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NRA: Food costs become restaurant operators' top concern

The association's 2012 Restaurant Industry Forecast predicts record sales of $632 billion, a 3.5 percent bump from 2011.

As serious as a heart attack

It's a good idea to designate a senior member of the waitstaff or a manager to be the point person when dealing with diners with allergy concerns.

The top 10 (unmentioned) food industry trends

Adventure in food and flavor is back, comfort food is out.

Top 5 2012 food innovation product predictions

Coconut is the leading hot flavor in the restaurant industry from the fine dining level to the QSR coconut shrimp level.

Restaurant industry's 2012 trends shaped by demographics, nutrition

NPD Group's research also expects retail competition to increase and commodity prices to affect menu offerings.

Convenience stores, QSR, fast casual and the food police

Perhaps it is consumers who should be studied further to uncover the reason for their behavioral disconnects, instead of placing all the blame on QSRs and C-stores for rising obesity rates.

What’s on your kids’ menu?

About 8 percent of all Americans under the age of 18 have some kind of food allergy.

Gluten free moving into the mainstream

Sales of gluten-free products increased 16 percent in 2010 alone, based on Nielsen Company data.

Ring in 2012 with organic food innovation

I predict that 2012 will be a banner year for Organic Food Product Innovation, and those who sit on the sidelines will miss the opportunity to strike gold in this rapidly growing product segment. I predict this for several reasons...'s top stories of 2011

Stocks were hot as companies focused on domestic and international growth.

2012 will be the year of more information

Miniature portions, specialty beverages are among the trends to watch.

The most gluten-free meal of the day

Some of the simplest sweets can become gluten-free with simple substitutions, like chocolate chip cookies made with non-wheat flours.

Size matters and not just desserts

Offering smaller portion sizes can lift sales.

A behind-the-scenes look at Pizza Ranch's gluten-free adoption

Chain's R&D director discusses the process behind the menu addition.

There's nothing to eat

Meny labeling, while it began with good intentions, sets up the restaurant industry for disciplinary action.

Exploring the role food plays in patient health

The gap between food science and medical science presents a huge healthcare and business development opportunity.

Restaurants to go back to scratch?

Across channels, there is a return to true cooking. But, is it worth it?

Carb Lovers unite: Part 2

It is time to celebrate carbs and instead of bashing them. I discussed all the ways carbs are often villainized in part 1 of this series. Now, it's time to learn about all the good that comes from eating carbs....

Itty bitty is now a biggie

Popping up everywhere you turn in our industry today are new mini desserts. Baskin-Robbins just launched the concept last week, and many new offerings are in place or set to be in place from the retail shelves to the dessert carts of this country.

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