Does your menu reflect this year's top menu change?

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Nancy Kruse, a restaurant menu analyst, shared information about restaurant change during the webinar, “Menus 2015: Turning Trends Into Money Makers.”

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Commodities: Unleaded gas prices on 12-day decline

Cheese prices were up again this week, while gas has fallen for 12 consecutive days.

Commodities: Natural gas, wheat prices remain low

While cheese prices have jumped about 10 cents since last week, wheat prices are still low.

Keeping it real: what's in store for local, organic menu items

Knowing what's in store for the trend and how to make it work for your brand is key to keeping up with consumer demand for local and organic menu items.

What's in the future for build-your-own fast casual, QSR concepts?

With a push from online ordering channels, customizable assembly line concepts, where consumers build their own products, continue to explode in the fast casual and QSR space. They are driving change in decades-old methods of service.

ICXSummit15: From scavenger hunt to Skydeck, the highlight reel

From an Under Armour installation that tests athletic ability to a Warby Parker photo booth experience, interactive customer experience was the order of the day at the inaugural Interactive Customer Experience Summit, held June 28-30 at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower.

How the growth of gluten-free pizza will shape customer marketing

With a handle on how your customers are reacting to the changing times, you’ll be able to tackle the gluten-free craze – wherever it may go – without issue.

NRA wrapped up: Interviews, highlights of the 2015 show

Although the NRA reported that more than 60,000 foodservice providers attended its show last month in Chicago, we knew thousands of others weren't able to make it. In this video, Cherryh Butler, senior editor of FastCasual.com, brings the show to those in the industry who weren't there.

Groupon, PeachWorks execs discuss how technology benefits operations

The CEOs of Groupon's Breadcrumb and PeachWorks discuss how their technology can help restaurants and retailers stay relevant.

5 tips for understanding consumer data

Restaurants now have the ability to collect tons of data but don't know how to use it.

Gluten-free: passing fad or permanent trend?

Is it time for your restaurant to go "gluten-free?" Though the trend "seems to be leveling out in the mainstream," it's more than just a passing fad.

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NEWS


NRA: Dampened outlook causes decline in Restaurant Performance Index

As a result of a somewhat dampened outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index declined in June for the second consecutive month.

HotSchedules delivers mobile task management, communication, accountability app

Logbook is a mobile task list and communication tool that can replace or enhance traditional paper systems.

Is dog food the next menu trend?

The menu of one Washington D.C. Metro-area restaurant, Art and Soul, boasts some unusual items – Bowser Beer and a steak "good enough for a human."

Food trumps price point in QSRs, fast casuals

ZenMango has released the 2015 Leaky Bucket, a study pinpointing specific, actionable steps brands can take to reduce their "leak." The 2015 study measures why customers won't return to a brand.

Subway, Chipotle generate most buzz in Q2

Buzz Score asks respondents, "If you've heard anything about the brand in the last two weeks, through advertising, news or word of mouth, was it positive or negative?"

Restaurant industry will dominate Turkey, Austria to 2019

Restaurants will remain the dominant channel in Turkey and Austria while the fastest-growing channel is expected to be travel for Turkey and the welfare and services sector in Austria.

Rain impacts June restaurant sales

Though sales comps were positive overall, performance varied across the U.S. based on how much it rained in different areas.

HotSchedules releases mobile restaurant management app

Reveal opens the proverbial kimono on a restaurant’s performance.

Technomic report delves into the 'what & why' of additive-free food

The challenge to operators is making the right decisions that will resonate with their consumers and be a good long-term fit for the brand.

Same-store sales increased for 15 consecutive months, NRA reports

Despite softer same-store sales and customer traffic levels in May, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index showed positive growth.

Coffee, donut, ice cream shops leading employment gains

Job growth within the restaurant industry was broad-based in the first half of 2015, with several of the major segments registering strong gains.

Foodservice industry to hit $1.1T by 2022, report says

New research reveals big growth ahead.

Butterball releases turkey breakfast ideas in wake of growing restaurant trend

Breakfast remains the industry’s fastest growing daypart, with Mintel expecting the market to grow by more than $10 billion in the next five years.

Most pizza lovers are health-conscious female millennials

The study found that 35 percent of Americans go out for pizza and buy frozen pizza at the store every month.

Rave's Randy Gier named Southwest's Entrepreneur of the Year

EY has named Randy Gier its Entrepreneur Of The Year for the Southwest region.

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