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...

Top restaurant execs to meet in San Diego for FCES

CEOs and other leaders from the fastest-growing segment of the restaurant industry will gather Oct. 21-23 at San Diego's US Grant Hotel for the seventh annual Fast Casual Executive Summit, presented by FastCasual.com. Frank Paci of McAlister's Deli and Don...

Domino's commits to energy-efficient supply shipments

Domino's Pizza today announced that it joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, a collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry that provides a framework to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of goods movement supply chains. Domino's Pizza...

Vacumet launches compostable alternative to foil packaging

Vacumet Corp. has launched its new compostable metallized packaging papers, geared toward the quick-service and fast casual restaurant segments.

Domino's Pizza partners with all-electric vehicle company for delivery

Mississippi-based Greentech Automotive has announced a partnership with Domino's Pizza to provide its MyCars for the chain's delivery business. According to the Memphis Business Journal, the first Domino's market to feature the cars will be the University of Mississippi campus...

Domino's, McDonald's UK commit 5 percent food waste reduction

Domino's Pizza and McDonald's are two of about 70 companies in the United Kingdom that have committed to the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement, and to cutting food and packaging waste by 5 percent by 2015. The agreement was introduced...

Buddy's Great Lakes pizzas launched to support environmental efforts

Detroit-based Buddy's Pizza has introduced a new line of Great Lakes-themed pizzas to support the Alliance for the Great Lakes, an environmental group that works to conserve the world's largest freshwater resource. According to the Associated Press, $1 from each...

NRA partners with Canadian association to launch sustainability program

The National Restaurant Association has announced its partnership with the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) to launch a Canadian version of the Conserve Sustainability Education Program. The initiative will provide Canadian restaurant operators and foodservice establishments with tools and...

Study: Millennials want emotional connections with brands

A new study by Technomic unveils what millennials (ages 19-34) look for in their dining experiences. According to the report, this demographic is generally confident, liberal, upbeat and open to change, and marketing to them can be a challenge. The...

Organic industry grew nearly 10 percent in 2011

The U.S. organic industry grew by 9.5 percent overall in 2011 to reach $31.5 billion in sales. The organic food and beverage sector was valued at $29.22 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association's 2012 Organic Industry Survey. "The U.S.

Central American chain launches Ecovention's GreenBox

In collaboration with manufacturing partner SigmaQ, Ecovention LLC has announced the launch of Telepizza's multifunctional GreenBox Technology Pizza Box. Operated by Central American-based Pollo Campero, Telepizza is the first chain to bring the technology to Guatemala and El Salvador. Using...

Energy efficiency project launched in California restaurants

A pilot project has been launched in California to promote energy and water efficiency at restaurants. The project, designed by Demand Management Installation Services (DMIS) and the Food Service Technology Center, an energy efficiency program for foodservice funded by Pacific...

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