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At the start of 2014, I was heavily anticipating the final FDA menu labeling regulations and its subsequent impact on the restaurant industry. While it took longer than expected for the FDA to make its ruling, I am thrilled that...
The FDA's ruling mandates menu labeling by the slice, not the whole pie. Pizza restaurants do have to say how many slices are in a pizza.
There are differences between stealth health and promotional health, according to Erica Bohm, VP and director of Strategic Partnerships at Healthy Dining.
Highly versatile and easily customizable, the Asian food segment is a perfect segue for East-meets-West flavor mashups that consumers of all ages will love.
If you are still on the fence about whether you should provide menu items that are allergen- and/or gluten-free, provide a dish as a limited-time-offer to see how well it sells.
One industry insider claims grass-fed labels are bringing in customers, more than non-GMO labels.
New nutritional policies offer a great opportunity for restaurants to partner with schools to deliver healthy menu options for students.
Consumers sometimes say one thing, but do another when it comes to healthful choices. This conflict affects their food choices and translates into complex flavor trends which can be difficult to unravel.
'If you can pronounce the ingredients, it's probably good for you,' said Cynthia Harriman, director at Oldways and The Whole Grain Council.
Kids also want more healthful options from restaurants.
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.
Have a disclaimer on your menu boards, pamphlets and website that promotes the steps taken to ensure accurate nutritionals.
In China, sales from digital channels are between 70 and 80 percent; and 25 to 30 percent come from mobile.
As Celiac Awareness Month approaches, one industry expert predicts the diet's growth will continue for the next few years.
Restaurants should work with chefs and suppliers to ensure healthier meals, and even include kids in focus groups.
The company's goal is to become the 'preferred restaurant of choice' by offering nutritional improvements.
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...
If you decide to enter the gluten-free market, prepare to downsize production as the trend downsizes.
Consumers are seeking naturally healthy options, unprocessed items, but also convenience and clear benefit messaging.
Vegan and gluten-free offerings have moved into the spotlight for some concepts.