Simplified ingredient lists: A trend at the point of no return

Natural ingredients and minimally processed foods are one of the top five culinary trends for 2015 and 2016. Major brands across segments have responded by simplifying their menus with cleaner, fresher ingredient lists.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Litehouse Foods


The Top 10 Trendsetting Executives in QSR (2013)

Who are the biggest trendsetters in QSR in 2013?

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: QSRweb.com


The Gravitational Pull of Fast Casual

This paper takes a closer look at how changing consumer sentiments and expectations gave rise to the star that is fast casual, and how it continues siphoning market share away from quick service and casual dining.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: Long Range Systems


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NRA 2016 focuses on sustainability, technology

Sustainability and technology were two hot topics this year as a variety of sessions discussed both topics, and a multitude of vendors presented products to help restauranteurs tackle sustainability or to use technology to enhance their customer experiences.

Why 'locally sourced,' 'organic' aren't just buzzwords

QSRs need to pay heed to the increasing movement of consumers toward all things healthy and natural, and they need to be authentic about it.

5 considerations before going green

Before you make the leap to a greener restaurant, here are five important things you should know.

Caging your losses: How controlling loss can offset costs of using cage-free eggs

While restaurant owners and operators can try to pass price increases to customers, recent media reports suggest that although consumers are willing to pay more for cage-free eggs at the grocery store, they are less likely to pay more for them at a restaurant.

Celebrating your food story: The transition of cooked-to-order

Hormone-free, GMO-free and all-natural have become commonplace terms — simply because customers demand it.

What is your restaurant's carbon footprint?

Countries and companies across the globe are making climate change high on their agenda.

Raising the bottom line: Why restaurants should reduce packaging footprint, increase recycling

New advances in technology and a more general awareness of the sustainability movement has resulted in a greater emphasis on the social-responsibility aspect of re-use, recycling and reducing food waste.

Navigating the crossover: Fast casualization of the restaurant industry

Switching into fast casual dining requires more than getting food to the table quicker. It demands new strategies from menu decisions to customer experience elements.

4 for 15: 4 speakers, 15 minutes each, limitless knowledge

Three fast casual restaurant operators and other experts share their insights about the industry and how they've found success and value in it.

Building the brand culture: It’s all about empowering employees

Establishing a 'cult' philosophy in building a robust brand culture isn't a bad thing. In fact, it's one of several valuable and viable approaches.

6 practices of a 'really, truly, green restaurant'

Chains have taken on a Greener Corporate Responsibility clause.

FCES15: Stay on trend with the latest food trends

Tastes and trends in food change and evolve rapidly. What may have been an innovative concept last year may be exactly the wrong one now.

FCES15: Real estate decision requires lots of homework, data insight

As any business owner knows the location decision can sink the business or be the foundation of initial success and growth. But it involves much more than negotiating a lease or property purchase.

Are you following the 12 dos and don'ts of restaurant financing?

Although there is no secret recipe for raising funds to open a business, there are some practices that should always be followed and even more to avoid.

Are you following the 12 dos and don'ts of restaurant financing?

Although there is no secret recipe for raising funds to open a business, there are some practices that should always be followed and even more to avoid.

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Embracing sustainability best practices can be a great way to differentiate your restaurant. Look here for ideas to attract the growing number of consumers who prefer to spend their money with businesses that demonstrate social responsibility.

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