FCES15: The changing course of consumer behavior

Consumers of all kinds have a nearly endless array of options from which to choose, whether they're purchasing furniture, cars, housewares, or any good or service. The same holds true for where they spend their money when dining out.

How location-based marketing helped Cousins Subs increase sales

The chain increased app downloads by 42 percent, increased mobile ordering traffic by 63 percent, and increased limited-time-only sales online and in-store for all locations by 19 percent compared to 2014.

2014 on the menu: Specialty pizzas and menu overhauls

Pizza Hut wasn't the only concept to undergo a massive makeover this year; Sbarro, CiCi's, California Pizza Kitchen and Chuck E. Cheese's also all took a page from the 'Domino's playbook.'

Just Mayo vs. Mayonnaise: How the FDA restricts food innovation

The FDA established Standards of Identity for many products so that consumers were protected from mislabeled food product. But consumers today are more educated about ingredients.

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

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

Deliver more than food; deliver an experience

Lean on your supply chain partners to innovate for you; they have resources and answers.

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.

Mission Foods leapfrogs competitors with plastic ship boxes

It is not often in the QSR industry, that one decision can positively impact so many touch points in restaurant operations.

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.

Menu trends: 'Bland isn't acceptable anymore'

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

Invasion of the invasivors

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

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.

Top food industry trends for 2014

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

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.

Inspiring product development and innovation as recovery unfolds, part I

Consumers are cautiously moving toward recovery and are still demanding authenticity.

Putting more plants on plates

Organization creates new vegetarian and vegan diet pyramid to offer guidelines.

Domino's mandates store remodels by 2017

Many of the company's units are 17 years old and are inconsistent with the branding efforts in the past five years.

Pizza experts share crystal ball predictions for 2014

Mobile ordering, carry out/delivery, transparency and customer service are on the agenda.

Pizza executives reflect on the top menu stories of the year

Customization, speed, local and gluten-free were the top buzzwords this year.

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