What else can I get you?

Listen to your customers before -- and after -- tweaking your menu options, and teach your staff how to sell something new.

Fast Casual Executive Summit: Just what is sustainability?

Joseph Grove of FastCasual.com speaks with Tamara Barnett, ethnographic research manager for The Hartman Group, about the true meaning of sustainability. Barnett spoke about sustainability during the 2011 Fast Casual Executive Summit.

Getting an ROI out of true sustainability

Truitt Brothers Inc. examines how operators can fulfill consumer demand for sustainability while focusing on the bottom line.

It is easy, being green: Tips to make a restaurant eco-friendlier

Customers not only prefer restaurants that embrace eco-friendly elements, they're also starting to expect such efforts.

Truitt Bros. Northwest Sustainability Tour highlights menu

The topic of sustainability has been an elusive one for restaurant operators, who have been inundated in recent years with foodservice buzzwords such as organic, fresh and all-natural. Navigating the world of sustainability and how it applies to the menu...

Are you serving flexitarians?

After a decade of intense meat worship, chefs are procuring, preparing and serving vegetables with the same love and attention they previously reserved for Ossabaw pork or grass-fed marrow bones. If you're not vegetarian or carnivore, what are you? The...

NRA 2011: Food safety legislation on the horizon

New regulations on imports, locally-grown produce go into effect beginning in 2012.

Hot Italian serves up high style sustainability

While the restaurant industry is among the slowest to go green, Hot Italian proves LEED certification is red hot.

Trending Now: The growth of see-through food

By Mindy Armstrong Farmers markets around the country are back in full swing for the summer growing season. These direct-to-consumer venues represent perhaps the purest expression of a growing consumer demand — and a growing consumer desire.

NAPICS kicks off in Columbus, Ohio

Green, gluten-free among focuses of annual show.

2011 provides optimism for restaurant industry

Trends will surround healthy, sustainable, local, social and technological components.  

Moyer: Remember, 4 on the Door!

The first time I heard Richard Young – the director of education for Pacific Gas and Electric’s Food Service Technology Center – say, "You want to save on refrigeration? Just remember 4 on the door," it instantly sunk in. This...

Dos and Don'ts of green restaurant marketing

Restaurant sustainability requires reevaluating your operations to find ways to conserve resources and be more efficient. Convey this to customers.

A sea change

On one day in 2008, more than a half-million volunteers in 100 countries collected 11.4 million items of trash along the world’s waterways. What were the top two items collected? They were cigarettes/filters at 28% and plastic bags at 12%...

Planning store layouts? Consider the recycling and composting trend

As I travel the country, I see more and more operators, universities, airports and hotels collecting recyclables and compostables. If you’re planning new stores – or renovating existing ones – think about how collection of recyclable or compostable items could...

Making the right choice from the single-use ‘menu’

Ever stare at a menu for an eternity and still find yourself unable to make a decision? Maybe you weren’t sure of your own priorities that day or maybe you simply didn’t have enough information. Making the right choice on...

I’d like the ‘green’ packaging please

I’m often asked by foodservice operators and consumers: What sustainable single-use foodservice products should I use to serve food and beverages? Which products are the greenest? The short answer is that there isn’t an easy, one-size-fits-all solution, and green is just a color. “Sustainable” and “green” mean different things to different people.

Consumers don't know sustainable restaurants, says Hartman Group

But the consumer research group says restaurants can capitalize by playing into consumers' five main purchasing criteria.

Consumers don't know sustainable restaurants, says Hartman Group

But the consumer research group says restaurants can capitalize by playing into consumers' five main purchasing criteria.

Shades of green

There's a little mudslinging and a lot of confusion surrounding organizations that help restaurants operate more sustainably. 

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