the Rise." In an email, Subway called its fresh vegetables a core brand differentiator, and said...

Whole Grains Council sets topics for November conference

Oldways and its Whole Grains Council have announced its conference, called Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers, is set for Nov. 9-11, 2014 at the Hyatt Boston Harbor in Boston.

Kids LiveWell marks third anniversary with 150 restaurant brands

The National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program is celebrating its three-year anniversary this month. The voluntary program has grown from 19 to 150 participating restaurant brands in that time, representing more than 42,000 locations nationwide.

Tim Hortons rolls out Greek Yogurt parfaits, smoothies

Tim Hortons locations in Canada are now selling Greek Yogurt Parfaits, including mixed berries and almond granola, as well as fruit smoothies made with Greek Yogurt. The new parfait can be made with vanilla or strawberry Greek yogurt, and includes...

Consumers showing less concern about sodium intake

New research from The NPD Group finds that U.S. consumers are less concerned about their sodium intake than they were a few years ago.

Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s spotlight healthier menus via new websites

Sister chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are known for products such as the Western X-Tra Bacon Cheeseburger, the Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich and Philly Cheesesteak Thickburgers.   But the brands have shifted the spotlight to focus on its lighter options through its “Other Side” menus.

California Milk Advisory Board named as Kids LiveWell sponsor

The National Restaurant Association announced that the California Milk Advisory Board has become the first commodity board sponsor of the association’s Kids LiveWell program. “The new partnership between Kids LiveWell and the California Milk Advisory Board offers valuable and exciting...

Fizzled out: NYC's soda ban overruled by final appeals court

The proposed ban on large soda drinks in New York City, first introduced in 2012, has officially been overruled. New York State’s Court of Appeals refused to reinstate the ban Thursday, saying the city's health department "exceeded its scope of...

FDA to pressure restaurants to reduce sodium levels

The Food and Drug Administration last week announced it was preparing voluntary guidelines for the food industry to lower sodium levels. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told the Associated Press that sodium is “of huge concern” and that the current level...

Morton Salt adding $1M lab for reduced sodium solutions research

Morton Salt Inc. announced today the launch of a new food lab dedicated to exploring reduced sodium solutions.

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Get the facts on restaurant nutrition. Consumers are increasingly concerned about healthy lifestyles and you need to know the difference between what they say they want and what they'll actually order.