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.


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.

How the restaurant industry is contributing to the drop in children's obesity

Restaurants should work with chefs and suppliers to ensure healthier meals, and even include kids in focus groups.

A look at some of Yum! Brands' corporate responsibility initiatives

The company's goal is to become the 'preferred restaurant of choice' by offering nutritional improvements.

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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.

Handful of California restaurants earn nutrition-based certification

The United States Healthful Food Council announced California’s first restaurants to achieve REAL Certification. They include: Nopa, The Plant Café Organic, Epic Roasthouse, Waterbar, Radius, Tambo, 'wichcraft, Cool Beans, Hot Italian and Mixt Greens. According to a news release, the...

Dr. Smoothie Brands launches organic line

Dr. Smoothie Brands has introduced new Organic Smoothies, Powders and Vanilla Whey Protein.

Wendy’s tops its new salad with strawberries

Wendy’s has unveiled its newest seasonal salad — the Strawberry Fields Chicken Salad. The launch comes on the heels of two permanent salad additions with the Asian Cashew Chicken Salad and the BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad. According to a news...

Dunkin’ adds grilled chicken flatbread sandwich to permanent menu

Dunkin' Donuts has added a new grilled chicken flatbread sandwich as a permanent addition to its menu. The sandwich features grilled chicken, ancho chipotle sauce and reduced-fat cheddar cheese, served on a multigrain flatbread.

Go-Gurt flavor created exclusively for McDonald's Happy Meal

McDonald’s is adding a new yogurt side option for its Happy Meals, and has introduced a new mascot named “Happy” as its new “Happy Meal brand ambassador.” Happy is an animated Happy Meal character that will encourage kids to add...

Wendy's shines spotlight on new salad collection

Wendy's is shifting its focus to its new "salad collection" in celebration of National Salad Month in May. According to a release the collection includes the Asian Cashew and the BBQ Ranch Chicken salads. The Asian Cashew Chicken salad includes...

Unilever Food Solutions CEO recognized for healthier menu efforts

Leo Oosterveer, CEO of Unilever Food Solutions, has received the 2014 Augie Leadership Award for Sustainability and Food Ethics from the Culinary Institute of America. According to a news release, the award recognizes Unilever's efforts to remove 10 billion calories...

Gluten-free menu mentions up 200 percent since 2010

According to new research from Mintel Menu Insights, the use of "organic" on restaurant menus has declined by 28 percent from 2010 to 2013. Organic continues to be the leading ethical claim on menus, however. "The reality is that organic...

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