Hot, spicy and smoked make up half of all socially shared flavors

The National Pork Board in partnership with Crimson Hexagon analyzed more than 30 million Facebook, Instagram and Twitter food posts with Crimson Hexagon's ForSight Tool to discover what makes up an American meal.

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Marco's COO predicts real estate pressure, higher prices for restaurants this year

Technomic research recently predicted that the $680 billion restaurant industry will see three percent growth in 2015. What else can industry leaders expect in 2015?

How one independent pizzeria survived growing pains

Getting noticed is a challenge, you have to offer something truly great and differentiate yourself in several ways, says CEO of Louisville-based Loui Loui's.

Building genuine customer engagement in an Instagram world

Instead of exhausting yourself trying to change customer behavior, take the necessary steps to minimize the distractions cell phones can present.

How to manage rising food costs

Look into markets that sell seconds or items that are discounted because of overruns.

Independent pizzerias leverage local ingredients, marketing to compete with big chains

For independent operators, it's important to understand futures and have a good relationship with distributors and manufacturers to best manage food costs.

What to consider when implementing a restaurant kiosk

A majority -- 88 percent -- of restaurant patrons indicate a preference for self-service technology at their table, while 12 percent indicated a preference for a kiosk upon arrival.

Executive round table: Pizza industry leaders make their 2015 predictions

Themes for 2015 include customization, freshness and mobile ordering/payments.

Is your restaurant green?

Even though going green may cost more than conventional items, consumers are willing to pay more for the opportunity; for them it is not an indulgence but a necessity.

A 30-brand restaurant tour of Australia

The focus on healthy menu attributes, such as grass-fed beef, antibiotic and hormone-free products, etc., seemed to be more prevalent than similar products in the United States.

Restaurant industry hurdles expected to continue in 2015

On top of record-high commodities prices, labor inflation, technology costs and health care/menu labeling logistics, there is also intensified competition in foodservice.

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Research and Markets publishes US pizza market report

Research and Markets has published the "Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail, Second Edition" report.

Researchers predict alternative proteins will make up one-third of market by 2054

Plant proteins, insects, algae, and synthetic biology sources may make up over 50 percent of the alternative protein market by 2054.

Nevada, Hawaii, Florida boast highest percentage of restaurant workers

States whose restaurant workforces represent the largest proportions of their overall employment include Nevada, with 16 percent; Hawaii, with 14 percent and Florida, with 12 percent. Nationally, the percentage is at about 10 percent.

Frozen pizza retailers step up their game with healthier choices

To keep up with restaurant competition, retail pizza marketers are offering consumers more options aligning with health and wellness trends, according to the Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail, 2nd Edition report, as fast casual "alters the fast food landscape."

Census Bureau releases hospitality industry data for Colorado, Hawaii

This release is the first for the accommodation and food services sector and covers Colorado and Hawaii.

January 2015 restaurant sales increase 7.4%, study says

Applied Predictive Technologies announced that in-store restaurant sales for January 2015 increased +7.4 percent year over year.

Restaurant Brands International to release 2014 results Feb. 17

Restaurant Brands International Inc. is set to release its full year and Q4 2014 financial results on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, with an investor conference call scheduled for that morning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

Panera, Chick-fil-A, Papa Murphy's receive Award of Excellence

Chick-fil-A took the No. 1 spot for excellent quick-service restaurant chains of the 148 ranked in the Sandelman & Associates Quick-Track 2014 Awards of Excellence study.

Online orders in Spanish increase 195% for Super Bowl 2015, study says

MotionPoint, an e-commerce operations management company for pizza brands, announced that U.S. Hispanics used online ordering systems to access pizza delivery businesses at a rapidly increasing rate for this year's Super Bowl.

Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, PepsiCo, Wendy's, McDonald's, Coca-Cola and Burger King rated on Harris reputation poll

Harris Poll released the results of its Reputation Quotient, which examined 100 companies, up from 60 the previous year.

McDonald's, Domino's named key vendors in delivery-takeaway research

London-based research firm TechNavio has announced the publication of a new market research report on the Delivery Takeaway Food Market in US.

Tech, choice among driving consumer trends for 2015, says NRA

It's not surprising that today's restaurant consumer expects restaurants to offer technologies which make the dining experience as frictionless as possible, and prefers restaurants whose offerings support what's important to them.

Frozen pizza sales down, suffers 'processed food stereotype,' research says

Packaged Facts, a division of MarketResearch.com, has published a report on the frozen pizza industry, the "Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail, 2nd Edition."

Where the jobs are: Arizona, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Utah

According to the NRA, Arizona is projected to post a close to 24 percent restaurant job increase and Florida and Texas each is projected to post over 22 percent gains over the 10-year period from 2015 to 2025. Georgia and Utah are expected to grow 21 percent.

Papa John's, Quizno's, Wendy's cited among brands with poorest sustainability practices

As You Sow, a San Franciso-based nonprofit organization that promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility, released a new report, "Waste and Opportunity 2015: Environmental Progress and Challenges in Food, Beverage, and Consumer Goods Packaging."

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