The wait is over: FDA issues final menu labeling regulations

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The FDA's 395-page document includes menu labeling by the slice, not the whole pizza, a ruling applauded by the restaurant industry.

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Healthy Dining VP offers tips for restaurants wanting to improve menu options

There are differences between stealth health and promotional health, according to Erica Bohm, VP and director of Strategic Partnerships at Healthy Dining.

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.

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.

Is grass-fed milk better for you than organic milk?

One industry insider claims grass-fed labels are bringing in customers, more than non-GMO labels.

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.

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NEWS


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...

Study: Restaurant customers want conscious, convenient brands

New research from the Culinary Visions Panel found that restaurant consumers now want more than just good food, value and service when they dine out. They're also more likely to choose an establishment that treats their employees well and supports...

Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt add Muscle Builder Max

Muscle Builder Max is now available at all Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt locations for a limited time. This smoothie is made with nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, peanut butter with Omega 3, banana, strawberries and whey protein. “For guests seeking...

El Pollo Loco added to Healthy Dining website

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

Restaurants shave 12% off new menu item calorie counts

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health documented an average decline of about 60 calories in new menu items in 2013, compared to 2012.

Jersey Mike's CEO signs pledge to encourage a healthy workplace

Jersey Mike's Subs's CEO/Founder Peter Cancro has signed the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity CEO Pledge as part of its commitment to promoting healthful living in the workplace. According to a news release, Jersey Mike's is the first company...

Restaurant chains falling short on healthy option promises

A new white paper from Technomic, titled "Better-for-You Chains: Consumer Ratings of Restaurants' Health Offerings," shows that a majority of consumers are unsatisfied with restaurant chain's availability of healthy options. A majority of consumers said it's important for brands, including...

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...

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.

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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.