5 restaurant redesigns to reduce energy costs

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For all these energy upgrades, it’s important to think long term and consider the entire life cycle of the technology in question.

FEATURES


Mission Foods leapfrogs competitors with plastic ship boxes

It is not often in the QSR industry, that one decision can positively impact so many touch points in restaurant operations.

2014 Kitchen Innovation winners

More than 20 winners showcased energy-saving, time-saving equipment to help restaurant operators' bottom lines.

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.

NRA: Embracing technology, menu trends key in 2014

The industry will employ 13.5 million in 990,000 units, and restaurant job growth will outpace the overall job growth rate.

Commentary: 4 tips for designing seasonal menus

Restaurants must feature menus that display what Mother Nature has to offer all year long.

NEC debuts latest touchscreen kiosk at NRA

Rich Ventura of NEC Display Solutions demos the company's new touchscreen digital signage kiosks that many restaurants are using to showcase their LEED certification info.  

NRA Show '13: Energy-efficient equipment proves its ROI

Time-saving, energy-saving and data-mining are the big equipment stars this year.

Yum! Brands social responsibility report focuses on nutrition, sustainability

The company is currently working to synchronize its animal welfare program and policies throughout all of its global markets.

Time for restaurants to 'Get REAL'

REAL, which stands for Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership, uses a flexible points-based system similar to LEED to recognize restaurants that serve healthy, sustainable food.

Want to reduce operational costs and waste? Start in the restroom

Paper towels can be costly, messy and environmentally unfriendly.

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NEWS


Restaurant Technologies rolls out mini-portable oil solution

Restaurant Technologies Inc. has introduced a new mini-portable oil solution to fit the needs of commercial kitchens that are challenged with the need to haul fryer oil long distances from one kitchen to the next or from the kitchen to...

NRA to participate in US Food Waste Challenge webinar

The webinar, sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture, will offer information on reducing food waste through food donation.

Remodeled Colorado McDonald's includes solar-friendly windows

A remodeled McDonald's restaurant has re-opened in Boulder, Colo., with new features such as wooden tables, partition walls, digital menu boards with video and flatscreen TVs. The restaurant is also designed with red, grey and black colors, rather than the brand's signature gold.

Krispy Kreme joins sustainable palm oil bandwagon

Following Dunkin Donuts announcement Wednesday that is has committed to sourcing only 100-percent sustainable palm oil by 2016, Krispy Kreme made a similar pledge. On its website, Krispy Kreme said its efforts to source "responsible" palm oil began in January...

Dunkin' Brands commits to 100% sustainable palm oil by 2016

Dunkin' Brands announced this week its commitment to source only 100-percent sustainable palm oil in the US by 2016. According to a news release, the company will work with its suppliers and its franchisee-owned purchasing cooperative to source palm oil...

More restaurants adopting green practices

Research reveals that the majority of restaurants surveyed by the National Restaurant Association recycle, use compact fluorescent lighting and purchase recycled materials.

Dunkin' Donuts introduces new Colombian packaged coffee

Dunkin' Donuts introduced its new Colombian Packaged Coffee today, the brand's first-ever single-origin packaged coffee.

Petition nets 250K signatures asking Dunkin' Donuts to dump polystyrene cups

About 250,000 signatures made their way onto a Change.org petition asking Dunkin’ Donuts to end its use of polystyrene cups by April 2015.

Arby’s initiatives lead to 7.6% reduction in energy use

Arby's Restaurant Group announced it has achieved energy reduction savings as part of a company-wide initiative, as part of its corporate social responsibility strategy. With its efforts, Arby’s achieved a 7.6-percent reduction in Energy Use Intensity in 2013. According to...

Ice-O-Matic adds to Energy Star lineup

Ice-O-Matic, a manufacturer of ice machines, storage bins and dispensers, has announced a new addition to its lineup of Energy Star-rated machines. The ICEU226A joins the company’s selection of more than 30 machines to be awarded the Energy Star certification, meeting guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

NRA publishes first-ever sustainability newsletter

The National Restaurant Association has issued "Bright Ideas," its first-ever sustainability newsletter. According to a news release, the newsletter includes tips and tools for restaurant and foodservice operators on eco-friendly practices. The newsletter, produced by Conserve, also includes videos, best...

La Prep now sells Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee exclusively

La Prep announced recently that all of its coffee is now sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. The change took effect June 9. Rainforest Alliance certification helps support the rights and well-being of farm workers, the conservation of natural resources,...

District of Columbia bans polystyrene food, beverage containers

The Washington Post reports that Washington, D.C. lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban the use of plastic-foam food and drink containers by 2016.

NRA asks Gulf Coast governors to support locally-sourced seafood

The National Restaurant Association has asked Governors Bobby Jindal (Louisiana), Rick Scott (Florida), Robert Bentley (Alabama), Phil Bryant (Mississsippi) and Rick Perry (Texas) to provide year-round access to Gulf of Mexico seafood. The NRA sent a letter to the governors...

McDonald’s Canada now using certified sustainable fish supply

McDonald's Canada today announced that 100 percent of the fish it serves in its Filet-O-Fish is now certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. According to a news release, McDonald's Canada has purchased fish from MSC certified fisheries for...

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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.