Commodities: Cheese prices still rising

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The price for cheese increased by 6 cents, but wheat prices dropped 16 cents over the past week.

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CONNECT: The current state of mobile wallets and mobile ordering

A recent panel at Networld Media Group's CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit attempted to clarify today’s mobile payments market, which is becoming an increasingly difficult task when you consider the options available to merchants.

Commodities: Cheese down, gasoline up

The price for cheese fell by nearly 5 cents, but gasoline has increased 8 cents over the past week.

Craft brews go wild: Mint, melon, Asian flavors now trending

Move over wine lovers, craft beers are now in vogue in fast casual and QSR restaurants.

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

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

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.

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NRA: Restaurants serving opportunity for America’s youth

As summer winds down and students head back to school, the NRA is highlighting the restaurant industry’s role in providing job opportunities to millions of young people.

July restaurant sales up; West Coast outperforming East Coast

Applied Predictive Technologies (APT) announced that its Index of quick-service restaurant sales increased 5.3 percent nationwide in July 2015, compared to last July.

There's still time to hit CONNECT 2015: An industry event not to miss

Don't miss an opportunity to hear from experts, retail and restaurant leaders on everything from mobile payment to technology innovation.

Survey: Restaurateurs believe technology generates increased revenue

Survey reports that restaurants are relying on technology as a way to create revenue and improve efficiency.

Consumers gobbling up meat snacks, beef seeing stiff competition

An push to eat healthier is spurring more protein-based meat snacks consumption in past five years.

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.

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