Sustainable Restaurant Association announces entry into U.S.

The United Kingdom-based Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), has launched a global sustainability rating system available to any restaurant in the world. Global expansion of the SRA rating aims to create an international standard for sustainability in the professional food community....

Green Restaurant Association endorses eMonitor

Powerhouse Dynamics' eMonitor, with all monitoring and management capabilities, has been endorsed by the Green Restaurant Association. It is the first energy-management system to receive this endorsement. The eMonitor is designed specifically to meet the needs of small commercial operations...

BlackGold Biofuels opens recycling facility for restaurant wastewater

BlackGold Biofuels of Charlotte, N.C., has opened a recycling facility specifically for restaurant kitchens' wastewater. According to the company, it's common to recycle deep fryer oil, however recycling oils from kitchen wastewater has proven more elusive. BlackGold Biofuels receives grease...

Canadian pizza chain recycling electronic devices for Earth Month

To celebrate Earth Month, Canada's Pizza Pizza is bringing back its Cells for Slices campaign. Throughout April, customers visiting the 365 traditional restaurant locations in Ontario, Winnipeg and Regina will be able to trade their unwanted handheld devices in exchange...

Operator Innovations Awards focused on technology, sustainability

An independent panel of foodservice operators from the across the industry has selected the finalists for the 2013 Operator Innovations Awards. Three finalists in each of five categories will be brought to Chicago for the 2013 National Restaurant Association Restaurant,...

Study claims NYC's proposed Styrofoam ban will add to foodservice costs

On the heels of a court ruling overturning the ban on large sodas, another proposal from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his administration is under fire from some in the foodservice industry. The proposal to ban polystyrene foam,...

Energy Star recognizes efficient foodservice equipment manufacturers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Scotsman Ice Systems as a 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year for its contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient products and educating consumers about energy efficiency. Scotsman Ice...

Could middle class boom in China spark U.S. food shortages, inflation?

While many American restaurant chains aggressively expand throughout India and China, some experts warn of a "boomerang effect" if such growth isn't controlled. New research from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) shows that the rise of the middle class in...

NYC pizza food truck recognized for sustainability features

Neapolitan Express, a New York City-based pizza food truck, has been recognized by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for its green features. According to Crain's New York, the truck uses natural gas and electricity for power. It partnered with Clean Energy Fuels Corp., which is directed by T.

New mobile app helps diners find sustainable restaurants

A new free mobile application and website, GoPure, beta launched this week, helping users find, share, and learn about healthy and sustainable dining options. The app, currently for iPhone and Android, provides information on the food sourcing and environmentally sensitive...

California Pizza Kitchen yields utility savings with energy management partnership

Ecova, a total energy and sustainability management company, announced that California Pizza Kitchen has reduced its electricity usage by 4.3 percent in one year through their partnership. California Pizza Kitchen enlisted Ecova's help in 2009 after spending a significant amount...

Consumers redefining 'healthy eating' at restaurants

As consumers become more health conscious, their perceptions of what is considered "healthy eating" at restaurants are changing. According to new research from Technomic, updated definitions of "health" tend to be strongly associated with food/drink that is local, natural, organic...

Report: Consumers likely to share complaints about restaurant cleanliness

SCA's third annual 2012 Tork Report reveals that 92 percent of U.S. consumers said they will complain about an unfavorable dining-out experience.

Danish pizzeria runs on recycled energy

Vestforbraending, a Danish energy company, recently created a campaign to raise awareness about waste reduction. The campaign included a popup pizzeria that produced pizzas based on energy consumption, according to PSFK.com. Basically, the more energy community members saved, coupled with...

California Pizza Kitchen unveils reimaged brand prototype

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) opened its new flagship restaurant at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, Fla., this week. The opening showcased the brand's new store prototype and branding efforts, including the repositioning of its iconic pizza hearth and new beverage offerings. According to CPK CEO G.J.

Technomic predicts five UK restaurant trends

Some food trends in the United Kingdom are mirroring developments seen in other parts of the world, while others are distinctly British, according to Technomic, which recently identified five key trends expected to play major roles in the coming year. They include: Customization encourages experimentation.

Pizza Fusion named franchise 'game changer' in Entrepreneur

Unique Pizza and Subs Corporation announced that Entrepreneur magazine has named Pizza Fusion a franchise industry "game-changer," owing largely to its green initiatives. Unique Pizza and Subs Corporation signed a definitive agreement on Aug. 29 to acquire privately-held Pizza Fusion...

NRA hosting inaugural foodservice packaging recovery summit

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) have partnered to help raise awareness of foodservice packaging recovery among restaurant operators and consumers. As part of this new effort, the groups are hosting the inaugural Foodservice Packaging...

NRA teams up with U.S. Composting Council to develop best practices

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the U.S. Composting Council (USCC) have teamed up to raise awareness about food waste diversion, composting education and other sustainable activities for the benefit of restaurant operators nationwide. The NRA and USCC will share...

Australian Domino's delivering pizza via electric bicycles

A Domino's outlet in Sydney, Australia is now delivering pizzas via electric bicycles. According to the Mosman Daily, the Cremorne location is the first in the Sydney market to roll out the environmentally friendly delivery service. Franchisee Adam Labbad said...

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