3 Reasons Green Tea Generates More Revenue for Restaurants

Making green tea a mainstay in a restaurant's beverage lineup can draw customers and boost sales.


QSR culinary trends of 2012 (so far)

Segment focuses on bite-sized items, frozen beverages, spicier flavor profiles.

NRA 2012: Front Flip

Front Flip founder Sean Beckner talks about the new customer engagement platform created to help restaurant operators attract and retain guests. Front Flip was an exhibitor at the 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago.

NRA 2012: Brewed tea beverage trends

Fastcasual.com speaks with Honest Tea founder Seth Goldman about the company's 2011 acquisition and trends in brewed tea.

Bacon: An indispensible ingredient in food innovation

Bacon appears to be one ingredient that the American consumer cannot do without. It's been around since the beginning of time, but never been applied to so many food products as today. Mintel Global New Products Database recently listed 38...

NRA 2011: Mixer promises consistent dough

Thinking Foods believes it has developed the ultimate solution for dough that comes out right, every time.

NRA 2011: Saving oil and energy one French fry at a time

Jim Anglin, product manager at Henny Penny, talks about the Kitchen Innovation Award-winning PriMelt oil converter.

NRA 2011: McCafé digital menu board project largest in world

McDonald's, Stratacache discuss the benefits of having the digital platform in place.

Hot gluten free mess of new products

WestEx was a hot gluten-free mess of new products everywhere you turned.   Yesterday, I had the privilege of attending the Annual State Restaurant Expo here in Colorado.

Crème cheese cooking sauce innovation

Kraft brings new product innovation to its Philadelphia Cream Cheese and dairy industry categories.

Technomic: Frozen yogurt occupies both ends of the bell curve

Technomic’s new “Market Intelligence Report: Ice Cream” found that frozen yogurt concepts occupy both the top and the bottom of the frozen desserts/snacks growth spectrum. All but one of the 10 fastest growing chains were frozen yogurt concepts, but other...

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SmartAVI releases new digital menu solution

SmartAVI, a provider of audio/visual signal management solutions, introduced the DigiMenu-Pro, an all-in-one menu solution targeted at restaurants, cafes and other foodservice venues. According to a release, the plug-and-play product features a small hardware box with an HDMI output and...

Solo Cup unveils Trophy Plus for both hot and cold applications

A dual-temperature insulated cup with better rigidity and enhanced glossy appearance is being launched by Solo Foodservice to help operators boost beverage sales, improve efficiencies, control costs and build their business. A single-cup solution for both hot and cold beverages,...

Taco Bell's biggest product launch ever includes huge marketing push

Taco Bell fans around the country burned the midnight oil today in anticipation of the chain's Doritos Locos Tacos debut. The company is calling the new taco – which features a hard shell made out of Nacho Cheese Doritos –...

NRA research shows gift cards on more holiday wish lists

New research from the National Restaurant Association shows that one in five Americans surveyed plan to give a restaurant gift card as a holiday gift this year. However, more than twice as many (59 percent) said they would like to...

NRA Innovations Awards application process opens

The National Restaurant Association is now seeking applications from foodservice equipment manufacturers for its 2012 Kitchen Innovations Awards. Selected by an independent panel of experts, award recipients represent some of the most groundbreaking equipment on the market that will cut...

Pino Gelato adds two more locations

Hilton Head, S.C.-based Pino Gelato has opened two new stores. The first is located in the Haywood Mall in Greenville, S.C., and the second is in Cranberry Township, Pa. Pino Gelato currently has 12 locations in six states, with several more openings scheduled this year.

Heinz Dip & Squeeze packet recognized for innovation

H.J. Heinz Company's new Dip & Squeeze Ketchup packet, that allows for both dipping and squeezing and holds three times as much as the traditional Heinz ketchup packet, has been honored with two leading industry awards for innovation. The Dip & Squeeze earned a Silver Award in Innovation from the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation.

Tim Hortons rolling out smoothies in Canada

Almost six months after rolling out its smoothie line in the U.S. market, Tim Hortons is bringing the menu item home.

Carl's Jr. wraps it up

Joining a long list of quick-service chains that now offer a convenient, portable snack wrap for customers on the go, Carl's Jr. has launched its latest menu item: the hand-breaded chicken tender wrappers. Each wrapper features a hand-breaded chicken tender...

Spicy nuggets next for Chick-fil-A?

Chick-fil-A has been playing with fire as of late – launching a new spicy chicken sandwich and, more recently, a spicy chicken biscuit as part of its breakfast menu. And now, the chain is testing spicy nuggets in a handful...

2011 U.K. foodservice trends predicted

The United Kingdom has welcomed many American brands to its soil. Chains such as KFC, McDonald’s, Burger King, Chipotle, Starbucks, Domino’s and Papa John’s have made huge footprints there. That trend will continue into 2011, according to Technomic.

McDonald’s ready for oatmeal roll-out

McDonald’s is ready to remedy the bitterness of winter mornings. The quick-service chain will debut oatmeal at its 14,000 U.S.

ZhuZhu Pets take over Burger King

For a limited time, Burger King Kids’ Meals will feature ZhuZhu Pets. Four characters will be introduced each week for four weeks, giving kids the chance to create their own “Zhu-niverse” with a total of 16 different hamsters. ZhuZhu Pets, created by Cepia LLC, was named the Toy Industry Associations Toy of the Year for 2010.

On the hunt for McDonald's new McCafe item

The McDonald's McCafe line, which has exceeded expectations, already features selections for mocha and caramel lovers, including the iced mocha, mocha frappe and  caramel frappe. But everyone knows mocha and caramel work best as a team. Accordingly, McDonald's has introduced its latest addition to the McCafe lineup -- the caramel mocha.

Tim Hortons Canada adds to breakfast menu

Breakfast-seeking, on-the-go Canadians can now opt for something healthier than a donut. Tim Hortons has introduced homestyle oatmeal and breakfast wraps. The new whole grain oatmeal is low in fat and high in fiber.

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