Industry trends: Consumers will spend more for transparency, authenticity, safety

Watch for menu trends at airport bars and lounges, Hollywood and convenience stores.

A case for produce management

Produce is hard to benchmark what you should be paying on a regular basis because there is no regularity to the product category.

Wheat prices spike as gas falls

Wheat prices increased after weeks of decreasing prices.

Cheese prices plummet after weeks on the rise

After spiking to $2.45 in mid-September, cheese prices plummeted last week, dropping as low as $2.15.

Beef O’ Brady’s overcomes franchisee skepticism to launch pizza program

The company spent three years testing ingredients, operations and ovens, and has experienced a sizable comp lift since adding pizza to its brand positioning.

Pizza concepts capitalizing on by-the-slice demand, economics

Pizza Hut is aiming to have 15 to 20 Slice Bars open in the US by the end of this year.

Menu trends: Consumers want functionality from their food

The word 'fresh' is the most powerful driver of menus because it has a connotation that it is real food being served.

How to survive the protein craze

Cutting costs by creating limited time offers or new menu items that scale down the serving of animal protein could be interesting to test with consumers.

What are Any’tizers, Tanglers, Frisnacks or Wrappetizers?

Restaurants can sell snacks at premium profit margins and can be more exciting for guests than the traditional core menu.

Gas still cheaper than this time last year

Last week's stock market saw lower prices for gasoline and diesel fuel, with natural gas remaining stable and wheat and cheese on the rise.

Domino's, Pizza Inn shares outshine competitors

Pizza shares generally rose this past week with Domino's Pizza and Pizza Inn outshining competitors at a $2.49 and 43 cent leap, respectively.

How one concept is leveraging the demand for more heat

Mazzio’s added a jalapeno stuffed crust pizza to its new menu platform.

Holy jalapeno! How hot will menus get?

Sriracha, according to CCD Innovation, is in 2014 what chipotle was in 2009.

Can the pizza segment be a contender in the 'breakfast wars?'

Some pizza operators are committed to breakfast because it is a sales additive with few additions to fixed overhead costs.

Papa John’s franchisee: Trying to be everything to everyone is a bad strategy

Pierre Panos expects a ‘shakeout’ in the fast casual pizza subsegment.

Restaurants fire up promos for Fourth of July holiday

From menu rollouts to marketing campaigns, some concepts are in the spirit.

Consumer Reports: Low chain restaurant scores should be a ‘wake-up call’

Food quality now trumps location convenience for restaurant consumers.

Exploring the role of whole grains in the food industry

'If you can pronounce the ingredients, it's probably good for you,' said Cynthia Harriman, director at Oldways and The Whole Grain Council.

'Stealth health' menu approaches are on trend

Kids also want more healthful options from restaurants.

Blaze Pizza plans to become a national player by targeting Millennials

The new Louisville, Ky., location will be ‘overstaffed’ to ensure guests are taken care of ‘no matter what.’

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