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...

SCS expands food safety service offerings

Global Services, a provider in third-party auditing and certification of food quality and food safety claims, has expanded food safety services for producers, food companies and retailers. SCS's newest offerings – Harmonized G.A.P., GlobalG.A.P.

NRA releases sustainability tips

The National Restaurant Association today unveiled a new report focused on sustainability best practices for the foodservice industry. Created under the National Restaurant Association's Conserve initiative, the free report, "Bright Ideas: Sustainability Tips from Industry Experts," features tips, trends and...

Restaurant Technologies Inc. expands Midwest presence

Foodservice oil management company Restaurant Technologies Inc. (RTI) has expanded its frying-oil delivery, management, removal and equipment service capability with the addition of a Des Moines, Iowa, depot.

John's Incredible Pizza Company installs solar energy system

Stellar Energy, a large-scale solar provider, recently completed a 230 KW (DC) solar system for John's Incredible Pizza Company in Fresno, Calif. The rooftop system is expected to generate 350,000 kilowatt-hours per year and offset 25 percent of the restaurant's...

NYC lawmakers introduce polystyrene foam foodservice ban

Lawmakers in New York City introduced a bill Wednesday that would ban the sale of polystyrene foam foodservice products. The proposal is supported by Mayor Bloomberg and his administration, but has many others in the restaurant community concerned about its...

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