How Arby's turned on energy efficiency without turning off customers

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Environmental sustainability matters now more than ever, and with states like California entering their fourth year of record breaking drought conditions, no stone for conservation will go unturned.

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Does your menu reflect this year's top menu change?

Nancy Kruse, a restaurant menu analyst, shared information about restaurant change during the webinar, “Menus 2015: Turning Trends Into Money Makers.”

Saving energy with employee engagement: Strategies for restaurants

What’s the secret to successful execution of a restaurant energy strategy? Two words: Employee engagement.

Does your restaurant have a 'water issue'?

With sustainability now a top trend this year, it could be time for all restaurants to incorporate environment-friendly practices into their business plans.

Food revolution: 5 eco-friendly trends radically transforming foodservice

As restaurants race toward trends the Millennial generation embraces, enviromentally- and animal-friendly initiatives are picking up speed.

Simple solutions to minimizing food waste

Food waste is a fact of the restaurant business, and for something that cannot be completely avoided, the toll it takes is steep. Food waste has a spectrum of consequences that spans the erosion of profits to negatively impacting the ecosystem and harming the sustainability of the planet.

Is your restaurant green?

Even though going green may cost more than conventional items, consumers are willing to pay more for the opportunity; for them it is not an indulgence but a necessity.

The latest green trend: Compostable containers

With the growing popularity of compostable products, they now come in all shapes and sizes to match the diversity of restaurant cuisine, including bowls, plates, hinged containers and more.

Panera, Chipotle set sustainability standards by starting small, thinking big

The biggest opportunities to save come with packaging and waste initiatives.

Reducing food waste can improve the bottom line and the environment

A study commissioned by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance found that approximately 80 billion pounds of food are discarded into US landfills every year, with restaurants accounting for 37 percent of that waste.

5 restaurant redesigns to reduce energy costs

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

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NEWS


New filters promise to 'lower water costs, reduce kitchens' carbon footprint'

Restaurants in Connecticut, Rhode Island and the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island now have access to a money- and energy-saving clean technology.

NatureWorks to sponsor NRA compost program

The National Restaurant Association’s Conserve sustainability initiative announced NatureWorks LLC, supplier of renewably sourced materials, as a new program sponsor.

Dunkin' Brands details sustainability efforts in latest report

The report outlines Dunkin' Brands' commitment to sustainability efforts to meet the needs of its franchisees, employees and guests.

Changing menus prove new consumer attitudes

AEB emphasizes that restaurants must jump on the group's preferences for locally grown, sustainably raised and non-processed foods.

McDonald's commits to ending deforestation

The commitment is part of McDonald's Global Sustainability Framework efforts, encompassing all of the company's products.

7,000 lbs of food waste a month diverting to compost, White Castle says

White Castle intends to divert more than 7,000 pounds of food waste per month to a commercial compost facility in Shakopee, Minnesota.

EnviroPure receives NRA innovation award, expected to save restaurants 400 gallons of water a day

Commercial foodservice and plumbing product manufacturer T&S Brass and Bronze Works announced the National Restaurant Association awarded the company the Kitchen Innovations Award for its new EnviroPure ozone recirculation option.

Dunkin' Donuts pledges transition to cage-free eggs

Dunkin' Donuts today announced that it has pledged to transition to cage-free eggs and gestation crate-free pork.

11% mortality rate of cage-free hens not solely due to cage-free housing, WAP says

By going cage-free, food businesses can also stay at the forefront of market trends, since several major corporations – including Burger King, Starbucks, Aramark, and Unilever – have proactively committed to transition to sourcing only cage-free eggs over the next several years.

Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply hen housing study found 'trade-offs' for each system

'Depending on the goals and perspectives of a food production company, egg producer or other food system stakeholder, those trade-offs may be weighed differently.'

KFC UK's edible coffee cup made from cookie, smells like grass and flowers

KFC U.K. will unveil an edible coffee cup later this year.

New eco filter to help restaurants earn green certification, save on gas bills

Next Step Living, provider of home energy solutions in the Northeast, today announced it is entering the commercial energy-efficiency market by launching the Eco Thermal Filter System designed to help restaurants save on gas bills.

Net zero energy is possible for McDonald's, study says

A study by Rocky Mountain Institute, Fisher Nickel Inc. and New Buildings Institute seeks to help McDonald’s Corporation understand whether it would be feasible to develop a net zero energy quick service restaurant.

Papa John's, Quizno's, Wendy's cited among brands with poorest sustainability practices

As You Sow, a San Franciso-based nonprofit organization that promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility, released a new report, "Waste and Opportunity 2015: Environmental Progress and Challenges in Food, Beverage, and Consumer Goods Packaging."

Carl's Jr. releases extended version of 'Au Naturel' Super Bowl spot

The spot features model Charlotte McKinney, who has been named Maxim's "Girl of the week" and Esquire's "Women we love of Instagram."

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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.