Menu trends: 'Bland isn't acceptable anymore'

Brands’ innovation processes should be influenced directly by consumer feedback.

Increase profits through menu engineering: Identify the big money

Well-engineered menus sell higher gross profit items that satisfy the consumer and add incremental gross profit dollars to the restaurant operator.

Convenience, customization behind the rise of take-and-bake concepts

Carryout concepts are in step with consumers' time-pressed demands and startup costs are lower than traditional units.

Wheat prices spike nearly 50 cents in a week

Gas prices starting to fall after spring peak.

Domino's digital sales flirt with 50 percent

Unlike other concepts, weather positively influenced the chain's business during Q1.

Nutritional variances

Have a disclaimer on your menu boards, pamphlets and website that promotes the steps taken to ensure accurate nutritionals.

Invasion of the invasivors

Invasivor consumption is motivated by the desire to preserve native plant or animal species, and is tied to sustainability.

How the restaurant industry is contributing to the drop in children's obesity

Restaurants should work with chefs and suppliers to ensure healthier meals, and even include kids in focus groups.

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.

Top (missing) food industry trends for 2014

The budget conscience consumer will demand luxury and "value" will be defined as the best quality for the money.

Pizza brands get in on the madness of March

March is a great month to get things rolling after the usual slumps in January and February.

Kono Pizza founders: 'Unique experience will set us apart in the industry'

About 60 percent of customers at Kono's first U.S. location are reoccurring, and the brand has big expansion plans.

Scratch dough is the key to a signature pizza

Dough expert outlines the basics of temperature, water and other issues.

Can retail experience predict the foodservice future?

Foodservice operators should offer fewer menu choices and absolutely nail the execution in the kitchen.

Top food industry trends for 2014

Trends indicate that consumers and food continue to move toward experimentation.

Food costs continue to elude stability

Droughts, livestock viruses and thinner herds are all affecting center-of-the-plate pricing.

Taking a deep dive into beverage trends

Consumers have told us they want more coffee, tea and alcohol options from restaurants

Papa John's hopes to 'breakaway' from value-focused competition

A new touchscreen POS system will be rolled out in a majority of restaurants by the end of this year.

Top 5 reasons restaurant chains won't innovate in 2014

The most innovation in the food industry over the past five years has been in packaging, beverages and dairy products.

Zagat’s best pizzeria is all about the dough

Michael's Pizzeria's managing partner says it's 'an art' to be able to cook dough in high temperatures.

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