Idaho Pizza joins Healthy Dining's roster

The Idaho Pizza Company has joined Healthy Dining as a restaurant partner. According to a news release, with 15 locations in Idaho, Idaho Pizza features menu options that meet nutrition criteria created by Healthy Dining's registered dietitians. "There will be...

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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.

Health focus driving children's menu options

Although it is not the restaurant industry's job to fix the problems associated with childhood obesity, the industry can take steps to ensure children of all socio-economic backgrounds have access to healthy meals.

Nutritional variances

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

Yum Brands CFO: Digital ordering channels grow top line and profits

In China, sales from digital channels are between 70 and 80 percent; and 25 to 30 percent come from mobile.

Restaurant industry still in the gluten-free honeymoon phase

As Celiac Awareness Month approaches, one industry expert predicts the diet's growth will continue for the next few years.

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.

Podcast: Bean Sprouts co-founder on what it takes to be a kids-focused cafe

In episode #030 of the Social Restaurant Podcast, I welcome Shannon Payette Seip, co-founder of Bean Sprouts, an innovative new concept based in Seattle, Washington that's a perfecting the kid-friendly segment. As a parent, I can tell you first hand...

Gluten-free’s house of cards is beginning to fall

If you decide to enter the gluten-free market, prepare to downsize production as the trend downsizes.

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NEWS


Whole Grains Council sets topics for November conference

Oldways and its Whole Grains Council have announced its conference, called Whole Grains: Breaking Barriers, is set for Nov. 9-11, 2014 at the Hyatt Boston Harbor in Boston.

Kids LiveWell marks third anniversary with 150 restaurant brands

The National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program is celebrating its three-year anniversary this month. The voluntary program has grown from 19 to 150 participating restaurant brands in that time, representing more than 42,000 locations nationwide.

Consumers showing less concern about sodium intake

New research from The NPD Group finds that U.S. consumers are less concerned about their sodium intake than they were a few years ago.

California Milk Advisory Board named as Kids LiveWell sponsor

The National Restaurant Association announced that the California Milk Advisory Board has become the first commodity board sponsor of the association’s Kids LiveWell program. “The new partnership between Kids LiveWell and the California Milk Advisory Board offers valuable and exciting...

Fizzled out: NYC's soda ban overruled by final appeals court

The proposed ban on large soda drinks in New York City, first introduced in 2012, has officially been overruled. New York State’s Court of Appeals refused to reinstate the ban Thursday, saying the city's health department "exceeded its scope of...

FDA to pressure restaurants to reduce sodium levels

The Food and Drug Administration last week announced it was preparing voluntary guidelines for the food industry to lower sodium levels. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told the Associated Press that sodium is “of huge concern” and that the current level...

Morton Salt adding $1M lab for reduced sodium solutions research

Morton Salt Inc. announced today the launch of a new food lab dedicated to exploring reduced sodium solutions.

Handful of California restaurants earn nutrition-based certification

The United States Healthful Food Council announced California’s first restaurants to achieve REAL Certification. They include: Nopa, The Plant Café Organic, Epic Roasthouse, Waterbar, Radius, Tambo, 'wichcraft, Cool Beans, Hot Italian and Mixt Greens. According to a news release, the...

Flancer’s Incredible Sandwiches and Pizza partners with Healthy Dining

Two Flancer’s Incredible Sandwiches and Pizza locations in Arizona have partnered with Healthy Dining to make it easier for guests to find healthier dining choices. According to a news release, Flancer’s features both Healthy Dining dietitian-recommended menu options and Kids...

Unilever Food Solutions CEO recognized for healthier menu efforts

Leo Oosterveer, CEO of Unilever Food Solutions, has received the 2014 Augie Leadership Award for Sustainability and Food Ethics from the Culinary Institute of America. According to a news release, the award recognizes Unilever's efforts to remove 10 billion calories...

Gluten-free menu mentions up 200 percent since 2010

According to new research from Mintel Menu Insights, the use of "organic" on restaurant menus has declined by 28 percent from 2010 to 2013. Organic continues to be the leading ethical claim on menus, however. "The reality is that organic...

Kids LiveWell names healthy recipe challenge winners

The National Restaurant Association has announced the winners of the second annual Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge, an initiative showcasing restaurants' culinary efforts for creating healthful menu options for children. The event, sponsored by founding partner McCormick For Chefs and Healthy...

Restaurant brands plan promotions for Whole Grain Sampling Day

Whole Grain Sampling Day is April 2, and restaurants, retailers, food manufacturers and more are hosting promotions and low-cost or no cost items for the occasion, to introduce consumers to whole grains. According to a news release, the third annual...

Consumers craving more protein sources

The majority of U.S. consumers (78 percent) believe that protein contributes to a healthy diet and more than half of adults say they want more of it in their diets, reports The NPD Group.

Report: 52% of restaurant chains plan to add gluten-free options this year

More than half of U.S. chain restaurants plan to increase their light- or low-calorie menu items this year, with 52 percent adding offerings to their gluten-free menu, according to a national menu price survey by restaurant supply-chain co-op SpenDifference. The...

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Get the facts on restaurant nutrition. Consumers are increasingly concerned about healthy lifestyles and you need to know the difference between what they say they want and what they'll actually order.