NRA solidifies inaugural Restaurant Finance Summit lineup

The National Restaurant Association has finalized the full line-up for its inaugural Restaurant Finance Summit, which is May 19 during the NRA Show in Chicago. According to a news release, the half-day conference will kick off with a luncheon and...

Tennessee honors first REAL Certified foodservice establishments

Through a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Health and the United States Healthful Food Council, Eat REAL Tennessee has announced the state's first foodservice establishments to achieve REAL Certification. Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership is a growing national program...

Ice-O-Matic adds to ENERGY STAR offerings

Ice-O-Matic's GEM0650 and the GEM0956 are the company's newest machines to be awarded the ENERGY STAR certification, meeting the strict energy guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. According to a news release, Ice-O-Matic now has more than 30...

Study dispels foodservice packaging recycling myths

A recent benchmarking survey commissioned by the Foodservice Packaging Institute found widespread but varied acceptance of foodservice packaging by material recovery facilities. "We are encouraged by the number of material recovery facilities already accepting various foodservice packaging," said FPI President Lynn M. Dyer.

NRA's Kitchen Innovations award recipients named

The National Restaurant Association has announced the recipients of the 2014 Kitchen Innovations Awards, which recognizes equipment that improves the back-of-house operations and benefits restaurant operators, according to a news release. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the awards,...

Deadline set for 2014 sustainability grant applications

The Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability has announced its deadline for the 2014 sustainability grant and that Rob Geile, director of consultant services and education at Hobart, is joining the organization as a HCFS Fellow. Geile will assist in judging...

Rational combination ovens now ENERGY STAR certified partner

The food preparation technology provider Rational announced that it has joined EPA's ENERGY STAR program as an ENERGY STAR partner. Rational said in a news release that it is only one of two combination oven manufacturers that is an ENERGY...

Study: Restaurant consumers want more focus on sustainability

Sustainability and social responsibility are taking on greater importance within the foodservice industry, according to a study just completed by research firm Technomic. According to a news release, the research included input from foodservice consumers, operators and suppliers to better...

Hobart Center announces sustainability grant program

The Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability, a nonprofit forum supporting the foodservice industry's drive for sustainable equipment and design, is currently accepting applications for its annual $5,000 sustainability grant. Last year's HCFS grant recipient was Duluth Grill in Duluth, Minn....

NYC restaurant owners voice opposition to foam foodservice ban

Earlier this week, restaurant owners in New York City spoke out against a bill to ban the sale of polystyrene foam foodservice at a public hearing at City Hall. Introduced and supported by the Bloomberg Administration earlier this year, the...

Report reveals 3 industry shifts in packaging

This year's Trends Report from the Foodservice Packaging Institute revealed three key industry shifts when it comes to packaging. Overall, environmental and economic pressures are creating a competitive landscape in which all supply chain partners ultimately benefit, said FPI President Lynn M.

Papa John's to eliminate pig cages

Papa John's announced today that it will join other major restaurant chains in working to eliminate controversial gestation crates from its supply chain. The cages, used to confine breeding pigs, have been criticized in recent years by animal welfare advocates...

LeanPath releases latest food waste prevention system

LeanPath Inc., specialists in food waste prevention systems, announced the availability of its next-generation food waste measurement solution — the LeanPath 360 Food Waste Prevention System. The LeanPath 360 Food Waste Prevention System consists of the LeanPath Tracker 2.0, a...

NRA releases first-ever sustainability report

The National Restaurant Association announced the release of its first-ever sustainability report, which examines trends and initiatives within the restaurant industry, such as food waste reduction, composting, recycling and cost-efficient energy solutions. "Sustainability and waste reduction are increasingly important issues...

Foodservice certification set for national expansion

Committed to winning America's fight against diabetes, obesity and other diet-related diseases, the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) has announced that it has almost doubled the number of REAL Certified restaurants in and around Washington D.C., including the first...

Packaging company introduces recyclable thermal to-go cups

Berry Plastics Group Inc. has introduced Versalite, a fully recyclable thermal management packaging solution.

Limited-service restaurants driving foodservice disposables growth

U.S. demand for foodservice disposables is expected to approach $20 billion in 2017, according to www.rnrmarketresearch.com.

NRA selects sustainability advisory council

The National Restaurant Association has named members of the Conserve Sustainability Advisory Council to help restaurateurs become more resource-efficient through its Conserve program. The advisory council is composed of 14 members of the foodservice and allied industry. As members, they...

NY restaurant owners voice opposition to proposed polystyrene ban

More than 1,000 New York City area businesses have written letters to members of City Council in opposition of Mayor Mike Bloomberg's proposed ban on polystyrene foam, introduced in June. According to the Restaurant Action Alliance NYC, restaurant operators oppose...

Traulsen introduces new energy-efficient equipment features

Traulsen has introduced the latest in a series of new equipment features for its refrigerators and hot-holding cabinets. The EZ-Clean Gasket and Bare Tube Coil follow the launch of the EZ-Open Foot Pedal and EZ-Change Interiors earlier this year. "Four...

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