Restaurants' commitment to sustainability influencing younger customers

New research from Packaged Facts finds that sustainability initiatives are increasingly important to restaurant consumers. According to the Future of Foodservice: Food and Beverage Menu Trends & Opportunities report, women and higher-income consumers are especially receptive to menu claims that promote sustainability.

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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.

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.  

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NEWS


Foodservice Packaging Institute's annual Trends Report shows market shifts

Packaging trends include continued interest in sustainable products.

NRA selects LeanPath for food waste prevention program

The National Restaurant Association has chosen LeanPath Inc., provider of automated food waste monitoring systems, as its preferred supplier for the company's Conserve sustainability program.

Study: Restaurant customers want conscious, convenient brands

New research from the Culinary Visions Panel found that restaurant consumers now want more than just good food, value and service when they dine out. They're also more likely to choose an establishment that treats their employees well and supports...

Tork adds five dispensers to Xpressnap Signature line

SCA, maker of the Tork brand, has added five new dispensers as part of its Xpressnap Signature line – Blue Tabletop, Green Tabletop, Blue Stand, Green Stand and Gray Counter. According to the company, these new colors and styles support...

McDonald's Brazil franchisee switches to Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee

Latin American-based Arcos Dorados, McDonald’s largest global franchisee, announced today that its McCafés in Brazil will now serve only 100-percent Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee. "McCafé customers in Brazil want a great tasting cup of coffee, but they also care about the...

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.

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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.