Part 2: The pain and the glory of getting REAL

Restaurateurs who seek REAL certification say it’s a tough and sometimes painful process. But they are quick to add that it can end up paying off big for a restaurant brand.

Part 1: Why more restaurants are getting REAL

Hundreds of restaurant brands have achieved REAL certification, but what are they getting out of it? Our two-part report begins with a look at research into the trends driving more healthful menus, sustainable sourcing and environmentally sound practices.

Yum! shareholders turn up the volume on demand for antibiotic-free meat

Two Yum! Brands shareholder groups step up the pressure on Yum! Brands to rapidly ban the use of the antibiotic-raised meats at all its brands' locations.

3 types of rewards to increase employee satisfaction

By Autumn Manning, CEO of YouEarnedIt A recent Restaurant Opportunities Centers study revealed that the lack of benefits and flexible days off is a pervasive problem for those who work in restaurants. These people are often in school, balancing a...

The case for sustainability: 4 considerations for restaurants

All too often businesses, including restaurants, take an incomplete view of what sustainability entails and the investment necessary to generate a strong ROI. Restaurant owners and operators are increasingly looking at sustainability as a value proposition – and rightfully so.

Humane Society CEO: Customers prefer restaurants that show compassion to animals

The CEO of the Humane Society of the United States discusses why he believes that restaurant brands embracing animal exploitation will lose cusomers.

How embracing humane animal practices enhances profits

When a social movement as powerful as the one rising forth for the humane treatment of animals in our food chain creates an opportunity to nurture that good will, the smart executive will not only embrace it, but will help lead the way.

NRA 2016 focuses on sustainability, technology

Sustainability and technology were two hot topics this year as a variety of sessions discussed both topics, and a multitude of vendors presented products to help restauranteurs tackle sustainability or to use technology to enhance their customer experiences.

5 considerations before going green

Before you make the leap to a greener restaurant, here are five important things you should know.

Caging your losses: How controlling loss can offset costs of using cage-free eggs

While restaurant owners and operators can try to pass price increases to customers, recent media reports suggest that although consumers are willing to pay more for cage-free eggs at the grocery store, they are less likely to pay more for them at a restaurant.

What is your restaurant's carbon footprint?

Countries and companies across the globe are making climate change high on their agenda.

Celebrating your food story: The transition of cooked-to-order

Hormone-free, GMO-free and all-natural have become commonplace terms — simply because customers demand it.

4 for 15: 4 speakers, 15 minutes each, limitless knowledge

Three fast casual restaurant operators and other experts share their insights about the industry and how they've found success and value in it.

Navigating the crossover: Fast casualization of the restaurant industry

Switching into fast casual dining requires more than getting food to the table quicker. It demands new strategies from menu decisions to customer experience elements.

Building the brand culture: It’s all about empowering employees

Establishing a 'cult' philosophy in building a robust brand culture isn't a bad thing. In fact, it's one of several valuable and viable approaches.

FCES15: Stay on trend with the latest food trends

Tastes and trends in food change and evolve rapidly. What may have been an innovative concept last year may be exactly the wrong one now.

6 practices of a 'really, truly, green restaurant'

Chains have taken on a Greener Corporate Responsibility clause.

FCES15: Real estate decision requires lots of homework, data insight

As any business owner knows the location decision can sink the business or be the foundation of initial success and growth. But it involves much more than negotiating a lease or property purchase.

FCES15: Tips on building a foundation for profitable growth

Strategic and profitable growth for today's restaurants, quick service eateries and retailers is a comprehensive endeavor. But it's doable and the number one tip to getting a foundation built is to jump in and start making it happen.

Supply chain: How Millennials have changed everything

Caught in a vise, squeezed from one side by cut-throat competition and rising consumer demands — particularly those of the millennial generation, and from the other by increased costs and supply chain complexity, restaurant chains are pressured as never before to manage volatility and maximize profits.

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